Christ Episcopal Church of Pottstown, PA          
             
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  • Rev. Joshua M. Caler
    Rector
  • Rev. James Shelly
    Associate Pastor
  • Rev. Andrew Kline
    Priest Associate - Spanish Ministries
  • Rev. Morris Longstreth
    Priest Associate

    The Rev. Morris Longstreth is one of our associate priests, and is retired as an English teacher from Montgomery County Community College.

    He is a native and long-time resident of this area, born in Gladwyne, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia.

    Morris is a graduate of Episcopal Academy (1951) and of Haverford College in 1959. While in college, he was drafted into the US Army. After training at Ft. Dix, NJ and Ft. Holabird, MD, he served in the Counter-Intelligence Corps at Ft. Meade, MD. He was released from the Army in 1958 and returned to college to complete his degree in English. He also received a Master of Arts in English from Villanova (1970).

    For a year, he taught English at the Booth School, "A Country School for Boys and Girls," in Rosemont, PA. The Booth School was a private school in the Philadelphia Main Line suburbs from 1938 to 1976.

    In 1960 he married his wife, Barbara, and shortly afterwards entered Philadelphia Divinity School (now Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA) to pursue ordination, graduating in 1963. He was ordained a deacon in the Diocese of PA on June 14th, 1963 and in Rochester, NY, on December 14th, 1963 was ordained a priest. While in Rochester, he served for three years as curate of St. Luke’s.

    Morris’ calling was to teach and work with students, so most of his career has been spent teaching English. He was one of the early teachers at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), 1967-1976, when it was still located in Conshohocken, PA.

    In 1981 he and his family moved to southern California for him to teach at the Seal Beach Episcopal Mission School and at St. Timothy’s School. Barbara coached hockey and lacrosse and Long Beach State through 1977. They then moved to Palo Alto where he worked for the Youth Development Services coaching disadvantaged youth through the process of getting a G.E.D. and employment, and where Barbara coached field hockey and lacrosse at Stanford University.

    In 1989 they returned to Pennsylvania where Barbara started Longstreth Sporting Goods, and Morris returned to teaching at Montgomery County Community College. He has also taught courses at Penn State (Reading), Temple University, and Philadelphia Community College.

    Morris is retired from MCCC and is active as an associate priest at Christ Church, a supply priest in the diocese, a leader of Bible studies at Manatawny Manor and Manor Care. His stated plans for the future are to read, think, contemplate, and grow in the Spirit.

  • Ven. Dennis Coleman
    Deacon

    Dennis Coleman is a local boy, spending the last sixty years living not far from his boyhood home outside of Phoenixville.

    A cradle Episcopalian, he was baptized at The Church Of The Savior in Philadelphia, where his mother and grandmother were also baptized. Today we call that place the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.

    His family worshipped at St. Peter’s, Phoenixville, which is where he was confirmed and began the process toward the diaconate in the 1980’s.

    Over the years he has worshipped at St. James, Collegeville, and Epiphany Church, Royersford with his family and been active in Youth Ministry at those churches.

    More recently Dennis has worked in Phoenixville and Norristown as a “street deacon,” providing pastoral care for the hungry and homeless and looking for gaps to fill in the lives of the folks that are living on the margins. He has been a Chaplain to homeless shelters, provided counsel and Bible study to the folks in those communities and is a founding member of the Code Blue Shelter in Phoenixville.

    Before turning his academic interests to theology, spirituality and pastoral counselling, he was a mechanical engineering student and worked in the machine tool industry.

    A person of varied interests, he has also worked part-time as an op-ed newspaper writer, a performer of original and Irish music, and has written thirteen books that virtually no one has read.

    Dennis is an Archdeacon in the Diocese of PA. and will soon be ending a five-year commitment with the Diocesan Commission on Ministry.

    “Although there is still much work and ministry to be done in Norristown, I am excited to be coming to Pottstown to serve Christ Church and the folks in need, in what has become my home town.”

    Dennis and his wife Joni have lived in the 19465 side of Pottstown for the last seventeen years.

    They have nine children and twelve grandchildren, every one of them a joy.

  • Megan Riefer
    Communications Coordinator

    Megan Riefer has joined the Christ Church staff as the Parish Communications Coordinator. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, she has over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications across various industries, including non-profit. With a background in print media production, digital media management, website maintenance, and social media strategy, Megan is looking forward to supporting and sharing in the mission and vision of Christ Episcopal Church.

    Born and raised in Pottstown, Megan currently resides in Collegeville with her husband Bob and two children, Keegan and Emily. Outside of work and family time, she enjoys community engagement opportunities and has volunteered at organizations including National Charity League, Laurel House, Cradles to Crayons and Ronald McDonald House. She is excited to be a part of a warm, welcoming parish with a deep history and strong ties to the community.

  • Shirley Dietz
    Minister of Music
  • Frank Benne
    Sexton
  • Cindy Smith
    Treasurer
  • Paula Cardona
    Nursery Attendant
  • Amanda Damuth
    Nursery Attendant

 

 

 

 


 
 

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