May the Peace of Christ be always with you.


Class of 2018

Justin Bartels

Courtenay Hoernemann - Senior Warden

Bob Wright

Class of 2019

April Starkey

Sue Taber

Carol Van Zoeren

Class of 2020

Jolene Baddick - Junior Warden

Chip Snowden

Chris Zlotnik

Karen Olmstead - Treasurer



The Rev. Brad Hinton

Brad was born in Mobile, Alabama and grew up near Robertsdale – a small town in coastal Baldwin County. He went to undergraduate school at The University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL, graduating with a B.S. from the College of Education.He taught in a public school for a few years before going on to work at a psychiatric and substance abuse hospital in Birmingham AL as a counselor, chaplain, and member of the administrative team.In addition, he was a contracted consultant on domestic violence issues to the City of Birmingham.

Brad’s life in the church has been rich and varied. Before ordination he served as a Jr. and Sr. Warden, chaired stewardship programs, taught confirmation classes and loved singing in the choir.He has been a college chaplain, founded a residence for Episcopalian students at the University of Montevallo (Canterbury House), participated in multiple mission trips to Honduras and has served on diocesan commissions in the dioceses of Alabama, Central Gulf Coast, New York and Delaware.

Brad received his Master’s in Divinity at The General Theological Seminary in New York City in 2000.While there, he worked as an assistant to the Bishop of New York and spent two years as a seminarian at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan – which operates a soup kitchen that feeds hundreds of homeless people every weekday.

After ordination he served as Rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Fayette, Alabama, and Associate Rector of Trinity Parish in Wilmington, Delaware before accepting the call to be the Rector of St. David’s.


The Rev. Canon James D. Von Dreele
Priest Associate, Retired

Since 1996, Fr. Von Dreele has been a member of St. David's, his childhood parish. His parents, Carl and Helen, helped start St. David's as a mission congregation at the request of the bishop in the early 1950's. What brought him back to St. David’s after 32 years was his appointment as Executive Director of the Seamen’s Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey in 1996. He served three congregations in New Jersey and Pittsburgh after being ordained in 1971. Moving back to Wilmington, he now had a choice to find a new church home. Showing up one Sunday just before Christmas, he was greeted by parishioners who knew him in the 1950-60’s. Now he found himself home. Since his retirement in November 2012 from the Seamen’s Church Institute, he is exercising pastoral ministry for this growing and dynamic parish that helped form him in his call to ordained ministry over 50 years ago.


Janet Leishman
Director, St. David's Day School

Janet became the Director of St. David's Episcopal Day School in 2001. With almost twenty years' experience, she has been Director of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center's facility at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC; Director of the children's programs of Eastern Shore Chapel (Episcopal) in Virginia Beach, VA; and the Associate Director of Technology Children's Center, at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

Janet has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, MI) and a Master of Education Degree in School Counseling from The Citadel (Charleston, SC), as well as additional courses in Early Childhood Education. She is certified to administer the Gesell Developmental Screening tool, trained as a facilitator for STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) and as a trainer for the Episcopal Safe Church Program (both adult and child).

In 2003 and again in 2006 Janet was named to the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal Schools Association.

"The foundation that a high-quality early childhood experience provides to a child is basic to his/her future success, both academically and socially. I am very fortunate to be a part of such a program at St. David's Episcopal Day School - where the whole child, and indeed the whole family is nurtured and encouraged to grow - socially, spiritually, physically, emotionally and congnitively!"


Kathy Hanna
Children's Minister

Kathy Hanna is our minister to children (and their families). She is well known in Delaware for ministry to children and youth as the chaplain at Saint Anne's School in Middletown and, until recently, on the summer camp staff of Camp Arrowhead in Lewes. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of the South, Sewanee, TN and an M.Ed. from the College of William and Mary. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for ministry with children and will gladly tell you all she knows about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Godly Play (popular methods in The Episcopal Church for sharing the Gospel with children).


Leah Rowe
Youth Minister

Leah Rowe graduated from University of Delaware in 2011 with a BA in Psychology and minor in Art. She then participated in AmeriCorps Public Allies where she worked at University of Delaware's The College School with children who have learning differences. Having really enjoyed working with children and youth, Leah taught for a year at International Montessori School before going back full time into her business of 16+ years, For the Love of Dogs LLC. Having had wonderful memories of her own youth group experiences growing up, Leah was excited to join the St. David's staff. She enjoys working with the youth at St. David's who she affectionately refers to as her "kids". Her mission is to have fun with them while learning about God and giving them a sense of community and extended family.

When she's not working, Leah enjoys traveling and photographing her adventures. She also enjoys being a barre instructor at Tulaa Yoga. She loves the outdoors and gardening, especially raising succulents. On most days though, you'll find her curled up with a good book and her two dogs and cats!


Steven W. Weatherman
Director of Music

Steven has studied Church Music at Waldorf Lutheran College in Forest City, Iowa and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He has studied conducting with Drs. James Jordan, Allen Crowell and Joseph Flummerfelt. As a member of Westminster Choir and the Bridge Ensemble from Philadelphia, Steven has toured throughout the U.S. and performed for seven years at the Spoleto Festival, USA and Il Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. He has performed as a professional chorister with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. He has also performed under the batons of such great conductors as Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Spiros Agiris and Wolfgang Swalisch. A trained vocalist, accomplished keyboardist and composer, Steven works to enliven the spiritual life in worship at St. David's. At St. David's we blend classic and contemporary styles together to reflect the depth of tradition and vibrancy of spirit in our worship. Choir members minister not only to the congregation, but to each other, forming a group that shares in each others' joys and sorrows. We are always looking for new people to join in the fellowship of this important ministry at St. David's.Choir rehearses Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.


Jackie Somers
Administrative Assistant

Jackie joined the staff of St. David’s in August 2014 after a long association with the Episcopal Church.In addition to her position at St. David’s , Jackie is a member of Christ church Christiana Hundred in Greenville where she has been a professional chorister since 1987.She is also a chorister and soloist with the Immanuel Bach Consort based at Immanuel on the Green Parish in New Castle. In addition to church affiliations, Jackie has been a member of the Professional Octet at Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington for the last 18 years.In addition to her music and administrative activities, Jackie is a craft designer and enjoys spending time with her husband Don and their 3 dogs.






HISTORY: 1954 to 2004



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