Fr. Matthew D’Amario 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.
THE REV. PENNY MORROW, RETIRED
Penny was ordained by Bishop Shand at St Paul’s by-the-Sea on October 4, 2008. She has been a member of our Parish for over 25 years.
Raised up by the parish of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea in 2004, Penny was ordained by Bishop Shand at St. Paul’s in October, 2008. She served at the discretion of the Bishop of the Diocese of Easton, acting as a bridge between the Church and the world, a ministry of servanthood, while serving liturgical and parish duties at St. Paul’s.
The beautiful Boardwalk Labyrinthhoused in Dewees Hall was created and painted by Deacon Penny, and was a project of devotion and love.
The 2017 Summer Labyrinth event has been canceled due to new construction at St. Paul’s by-the Sea. We are already making plans to return in the Summer of 2018 with new amenities to please the participants.
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.
FAWN METE, DIRECTOR OF THE RED DOORS COMMUNITY CENTER
Fawn 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. Fawn earned a BA in International Studies and an MA in Secondary Social Studies Education from Towson University. She has taught 8th through 12th grade history and political science courses in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Worcester County Public Schools. As an International Baccalaureate Coordinator, a university-level magnet program based at Annapolis High School and serving all of southern Anne Arundel County, Fawn gained experience in program administration and curriculum design. A Maryland certified educator, Fawn also has 13 years of dance training in a variety of styles, including ballet, tap, and jazz courses at Towson University and loves having the creative outlet of teaching dance classes for children and adults at The Red Doors. “I am honored to have the opportunity to engage with the community on behalf of the parish to expand opportunities for youth in the arts, education, and service to the community.”
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 Bookkeeper Debbie Widgeon and accounting manager Suzy Young.
The church relies on volunteers to maintain church operations, programs, and ministries. Bruce Young heads the Shepherd’s Crook ministry, Suzy Young is our Gardener, Debbie Shuster 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.
Office hours are Monday-Friday 9am-12:30pm.