The Rev. E. Clifford Cutler, Rector

The Reverend Edward Clifford Cutler became Saint Paul’s eleventh rector in February 2006.  A “rector” is the member of the clergy who has overall leadership of a church such as Saint Paul’s.

Cliff, yes you can call him Cliff.  Kids can too, though many parents prefer that their children address him as Fr. Cliff (some Mr. Cliff!), and others Fr. Cutler or Mr. Cutler.

Cliff is a native Philadelphian, born in Germantown and grew up in Montgomery County along the banks of the Wissahickon.  He graduated from Germantown Academy in 1967.  After graduating with a major in psychology from Trinity College, Hartford, in 1971, he worked as membership and public relations director for McBurney YMCA in New York City, which is where he met his future wife, Amy.  Cliff and Amy are the parents of two sons, Evan and Seth.

After two years in Manhattan, Cliff left to attend the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, graduating in 1976.  He served as an assistant at St. George’s Church in Ardmore, and then sought out an inner city assignment.  He spent seven years as vicar of St. Luke’s Church in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.  There he was elected Dean of Fairmount.

In 1985, Cliff was called as rector to St. Stephen’s in Cohasset, Massachusetts where he served 21 years.  Active in the Diocese of Massachusetts, Cliff was dean of the South Shore at the time of his call to Saint Paul’s.

In February 2011, for a third time, Cliff was elected dean, this time of Wissahickon.  The position of dean affords him the opportunity to work with leaders of Episcopal churches throughout northwest Philadelphia.  Cliff has a passion to lead parishes and people into the open place where God sets each one securely (Psalms 18:20 and 31:8).  That is why we say at Saint Paul’s you will find open doors, open minds and open hearts.

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The Rev. Joseph Wolyniak, Assisting Priest

The Reverend Joseph G. Wolyniak was appointed an assisting priest at Saint Paul’s in October 2017, primarily serving on Sunday mornings and assisting with liturgy, lifelong Christian formation, and pastoral care. The rest of the week, Joseph serves as the Episcopal Chaplain at Princeton University. He is married to The Reverend Elizabeth Costello, Associate Rector at St Thomas Whitemarsh, and they recently relocated with their toddler to a farm in Blue Bell closer to Elizabeth’s parish.

Prior to his appointment as chaplain at Princeton, Joseph served as a Missioner for Discipleship and Theological Education in the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado. He studied theology at Duke and Oxford, where he worked in turn at Duke Chapel and St John’s College Chapel. In between his master’s and doctoral study, he worked in advocacy and community organizing with the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province based at the Franciscan Coalition for Justice & Peace in Raleigh, NC. He was received into the Church of England in 2009.

Joseph is active in the Diocese of New Jersey, serving on several commissions and committees including the Commission on Ministry/Committee on the Priesthood and Campus Ministry Commission. He is also a member of the national Presbyterian-Episcopal Dialogue, having previously served as the vice chair of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council Committee on Science, Technology & Faith. This fall he began teaching in the Anglican Studies Program of the United Lutheran Seminary (formerly Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, LTSP).

Joseph’s passions lie in evangelism, discipleship, lifelong Christian education and formation, service and advocacy among the poor, and pastoral care. He would love to meet with you to talk about the journey of life and faith, and how you and your family can “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

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The Rev. Robert Michael Davidson

Rob joined the staff at St. Paul’s  on the first Sunday of Advent in 2010.  After college at Lehigh University and two years as an officer in the Army infantry, he started as a sales representative for IBM, then set up his own computer consulting company.  He met his wife of 45 years during his first year at IBM. They have four grown sons and five grandchildren.

Rob’s journey to ordained ministry included service as a Sunday school teacher, lector, chalice bearer, EFM graduate, vestry member, prison volunteer, Diocesan stewardship chair, and parish Verger. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in 2008.  As a seminarian  he served at the Philadelphia Cathedral, St. James Downingtown, and Calvary – St. Augustine in west Philadelphia.  He says one of the greatest days in his life was June 6, 2009 when he was ordained to the sacred order of Deacons by Bishop Edward Lee.

He is a member of the Diocesan Stewardship Committee, the Episcopal representative on the LTSP alumni board, board member of the non-profit serving the Belmont community in west Philadelphia, member of the Association for Episcopal Deacons, and ECAP (Episcopal Clergy Association of Pennsylvania). He made his Cursillo weekend in October of 2008. Around St. Paul’s he is a consultant to the Stewardship committee, a member of the pastoral care, welcoming, and worship committees. He is fond of sung liturgy, evensong services, preaching, and all parish gatherings. Look for him on Facebook!

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