Leadership

 Vestry

Dave Scott

Senior Warden
 
For over nineteen years Advent has been Dave Scott’s Church home here in Chester County and he has served on the Vestry since 2018 and previously served on Vestries at St. Marks Church in Bermuda and at St. David’s Episcopal Church in North Wilmington. In addition to his duties as Warden Dave also has responsibility for the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Dave is also currently involved with the visitation group, and more recently assisting with the Advent/St. Michael youth group. He serves as an usher and greeter on a regular basis and has served as a Sunday School teacher for several years in the early 2000’s. Dave is now retired and lives in West Grove, Pennsylvania.  


Christopher Pepe 

Finance Warden

Husband and Father to Pepe Family. Michele (wife), Sophia, Michael, Matthew and Madeline (Children).  have attended Advent for last decade+. Christopher lives in Kennett Square Borough and have for the last decade. He is a graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Engineering. Current President of Pepe Properties LLC and property management firm of family-owned real estate, Kennett Square Properties LLC a construction company, HX Coils LLC a heat exchanger business serving the northeast USA, GP Energy Products LLC a boiler company involved in maintenance, selling and rentals of boiler products, and Merion Pump and Equipment Co a pump company involved in maintenance, selling and repair of pump equipment.


Collis Townsend

Development Warden


Catherine and I have lived in Kennett for over 30 years. We put Shelby & Jack through the school system and have watched the town blossom and grow. We have contributed what and where we can, including at Advent. It has been very rewarding for us.


Kim Hoeschel

People's Warden

Kim Hoeschel began serving her second term on Vestry in 2019. She is currently the People's Warden and the vestry liaison to Christian Education for children and adults. Kim and her husband Andre joined Advent in 1995. Their three children were baptized at Advent and grew up participating in the life of the church.


Kym Dyer

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Kevin Delaney

Kevin has lived in the greater Philadelphia area most of my life and own and operate a residential carpentry business. Carol and Kevin have attended Advent for 35 years and I have served Advent as an usher, taught Sunday school, been on the buildings and grounds committee and have sung with the choir and performed for various musical events. 


Bill Garrett


Bill and Mary Garrett moved from Wilmington to Kennett Square in 1995, and began attending Advent soon thereafter. They have raised four sons — Kyle (35), Taylor (33), Will (27), and Jack (25). This is Bill’s first year on the Vestry. He has been an usher at the 10:15 service for the past several years. Before moving to Kennett, Bill was a long-time member and then President of the Board for Limen House, a Wilmington halfway house for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, launched as an outreach of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. He was also a member of the Board for TRIAD, a ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington offering counseling and other services to the recovery community.


Stuart Davies


Stuart is a Senior Portfolio Manager at DuPont Capital Management. His family has been members of Advent for over 10 years.


Trish James


Trish James has been on Vestry since 2020 and is the liaison to Advent’s Communication Committee. Trish also teaches Sunday School and is active Advent’s outreach work with the Kennett Food Cupboard. Trish, her husband Kris, and their two boys Kristopher (14) and Matthew (10) live in West Grove, PA and been worshipping at Advent for more than 14 years. 


Mary Nichols


Mary Nichols has been a member of Advent for 12 years. This will be her second term serving as your Vestry Member. She has beenI a the Vestry Liaison for Pastoral Care along with organizing Special events, including the Rummage Sales and Artisan Fair. I also serve as an usher and usually attend the 10:15 service.


Cindy Reindl

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Elizabeth Curtis-Swain

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Celia Kaucic


Celia Kaucic has been Secretary since October 2018. Celia has served as Youth Group Leader, taught Sunday School, has coordinated the Christmas Instant Pageant for a number of years, and continues to serve on a variety of committees. She and husband Doug have been members of Advent for more than 20 years, and sons David and Luke were baptized and confirmed at Episcopal Church of the Advent.


The Vestry is the governing body of the Episcopal Church. They work with the Rector to maintain the budget and oversee the operations of the Church. The Vestry can be contacted through email: [email protected], or through calling the Church office: 610 444 4624

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CLERGY SUPPORT MINISTRY

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CONCERNS RESOLUTION PROCESS

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CONFLICT OF INTEREST

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ANNUAL REPORT 2019

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Delegates to Diocesan Convention

Jay Hummel
Delegate

Jay is excited to be involved at Advent Kennett Square. He has been involved in many ministries throughout the EDOPA. He serves on the Parrish Education Committee. He hosts a monthly discussion group about the radio program "On-Being". Jay loves history and hopes to open the churches doors.
He and his partner Curtis live in Kennett Square. Jay has his own technology and training company. called MCT. He is a graduate of Temple University, Klein College of Media and Communication. He loves to drink coffee and making the world a better place.


Bryan Bente
Alt Delegate

Bryan is a long time member of Advent who has served on the vestry a total of nine years and has been a member of the choir for twenty years. She currently serves on the Adult Education committee. She has attended Diocesan Convention in the past, including the session that elected Bishop Gutierrez. She appreciates the need to have a good working relationship with the Diocese. Bryan worked as a chemist for Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies developing instruments for chemists for 40 years and is now enjoying retirement. on


Parish Staff

Wilson G. Somers, Director of Music


Wilson G. Somers, Director of Music, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. In 2001 he came to Church of the Advent and soon began the Advent Community Concerts to benefit local and national charities.
As a composer of classical music, Somers has written Mass for the Homeless with his wife Joan. which was performed twice with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has raised funds for homeless ministries in DE. Somers composed Requiem for 9/11 which premiered in 2012 at the Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE, and benefited Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA.
As a jazz pianist/composer, Somers earned an Emmy Award for his soundtrack to the documentary film, Edward L. Loper, Prophet of Color. Joan and Wilson have four grown children, Victoria (Steve), Peter (Ovaline), Tyler (Jenny), and Bethany; seven grandchildren, Jordan, Brady, Miranda, Roman, Myles, Titus, and Jane; and a dog named Chaseon

Contact Wilson - [email protected]

Leon Spencer, Handbell Choir Director


Leon Spencer, Handbell Choir Director, joined the staff at Advent in September, 2018. He graduated from Muskingum University in 1973, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, for graduate studies in vocal pedagogy and choral conducting. Before returning home to Pennsylvania, He was the Director of Music at the Second Presbyterian Church in Newark, Ohio, where he began directing handbell choirs.   

Kathy Corkadel, Finance Secretary


Kathy Corkadel, Finance Secretary has been with Advent since 1980. After a short leave with her children, she returned part-time, and finally full-time in 1989. She has been the Office Manager here since 1996. 

Contact Kathy - [email protected]

Ann Daemer, Parish Secretary


Ann Daemer, Parish Secretary, joined the staff on January 21, 1998, Longtime friend and neighbor, Kathy Corkadel (Office Manager) told her of the available Parish Secretary position.

Contact Ann - [email protected]

Irma Vasquez, Assistant Sexton


Irma Vasquez joined the staff in 1998 as the assistant church sexton. She also manages the church child care area on Sundays. 


Address

401 N Union Street
Kennett Square, PA, 19348

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We are a congregation who join together for worship, service, and fellowship. We are proud to carry on the traditions that have made us a vibrant parish for these many years. We're also a forward-looking parish committed to making Christ visible in our community and the world. We have been servicing Kennett Square and the surrounding communities for over 135 years.

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