Clergy, Staff & Vestry
The Reverend Jeffrey A. Packard, Rector
Father Packard is a son of St. Andrew’s. He was born and raised in State College. Baptized at St. Andrew’s as an infant, he grew up participating along with his family in parish activities—Sunday School, youth group, serving as an acolyte—and was confirmed by Bishop Dean Stevenson. After graduating from State College Area High School, he attended Penn State where he majored in psychology. He met his wife Sian (pronounced “Shawn”) while at Penn State. They were both active in the campus student ministry. The two were married just after graduation. Father Packard worked in a psychiatric hospital for three years, and then went to the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria in 1992. He graduated with a masters in divinity in 1995. Their first child was born that same year. Ordained a deacon by Bishop Charlie McNutt, Father Packard came to be the curate at St. Andrew’s serving under Father Larry Hofer during his second year as rector. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Michael Creighton at St. Andrew’s on his thirtieth birthday.
Father Packard is delighted to be back in State College after more than 20 years away, during which he served parishes in northern Pennsylvania and in Virginia. Along with their three adult children, his wife Sian and their many animals, he is settling into being the rector of the parish he loves so much and for so long.
The Reverend Joseph H. DeLauter, Deacon
Deacon Joe completed the diaconate program with the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania School of Christian Studies in May 2005, was ordained to the diaconate and assigned to Saint Andrew’s in November 2005. He is a graduate of Penn State, a native of State College, and was baptized and confirmed at Saint Andrew’s. He and his wife, Sandra, have two children, Christine Krasnansky and Joseph DeLauter II, and two grandchildren, Chloe and Lauren Krasnansky.
Allison Shea, Parish Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison and her husband Dennis moved to State College in 1990 when Dennis started teaching at Penn State. They joined St. Andrew’s in 1996 following the birth of their daughter, Caroline. Until Allison joined the St. Andrew’s staff, Caroline and her brother Connor, born in 2001, kept her occupied as a stay-at-home mom. At St. Andrew’s, Allison has volunteered with the pre-school which both children attended, taught Church School, assisted at Vacation Bible School, worked on many fundraisers and dinners for the parish and youth programs, served as a soup maker at the Community Café, managed the Gift Shop, served a term on Vestry, and continues to play violin for the 5:00 Sunday service and serve on the Parish Life Committee. She has a degree in English and Psychology from the College of William and Mary and has worked as an impaired risk life insurance brokerage manager and an event planner for Encore Books.
Kathy Hickner, Director of Children and Youth, email@example.com
Kathy and her husband Mike, a professor of Materials Science at PSU, have lived in State College since 2007 with their boys Gabe and Nat. Kathy has been involved at St. Andrew’s in various ways since she arrived in town, but when she is not doing that or keeping the home fires burning, she likes to paint and draw, read, try to get outside, and attempt to keep up with movies and music. She has a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Kenyon College in Ohio, where she became an enthusiastic Episcopalian at the loveliest, creakiest, smallest college chapel you can imagine (where she was later married), the Church of the Holy Spirit. Kathy has done stints in social work, journalism, and elementary education before starting a family. She has been involved with education in the Episcopal Church in some form or another for almost twenty years. At St. Andrew’s she has spent time with really little kids up through teenagers and has loved them all.
Scott Luzier, Sexton
Scott was born and raised in Clearfield and attended Clarion University. He worked for several years as a machine technician and for Murata Electronics and has been self-employed. He enjoys spending time with family, watching football, fishing and working around the house. Scott and his wife, Sara, live in Spring Mills. They have two children, Devin, who helps at Saint Andrew’s when needed, and Courtney.
Gloria Meder, Membership Secretary
Gloria has been a member of Saint Andrew’s since 1970 and her children and grandchildren all graduated from State College Area High School. She has been an active member of the Altar Guild and was parish secretary in the late 1980s until her retirement in 2001. In addition to her work as membership secretary, Gloria volunteers for other duties, and Saint Andrew’s is a big part of her life.
Walter Wells, Choir Director
Walter has been choir director at Saint Andrew’s since 1976. He is a graduate of Penn State and was in the army in Arlington, Va., where he continued to study music and met his wife, Molly, who sings in the choir. After graduate school he came to Saint Andrew’s and worked for the Arts and Humanities Library at Penn State. He has written numerous works for organ and for choirs.
