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.
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.
I have been a member of the Church of the Advent since 1995---25 years. I was confirmed in this church and my 3 daughters were active in church school activities, confirmation instruction, and youth trips. Each of them were confirmed at Advent. I met my husband, Bob Dyer, in this church (under the large tree that used to be in the front of the Narthex door) and
we were married at Advent . Our 4 grandchildren have been baptized here. I have been very involved in the community of Advent. My service includes office support, usher, Altar Guild (including a term as Director), Eucharistic Minister, service on the worship and outreach committees, and most recently, the Silent Auction and Artistic Fair church fundraiser.
Bob and I have supported Advent financially and voluntarily, including the donation for the refurbishing of one of the stained glass windows that hang in our Sanctuary today. I was a Registered Radiologic Technologist as well as a Registered Nurse, Oncology Certified, and home infusion care RN. I was the nurse for the AIDS walk one year.. (I rode in the medical van). My professional life led me transitioning into sales, and eventually to local, regional sales management with the last 10 years before retirement in National Director positions in the biotech divisions of J&J and Biogen. Several years ago I volunteered at KACS for 1.1/2 years, For the past 4+ years, I have volunteered at a local non profit vetted outreach program for Chester County needs. I have also been a member and officer in the DAR, where we continue to support our local veterans as well as hospitalized veterans in Landstuhl, Germany.
We are also dedicated to all of our Chester County schools, students and educators with awards, recognition, and scholarships to support their continued education. I am also a member of OES, again, another non profit organization dedicated to service in our community. I have never served on the garden committees, as a service to our church. Bob and I also continue to support our church in various ways. I am looking forward to serving our congregation in my Vestry position
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 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 is a Senior Portfolio Manager at DuPont Capital Management. His family has been members of Advent for over 10 years.
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 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.
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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.
I have been attending the Church of the Advent for the past several years. I welcome the opportunity to serve the church by helping to provide guidance and support in addressing the spiritual growth and the care needs of our congregation, the stewardship of our church resources, and through our church mission activities, ways of reaching out to spread the word of God and addressing the needs of our local community. Becoming a member of the Vestry provides me with the opportunity for my own personal growth within our church community.
I grew up in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, went to college for 4 years at West Chester University, moved to West Grove in 2017 when I started grad school at the University of Delaware. I currently reside in Landenberg and am a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist at Newark Charter School. In 2018, I found Advent. I loved it right away! There was such a welcoming atmosphere! I am excited to be joining the Vestry and hope to be able to bring in some fresh new ideas in hopes of attracting young families to Advent to build the next generation of our fantastic congregation!
I’ve been a member since 1989. My degree is in Accounting Management. In my professional career of over 45 years with the DuPont Company, most of my positions involved finance and internal controls. Outside of my professional career, I am currently the Treasurer of my local Homeowners Association and a member of the Board of Directors.
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
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]
Greg Howe, Sexton
We are pleased to welcome Greg Howe as our new sexton. Greg is a lifelong resident of New York. Earlier this year he decided to retire from his job as a painter with the NYC Housing Authority and move to Delaware to be near family. While his relocation was in progress, he applied to a number of part-time positions in the area. He says, “Church of the Advent was most desirable to me.”
After applying and interviewing, he left a phone message saying that he "felt he belonged here." Greg says his "experiences with everyone in my short time here have proven that feeling to be true. I am extremely grateful for this blessing."
While we continue to miss Brian, Greg has proven himself to be a huge asset to our staff and our buildings and grounds. We look forward to working together with him.