CHAPEL STAFF

FATHER TOMMY THOMPSON, RECTOR

Father Tommy is originally from Nashville, TN and moved to Pennsylvania in 2012 after serving various parishes in Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. Prior to being called as our Rector, he was Rector at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church, West Vincent. Father Tommy received his Diploma in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary (Alexandria, VA), his M.Div from Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, KY), and his B.A. in Religion/Pastoral Ministries from Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, TN).

In his spare time, Father Tommy enjoys strength training (he tries to compete in a powerlifting meet once or twice per year), fishing, motorcycling, all things barbecue, and spending quality time with his family. You may contact Father Tommy at: 610-783-0120 Ext 16 or fathertommy@wmchapel.org You are also welcome to Book an Appointment with Father Tommy


CHARLES GROVE, ORGANIST & CHOIRMASTER

Charles role in the Chapel’s community is to order and lead its worship.

He hopes to help provide the feeling of entering into an eternal place, one to which any church can act as a beautiful gate. Since he first heard Evensong at a Lebanon County parish, he has worked to worship and lead worship in a spirit of excellence and transcendence. He began playing the organ at 11, going on to study it at Lebanon Valley College, and then started to serve as the Chapel’s organist shortly thereafter in 2013.

The library of anthems, masses, and psalms that line the choir practice room represent centuries of sacred music. Together with the Book of Common Prayer, it forms the heart of the Anglican spiritual tradition. Charles is dedicated to including both newcomers and longtime parishioners in the musical and poetic participation of the liturgy. Laity and professionals sing together in the choir, not to perform for or even to guide the congregation, but as a personal form of worship, joining with angels and archangels. Worship is the act of declaring worthiness; music positions the singer in a posture of penitence and hope towards a loving God.

Charles is also responsible for providing the musical element at special events at the Chapel, be they weddings, funerals, or the special services of holy feasts. If you ever chance to catch him walking into the chapel at odd hours of the day, or working in a dusty corner of the organ chamber or practice room, he’ll probably be humming an Anglican chant to himself and pausing to sigh at its beauty before resuming. You may contact Charles at: 610-783-0120 Ext 17 charles@wmchapel.org


DOUG GEFVERT, CHAPEL CARILLONNEUR AND WALL OF HONOR COORDINATOR

Doug is the Chapel’s resident Carillonneur and also the Coordinator of our Veterans Wall of Honor. He plays our carillon for the main service each Sunday; for weddings, funerals and burials as well as our patriotic carillon concerts and special occasions. Doug runs our Summer Carillon Concert Series, including its fund raising, and oversees our Veterans Wall of Honor.

Doug first studied carillon at Westminster College where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in organ. He then studied with Frank Law, our carillon’s first carillonneur, while at Temple University, where he earned his masters degree in music history. He is a Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.

Before assuming his current position here at the Chapel in 1999, Doug had been Bellmaster at historic Old Christ Church in Philadelphia for 21 years. He has written and arranged numerous pieces for carillon and has recorded several carillon CD’s. You may contact Doug at: 610-783-0120 Ext 18 or dgefvert@verizon.net


NICOLE MARIE, MFA PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

Nicole Marie has served as our Parish Administrator since 2019. She has had a long standing connection to the Chapel through her great-grandparents, who were members, and she also served in the lay ministry. Through this path, she was confirmed into the Episcopal church. Nicole applies her education from Eastern University and Rosemont College in history and writing, as well as her experience working in memory care, to her administrative work. 

Nicole is dedicated to communicating with our parish, the general public, and those who are grieving in a kind and welcoming way. If you have a question about our services, bulletins, the Chapel newsletter, our prayer list, planning a wedding, funeral, or special event, or if you are seeking information on membership, please contact Nicole. She works Monday through Thursday and is happy to help. Nicole is passionate about her work and believes it is God’s calling to serve on staff at the Chapel.

When not working, Nicole enjoys creative writing, history, art, fitness, travel, horses, and spending quality time with her fiance Bryant, family, and friends. You may contact Nicole at: 610-783-0120 Ext 10 or nicolemarie@wmchapel.org


FIONN REID, CEMETERY AND GROUNDS MANAGER

Fionn joined the Chapel with his extended family in the early 1990s. Baptized and Confirmed here with his brother Liam, he also sang in the renowned men and boys choir under Peter Conte and James Wallace.

After a brief time at college, he moved to the west coast to manage a computer repair shop and help found a startup web video company, (an exciting new thing in the early 2000s!). He returned to Pennsylvania in 2012 and was first hired as a consultant to assist in upgrading the Chapel’s aging IT infrastructure and to manage the process of digitizing our cemetery records. As a 3rd generation cradle Episcopalian with a deep love for all Chapel and Park history and extensive office support experience, Fionn was then asked to regularly assist the Parish Administrator and Cemetery Manager on a weekly basis.

During the time working on upgrading the Chapels IT systems, assisting other staff in the office, and seeing the changing needs of the Chapel first hand, he made multiple proposals to the Vestry to bring all landscaping and Cemetery grounds work in-house.

Over the last 8+ years while instituting these changes Fionn has worked often in dual or alternating roles with other Chapel staff in managing both the administrative side of the Cemetery and Chapel office and the labor-intensive work of grounds and buildings maintenance on our 43-acre campus. Currently, Fionn serves as Cemetery and Grounds Manager and oversees all grounds maintenance and staff and all burials, sales, and work in the Cemetery. You may contact Fionn at: 610-783-0120 Ext 15 or fionn@wmchapel.org


LIAM REID, GROUNDSKEEPER

Born in Scotland, Liam joined the Washington Memorial Chapel Men and Boys Choir at the age of seven upon his family’s return to the U.S. and became the Choir’s Head Chorister, following his brother, Fionn. He has kept up his singing and tours every three years or so to major cathedrals in the U.K. with St. Peter’s in the Great Valley choir. He has sung Evensongs, Morning Prayer, and Communion at Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s and St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, and in Canterbury, Oxford, Chester and Durham, to name just a few. He has a professional degree in audio engineering and has recorded and filmed many concerts from classical and opera to rock & roll, and has run sound for hundreds of live shows including several Grammy award-winning artists. Liam has also produced music used on the National Geographic, History, and Discovery channels, for Animal Planet and ESPN. More recently, Liam has focused his free time on video production and is now the designated videographer for the Diocese, filming and recording and editing music and services at many Episcopal Churches.

