Clergy and Staff

The Rev. Marek P. Zabriskie, Rector
E-mail Marek or call: 215-233-3970 x120Marek has served as Rector of St. Thomas Church since 1995. During that time the church has expanded from 30 to 85 ministries and our membership has grown to 1,350. He oversees our staff and works closely with our Vestry to lead our church. He was instrumental in helping St. Thomas become involved in international mission and develop one of the strongest ministries for children and youth in the diocese and an excellent program for adult spiritual formation. Marek attended Emory University and Yale Divinity School. He serves on the Diocesan Council, the Church Foundation and the Compass Rose Society, which assists the Archbishop of Canterbury. He has been invited to preach in London, Miami, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Tennessee and other places. In 2011, he started The Bible Challenge to help our parishioners read the entire Bible in a year. Due to its success, he created the Center for Biblical Studies, which promotes The Bible Challenge nationally and globally. Over 2,000 churches in 28 countries are now participating in this ministry. In 2012 Forward Movement published the book The Bible Challenge, which Marek edited, after inviting 102 archbishops, bishops, cathedral and seminary deans, biblical scholars, theologians and priests from around the world to contribute meditations, questions and prayers to accompany the Read the Bible in a Year reading plan. Copies are available in the church office. Marek and his wife, Mims, have three daughters, Emily, Marguerite and Isabelle and two Welsh Pembroke Corgis. When not serving our church, Marek enjoys tennis, swimming, fly-fishing, reading, travel, raising orchids, studying French, Italian and Spanish and gardening.
The Rev. Lara Stroud, Assistant to the Rector for Family Ministries Lara joined the St. Thomas staff in September 2014. She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in Alexandria, VA. Her undergraduate degree is in Music Therapy from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, her hometown (go Mountaineers!). Lara has a passion for mission, both local and global. She feels her call is to encourage and nurture faith in Jesus Christ, and enjoys exploring faith with the people of St. Thomas. Lara loves reading, soccer, movies, playing music, and collecting stamps. She and her husband, the Rev. Daniel Stroud, live in Chestnut Hill with their rambunctious dog, Becket.
The Rev. Daniel J. S. Stroud, Assistant to the Rector for Family Ministries
The Rev. Daniel J. S. Daniel started at St. Thomas’ Church in July, 2014 after graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary where he was awarded a Master of Divinity. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2007, and served on the university’s Board of Trustees from 2010-2013. Between his undergraduate work and seminary, he worked as a staff on a variety of campaigns, both electoral and issue based. Daniel is married to the Rev. Lara Stroud, and they were married in October 2013 at Virginia Seminary, where they met. Daniel is an avid soccer fan and player, and loves to travel. He feels strongly that our faith makes a difference both in the world and in our lives, and wants to help everyone live out their faith both externally and internally.
The Rev. William M. deHeyman, Associate Clergy
Bill is a graduate of Adelphi Academy, Brooklyn, NY; Wagner College, Staten Island, NY and the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Silver Springs-Martin Luther School serving as Chaplain. Following retirement Pastor Bill served as interim Pastor at two Lutheran Churches. He has been a member of the staff at St. Thomas for 10 years. Bill has developed a Sunday Worship experience for children ages 5 and under and their families called “First Steps to Worship”. This half hour worship with Eucharist is vibrant yet instructive, playful yet powerful, flexible yet ritual, not to mention down right joyful. Come join us at 9 a.m. on Sundays in Haas Hall! Pastor Bill also conducts Nursery School Chapel at St. Thomas several mornings a month.

Tommy Thompson, Minister to Youth and ChildrenTommy Thompson2E-mail Tommy or call: 215-233-3970 x 122 Tommy has served with St. Thomas since October 2012.  He came to us from Virginia, where he served as an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. In Tommy’s 15 years in ministry, he has served various parishes as children’s pastor, youth pastor, and senior pastor.  He earned is B.A. in Religion & Pastoral Ministries at Trevecca University and his M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminary.  Tommy is married to Leslie and has two wonderful children — Daniel and Hannah.  The Thompson family has two dogs, one cat, and a lizard.  Tommy is most passionate about authentic relational ministry and the spiritual formation of God’s people — especially children and youth.  His motto is lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi, which basically means that the substance and form of our worship and prayer life largely informs the persons we become and the lives that we live.

