Pastor Patrick V. Downes
Pastor Patrick was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He is a cum laude graduate of St. Elizabeth High School, the University of Delaware, Widener University School of Law, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Patrick was ordained in 2002 and has served at St. Philip’s as Senior Pastor since that time. In the community, he has served on the founding board of directors of Family Promise® of Northern New Castle County and is passionate about outreach to impoverished areas and peoples both in the United States and Internationally. In his spare time, he coaches youth baseball, officiates swim team, and rides his motorcycle. Patrick lives in Wilmington with his wife, Dawn, and their three children.
Lisa Kalinowski, Parish Administrator
Lisa grew up in Landenberg, PA. She lived in West Chester for the first 8 years of marriage and returned to Landenberg in 1990. She is a 1981 graduate of Kennett High School and attended Goldey Beacom College before getting married and working full time. Lisa has always loved working in an office environment and has over the years worked for a title company, catering company, and one other local church. Lisa and her husband, Dan, still live in Landenberg and have three children. Lisa and Dan were youth leaders at Landenberg United Methodist Church for many years. They now enjoy time together (with three twenty somethings). Ocean City, NJ is where you can find her when not at St. Philip’s!
Stephen Benscoter, Director of Music
Stephen has been the Director of Music at St. Philips since 2011. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hilltown, PA; Central United Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA; and Bethel Hill United Methodist Church, Huntington Mills, PA. Since 1998, Stephen has served in various church music roles, from accompanying, to leading choral and instrumental ensembles. In addition to church music, Stephen is an active musician and teacher. Stephen holds a B.A. from Temple University and a M.Ed. from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Megan Geiser, Nursery Caregiver
Megan is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and is a third generation member of St. Philip’s. Megan grew up at St. Philip’s and was an active participant in the youth group, especially with the mission trips they took to New Orleans, Ohio, and Virginia. While in these places, not only did she serve those who were economically disadvantaged, but she also loved connecting with the children she was serving, which makes her a perfect fit for the caring nursery atmosphere we work to create at St. Philip’s. Megan recently graduated from McKean High School and is attending the University of Delaware. In her spare time Megan enjoys working out and spending time with the significant other in her life, Antonio.