Pictorial History of St. Peter’s | 1865 – Present
1992 – Present
In 1992, The Reverend Charles Parthum became the seventh rector. His wife, The Reverend Catherine Powell, became the assistant and head of the Church School. Mr. Parthum, previously a lawyer, brought a broader sense of how St. Peter’s should present itself to the world. During his ministry: sorely needed improvements were made to the property, a communications program with an enhanced church newsletter established, regular articles appeared in local newspapers. In addition, Creation Sunday was instituted, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Ms. Powell’s nationally recognized program for very young children – and adult education were offered. Mr. Parthum and Ms. Powell resigned.
In 1997, The Reverend Carol Flett became priest-in-charge and three years later became the eighth Rector. Ms. Flett brought new energy and spirituality, and many new programs were started: Befriender Ministry, book groups, Friday Prayers, adult education programs on Sunday, and an Anti-Racism Awareness Program. While at St. Peter’s, Ms. Flett earned her Doctorate of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School and hired a full time Assistant, The Reverend Nick Morris-Clement, who headed the Youth Ministry in 2002 and 2003. In response to the growth of the parish, Dr. Flett began to develop a program- church structure. After serving as Priest in Charge and as Rector for a total of 7 years, Dr. Flett resigned in 2004.
The Reverend John de Beer became Interim Priest in June 2005. He introduced an intergenerational Communion service and a six-week dinner and discussion series for adults called “Connect?” and guided St. Peter’s through the rector search process.
Stephen Voysey began serving St. Peter’s Episcopal Church as its ninth Rector on December 1st, 2006. He came to St. Peter’s following over ten years of ministry as rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Mount Kisco (Westchester County), New York and a total of twenty-nine years of parish ministry experience. His wife, Amanda, is Patient Advocate at Caritas Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton. The Voyseys reside at St. Peter’s rectory in Weston.
A native of Winnetka, Illinois, Stephen graduated from New Trier Township High School in 1968, completed a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in American Studies at Rutgers University. He received the Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was ordained in 1977.
He strives to encourage the development and nurturing of a multi-generational Christian community which makes space for a wide range of perspectives within the Christian vision. He enjoys coordinating and taking part in educational program life for all ages and values a strong church music program.
The Rev. Hall Kirkham was called to become assistant Rector and began serving in July of 2008.Originally from the Cleveland area, Hall graduated from Amherst College and completed an M.Sc. at the University of Edinburgh and an M.B.A. at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. For eleven years, Hall was Investment Consultant / Managing Director at Cambridge Associates. He provided investment planning, implementation and monitoring to endowed non-profits and engaged in marketing for new business. He entered theological study at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, in the fall of 2005 and received the M.Div. on May 15, 2008.
Hall has youth ministry experience at both Christ Church, Cambridge and St. Michael’s, Milton, and he is a folk and rock singer and guitarist. He is also involved with prison ministry as part of Samaritans, Inc., and suicide prevention outreach work. He looks forward to the creative challenge of ministering to our young members, an increased ministry to marginalized groups, creative thinking and support for youth ministry, and the nurturing of our entire parish community.
A portion of this Information is excerpted from An Informal Early History of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Weston by Alice Cooper Baily. Edited and revised by Douglas Henderson, and History of St. Peter’s Church by Catherine Warren, 1983; and amended.