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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.

Thomas J. Jackson
  Director of Music

Thomas Jackson grew up just outside of Baltimore, MD and is a “genetic” Lutheran; his father’s side of the family being Lutheran as far back as he has been able to find records for.


After graduating at the top of his class from Chesapeake High School (1996), he moved to Texas to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education (2000) and a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting (2003).  


Mr. Jackson taught middle and high school choir as well as private piano and voice lessons throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for many years before moving back to Maryland in 2015 to take care of his (now deceased) mother who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.


As a lifelong singer, Mr. Jackson began singing alto in the adult choir when he was still in elementary school.  He began to study piano in middle school, and then added voice and organ lessons to his curriculum when he got to college.    


Throughout all of his studies and indeed all of his life, Mr. Jackson has been a dedicated church musician; beginning to do so professionally soon after he moved to Texas.  He has held every position in church music you can think of; assistant organist, organist, children’s choir director, youth choir director, handbell choir director, adult choir director, and overall music director.


Mr. Jackson is also a fanatical barbershop harmony enthusiast!!!  He has sung in quartets and choruses since childhood, and while in Texas sang with the world-renowned Vocal Majority, a 150 man chorus based in Dallas.  He is now the assistant director of the Baltimore Vocal Corps, a small but mighty chorus based in the Baltimore area.


In his spare time, Mr. Jackson enjoys crossword puzzles, reading, and taking care of his now elderly (15 years old) cat Tallulah.


Mr. Jackson’s vast knowledge and varied experience will surely be an invaluable asset to the music ministry of St. Matthew, and he is ecstatic to be starting the next chapter of his life here with us!!!

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