St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

Please note: All in-person activities and services at Saint Matthew’s are suspended for the foreseeable future as we seek to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We ask you to keep in your prayers all who have been affected by this pandemic and those who care for them. To stay in community and support one another during this time, we will now livestream via Zoom a weekly Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. and will be sharing additional resources and services by email, Facebook, and Instagram.

Announcing our Interim Rector, The Rev. Canon Dr. Peter B Stube

Interim Rector Role:

As Interim Priest or Rector, Peter will serve as Rector of Saint Matthew’s Church.  He will provide leadership, pastoral care, teaching, and preaching. 
In his Interim Role, Peter will support the congregation in our spiritual growth as we begin to discover and articulate our identity in Jesus Christ.  Peter will support us as we work with a consultant to create our Parish Profile.  This profile will describe to new Rector candidates who we are as a congregation including our ministries, desires, needs, hopes, mission and vision.  Everyone in the congregation will be involved with informing this Parish Profile.  Peter will also support us as we form a search committee who will interview candidates for Rector.  The work of preparing our Parish Profile, searching, interviewing, and calling a new Rector could take up to 18 months to complete.   


Peter comes to Saint Matthew’s with over 40 years’ experience in parish ministry.  He has served congregations in Stone Harbor, New Jersey; New Bern, North Carolina; Springfield, Pennsylvania; Marietta, Georgia; Forrest City, Arkansas; Seminole & Holdenville, Oklahoma; Owasso, Oklahoma; and Billings, Montana. 

Peter has supported parishes in transition that needed healing, hope and
re-envisioning.  He has encouraged small groups in which careful listening took place allowing reconciliation and inclusion.  He has trained congregations to be collaborative servant leaders while creating a safe place where all are welcome at God’s table.  Peter worked specifically with one congregation to build a redemptive, healing community, emphasizing the importance of prayer.  This helped heal a badly injured community so that they could dream new dreams and engage in new ministry.  Peter also served as a vice president and spokesman for a city task force that provided regular activities for middle and high school students and lobbied for the creation of a community youth center/senior center. You may be interested to know, that Peter served as Executive Director of Seaman’s Church Institute in Philadelphia that supports over 30,000 seafarers who come through the terminals of the Delaware River every year.  In this role, he provided oversight, directed the strategic plan and vision and guided fundraising efforts.


Peter obtained both his Doctor of Ministry (1990) and his Master of Divinity (1979) at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. 
At the church in Marietta, Georgia, Peter formed mission groups to find ways to invite the neighbors near the church into community by inviting them to be part of the church community so the congregation could know their need and how to best serve them.  This mission group was the foundation for Peter’s doctoral dissertation, Preparing a Group for Servant Leadership.  Peter has also attended Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts for graduate studies in theology, pastoral counseling and scripture. 


Peter is a baritone soloist, a guitarist, who has sung in several choirs including the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia; Peter plays golf, swims, reads (novels, history, theology, and scripture studies).  He has coached youth soccer for 15 seasons.  Peter is a member of the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis (TSSF).  Currently, he is responsible for coordinating Fellowships and re-envisioning Fellowships as the center for lifelong formation.  He is also doing this work for the International TSSF as chair of a task force.  Other work that has brought Peter great joy has been his work as Deputy to General Convention of TEC, which he has done three times and his work as Canon Theologian for the Diocese and chair of the Reconciliation Committee.


Rachael, his college sweetheart and wife of 45 years, is a librarian at the St. James School.  Peter and Rachael have three sons, three daughters in law, seven grandchildren, and a chocolate lab named Annie.

Saint Matthew’s welcomes
The Reverend Canon Dr. Peter B. Stube
& Rachael Stube to join us
beginning Sunday, July 21, 2019
as we begin our journey of calling
our new Rector.