OUR LEADERSHIP

We strive to create a welcoming community for all church visitors.

Call Christ Church at 215-922-1695

Christ Church Staff 

  • The Reverend Jon Coffey, Interim Rector
    ext. 22 | Email Jon
  • The Reverend Susan Richardson, Associate Rector
    ext. 25 | Email Susan
  • The Reverend Palmer Hartl, Parish Associate
    ext. 21 | Email Palmer
  • Cecilia Wagner, Church Administrator
    ext. 21 | Email Cecilia
  • Parker Kitterman, Organist & Music Director
    ext. 27 | Email Parker
  • Robin Parke, Godly Play & Children's Minister
    Email Robin
  • Patrick McCue, Sexton
    ext. 38 | Email Patrick

Christ Church Preservation Trust Staff

  • Barbara Hogue, Executive Director
    ext. 29 | Email Barbara
  • Hannah Opdenaker, Associate Director
    ext. 28 | Email Hannah
  • Hannah Wallace, Director of Public Engagement
    ext. 32 | Email Hannah
  • John Hopkins, Director of Operations & Burial Ground Coordinator
    ext. 33 | Email John
  • Vince Lattuca, Director of Marketing & Special Projects
    ext. 26 | Email Vince
  • Carol Smith, Archivist
    ext. 34 | Email Carol

Our Clergy

The Rev. Jon Coffey, Interim Rector

The Rev. Coffey arrives on May 1.

Jon Coffey was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and raised in Miami, Florida. He was the eldest of four children, born to the Rev. Jonathan Coffey, Sr. And Mary Corey Coffey, whose father had been a Canadian Anglican missionary in Labrador, Japan and Hawaii. Jon and Julie Gibson were married in 1974 before moving to Chicago for seminary training. Since ordination in 1977, Jon has served small, intermediate and large corporate-size congregations in Michigan, Arkansas, New York, Arizona and Florida, where he began his active ministry and where he retired in 2015. The Coffeys then built a home on the marsh in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina. Since retirement he has served four interim ministries in South Carolina, Sheboygan, Wisconsin and Kauai’i.

Julie is a licensed social worker and psychotherapist, serving a private practice in Jacksonville, Florida from which she is gradually retiring. Jon and Julie’s daughter Kate is an acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine in St. Paul, MN where she lives with Justin her husband and their children Fletcher (6) and Ellie Lu (2). Jon and Julie have a son, Spencer, who died tragically in May of 2021 at the age of 36. Spencer was an artist, a musician and a chef. Julie and Jon also have a three year old Labrador Retriever named Otey.

Jon’s focus in his 45 years of ordained ministry has always been the twin mysteries of healing and reconciliation. After “basic training” at Seabury-Western Seminary, Jon studied management and spiritual growth at the General Theological Seminary in New York and then did doctoral work at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, also in New York. He has studied systems theory and Appreciative Inquiry and has always delighted in the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit made manifest among God’s creation and people.

Jon and Julie enjoy kayaking, bicycling, hiking, gardening, all and each of the arts and Jon has been involved since retirement in establishing the first Preservation Burial Ground in Beaufort County and in founding the Historic Reconstruction National Park.

Susan Richardson, Associate Rector

The Rev. Susan Richardson, Ph.D., received her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, her Certificate in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary, and was ordained a priest at Christ Church in 2006, serving as an Assistant Minister through late 2010.  After stepping away to serve as an interim rector in New Jersey, she went "back to the future," returning to Christ Church in 2014.  She works with all the ministries of Christ Church, including the vibrant young adult and wedding ministries, with particular passions for preaching and teaching, and she loves how this inside-out community is connected with the world.  Susan has an interest in spirituality and work, having written about meaning and workplace for the Philadelphia NPR affiliate WHYY on her blog Human at Work and done editing for the Faith & Work Initiative at Princeton University. She is a member of the newly formed Mayoral Commission on Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs under Mayor Kenney's Office of Public Engagement.  Susan’s a member of the 2016 Core Class of Leadership Philadelphia and a 2008 Episcopal Church Foundation fellow for work with children with learning differences.  Since 2012, she has also been adjunct faculty at The College of New Jersey, teaching "World Religions" and "History and Theology of Christianity" and, for spring 2022, was a preceptor at Princeton University's Keller Center for the class "Business Ethics: Succeeding Without Selling Your Soul."  Within the Diocese of Pennsylvania, she serves as a consultant to clergy in times of transition or conflict, seeing it as an opportunity for insight, growth, and health.  Susan is a mom whose default line is still "Did you wash your hands?” (he's grown now); she practices yoga and is grateful for John Oliver, Trevor Noah, and Nancy Drew. (Thanks to the beautiful Philippe Salomon for the photo.)

Palmer Hartl, Parish Associate​

The Rev. Palmer Hartl has served as a priest associate at Christ Church since 1999. Volunteering his time, Palmer brings a rich experience from a career in management, psychotherapy, and organizational consulting. Reach Palmer by calling the parish office at 215-922-1695 ext. 21


The Vestry