OUR CLERGY, STAFF & VESTRY
The Rev. John C. Belmont, Rector, was called to St. Matthew’s in February 1976. Ordained a priest in 1971, he previously served as Rector at St. Andrew’s, Camden and at St. Luke’s, Gladstone as Curate. Father Jack received his BA from Rider University, his M.Div. from the Philadelphia Divinity School and his STM in pastoral counseling from New York Theological Seminary. Currently, he is the one of longest tenured rectors in the Diocese of New Jersey having served our parish for 35 + years. During his 41 years of service in the Diocese, he has served on several Diocesan boards and committees including: the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, the Board of Missions, Cathedral Chapter, and the Youth Commission as Youth Director. He is currently the Chair of the Commission on Ministry and Co-Chair of the Committee on Priesthood. He is married to Sandra Y. Belmont. They have four children and four grandchildren. His wife and family are the joy of his life! Jack and Sandy love the great outdoors and find peace and relaxation walking with their dog, Buddy. They also enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures on their journeys.
Dr. Rory McCorkle, Director of Music Ministry, has served here since October 2006. Prior to working at St. Matthew's, he was the Director of Music Ministry for All Saints' Episcopal Church in Hershey, PA. Rory has worked in several churches as an Organist /Music Director, in addition to serving on the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) Music Teams in 2002 and 2005. Rory’s 'day job' is in the certification industry, where he owns an independent consulting firm. Rory is also an adjunct faculty member at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Rory received a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, an MBA from Drexel University – Lebow College of Business, and a BA in Psychology from Millersville University. In addition to his passion for music, Rory also enjoys traveling and golf.
Lori Cooper, Director of Children’s and Family Ministry, has been a member of St. Matthew’s since 1997 when she and her family relocated to the area. She has been involved with children’s ministry, literally, since her second Sunday of attendance - fulfilling the roles of teacher, family service coordinator, then as volunteer coordinator for the program prior to being employed as our Director in 2007. Lori was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA and graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.S. in Zoology. She worked in the field of Human Resources before “retiring” to start a family. She has held many volunteer positions in our Hopewell Schools, coordinated a natural foods co-op and worked for the Hopewell Borough Library. Lori resides in Titusville with her husband, Tim, three sons, David, Nate and Daniel and their beloved dog, Ripley. Lori’s passion outside of family is weightlifting. She also enjoys music, reading and gardening.
Pattie Lee Curtiss, Parish Administrator, has been a member of St. Matthew’s for 27 years. She is a native of Titusville, and a proud “Class of ‘73” graduate of Hopewell Valley Central High School. She was previously employed as a clerk stenographer for the New Jersey State Police, secretary for Bearings Incorporated and finally as a Purchasing Agent before deciding to take a few years off to attend to her growing family. She lives in a refurbished 1750’s farmhouse with her husband in Ringoes, NJ, along with her five cats and dog. Pattie has two grown sons, a daughter and one granddaughter. She is a huge Yankees baseball fan and also enjoys spending afternoons at Trenton Thunder games. When her teams aren’t in town, she also enjoys the thrill of NASCAR racing! When Pattie is not working on the church newsletter and all of the other “happenings” around the parish, she enjoys exercising, weightlifting, and gardening. Her greatest passion is spending quality time with her Dad and family.
Our Vestry: Tom Dimuzio (Warden), Kate Westbrook (Warden), Amy Eckel (Treasurer), Ellie Driscoll (Communications/Evangelism), Bill DuCharme (Stewardship), Carl Swanson (Stewardship), Mickey Graham (Clerk of the Vestry), Moira Lawrence (Music & Worship), Debbie Linthorst (Hospitality), June Vester (Hospitality), Elizabeth Luciano (Christian Education), Dabby Palmer (Pastoral Care), Ron Sheay (Mission), Nora Sirbaugh (Property), Bruce Weise (Finance)