The Very Rev. Dr. Amy Doyle Welin, Dean
The Very Rev. Dr. Amy D. Welin has been serving as the Dean of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral since August 2017.
Prior to her priestly ordination, Amy worked as an instructor of medieval and world history, an insurance claims processor, and a pastoral associate in a large mid-western church. Before accepting the call of the Cathedral Church of St. Stephen in Harrisburg, she served a variety of parishes in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, as a member of the Standing Committee and the Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral.
One of the founding members of the Episcopal Clergy Association in Connecticut (ConnECA), and a prior board member of the Network of Episcopal Clergy Associations (NECA), Amy devotes her energy to issues of clergy and parish wellness.
Married to Greg Welin, who is also an Episcopal priest, and mother of four young adults, Amy likes to garden and practice yoga in her free time.
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The Rev. W. Michael Nailor, Deacon
Michael was born and raised in Mechanicsburg, PA as a member of First Evangelical United Brethren (United Methodist) Church where he was active throughout childhood and as a young adult. He came to the Episcopal Church when he was studying at the University of Pennsylvania. The pioneering women of the “Philadelphia Eleven” had just been irregularly ordained and the church was struggling with the role of women in leadership.
Michael was drawn to a church that was willing to deal with – sometimes successfully, sometimes not – the important social justice issues of the day. Agreeing to disagree but still staying in communion around the Holy Table appealed to this English teacher, debate coach, and school librarian throughout his 41-year career in public education. At Shikellamy High School, the Central Susuquehanna Intermediate Unit, Danville High School and Susquehanna University he found students who were eager to think about social issues and incorporate them into teaching and learning.
Through a discernment process at St. Matthew’s Church in Sunbury and with the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, Michael heard God calling him to the iconic role of a deacon in today’s church. Teachers and mentors at the Stevenson School for Ministry, Temple University’s Fox School of Business, the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and Jefferson Hospital contributed to his mission to encourage the church to consider the ways that it communicates God’s message of loving-kindness to all.
A fieldwork placement at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral provided him not only a spiritual home for the last few years, but a testing ground for many ideas about our church, its mission and its communications. Michael is currently serving Bishop Audrey Scanlan on assignment to St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Harrisburg and the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. He currently serves on the Standing Committee and the Undoing Racism Task Force of our diocese and the Board of the Stevenson School for Ministry.
Cynthia C. Harbert, Cathedral Administrator
Cindy Coombs Harbert joined the St. Stephen’s staff in 2017. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where she earned her degree in Social Work and Education and has completed graduate coursework in Counseling at Messiah College. Over the course of her career, her focus has been in the area of non-profit administration and management.
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Jordan Markham, Director of Music
Gene Schofield, Parish Nurse
Gene was confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Minnesota where she grew up and was received as an Episcopalian when she married Mike in 1962. After graduating with a BS in Nursing, she served in the Navy at hospitals in Philadelphia and Newport, RI. , worked as the Director of Nursing at nursing homes in MN and PA, and did home care and hospice for 17 years before she retired in 2008. She joined Helen Hendrickson in 2008 in the Health Ministry and also volunteers at the Beacon Clinic, American Red Cross, Hospice of Central PA and serves on the Board of the Episcopal Home at Shippensburg.