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St. Matthew's Staff Members

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Rev. Kevin T. Shively
  Lead Pastor

Pastor Shively is a native of York and a “son” of St. Matthew Church.  A graduate of West York High School, York College of Pennsylvania and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, he was ordained in 1984 and served three congregations prior to “returning” to St. Matthew in 2002.  Active in the church throughout his life, the seeds for serving the church as a pastor were planted in the mentoring relationships and experiences he had with the pastors and members of St. Matthew during his childhood and youth.  “PK 1” also serves the community and wider church through active associations with Lutheran Social Services, the YMCA of York and York County, the Lutheran Camping Corporation, and as Chaplain of the York City Fire Department.

He and his wife Susan are parents to four children: two sons and two daughters, and grandparents to four beautiful granddaughters. 

Kevin enjoys rooting for the Baltimore Orioles, Miami Dolphins, and Penn State Football.  Whenever possible, he finds time for family, exercise, golf, racquetball and other sports.

Dedicated to serving God through the church, Kevin remains hopeful-- energized, amazed, and inspired by the awesome grace and love of God in Jesus Christ, made known to all by the power of the Holy Spirit in Word and Sacrament.

Rev. Keith C. Fair
  Associate Pastor
Pastor Keith Fair began his ministry at St. Matthew in July 2010. He lives in Glen Rock, the town in which he was raised. "PK2" is a graduate of Capital University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, both in Columbus, Ohio, was ordained in 2000, and has served two congregations prior to St. Matthew: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania; and Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Camp Hill, PA.

Pastor Fair is married to Debbie Doubrava, and have two children, a cat, and two dogs. The four humans in the family enjoy being outdoors, caring for their home, reading, music, movies, and acting exceedingly silly. (The other members of the family do, too, except they are never silly.)

Pastor Fair’s commitment to the church stems from his love and gratitude to Jesus Christ. “I know that Jesus loves all of the people that God has created, and so he has called us to love and serve one another. We love God back by loving and caring for God’s creation and God’s people.” Pastor Fair is also committed to making the gospel message relevant for people’s lives – all of their lives, not just one or two hours a week.

Rev. Patricia A. Snyder
  Visitation Pastor

Pastor Snyder was born and raised in northeastern Ohio, and graduated from Capital University in Columbus, with a degree in Music Education. 

Her first career, however was in the (then) new field of computer programming and analysis; this lasted for 20 years.  In 1988, she answered God call, entered Gettysburg Seminary, and graduated and was ordained in 1992. She served three parishes, first in Brunswick, MD, and then in the York area.  She retired in 2013, and became St. Matthew’s visitation pastor in 2015. 

Pastor Snyder has one son, and two (wonderful!) grandchildren.

Eric R. Riley
  Artist in Residence/Organist

Mr. Eric R. Riley began his position as Artist in Residence for St. Matthew on September 1st, 2016.  He comes to us from the prestigious Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, where he was Director of Music and Organist for nine years, and conductor of the Central PA Oratorio Singers (housed at Market Square) for five years.  In the summer of 2012 he began duties as Artistic Director of the Wheatland Chorale.


Previously, he held the post of Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church, Cleveland, Ohio for fourteen years.  While in Ohio, Mr. Riley was Associate Artistic Director of Voices of Canton in Canton, Ohio and served as accompanist to the chorus and organist/harpsichordist with the Canton Symphony Orchestra in Canton, Ohio.  Mr. Riley has held other church positions in Syracuse, NY, Nashville, TN and Richmond, VA.


Mr. Riley’s recent performances include the Saint-Saens “Organ” Symphony (No. 3) with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and conductor Stuart Malina, a dedication concert on the re-built organ at Camp Hill United Methodist Church, an all-Mendelssohn program at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Harrisburg, a Messiaen performance for Market Square Concerts, and a Bach Marathon performance for Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC.  The Harrisburg, PA Patriot-News called Riley’s performance with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra “…a stirring performance…” and went on to say, “…Riley was spot-on.” (Sunday, October 3, 2010)


A veteran of multiple European performance trips, Eric Riley has performed in Italy for the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, the International Festival of Choral Singing in Castillione del Lago, the Festival of World Music in Perugia, CoroFest Umbria, the Assisi Music Festival, the Ravenna International Organ Festival at S. Vitale and VOCI E ORGANI DELL’APPENNINO in Bologna.  Most recently he performed organ concerts in Linguaglossa and at the Cathedral in Caltanissetta on the island of Sicily, and conducted the Market Square Singers in concerts in Assisi, Florence, Lucca and Pistoia.   After his concert in Lizzano, il Resto del Carlino in Bologna, Italy proclaimed, “Lizzano

enchanted by Mr. Riley,” and went on to say, “…from Vivaldi to Langlais, Mr. Riley enchanted the audience with magic at the organ.”  (Giovedi, 26 Giugno, 2008)   In 1993 Eric Riley won Second Prize in the Flint International Organ Competition and was a finalist in the Naples International Organ Competition and the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition (USA).  Eric Riley is a First Prize winner in the Arthur Poister Memorial Scholarship Competition (Syracuse, NY) and a two-time Poister Prize winner while at Syracuse University.


Riley is former conductor of Jubilate! Choral Ensemble in York, PA, the Walsh University Chorale in North Canton, Ohio and the Metropolitan Chorale of the Metropolitan School for the Arts in Syracuse, NY.  His conducting and vocal instructors include Larry Doebler, G. Burton Harbison, Sandra Willetts, Daniel Pratt and Deborah Montgomery. At the organ he has studied with Karel Paukert, Robert Parkins, Wilma Jensen and Will O. Headlee.


Mr. Riley holds the Master of Church Music degree in choral conducting and organ from Scarritt Graduate School (Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, TN and the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.  He and his wife, Christine, live near Hummelstown, PA.

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