St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

Please note: All in-person activities and services at Saint Matthew’s remain suspended 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 continue to live-stream our service at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.

Rector Search Update – January 2020

The Vestry has executed a letter of agreement retaining the services of The Rev. Melford “Bud” Holland. He will be working with the Vestry and both our Profile and Search Committees during the transition period. Bud is a very respected transition consultant in the diocese and comes highly recommended. He was recently the transition consultant for All Saints’ Torresdale and guided the process that led to that church calling Jay Walton. Bud is also currently working with St. Thomas Whitemarsh and has recently worked with Trinity Ambler and St. Mary’s Ardmore. We are excited to have Bud joining us on this exciting journey and ask that you keep him in your
prayers.

Bud has offered the following to introduce himself:

“I enjoy working collaboratively with others in discovering new creative ground for conversation and work, engaging in strategic planning, and utilizing resources to maximize the possibilities of mission and ministry. I believe that we all have gifts and wisdom to bring to the table. Valuing the ministries of others I seek to affirm and deepen the capacity of the church to articulate a vision of reconciliation and respond to that vision with creativity, energy, and commitment. Knowing the importance of leadership I have been involved in many leadership development initiatives as well as discovering ways to keep my own leadership skills fresh and current.

I am married to Annie, and we have three children and six grandchildren. I enjoy photography, storytelling, sports, walking, music and dancing, gatherings with family and friends, seeking to discern what seems to be undiscernible, writing, and working with others on creative projects. I see life as glass half-full.”

Bud met with the Vestry on December 10th and discussed the profile and search process with them in detail. He also met with Joe Buesgen and Pam Dunlap of the Profile Committee, and Chris Suhy, and began planning for the focus/small group meetings that will be conducted in January and February.