Rector, St. Alban's Episcopal Church
The Rev. Canon Matthew Dayton-Welch has served as rector of St. Alban’s since July 2017. He previously served as associate rector at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Radnor and as deacon at Christ Church in Short Hills, New Jersey.
The Rev. Canon
Fr. Matt recognizes that getting to church isn’t always easy, and he thinks Sunday morning should be worth your time. Quality worship and music are a priority, and good preaching—focused on the Scriptures and their resonance for our lives—is a must. He loves the traditions of the church and thinks they resonate well with the world today.
Originally from Oklahoma, Fr. Matt has extensive experience in the Middle East, having received his calling to ordained ministry while serving at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, where he worked closely with Jewish, Christian, and Islamic leaders and human rights advocates, and where he served as a guide for many visiting American congressional delegations. He now serves on the board of trustees for the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, and he is chairman of the American Friends of the Spafford Children’s Center, which provides therapy and tutoring for disenfranchised children in Jerusalem’s Old City. He is the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania’s Canon for the Holy Land.
Fr. Matt is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He lives in Newtown Square with his husband, Paul, and their dog, Barnabas, who serves as the parish’s four-legged welcoming committee.
Fr. Matt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org