Liam is responsible for maintaining and restoring the 43 acre property of the chapel and cemetery including lawn care, leaf cleanup, and snow removal. In addition to general upkeep, he works as the primary equipment operator on larger preventative maintenance projects and tree removal following extreme weather. He works closely with his brother Fionn, the cemetery manager to prepare the grounds for burials, sale appointments, and the finishing and repair work required following burials and monument installations. He is assisted in all areas of this work by assistant groundskeeper Ryan Mcintyre. Liam takes great pride in his work at the chapel and considers his cemetery work to be quite meaningful and spiritually fulfilling. You may contact Liam at: liam@wmchapel.org


DENISE GRIFFIN, FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR

Denise has served as the part time Finance Administrator since 2015 managing the day to day challenges of the chapel finances with support from the Accounting Warden.  After graduating college with a degree in Accounting Denise knew she wanted her work to include more than just numbers.  Luckily her skills allowed her to work 15+ years with a large Philadelphia based non profit organization followed by several years at community focused low income child care centers.  Working at Washington Memorial Chapel, surrounded by Valley Forge National Park, has added another rewarding chapter to her carear.  Have a question on the Parochial Report, Annual Budget, Audited Financials or Monthly Reports?  Please reach out to Denise, she is available Monday through Thursday and is always happy to discuss financials.  

When not crunching numbers Denise can be found at the gym, socializing with her book club or bunco groups and enjoying time with her husband and two children, preferably in the Outer Banks. You may contact Denise at: 610-783-0120 Ext 12 or accounting@wmchapel.org


KEN FIELDS, CABIN SHOP MANAGER

Ken became the Cabin Shop Manager in 2019. He came to Washington Memorial Chapel after 28 years in the Corporate world and 7 years as the owner/operator of a Coffee Shop Cafe on the Schuylkill River Trail in Conshohocken. In addition to his passion for running the Cabin Shop, he also enjoys cycling and World travel with his wife JoMarie. You may contact Ken at: 610-783-0120 Ext 20 or ken@wmchapel.org


DENISE BONDI, CABIN SHOP ASSISTANT MANAGER

Denise Bondi has served at the Chapel Cabin Shop since 2014. She started as a volunteer and was drawn to this work by the cabin’s quaintness and all of the homemade items. She enjoys talking with the people that she meets everyday including tourists from all over the world and the regulars that come in who she has gotten to know over the years. She also loves our wonderful volunteers. Denise is happy to be a part of the Cabin Shop and its Ministry. Outside of work she enjoys spending quality time with family, music, and theater.


MICHELLE KENNEDY, WEDDING COORDINATOR

Michelle Kennedy has been with the Chapel since 2013 as our Wedding Coordinator. As a Navy brat she traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and had opportunities to meet people from many cultures and backgrounds . This, along with her studies in Marketing and Communications, was great preparation for a career planning and organizing weddings for a variety of cliental.

Prior to working at the Chapel, Michelle produced Bridal Shows throughout the Delaware Valley, Organized Fund Raisers and Special Events for numerous Non –profits, and has worked with such notable companies as Sesame Place.

Michelle applies her experience to working with our Bridal Couples in the planning and organization of their wedding day here at the Chapel. She truly enjoys working with couples to create their special day.

During her off time, Michelle enjoys the great outdoors, riding her horse, Rigby, hiking with her Australian Shepherds and friends, as well as trying to keep up with her husband and two children! You may contact Michelle at: 610-783-0120 Ext 14 or michelle@wmchapel.org



DESIREE MCINTYRE, CHURCH SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Mrs. McIntyre, as she is known to the children, has been our Church School Director since 2014. She oversees the nursery ministry as well as the Sunday School for the school age children during the 10 am Sunday services. She is honored and excited to be able to teach the Word of God to these most precious and important members of God’s Kingdom (Matthew 19:14), and to equip them to fulfill I Timothy 4:12. During the week she can be found teaching music lessons to all ages and levels of musical students. Besides spending time with her four children and the family pets, she enjoys reading, especially books by Jan Karon, all things involving home building, architecture, interior design, and space planning. You may contact Desiree at: SundaySchool@wmchapel.org


RYAN MCINTYRE, ASSISTANT GROUNDSKEEPER

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Ryan takes pride in following in the footsteps of his grandfather as assistant groundskeeper for the Chapel’s cemetery. He enjoys history and Civil War reenacting, as well as metal and woodworking.


KATE MCINTYRE, NURSERY CAREGIVER

Kate provides welcoming, consistent, loving, safe care for the infant to preschool aged children while their parents worship at the 10 am service at the chapel, where she can be found reading in a rocking chair or playing blocks or cars on the rug. After the service, her space is invariably filled with joyous children from the Sunday School class playing games with her on the tiny tables while waiting for their parents, who then have to wait for their children who are reluctant to leave without finishing their game with Kate and friends! Away from the Chapel, Kate enjoys reading, assisting one of her two favorite bloggers, supporting her siblings with their hobbies, adoring a certain chihuahua, searching for that perfect vintage Land Rover, and dreaming of Australia.

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