In addition to his work at Saint Andrew’s, Walter has been active in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, serving as a member of the Diocesan Liturgy and Music Commission and teaching classes for the School of Christian Studies. He has conducted choirs for various diocesan events, including the visit to the diocese of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, and for the consecrations of Bishop Baxter and Bishop Scanlan. He is an honorary lay canon of the cathedral in Harrisburg. Walter is also a member of the Anglican Association of Musicians, and of the American Choral Directors Association. He serves on the board of directors for its Pennsylvania chapter.
Gwen Catchen, Organist
Gwen has been organist at Saint Andrew’s Church since 1983. Gwen holds a Master of Fine Arts from Penn State and a Bachelor of Music from Syracuse University. She studied organ with Donald Sutherland and June Miller.
Gwen has been a church musician since her high school years. She served as choirmaster and organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., as a choir member at St. Bartholomew’s in New York City and assistant organist at First United Methodist Church in Ponca City, Okla., before coming to Saint Andrew’s. Gwen is a member of the Diocesan Music and Liturgy Commission, the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Mary Andrew, Financial Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary lives in Lemont with her husband, Paige. They moved to State College in 1995 and found St. Andrew’s soon afterwards. Mary was received in 1997. Over the past 18 years, Mary has been involved at St. Andrew’s by serving as a Sunday School teacher, J2A leader, Treasurer, Investment Committee member, Coffee Hour host, Counter and currently a Rite-13 leader and Usher. She and Paige have two grown sons, Ian and Colin, who both served as acolytes at St. Andrew’s. Mary holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University and works full-time as a Financial Officer for the College of Health & Human Development at Penn State University.
Julie Kwasnica, Treasurer, email@example.com
Julie has been a member of Saint Andrew’s since she and her husband, Tony, were received in 2001. She accepted the position of Treasurer in April 2019, but before that had been the Nursery Coordinator since 2006, and the Interim Youth Ministry Coordinator for one year. Julie has two teenage daughters, Anna and Marlee, and she stays actively involved at St. Andrew’s by serving on the Parish Life Committee; attending Compassionate Life; working in the church flower beds; making soup for the Community Cafe and serving on the Cafe Board; and sometimes helping in the church office, including maintaining this website.
Natalie Gahm, Nursery Coordinator
Natalie moved to State College in March 2018 and became a member of St. Andrew’s later that year. With a passion for insect identification, biodiversity, and ecology, she holds a B.S. and M.S. in entomology from Oklahoma State University and has experience in education, research, and extension. Natalie lives with her fiance and their feline children, and enjoys knitting, year-round Christmas cheer, and daydreaming of the peaceful Tallgrass Prairie beneath those thunderous Oklahoman skies.
Vestry is the governing board of the parish. Members are elected by the congregation at the annual parish meeting in January and serve three-year terms conducting the secular business of the parish.
One of its traditional functions is to oversee the finances of the church but, along with the rector, the vestry also has a responsibility for the physical upkeep, if not enhancement, of the physical plant. As in many other Episcopal parishes, the vestry at Saint Andrew’s has developed interests in addition to finances and building maintenance. Each vestry member serves as a liaison to a particular ministry of the parish (e.g., Christian education, finance, companion parishes, investments, spiritual life, community outreach, music). In coordination with the rector, the vestry promotes the spiritual welfare of the church and engages in long-range planning. The members of vestry also serve as allies of and consultants to the priest in his service to the church, community, diocese and the national church. The rector is an ex officio member of the vestry and presides at its meetings. The leaders of the vestry at Saint Andrew’s are referred to as the Senior Warden (sometimes called Rector’s Warden) and the Junior Warden (sometimes called People’s Warden).
Term Expires 2020
Kathryn Yahner, Senior Warden
Term Expires 2021
Scott Strouse, Junior Warden
Term Expires 2022
Clerk: Kevin Lowe
Treasurer: Julie Kwasnica treasurer@StAndrewSC.org
Financial Secretary: Mary Andrew financesc@StAndrewSC.org