St. Thomas Staff
Jennifer Elizabeth Mattson
Jennifer began her ministry at St. Thomas in January of 2017. Priest, wife, and mother of four, she lives in the city of Lancaster with her family. An advocate for children, Pastor Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with minors in Early Childhood Education and Music from Shippensburg University. She completed her theological studies at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, earning her Master of Divinity in 2005. She continued her education in pastoral care as a chaplain resident at Yale New Haven Hospital, completing two levels of clinical pastoral education.
Pastor Jennifer loves singing and recently traveled with her daughter and husband on a choral pilgrimage to England with the choir of St. Martin-in-the Fields where they sang at Bristol Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. She is an avid gardener, enthusiastic dancer, and lover of all things liturgical and musical.
A confirmed people person, Deacon Jane Miron believes that talking is a great spiritual exercise! She used to occupy her time during the day by “hanging out” with 7th graders trying to instill in them a deep love and appreciation for history. She has since retired from teaching middle-schoolers, but not from church work! In addition to serving as deacon at St. Thomas, Jane also serves as the Archdeacon for the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, where she helps educate and empower others to live out their diaconal ministry.
Deacon Jane lives in Neffsville, with her husband David. One of her favorite activities is spending time with her two grandchildren, Sierra and Christian. Other activities include biking, walking, reading and spending time with people! She and David have raised two children, Hannah, who lives in Lancaster, and Nick, who lives with his wife Allison and the grandchildren in Lititz.
Dr. Maria Corley
Director of Music
Dr. Maria Corley was born in Jamaica, but grew up in Alberta, Canada. She had her first public performance at the age of eight. She has since appeared on radio, television, and concert stages in Canada, the United States, Central America, Bermuda, and Europe as both soloist and collaborative artist, including performances at Alice Tully and Carnegie Halls in New York City. A graduate of Alberta University, she also holds masters and doctorate degrees from the Julliard School.
She juggles ongoing careers as concert pianist, music teacher, voice actor, and writer with her duties as choir director at St. Thomas and mother of two fabulous kids. It makes for a hectic but very full life!
Katharine "Kit" Suliveras
Church School DirectorKatharine “Kit” Suliveras born and raised in Lancaster. She graduated from Penn Manor High School in 1994 and recieved her B,.A. from Hampton University. A stay-at-home mother of three, ages 11, 9 and 7, Kit has served as a Sunday School teacher, Nursery caregiver, Child Care Center director, Pregnancy and Parenting case manager, and Education Coordinator.
She enjoys swimming, scrapbooking, and has written three children’s books.
Jessica Harris serves as the nursery caregiver on Sunday mornings. Jessica is a mother and preschool teacher at Hildebrandt Learning Center in Lancaster.
Always smiling, Jessica loves children and has a special way with babies and toddlers!
Parish SecretaryBev Rider joined the St. Thomas staff as the part-time parish secretary in March of 2013 and is happy to be working for such a wonderful and caring church family.
She grew up on a farm in East Earl, PA and is the youngest of four children. Bev married Randy, her high school sweetheart, in July of 1993. They moved to Oklahoma in order for Randy to finish college then lived in Texas for a year before moving back to the east coast in 1997. During the summer of 2012, they moved back “home” to New Holland, PA after having lived in Delaware for almost 14 years. Randy and Bev have two children, JR and Mandi, who are both very active in school and sports. Her family enjoys their labradoodle, Nacho, spending time with friends and family, as well as watching the many sports and activities that the children are involved in.
Facilities ManagerHaving been raised a “P.K.” (preacher’s kid), Ken Moyer did not feel called to follow in his father’s footsteps! Instead, he worked thirty nine years for a pharmaceutical company, taking on carpentry jobs on the side as an outlet for his lifelong passion for woodworking.
He lives with Jane, his wife of many years, in a house just north of Manheim. After he retired, the two of them traveled several times to Europe, Iceland, and the western U.S. He very much enjoys his “retirement” jobs as facilities manager at St. Thomas and ranger at a local golf course. Ken’s motto in life is, “God is good!”