Rector – The Rev. Brenda S. Overfield - Ext. 101
Ordained to the Priesthood in 1993, Rev. Brenda Overfield holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri at Columbia, a Masters of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary and is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains .In addition to being Rector of St. Matthias’, she presently volunteers as Chaplain for the Chesterfield County Police Department a few hours a month. Brenda has 3 sons: Brian, Ben and Geoffrey and three Grandsons: Ishaan, Hudson, and Harvey. Fun facts about Brenda include: she has ridden a mule to the base of the Grand Canyon and back; has climbed a live volcano; and is a licensed Formula One Race Car driver.
Director of Music - John Murdock - Ext. 103
John A. Murdock is the Director of Music and Organist. He came to St. Matthias in September 2005. John oversees the music ministry for both the 8:30 and 11:00 worship services, and special services throughout the year. Mr. Murdock also serves as the Artistic Director for the St. Matthias’ Cultural Series. John received his Bachelor of Music degree from Christopher Newport University where he studied piano performance, voice and organ. In addition to his work here at St. Matthias, John teaches piano at Salisbury Presbyterian’s Music Academy, and studies organ with Grant Helmers.
Office Hours: Tues. – Fri.; Sun.
Parish Administrator - Br. Mark Jenkins - Ext. 100
Mark is a native of Virginia. After spending 20 years away from Virginia he returned home in 2011. When not overseeing the day to day operations of St. Matthias’ Parish, he can usually be found perched high up a ladder doing some restoration project on the 1750s Saltbox House he and his dog Snow call home. Mark has served in various ministry rolls over the years in parishes in Southern CA, Tucson AZ, New Jersey and South Florida and has made mission trips to Honduras.
Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Office closed on Fridays during summer
Director of Children & Youth Activities and Programs – Crista Cruz - Ext. 111
Crista has been attending St Matthias with her family since 2007 and joined the staff in the summer of 2014. Her husband, Chuck, teaches Sunday School as well as helps with youth group activities. She has 2 daughters who have both been active members; Eva, who is now a college junior, was an acolyte, LEM and sings for services occasionally when home on breaks. Caroline is a high school senior who served on the vestry and plays an active role throughout the diocese on leadership teams and a task force. Crista grew up in the Episcopal church and has wonderful memories of her youth group, retreats and church friends. Her degree is in Early Childhood Education, she is owner of Postnet, a local business run by her husband and father, she enjoys cooking, watching reality shows and spending time outdoors. Working with the youth of St Matthias has reignited a spark and uncovered a passion and drive that is spiritually fulfilling.
Director of Christian Formation – Kristen Ketron – Ext. 104
Kristen Ketron was born in Annapolis, Maryland. She is a graduate of Radford University where she studied Communication Science Disorders. She moved, with her family, from Midlothian in 1997 to Paris, France, where she became a member of The American Cathedral and began to teach Sunday School and then became the Sunday School co-director for multiple years. In 2010, Bishop Pierre Whalon appointed her to be a member of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe’s Youth Commission. She continued teaching Sunday School while serving as Youth Program Coordinator, along with serving on the Vestry and serving as a Minister of Communion. Kristen enjoys enriching the Christian Formation of the children and youth of St. Matthias and creating avenues to assist them in becoming true disciples of Jesus.