Father Steve came to Saint Andrew’s in June 2008 as an ordained Deacon and was ordained as a Priest in June 2011. Fr. Steve is the Vicar (Priest-in-Charge) of St. Andrew’s.
Father Steve has spent most of his life as a police officer and military person. In June 2004 after a 22 year career with the Maryland State Police, the last six of those years as a Sergeant; Fr. Steve retired from the State Police. After retiring in 2004 from the Maryland State Police as a Sergeant – Patrol Commander;
Fr. Steve continued to work in law enforcement an
d served as the Chief of Police for Hancock, Maryland before taking a position in the Patrol Division with the Washington County Maryland Sheriff’s Office. In his position with the Sheriff’s Office, Fr. Steve worked as a School Resource Officer (Police Officer in the School) at Williamsport High School; where he interacted and mentored students on a daily basis. Fr. Steve retired from the Sheriff’s Office in 2011. Not wanting to allow many years of his law enforcement training/experience to fall away; Fr. Steve continues to work private investigations and is licensed by the Maryland State Police as a Private Investigator.
In 1998 Father Steve retired from the Air National Guard after 20 years serving with the 167th Airlift Wing (WVANG) Security Forces Squadron. Fr. Steve attended the U.S.Air Force Law Enforcement Academy in 1978.
After his ordination to the Diaconate in June 2006, Father Steve was assigned to the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Braddock Heights, Maryland and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Sharpsburg, Maryland. Fr. Steve’s home parish is St. Thomas’ Hancock, Maryland.
Father Steve has an A.A. degree in Administration of Justice from Hagerstown Junior College (now Hagerstown Community College) and a B.S. degree in Sociology from Frostburg State University. Fr. Steve is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociology Honor Society.
Fr. Steve is a “Son of the House”; graduating with his Master’s Degree in 2011 from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Wisconsin.
Fr. Steve is married to Melanie who has been a registered nurse for over 36 years. Melanie works as a Recovery Room Nurse at the large regional hospital, Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown, Maryland. Melanie serves as a volunteer nurse in the Parish Nursing Program and actively volunteers with the outreach & mission ministry at St. Andrew’s.
Fr. Steve and Melanie are the proud parents of two boys; Rhett 34; Cade 29; and the proud grandparents of two beautiful grandsons (Liam Patrick McCarty & Evan James McCarty). Rhett has a Bachelors Degree from Coastal Carolina University, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland and works for the U.S. Department of Treasury. Rhett is married to Elizabeth. Elizabeth has a Bachelors Degree from Coastal Carolina University, and 2 Master’s Degrees (University of Delaware & University of Maryland University College. Elizabeth is a biology/earth science high school teacher. Rhett & Beth are the parents of Liam & Evan. Cade served in the United States Marine Corps and completed a tour of duty with his Marine unit in the Helmand Province of Southern Afghanistan from 2009 – 2010. Cade has his Bachelor of Science Degree from Frostburg State University in Politcal Science/Law and Society; and his Masters Degree in Homeland Security from the University of Maryland University College. Cade has also followed his father’s footsteps and is a Maryland State Trooper. Cade is married to Amanda. Amanda has a Bachelors Degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Amanda works in project and promotion coordinating for the medical field.
Father Steve is an avid motorcycle rider and owner of a Harley Davidson. Fr. Steve serves as the Chaplain for the local Williamsport Maryland Chapter of the Harley Owner’s Group (HOGS Chapter #1544). Fr. Steve is also a member of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Maryland Chapter II, and The Williamsport Redmen Riders.
Fr. Steve and Melanie are into a daily physical fitness routine and spend part of each day inside a local fitness center doing a cardio/lifting workout. Fr. Steve is a certified personal trainer, and trains clients in the gym as well as leading aerobic classes, and teaching self-defense, including Krav Maga, and Cardio/Boxing. Father Steve & Melanie studied the Marshall Arts together for many years and both rose to the rank of Black Belt in Traditional Tae Kwon Do.
