Rector Search Committee

St. Martha's Rector Search Committee

Top row from left, Tempe Steen, Allice Anne Freund, Clem Edgar. Middle row, Vernon Proctor (consultant), Sue Proska, Sharon Korody. Bottom row, John Short and David Moore.

Clem Edgar

Clem’s association with St. Martha’s began in 1965 when he married his wife, Tina, whose family had vacationed in a Bethany Beach summer cottage (no heat, A/C and few amenities) for generations.  After college and a tour in Vietnam with the army, he pursued a career in engineering and management in several large paper industry corporations.  During that time, his family lived in the Philadelphia area and in Albany, NY, but they always managed to come back to spend a several weeks in the summer in Bethany Beach with their three boys.  After, retirement in 2005, they moved full-time to Bethany where they now live in their year-round house.  Clem has served on the Vestry, in the Choir and Bell Choir, on several other church committees and currently as videographer for the Online Services.  Tina and Clem have seven grandchildren.

Alice Anne Freund

Alice Anne and her husband Bill joined St Martha’s in 2015 after moving to Bethany Beach from Bethesda, Maryland.  They are both lifelong Episcopalians and have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.  At St. Martha’s, Alice Anne has been involved with the Shepherd Groups, the Altar Guild, the Flower Guild, the Greeters and the Hand Bell choir.  She has happily served as a volunteer at several Diocesan Conventions.  Alice Anne’s career has centered around education and consulting.  She is especially proud of her role in the founding of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.

Sharon Korody

Sharon joined St. Martha’s in 2014 after a lifetime in the Roman Catholic Church.  She has been Outreach Committee Chairperson, Co-chair of Stewardship and now serves on Altar Guild and the Hospitality Committee. During her health care career, she served as a hospital staff nurse, a public health nurse and a certified school nurse. A widow, Sharon has three adult children and several grandchildren.  After being a summer resident for many years, she moved to Bethany Beach full time in 2012.

David Moore

Dave has been a faith-based endowment fund investment manager since 2012.  Prior to that he managed various insurance company and bank portfolios for 35 years.  He and his wife, Lanny, joined St. Martha’s in 2012 when they moved to the Salt Pond, Bethany Beach as full-time residents.  Dave has served as a Delaware Lay Eucharistic minister and lay reader for the past eight years, Stewardship Campaign Chairman, and is the current St. Martha’s Finance Committee Chair.  He has served as a Vestry member, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, and Finance Committee Chair at their prior Episcopal Churches. This his first time as a rector search committee member.  He is honored to serve and pray for an optimal rector selection.

Sue Proska

Sue is originally from Philadelphia and a graduate of University of Maryland and a 1995 graduate of Johns Hopkins University with an MS in Information Systems Technology. In 2000 she retired from the National Security Agency as an information security analyst. She moved to the Bethany area in 2001 and came to St. Martha’s in 2006. In the past, she has served on the Memorial, Landscaping, Stewardship, and Finance committees. It is an honor to serve on the Search Committee and to help discover “Who We Are”, “Where Do We Want to Go”, and “Who Will Lead Us There”.  She looks forward to working with all the members of the Committee as we go forward to find the next rector of St. Martha’s Church.

John Short

Having lived in states from Arkansas to Wisconsin to Maine, John and his wife Caryn Cleveland-Short moved to Ocean View in July 2019 and joined St. Martha’s in September and are both newcomers to the area and to St. Martha’s.   In addition to serving on the search committee, John is also a member of the church’s Adult Education and Community Events Committee.    John and Caryn have three adult children and six grandchildren.  John is a recently retired professor and college president, and has been an advocate for diversity, inclusion and community engagement.

Tempe Steen

Tempe is a mostly retired attorney and previously retired high school teacher. She and her husband, Ron, one of the few native Sussex Countians at St. Martha’s, joined St. Martha’s in 1979 when the parish became year-round.  Their daughter was the first child baptized at St. Martha’s in 1970.  Tempe has served on Vestry in almost every decade, including one round as senior warden.  In addition, she has served on many committees and groups.  In addition, she was co-chair of the Diocesan Bishop Search in 1997-98.  On behalf of St. Martha’s, Tempe chaired the committee that met regularly with the Trustees of the Diocese to sell the Lighthipe Property, a gift for the benefit of St Martha’s. In addition, Tempe is currently the Vice-President of the Diocesan Trustees and vice-chancellor. She notes that her path has coincided with the close relationship St. Martha’s has had with the