About St. Martin’s Church
St. Martin’s Church has served the Philadelphia Mainline area encompassing the towns of Radnor, Wayne, and Villanova, for more than 130 years. We are part of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Our ministries include worship, fellowship, formation, as well as local and international missions.
Our mission, “To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world”, guides everything we do. We embrace the simple truth that an intimate relationship with God is available to all people from every background. There are opportunities for all ages to grow together in faith, and to put that faith into action both near and far. All are invited to worship, learn and discover with us the best use of our many gifts to serve God and the world.
We look forward to getting to know you!
The Rev. Veronika Travis, Rector
Veronika is the shared rector of St. Martin’s Church, Radnor and Christ Church, Ithan. She grew up in the Episcopal Church, where loving and faithful teachers and family members nurtured her sense of God’s love. Preaching and encouraging the ministries of lay people are where she finds the most joy. She is excited to learn and grow with Christ Church and St. Martin’s as the two communities work together in new ways out of a shared history. All are welcome as we join this new thing God is doing.
Pastor Veronika joined us from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA, where she served as Associate Rector overseeing the children’s and youth ministry, preaching, teaching and providing pastoral care. Before this, she was a Community Engagement Fellow with Virginia Theological Seminary working on environmental initiatives. As a lay minister, she worked with the Diocese of Vermont to improve communications and to support the ministry of all the baptized. Before seminary, Veronika owned and ran True Image Web Productions, which built and managed web sites and social media presences for churches and Episcopal ministries.
Veronika’s education includes a Master of Divinity with a concentration in New Mission Practices from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature (French and English) from Smith College. Additional education includes Godly Play Foundation Core Training and a certificate in Theologies of Human Rights and Development with Foundation Cristosal, El Salvador.
When not at work, Veronika enjoys reading and spending time outdoors with her wife, Molly. A house rabbit, Bunnito, keeps them all entertained at home.
Deb Parker, Christian Formation Director
Deb started at St. Martin’s in February of 2017. She brings extensive experience from both business and religious workplaces. Her love and dedication to children, youth, and adult Christian formation is evident in the activities she whole-heartedly implements. Deb is an active Education for Ministry (EfM) mentor, has a Certificate in Leadership in Lifelong Christian Formation from Virginia Theological Seminary, and is part of the Diocese of Pennsylvania Youth Leaders Group. Contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily Watkins, Director of Music Ministry
Emily has a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Gettysburg College and a Master’s in Collaborative Piano from Florida State University. She has been regularly playing and music directing in churches since 2013. She is excited to expand her experience with the liturgical worship service as well as begin to introduce new music and revitalize the music ministry by introducing new anthems, hymn-singing, and service music. She encourages singers and instrumentalists to join the music program and share in the fun.
Sherrill Rowland, Property Manager
Sherrill joined the St. Martin’s staff in 2016 after having had corporate experience on the operations side of firms offering retirement plan communications, recordkeeping and investment services.
She embraces the great history of the buildings and grounds at St. Martin’s Church with the first service being held on August 14, 1881. In addition, portions of Bolingbroke Mansion, the estate house that houses a childcare facility on the top floors and event space on the first floor, date back to the early 1700’s. Sherrill finds having responsibility for the Church’s property a blessing with lots of challenges.