Abigail NestlehuttDear Fellow Parishioners:

I am very pleased to announce that your vestry has called the Reverend Abigail Crozier Nestlehutt to become the 25th Rector of St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley.  Abigail has accepted our call and will join us in January, 2016.

Abigail comes to us from Tunis Mills, Maryland, where she is serving in two roles in the Diocese of Easton.  She is the Rector of All Faith Chapel and the Deputy for Deployment and Ministry Support on the Diocesan staff.

At All Faith Chapel, Abigail has 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.

Prior to her current roles, 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 is currently Rector of Christ Church in St. Michael’s, Maryland.  Mark is originally from Georgia and is a sailor and rugby player.  Mark and their two school-age children, son Asa and daughter Honor, will move to the area after the school year ends in June of next year.

Our Interim Rector, Bud Holland, has enthusiastically agreed to stay with us through Christmas.  We have been blessed in so many ways by Bud’s ministry among us and we will celebrate his time with us later this year.

I want to thank the members of our Profile and Discernment Committees, who worked tirelessly over the last year to help us tell our story and search for the right priest to lead us into a new phase of spiritual and corporate growth.   We are confident we have found that person and excited about our future as a parish family.

In the coming weeks, we will have more information to share with you about Abigail’s transition to St. Peter’s.  For now, join me in celebrating this wonderful news.


Joe Herbst

Senior Warden


Profile Committee Members Discernment Committee Members
Penny Stanger, Co-Chair Dan Houston, Co-Chair
MaryAnn Tatum, Co-Chair Rip Tilden, Co-Chair
Dave Arnold Jack Belsinger
Mallory Dovey George Comstock
Holly Hardester Polly DiBella
Joe Herbst Susan Dovey
Susan Jordan Donna Fabius
Ann Kralik Jason Hacker
Jamie McArdle Paige Infortuna
John Orr Charlie Jordan
Tom Stewart Debi Lynch
Dixie Northrop
Tom Rice
Andrea Stoltz