about us

Since 1842, St. Peter's has served as a sanctuary and center of "Anglo-Catholic" spirituality.

A Diverse Community Seeking Christ

St. Peter’s is the parish church of Old Ellicott City and has grown into a diverse community seeking Christ through sacramental worship and serving the wider world. Our members represent a broad spectrum of ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and backgrounds who are theologically inquisitive and seek to grow and deepen their faith. Christ has called us into an intimate, inclusive community in service to the world.

Our worship style is traditional Anglo-Catholic; however, traditional here does not mean “stuffy” or “irrelevant.” During the program year (September – May) our main Sunday worship (mass) is sung with hymns and chant and regularly includes incense. This service is broadcast live on our YouTube channel. This service is followed by Christian Education/Formation.

We are a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland under the leadership of The Right Reverend Eugene T. Sutton. We are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion as a parish in The Episcopal Church lead by The Most. Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop.

Educating Our Future

Since 1973, St. Peter’s has been the home of St. Peter’s Preschool offering quality Christian preschool education programs for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.


St. Peter’s is an intimate, inclusive, mission-centered church
committed to involvement in the life of our neighbors
in Old Ellicott City and beyond.
We support all persons in their spiritual journey
and celebration of life through worship of God in Christ
in the rich Anglican tradition.

Meet Our Staff

Rev. Bruce McPherson

Rev. Bruce McPherson

Interim Rector

The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson has served churches in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia as a consultant and as an interim minister. The churches he has served include St. John’s in Ellicott City, Maryland, St. Peter’s, Arlington, Virginia, the Washington National Cathedral and St. John’s Lafayette Square in the District of Columbia.

Rev McPherson lives in Annapolis with his wife, The Rev. Phebe McPherson who serves as Rector of Epiphany Church in Odenton, Maryland. Together they have three children and six grandchildren, a few of whom are still young enough to enjoy a short boat ride occasionally, especially if there’s ice cream at the end of it.

Contact Fr. Bruce at rector@stpetersec.org

The Reverend Derek H. Miller

The Reverend Derek H. Miller


The Rev. Derek H. Miller was raised in the Southern Baptist tradition, he has come to appreciate the liturgy and traditions of the Episcopal Church in recent years. As it happens, he was received into the church a few years ago at St. Peter’s. He is completing his seminary Education at Virginia Theological Seminary. Derek is a graduate of Boyce College of Southern Seminary in Louisville Kentucky and holds a master’s degree from The Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. He came to Baltimore to help with the revitalization of the Gallery Church in East Baltimore. Derek lives in Highlandtown with his wife Kira and their infant son, Easton.
Barrington Sweeney

Barrington Sweeney


The Reverend Joy Walton

The Reverend Joy Walton

Assisting Clergy

The Rev. Joy E. Walton retired from full time ministry in June of 2010. She had served most recently at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware for five years as head chaplain. She returned to Maryland, her home state, to be closer to her family, including two daughters and three grandchildren.

Since then, Joy served for more than four years as an associate chaplain at Howard County General Hospital and, until recently, as a supply priest in the Diocese of Maryland. She continues to serve the church as Assisting Priest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, in addition to now having a great grandson. Joy is also proud to be a daughter of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square in Baltimore.

Contact Mtr. Joy at jwalton064@verizon.net

Courtney Spencer

Courtney Spencer

Parish Administrator

Courtney has served as an Old Ellicott City (OEC) advocate long before she became a part of St. Peter’s in 2019. She has strong ties to the OEC CommUNITY, as she grew up in Ellicott City, was baptized & confirmed at St. John’s Episcopal Church, is a graduate of local Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. Earning her degree from the University of Tampa provided her with a wide range of talent that has allowed her to excel in diverse roles as Director of Talent Acquisition/Operations/Legal Recruitment & Social Media as well as co-owning A Choice Nanny Referral Service and a Concierge Consulting Service with her mother. Courtney’s deep passion for helping people, unique empathic personality and commitment to caring allow her to connect with individuals from all paths of life and cultural backgrounds. After volunteering alongside the parishioners in the 2016 and 2018 Floods of Ellicott City, the compassion of the incredible, inclusive community is what lead Courtney to St. Peter’s.

Contact Courtney at parish.admin@stpetersec.org

David Lawrie

Interim Director of Music Ministry

David Lawrie is a graduate of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where he studied with organist John Weaver. He holds a Masters degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of David Higgs, concurrently studying improvisation and sacred music with Rick Erickson and Gerre Hancock. David has performed solo recitals throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including such notable venues as Washington National Cathedral and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. He has been first place winner of the Arthur Poister Competition in Organ Playing (Syracuse, NY).

David has served several Episcopal Churches in the Baltimore area including St. John’s Huntington, St. David’s Roland Park and, most recently, Grace and St. Peter’s.

Contact Jordan at music.director@stpetersec.org

Vestry and Wardens

Senior Warden – Doug Pryor
Katherine Schnorrenberg, Junior Warden

Class of 2022
Bill Rodney
Matilda “Patty” Schafer

Class of 2023
Stan Brown
Alexa Fair 

Class of 2024
Greg Busch
Jonnie Widener