Mr. Donald E. Beistline, Parish Administrator
E-mail Don or call: 215-233-3970 x111Don is responsible for the business operations of St. Thomas’ Property, Office and Cemetery Operations.
Mrs. Anita C. Burke, Rector’s Assistant
E-mail Anita or call: 215-233-3970 x121Anita is the Rector’s Administrative Assistant, supports the vestry, coordinates baptisms and weddings and performs a myriad of other administrative duties that support our church. Anita has been on staff since 2000 and is a member of the church. She is graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, enjoys reading, gardening, speed walking and playing tennis. Anita lives in Oreland with her husband Tom. They have a daughter, Kelly and a cocker spaniel, Seamus.
Mr. Paul Deck, Weekday Sexton and Facilities and Grounds Coordinator
Email PaulPaul has worked at St. Thomas’ since 1989, he is the longest serving employee at the church, and was first hired as Grounds Crew Laborer. He was then promoted to weekday Sexton by Interim Rector Phyliss Taylor. Paul is also a drummer and has performed at many St. Thomas’ events, as well as around the Philadelphia area. Six years ago he found a family of kittens in the window well of the Schoolhouse. Paul found a mother at the nursery school who is a veterinarian and they all got homes, however Ruthie stayed with Paul and resides at the barn.
Mr. Derrick Goff, Minister of Music
Email Derrick or call: 215-233-3970Derrick has recently earned a B.M. in Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College, where he is completing studies for the M.M. in Voice Pedagogy and Performance. He directs the adult and childrens’ choirs and play the organ for services at St. Thomas’.  Derrick enjoys working with St. Thomas’ parishioners to refine a culture of music appreciation here in and out of worship.  Derrick loves working with the clergy to make exciting and meaningful liturgy.
Mrs. Lisa J. Lonie, Carillonneur
Email Lisa or call: 215-233-3970 x143Lisa has been Carillonneur of St. Thomas and Director for the Summer Concert series since 1999.  She performs on the 20 ton, 48 cast bell carillon before and after worship services, special events, funerals and weddings.

Mrs. Lorri Camilleri, First Steps Music Assistant and Nursery Coordinatator
Email Lorri or call: 267-994-2010Lorri plays keyboard and assists in First Steps to Worship with Pastor Bill. First Steps is our Sunday worship service for young families with children under the age of five. Lorri also coordinates the St. Thomas’ Nursery which offers childcare for children ages six—36 months.
Ms. Shari Petrakis, Nursery School Director
Email Shari or call: 215-233-2923Shari has a B.S. in Psychology from Gannon University and a Masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College. She has worked with children in the school setting and home setting for 17 years, before coming to STNS. Her last five years were working for the Intermediate Unit with children with Autism, as a Behavior Specialist. Shari worked in many school districts throughout Delaware and Montgomery County. Shari is originally from Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers!) and moved to the Philadelphia area in1998. She live in Lafayette Hill with her husband, Chris, her daughter, Alexis (9) and her son, CJ (7). She also has a dog Chase Mutley. Shari’s interests outside of work are running and family time. She spends most of my weekends moving from activity to activity with her children and her husband. Shari says that she “chose this school for my son because of the nurturing and loving environment. The teachers are what makes this school so special. I am blessed to have been a parent here and now to be the Director of an extraordinary place like STNS”.
Mr. Don Schweiger, Facilities Staff
Email DonDon is a member of the facilities staff, and among the usual duties of landscape and building maintenance, also is responsible for all the machinery maintenance and repair.
Mrs. Barbara Stechert, Director of Parish Participation
Email Barbara or call: 215-233-3970 x126Barbara Lee Stechert grew up attending St. Thomas’ Church. She attended St. Thomas’ Nursery School and Sunday School and was embraced by loving adults and clergy. In 1990 she was elected to the Vestry and asked to oversee the vast property and a small capital campaign. She felt she had found her vocation. She was able to translate these volunteer positions into a career in the nonprofit, mostly religious world, first at the Dominican Retreat House and later at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. Since joining the staff at St. Thomas’ in 2010, Barbara has worked to transform Stewardship from an annual pledge drive to a year-round way of viewing living. Her role has been expanded to include the current Building for the Generations Capital Campaign, which she actively coordinates. Barbara is married to Rick and their daughter Kate is a Chorister in St. Thomas’ choir.
Mrs. Judy Lloyd, Communications Coordinator
Email Judy or call: 215-233-3970 x115Judy and her husband Ted have been parishioners at St. Thomas’ since their daughter Emmy was born.  Judy currently serves as Communications Coordinator and has served on the board of St. Thomas’ Nursery School and the Children’s Commission.  Judy graduated with a BA in English from Wells College, the second oldest women’s college. One of her favorite events at St. Thomas’ is the Be An Angel Christmas Party.
Mr. David Clark, Webmaster and Social Media Coordinator
Email David or call: 215-233-3970 x115David has been a member of St. Thomas’ since his church school days. He was an acolyte and active member in youth group until he graduated and went to attend Oberlin College where he received a B.A. in religion. David became interested in web development while at Oberlin, though he never took any formal courses in it until after his graduation in 2012. He’s eager to put his WordPress knowledge to good use at St. Thomas’, and he’d love to hear your feedback on the website.
Mrs. Sue Kovalcik, Bookeeper
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Kaye Luckiewicz, Capital Campaign Bookkeeper
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