Rev. Traci Marriott Bowman, Pastor

Her first day at St. Matthew will be Thursday, November 1, 2018. For Pastoral care needs you may reach Pastor Traci at 814-793-2413 or 814-935-9267.

Some background information on Pastor Traci: She was born and raised in Altoona, a lifelong Lutheran, baptized at St. Paul’s and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. She graduated from Altoona Area High School and Thiel College, where she majored in English. In Rocky River, OH then Williamsport, PA, she was both a private and public school teacher in grades 7 through 12.

In the parish she has a passion for preaching, teaching, youth ministry, and projects that bring the church together in service to the community. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting, quilting, hiking, biking, skiing, and travel. This June, her husband, Pastor David and she celebrated 10 years of marriage. Our house resounds with the pitter-patter of furry feet: our Labrador retriever, Otto, and cats, Osgar and Odin. She is the proud godmother of Alexander and Scarlett, my best friend Lisa’s two-year-old twins.

Lori Tremmel, Administrative Assistant

Lori manages all aspects of the church office from certificates, lending an ear, preparing the monthly newsletter (The Messenger), to handling the church’s financial books and records. Lori is always willing to listen, lend a helping hand or help you find the help you need or help you find the information you need. The office is open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and in the afternoons by appointment. 

Her ministry here at St. Matthew's started November 1, 1993. Lori loves the friends and family that she watches over and has grown to know. Lori helps members that are planning a wedding, funeral or special occasion in any capacity.

Lori looked after the local food bank when it was located at St. Matthew. Now that the Local Food Pantry is located on Allegheny St., Martinsburg she manages the books and records for the Food Pantry. 

During the time that St. Matthew had PennMont Academy (pre-school) here for five years, she was a teachers assistant. 

Lori also was Sexton/Janitor here at St. Matthew for two years and is well aware of what is needed to keep God's House in order and welcoming to all visitors.

Lori has been married for 39 years and has two sons, a daughter-in-law, two grandsons, two granddaughters and two deceased sons. She is known in the community not only for her friendliness but for her bowling achievements. She is a member of the Pennsylvania State Bowling Hall of Fame and the Altoona Bowling Hall of Fame. Lori taught junior bowlers for 26 years and also taught and coached women's collegiate bowling (NCAA Div III) at Penn State Altoona for 6 years.

C William Brown, Sexton

Bill became St. Matthew’s Sexton on January 22, 2018. His first challenge was to discover what a Sexton is and does. Traditionally, a Sexton cares for the church, rings the bell and digs graves. Bill hasn’t yet tackled our bell or any graves, but does indeed do a marvelous job caring for the church.

Bill was born and raised in the Cove all his life. He has two children; Elizabeth and Daniel he has two granddaughters; Gabriela and Clarissa.