Father Steve’s is an AC – Better known as Anglo-Catholic. The other terms for AC’s are “Catholic Anglicans”, or “Prayer Book Catholics”. He is one who prefers the historical roots of the catholic liturgy that was resurrected in the Church during the Oxford Movement of the 19th century. Basically, Father Steve prefers to be surrounded by smells; bells; GOOD liturgy; properly placed decorum, and traditional vestments. However, Father Steve does “step out of the box” at the Monthly Motorcycle Masses, and wears leather; uses a motorcycle helmet as an offering plate, and plays rock-n-roll music instead of traditional hymns.
Fr. Steve & Melanie Support Pro-Life Awareness.
The REV. JOHN D. COZZOLI – Deacon Associate at St. Andrew’s
I began my work experience with the United States Air Force in March of 1959 and served as an aircraft mechanic maintaining C-124 Aircraft where I achieved the rank of Airman Second Class.
Upon honorable discharge, I started as an on the air announcer at WJEJ and moved to WARK in June of 1962 where I worked the all night broadcast until October of 1968.
In June of 1968 I applied for employment at Mack Trucks and was employed there until July of 2001.
In the interim, I took flying lessons at the local airport and received a commercial pilot’s license with an instrument and a multi-engine rating and flew as a co-pilot for a local engineering company while on lay-off at Mack Trucks.
I was recalled to Mack after being on lay-off for almost two years.
In June of 1985, I went before the Commission on Ministry and was invited to begin four years of formation training to become a Deacon in the Church. I was also taking a course entitled Education For Ministry from the School of Theology at the University Of the South in Sewanee Tennessee and graduated after completing four years of study.
In June of 1989, I was ordained in to the Sacred Order of Deacons at the Washington National Cathedral along with ten of my classmates and three transitional students.
Since that time I have served in many parishes in Washington and Frederick Counties and have supplied in both Episcopal and Lutheran churches.
I am currently located at St. Andrew’s Church in Clear Spring as the Deacon Emeritus.
In December of 1969, I married Ruth Rittenhouse and am now the father of two grown girls…Michelle Hahn and Jennifer Nance. Michelle has six children and Jennifer has three children.
Daniel Weatherholt joined the staff of St. Andrew’s as organist in May of 2014. “Since my arrival, I have thoroughly enjoyed serving and working with Father Steve and the people of St. Andrew’s” he said. Daniel is employed as the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Poolesville, Maryland, a vibrant parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington where he is organist for two Sunday services, directs the parish choir, and offers piano and organ lessons for beginning students. When he is not at the console in person during services, he can often be found in the Church one or two days a month pre-recording the music for liturgies into the Allen Digital Organ at St. Andrew’s. When he is able to be present in person, Daniel loves to take time to get to know the people of St. Andrew’s and to support the mission and ministry of the congregation through his role as Organist and Minister of Music.
In May 2008, Daniel graduated from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music with concentrations in organ performance and choral conducting. He has also studied music education at the graduate level at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Prior to serving at St. Andrew’s and St. Peter’s, Daniel held organist positions in several area churches including as Assistant Organist at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Hancock, Maryland (1997-2006), Associate Organist at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Hancock, Maryland (2004-2008), Organist and Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Frostburg, Maryland (2006-2008), Organist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lonaconing, Maryland (2007-2008), Organist and Choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Lappans, Maryland (2008-2017), and Director of Music at St. Mark’s on the Hill Episcopal Church in Pikesville, Maryland (2017-2018).
Daniel is a member of the Annapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists where he currently serves as the Dean, and he is a dual member with the Baltimore and Potomac Chapters of the American Guild of Organists. He is an affiliate of the Royal School of Church Music in America and a past member of the Commission on Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. He is a member of the resident congregation at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC where he serves as a special events volunteer, an usher, a lay reader for Sunday Choral Evensong, and is an active participant in the 20’s and 30’s group.
Daniel is married to the Rev. Elizabeth Sipos who hails from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. They live in Kingsville, Maryland where Rev. Elizabeth serves as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church (founded in 1692). When he is not working, he enjoys dining at local restaurants with family and friends, sampling ethnic food, playing golf, reading, and traveling.