Our Staff

Fr. Craig Gavin

Father Craig Gavin became the 11th Rector of St. Matthew’s, being installed by Bishop Burnett at a Celebration of New Ministry on October 10, 2007. Fr. Gavin comes “home” to Nebraska after having served churches in the Diocese of Arkansas and then in the Diocese Central Gulf Coast. He was ordained to the priesthood on November 6, 1994, at Christ Church in Little Rock. In August, 1996, he was called as Rector of St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church in Bella Vista, AR, where he served until August, 2004. Moving to Dothan, AL, he was then Rector of the Church of the Nativity before his being called to St. Matthew’s. Prior to ordained ministry, Fr. Gavin was a successful business executive and an active member of Trinity Cathedral in Omaha, and previously Holy Trinity Church, Lincoln. He and his wife, Linda, were married in 1971, and have an adult son, John, who lives in N.W. Arkansas.


Fr. Stephen E. Lahey

Stephen was raised as a Luthern, and became an Episcopalian in 1993. He has a Ph. D. in Medieval Philosophy and Theology, and teaches in the Classics and Religious Studies Department at the University of Nebraska. He and his wife Julia McQuillan, a Professor of Sociology at the University, have one daughter, Thea, born in December 2001.







Deacon Rich Kelly

Rich was ordained to the Diaconate in August 2002 by Bishop Krotz. He has been a member of St. Matthew’s since 1992 and is active in Men’s Club, Parish Visitors, EFM (Education for Ministry) co-mentor, and prior to his ordination, a Vestry member.

Rich and his wife, Verneda led St. Matthew’s mission/work team to the Dominican Republic in 2001. They have two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren.





Jo Darrington
Parish Administrator

Jo is our Parish Administrator and joined the staff in the fall of 2001. Having 10 years of church administration experience before joining us, she has become a great addition to the operation and ministry of our parish. Jo has two married children, both living in Lincoln, and is blessed with three grandchildren. She has been an active supporter of the Lincoln Citizen Advocacy since 2004 when she became a Guardian and Payee of a very gentle person until his death in 2011.





Molly Esseks
Director of Music

Molly studied organ at the Oberlin Conservatory and received her MMus in Organ Performance from Northern Illinois University. Before coming to Lincoln, she was an organist/choir director for many years in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. In 2001, Molly and her husband, Dick, moved to Lincoln to be near their daughters and son-in-law. Molly’s hobbies are music, reading, and corresponding with friends and family.



Bob Cypher, Property & Grounds Manager
Shari Cypher, Cleaning Services

Bob has been working at St. Matthew’s since 1990 and Shari joined him in 2011. Bob handles everything from repair and maintenance to property business while Shari takes care of the cleaning. Bob also works part time at Cleaver-Brooks as a Help Desk Technician which he started in 2011 and has been a part time zookeeper at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo since 1993. Bob and Shari have one child, Zachry, born in April 2001.

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2325 S. 24th Street
Lincoln, NE 68502
Office: (402) 435-2226
Fax: (402) 435-2267

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