Clergy, Staff & Vestry

Clergy, Staff & Vestry

St. Philip the Deacon is led by its clergy, staff, Vestry and lay leaders.

The Vestry is the governing body of St. Philip and is comprised of the Rector and up to nine elected lay members, a clerk and treasurer. The Vestry is led by a Senior Warden, commonly known as “The Rector’s Warden,” and a Junior Warden, who is the direct liaison to our building and facilities ministry. The Vestry meets monthly, typically on the first Wednesday, to conduct parish business and deepen our capacity as spiritual leaders. All parish members are welcome to attend Vestry meetings.


Rev’d Maria McDowell

The Rev’d Dr. Maria Gwyn McDowell joined St. Philip the Deacon in March of 2018. She is a teacher, a scholar, and a bit of tech geek. She is originally from Portland, Oregon, but has lived in Los Angeles, Iowa and Boston. She and her wife Elizabeth met in the Orthodox Church and joined the Episcopal Church together. They live and garden and raise chickens in Portland, and are fervent fans of the Portland Thorns. As a priest, Maria is committed…
Senior Warden

Pat Dickerson

Vestry Clerk

Aaron Schroeder


Patricia Walker


Margaret Heil


Bri Hendrickson


Naveeda Benjamin-Daniel