The Reverend Abigail Crozier Nestlehutt became the 25th Rector of St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley in January 2016.
Abigail came to us from Tunis Mills, Maryland, where she is serving in two roles in the Diocese of Easton. She was the Rector of All Faith Chapel and the Deputy for Deployment and Ministry Support on the Diocesan staff.
At All Faith Chapel, Abigail led what was a diminishing congregation through a revitalization that has energized the parishioners and helped make the church a center for community activity. She is very well regarded for her skill and passion for pastoral care, preaching, beautiful liturgy, creative Christian formation and loving community outreach.
As a trusted member of the diocesan staff, she has worked with parishes and clergy as they have moved through transitions just like the one we are undergoing now. She has a strong reputation for her process management skills and her understanding of what it takes to develop vital parishes. Abigail is also engaged in the community outside the church, serving on the Board of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Previously, she served as Associate Rector of Christ Church, St. Michael’s, Maryland, where she led new member ministry and international outreach programs; Associate Rector for Community Life at St. Chrysostom’s, a large parish in Chicago, where she focused on new member ministries and parish community life; and Assistant to the Rector of St. Barnabas, Falmouth, Massachusetts, where she concentrated on growing youth involvement in the parish.
Originally from the Boston area, Abigail earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Yale University, a Master of Divinity Degree at Harvard University, and a Master of Sacred Theology Degree at General Seminary.
She was an active rower in high school and college and is an avid runner and cyclist today. She is married to the Reverend Mark Nestlehutt, who was the Rector of Christ Church in St. Michael’s, Maryland. Mark is originally from Georgia and is a sailor and rugby player.