Fr. Matthew D’Amario OP comes to St. Paul’s by-the Sea from the Church of the Resurrection, Copley Parish, in Joppa, Maryland, where he has served since 2012 as the part-time Priest-in-Charge. A native of Baltimore, Fr. Matthew received an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Divinity degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. He was received as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church in 2009 and was ordained a priest on January 2, 2011.
Fr. Matthew has served at the church of St. John’s in the Village and the Church of the Holy Nativity in Pimlico before his calling at the Church of the Resurrection. Fr. Matthew has been a bi-vocational priest, serving a congregation and as a school teacher teaching religion, philosophy and mathematics. In addition to all of that, Fr. Matthew is fluent in Spanish and French, is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and CPR trainer, and plays the bagpipes! Fr. Matthew and his husband Craig moved to the area in August and are enjoying their lives at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea. On November 6, 2016, he was installed as the twentieth rector of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea at a Celebration of New Ministry service presided over by Bishop Santosh Marray.
In August 2018 Fr. Matthew became a member of the Anglican Dominican order. Thus the O.P. (Order of Preachers) after his name.
DEACON POSTULATE-LAURA McCARTHY
I grew up in Westover, Maryland (Somerset County) and am the middle child of three. I have an older sister who lives in Spain most of the year and a younger brother who lives in the home were we all grew up. Both of my parents are deceased. I am a “cradle Episcopalian” and was baptized as an infant in Laurel, Maryland, then confirmed at St. Andrew’s in Princess Anne. I have spent most of my life in the Episcopal Church except a few years in middle/high school when we attended the Methodist Church in Princess Anne so we could participate in Sunday school and youth activities. We went back to St. Andrews by late high school where my brother and I taught Sunday school. I skipped a few years of going to church in my late teens/very early 20s (I was more interested in going to the beach on Sundays) until I realized that I was missing something important in my life and started going back to church. In 2002 I attended Cursillo in the Diocese of Central Florida where I truly met Jesus for the first time. It was that Cursillo that planted the seed I was called to servant ministry. I wasn’t thinking about ordination at the time. I ignored God’s nudging until 2013 when he gave me a shove and I started the conversation with my priest, Fr. David Michaud. With one thing or the other it was another five years before I could start the discernment process to confirm that I was called to ordained ministry as a Vocational Deacon. I currently hold the positions of Secretary to Convention in the Diocese of Easton, Assistant Secretary to Diocesan Council, and Assistant Director of the newly formed Bishop’s Institute for Discipleship, Leadership, and Ministry Formation. I am also a Licensed Lay Worship Leader, Licensed Lay Eucharistic Minister and Licensed Lay Eucharistic Visitor. I am single and live in Hebron, Maryland, with two cats named Miss Kitty and Penny and a Hahn’s Macaw named Monty.
DONALD O’GRINCE- ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Retired after thirty two years of service in the Corporate World of Global Information Technology Management, Don and his wife Kathy immediately relocated to Ocean City to spend time with two of their five grandchildren. The other three reside in Jacksonville Florida and Kathy and Don spend a lot of time traveling to be with them as well. In August 2013 their oldest grandson left Ocean City for Virginia Tech (Honors Engineering) to pursue a degree in computer science engineering. To date Don feels that his administrative career at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea has been very rewarding as he attempts to seamlessly integrate new technologies and processes into the traditions of the church. “I am enjoying the magnificent Ocean City life style and the never ending challenges of working in a church!” The office is located in the undercroft area with the main (handy-cap) door entrace at ground level off 3rd street facing Baltimore Ave.
JOY CONNOR- DIRECTOR OF THE RED DOORS COMMUNITY CENTER
Joy is the director of The Red Doors, St. Paul’s by-the-Sea’s community center outreach ministry that provides enrichment and educational opportunities in mind, body, and spirit.
MRS. SHIRLEY TOMS HAILEY- ORGANIST/PIANIST AND CHOIR DIRECTOR
Shirley says that “God has been good allowing me to use the gift of music that he gave me for 67 years. My very first piano lesson was at age 10 and I have never tired of playing. This has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people from around the world while I have traveled very little. I have sat on the piano/organ bench playing in beautiful Ocean City for 41 years and have never desired to go anywhere else. I started playing in church at age 12 and have continued to this day. I consider myself blessed!”
Shirley plays the pipe organ and the piano and collaborates with the Rector to determine music selections each week. She directs the St. Paul’s by-the-Sea choir, which meets after the Sunday services at 11am. New singers are always welcome!
ADDITIONAL STAFF MEMBERS
Our parish staff includes our Treasurer Paul Rogers and Bookkeeper Jody Farley.
The church relies on volunteers to maintain church operations, programs, and ministries. Jane Ellis heads the board of the Shepherd’s Crook Food Pantry, Amy Rothermel is our Gardener, Jody Farley publishes our E-Newsletter and Suzanne Zantzinger is our Historian.
The St. Paul’s by-the-Sea church office is located in the front, at ground level, off 3rd street facing Baltimore Ave. were the mail box and the (handy-cap) door entrance are located.
Office hours are Monday-Friday 9am-12:30pm.