Rector: The Rev’d Fr. T. L. Crowder
The Reverend Fr. Thomas L. Crowder was born-and-raised on the Southern Oregon Coast. He graduated from North Bend High School, and Southwestern Oregon Community College. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in English, with an emphasis in Philosophy, from Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Oregon, in A.D. 1985. The Most Reverend Robin Bradley Connors, of the Anglican Church in America, ordained him to the Diaconate on 18 July, A.D. 1999, at the Pro-Cathedral Parish of Saint Mark’s, in Portland, Oregon; The Right Reverend James G. Stewart ordained him to the Priesthood on 29 June, A.D. 2002, on the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, in the Church of the Epiphany, in Phoenix, Arizona.
On 5 February, A.D. 2005, Father Crowder was Received, subconditione, by the Right Reverend William McClean, Jr., into the Order of Saint Dominic of the Anglican Catholic Church. In A.D. 2007, he was called to Christ Church Parish, Warrenton, Virginia, then of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States; in A.D. 2008 he founded Saint Columba Parish, in Warrenton, Virginia. At the Diocesan Synod of A.D. 2012, The Right Reverend D. Francis Lerow requested that he serve as Priest-in-Charge of Saint Matthew’s Parish, in Newport News, Virginia, in-addition to his duties as Rector of Saint Columba. He was later called to serve as Rector of Saint Matthew’s, and was instituted on 15 February, A.D. 2014, and has served here since that time.
Senior Warden: David Radcliffe
Junior Warden: Matthew Coffey
Treasurer: Charlotte Haden
Born and raised in Bergan County, New Jersey, Charlotte came to Virginia in 1978. She holds a bachelors degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia and a masters degree in business administration from the College of Williams and Mary. She is married to Charles Haden, an attorney, and recently completed seventeen years of homeschooling their three children. She is a long-time member of the SAGE and PAGE Homeschool Cooperative and has served on its board of directors since 2010.
Charlotte has been a member of Saint Matthew’s Parish since 2006. She is a member of the altar guild and has served on the vestry from 2007 to 2008, from 2010 to 2012, and from 2014 to 2015. Charlotte has been parish treasurer since 2008.
Clerk of the Vestry: Col. Richard C. Payne, Ret.
Richard C. Payne grew up in northern Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, as well as a commission in the U.S. Army Reserve (via the ROTC Program). Mr. Payne then attended graduate school at Princeton University, from which he received his Ph.D. in English, with a cross-disciplinary specialization in Old and Middle English Literature, the history of the English Language, and Latin Patristics. He served as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago for eight years, concurrent with assignments in the Illinois National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. He then returned to active military duty, where his assignments included serving as an instructor at Virginia Tech (where he taught ROTC), and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (where he taught military history). After retiring from active duty in 2000, he began working as a Department of the Navy civilian, designing and authoring training courses to be taught at all four Naval Shipyards.
Colonel Payne joined St. Matthew’s Parish in 1994, when the Army transferred him to Fort Monroe. Since then, he has served continuously as a layreader (after 20 years doing so in the Episcopal Church) and a member of the Parish Choir. Colonel Payne and his wife Dianne reside in Hampton.
Master of Ceremonies: James W. Elsnau
Altar Guild Directress: Valerie Rasieleski
Valerie Rasieleski grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts and moved to Virginia in 1999. She became a Certified Medical Assistant and worked for several doctors until her retirement in 1998. Valerie joined Saint Matthew’s Parish in 1999. She has served on the vestry and currently belongs to the choir in addition to leading the altar guild. Valerie has two children (a daughter in Massachusetts and a son in Rhode Island), six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Sunday School Directress: Marsha Monday
Parish Hound: Pepper
After a rough start in life at a puppy mill, Pepper now has a home with his human companion, the Reverend Father Thomas L. Crowder. Pepper came to Saint Matthew’s from Saint Columba’s Parish in Warrenton Virginia, along with Fr. Crowder. Pepper’s duties around the parish include, but are not limited to, escorting Fr. Crowder during the processional and recessional hymns, barking at threats real and imagined, cleaning food spills from the floor of the parish hall, and making people smile. Pepper has been the parish hound since 2012. Find his musings at View from the Floor.