Staff and vestry

The Rev. Victoria Pretti, Rector


The Rev. Victoria Pretti

The Reverend Victoria Pretti is from Boston Massachusetts.  A former Roman Catholic, she joined the Episcopal Church in order to fulfill God’s call for her to be ordained as a priest.  Prior to ordained ministry, she worked as a critical care nurse and hospital administrator, homeless shelter director, hospice chaplain, spiritual director and retreat facilitator.

She received her Master of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology with further Anglican Studies at the Episcopal Divinity School, both in Cambridge Massachusetts.  She also has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Religious Development, and is an alumna of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School in Albuquerque New Mexico.  Since being ordained, she has served as vicar, priest-in-charge and rector at parishes in the Diocese of Massachusetts and the Diocese of New Jersey.

Mother Victoria is a Third Order Franciscan, who joyfully and gratefully claims the title of “mystic,” as one who lives in experiential union with the Mystery most of us call God.  Her favorite spiritual mentors are Jesus (of course!), Thomas Merton, and all the mystics, especially the medeival woman mystics, in that order.  She likes to describe herself as a feisty, middle-aged hippy woman, who is truly, madly and deeply in love with God.

She enjoys music and poetry, and she loves to read, walk, do yoga, hike and spend time doing anything or nothing at all outdoors.  Her husband Anthony works with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity as a Construction Supervisor.  Her stepdaughter Amanda lives with her husband Michael and grandaughter Madilyn in Florida.

Anthony and Victoria share their Lewes home with two small dogs (Luke and Rosie) and a parrot (Frannie).

St. Martha’s staff

Chris started her career as a Medical Technician in chemistry and hematology labs in Philadelphia, and later attended the Restaurant School and graduated with a culinary degree. She worked for notables such as Ted Turner in Atlanta, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, the Black Coalition and various chairs of the board in the cooperate setting. She retired as a Bench Executive Chef, Senior Manager, for Bayhealth in Delaware.

Before her retirement, she was received as an Episcopalian in 2012 and heard the call to ordained life shortly after. She was ordained as a Deacon on July 11, 2019 at St. Peter’s Church in Delaware, and she completed Education for Ministry and Clinical Pastoral Education.

She was on the Board of Directors for Primeros Pasos for seven years and was avidly involved with feeding the poor and marginalized. She also was the Christian Education Director for a year at Camp Arrowhead. Her call to the diaconate centered around those in need, especially feeding programs, which is still her ministry today.

Chris was born and raised in South Philadelphia and is a former Roman Catholic. She raised two children in Drexel Hill, Pa. and has four grandchildren. She lives in Lewes with her spouse, JoAnn, and their dogs Fallon and Hank.

David Kemper, Director of Music

Dave grew up in Pennsylvania where he spent 30 years in public education. He retired to Rehoboth Beach in 2012 and came to St. Martha’s late that year. Dave directs the Adult Choir, the Handbell Choir, serves as organist, and arranges occasional concerts.

He serves on the American Guild of Organists board, as sectional and outreach accompanist for the Camp Rehoboth Chorus, and continues to provide accompaniment and musical direction for local theater productions.

He’s at St. Martha’s on Wednesdays and Sundays. He can be reached by email.

Jaclyn Hickman, Administrative Assistant

Jaclyn was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware.  Her parents had a beach home in Bethany Beach since the mid 80’s, so she spent most summers of her youth at the beach.  She has been a full-time resident of Sussex County since 2003.

Jaclyn is a graduate of University of Delaware and Wilmington University.   Prior to working at St. Martha’s, she spent almost 17 years in banking.  She currently lives in Dagsboro with her husband, Mark, two daughters, dog and guinea pig.

You can find her on the beach with family and friends almost any weekend when it’s warm enough.   If she is not spending free time with family and friends, she is either walking her dog, doing yoga or reading.

You can reach Jaclyn at

St. Martha’s wardens and vestry

The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. Vestry members are elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden has responsibility for church property and buildings.

Senior Warden
John Short, 2026

Junior Warden
Sandy Roberts, 2024

Marianne Pena, 2026

Rick Legeer, 2024

Pat Leskowitz, 2026

Tim Lush, 2025

Frank Marchand, 2026

Dave Moore, 2024

Al Thomas, 2025