About Us: Meet our Clergy
St. John’s is served by our Rector, the Rev. Dr. Matthew T. Seddon, and our Assisting Priest, the Rev. Dr. David F. Beer (photo and bio below).
Meet the Rector: Father Matthew T. Seddon
The Reverend Dr. Matthew Thomas Seddon joined St. John’s Episcopal Church as Priest-in-Charge in August, 2014. He has served as Deacon Administrator and then as Vicar of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in West Valley, Utah. While there he served a working-class to poor community that suffered greatly from the disappearance of a manufacturing economy and middle class jobs. He worked closely with La Iglesia Episcopal San Esteban, a community of immigrants who also worshiped in the same building. He has training in multicultural ministry, including work in and with the Anglican Church in Mexico. He has also been active in campus ministry, the West Jordan Domestic Violence Council and the Coalition for Religious Communities.
Fr. Matt has B.A., M.A. and PhD. degrees from The University of Chicago in Anthropology. He had a 20-year career as an archaeologist working in Peru, Bolivia and the American West before receiving a M.Div. degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. He speaks, preaches and presides in both English and Spanish.
In his “down” time, Fr. Matt is an avid reader (archaeology, geology, history, art and mystery novels in the style of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett). He labors hard to get to the mountains and desert when possible, and enjoys camping and fishing. He was a DJ for his campus radio station in college and still has an addiction to obscure alternative music. He also enjoys playing guitar with his daughter (everything from Taylor Swift to Green Day to local favorite Robert Earl Keen).
Fr. Matt is married to Dr. Heather Stettler, who is an archaeologist and environmental consultant; their daughter is 14.
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El Reverendo Doctor Matthew Thomas Seddon ingresará a St. John’s Episcopal Church como Priest-In-Charge an agosto 2014. Ha sido el Diácono Administrador y después como el Vicario de St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church en West Valley, Utah. Mientras estaba allá sirvió una communidad de clase trabajadora hasta gente pobre quién sufrieron bastatante debido a la desaparición del economía de empleos en la manufactura y tambien los empleos de clase media. Padre Matt trabajó con La Iglesia Episcopal San Esteban, una comunidad de inmigrantes quién adorado en el mismo edificio. Padre Matt esta cualificado en el ministerio multicultural, incluyendo trabajo en y con el Iglesia Anglicano en Méjico. Tambien estaba activo en el ministerio de campus, el West Jordan Domestic Violence Council y el Coalition for Religious Communities.
Padre Matt tiene su Bachillerato, Máster y es Doctor en Filosofia en Antropología otorgado por l’Universidad de Chicago. Su profesión, por veinte aňos, fue arqueólogo trabajando en Perú, Bolivia y el oeste americano, antes de recibir Máster de la Divinidad otorgado por el Church Divinity School of the Pacific en Berkeley, California in 2012. El habla, predica, y preside en espaňol y en inglés.
Padre Matt es un ávido lector (arqueología, geología, historia, arte y novelas de misterio (en el estilo de Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett). Trata de pasar unos dias en las montaňas y en el desierto cuando posible y disfruta camping y pesca. Era un disc jockey en la Universidad y todavia gusta mucho la música alternativa. Tambien disfruta tocando la guitarra con su hija (todo clase de musica como Taylor Swift, Green Day y el favorite local aqui en Austin – Robert Earl Keen).
Padre Matt esta casado con Doctor Heather Stettler quien es un arqueóloga y un consultor ambiental. Ellos tienen una hija, de 14 aňos.
Meet our Assisting Priest: Father David F. Beer
The Rev. Dr. David Frank Beer was raised in Devonshire, England, and came to this country when he was eighteen. After working in a bank for two years he attended the University of Arizona and earned a BA in English. He then attended Arizona State University and received his MA in English and linguistics. After teaching on the Navaho reservation for a year he taught for three years at the University of Colorado and then spent three years at the University of New Mexico getting a PhD in English. He and his wife then spent three years in Addis Ababa where David was a professor at Haile Sellassie I University and Ruth taught at the American School. Their daughter Natasha was born there in 1972.
Returning to the US after a Fulbright professorship in Benin, West Africa, David became both a teacher at the University of Texas and a student at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest as a postulant of the Diocese of the Rio Grande. He was ordained in 1980 by Bishop Scott Field Bailey and transferred to the Diocese of Texas by Bishop Benitez. He has always been a bi-vocational priest, teaching for 31 years at UT and serving, supplying, and assisting in over 33 churches in Austin and central Texas. He and Ruth are happily retired teachers now, and their daughter is a speech pathologist, married, and with two children. David still serves as an assisting priest at St John’s and is also the literary editor for the website WorldWar1.com. He and Ruth have been associated with St John’s for a long time and are happy to call it their home church now.