Introducing you to our parish priests and deaconess.
Father Jeff Monroe - rector
Father Jeff Monroe is the long term rector of St. Margaret’s of Scotland in Conway NH. He and his wife Linda have served for over a decade in the oversight and shepherding of this parish and are dearly beloved for it. Their love and commitment to this community extends from visiting the sick at local hospitals to serving in the Merchant Marine and supporting the needs of the local American Legion. Their influence can be felt in almost every aspect of community life and ministry in the Conway region.
Father Brad Mathias - Curate
Father Brad Mathias and his wife Paige are recently relocated from the Nashville TN area to New England in an effort to better serve the Anglican church.
Experienced church planters and pastors over they have been an active part of the Anglican Mission in America (AMIA) and bring some of their southern heritage of faith to our New Hampshire parish! Both Brad and Paige have a vision for working with youth and young adults at St. Margaret’s as well as assisting families & couples in crisis.
DeACONESS Tracy Gardner:
Ms. Gardner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from UNH and taught music in the Conway School District for eight years after graduating from UNH. She trained as an organist under some of the best pipe organ teachers in the northeast and has played several of the finest pipe organs in the country. Tracy has been the organist and choir director for St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church in Conway for the past 24 years. She has played keyboard for many years for the Mt. Washington Valley Theatre Company’s summer productions and has been Music Director/pianist for many local theatre groups over the past 20 years or more. In March of 2017 Tracy was set apart as a Deaconess in the Northeast Diocese. She was the first Deaconess in the Anglican Church of America.
St. Margaret’s first clergy was Reverend Herman Nelson, an Episcopal priest, who was officiating for a few mission churches in New Hampshire at the time. Reverend Bruce Chamberlain also assisted in conducting services and in 1980 a formal invitation was made to him to become rector. He was very instrumental in the search for a permanent location and the construction of our church buildings. He was also actively involved the formation of the Diocese of the Northeast. Reverend Chamberlain and several laymen were responsible for the development of the Canons of the D.N.E. and also the By-Laws for St. Margaret Parish. Reverend Chamberlain became Bishop of the Northeast on October 18, 1986, and as a result, St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church became the Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese and remained so until 1999 when Bishop Chamberlain retired.
During the years between 1986 and 1991, the diocese and the parish grew and Bishop Chamberlain found it difficult to adequately serve both. The Bishop called Reverend Angelo D’Onofrio from Haverhill, New Hampshire, to assist at the parish. Fr. D’Onofrio has a doctorate in psychology, had many years experience, and became our rector in 1991. Fr. D’Onofrio was also The Memorial Hospital chaplain in North Conway, chaplain for hospice and frequently worked with AA groups in the community. He served as our rector from 1991 to 2004, at which time he became Rector Emeritus until his retirement in 2006.
Upon graduation from Nashotah House Seminary in July 1997, Fr. Jeffrey Swayze joined our church family as our curate. He worked with Fr. D’Onofrio until July 2002 when he became our rector. As our curate and then as rector he assumed the role of hospice chaplain and also instituted a popular and successful Bible study group both at St. Margaret’s and also at the Gibson Center for Senior Services. Fr. Swayze served as rector from 2002 to 2006 and resigned in February 2006 for personal reasons. Father James Davis served as interim rector in 2006.
In July of 2007, the Rev. Michael P. Sclafani was called as the 4th Rector of St. Margaret’s. Formerly involved in Law Enforcement, Fr. Sclafani served until 2008 when he accepted a call to a parish in California. Fr. Kevin LaMarre was appointed by Bishop Marsh in 2008 as interim Rector and served until November of 2009 when the Rev. Jeffrey W. Monroe was appointed as Vicar by the Bishop. He began his service to the parish on Advent 1, November 29, 2009. In June of 2010, Fr. Monroe was issued a call by the parish to become its full time Rector. He was formally installed as the Rector on November 14, 2010. Fr. Monroe is a graduate of Logos House of Theological Studies and has a Degree in Sacred Theology as well as a Master’s Degree. He is a Captain, US Maritime Service, a licensed Master Mariner and a US Navy Reserve Veteran. In addition to Rector, he is a hospital and seaport chaplain, and became President of Logos House in 2012.