The Reverend Robert L. Brown


A cradle Episcopalian, I grew up at Saint Matthew's before beginning college in the late 1970s. I returned to the parish as the rector in 2003. Prior to seminary I worked as a legislative assistant and aide to Congresswoman Liz Patterson in Washington DC and in Spartanburg. I am passionate about the work of the Church to bring about the Kingdom of God. We are called, as faithful witnesses and disciples, to proclaim Christ in every way. I believe we have a special obligation to the poor and the outcast, and we must serve as Stewards of God's Creation. 

Rob is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in History, and an MDiv from Sewanee, The University of the South. Rob is married to Sandra McGee Brown, and they have two adult children, Zach and Becca.

The Reverend Paul R. Abernathy

Assistant Rector

A native of St. Louis, MO, Father Paul received his BA in political science from Westminster College, Fulton, MO, and his MDiv from The General Theological Seminary, NYC. In 1978 ordained a priest, Father Paul served congregations in Columbia, MO, Chicago, IL, Charleston, SC, and Washington, DC. Since March 1, 2020, he has served as the Assistant to the Rector. Fr. Paul’s theology and ethics are centered around the themes of love and justice, unconditional benevolence and equity for all people, incarnate in the life and ministry of Jesus. In 2013, Fr. Paul published a book of sermons, For the Living of These Days. He is joyously married above his station of life to the former Pontheolla Mack of Bishopville, SC, who always is the best reason to know him. Their daughter, Kristin, resides in Baltimore, MD.


    The position of Church Secretary is held by Beth Boyd, who maintains the connection between the community and the church, and who along with her husband Will, have raised their family as members of the St. Matthew's family.


    Barbara Coleman has been the Director of the Preschool for many years and has shepherded the Preschool to the consistent Quality Counts award winner that it is today. She is currently building an outdoor learning playground encompassing bike paths, gardens, engineering play centers, and a theater.


    Donna has served as church organist and choirmaster at St. Matthews for 16 years. She is from Rockford, Illinois and a music education major from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC where she met her husband Mark, a native of Spartanburg. They have two children, a son and a daughter, and five grandchildren.


A Vestry’s mission is both spiritual, working with the Clergy to discern God’s call for the Parish; and temporal, in their stewardship of church property and resources. Vestry members fulfill responsibilities inherent in the mission of St. Matthew's by working with individuals and groups within the Parish, and within the broader community.

St. Matthew's Vestry - 2024


Angela Viney, Senior Warden (2024-'26)

Greg Bulman, Junior Warden (2022-'24)

Will Boyd, Property (2024-2026)

Atha McBride, Pastoral Care (2022-2024)

Gail Stellar, Worship (2022-2024)

Nisha Bhati: Outreach (2023-2025)

Michelle Pierce: Communications (2023-2025)

Grace Keller, Hospitality (2024-2026)

Heather Yevcak*, Treasurer

Shannon Bishop*, Vestry Clerk, Non-voting