Clergy and Staff

The Rev. David Bateman, Interim Rector

The vestry is pleased to introduce Reverend David Bateman who will serve as Interim at St. Edward's during the search process for a permanent priest. 

Rev. Bateman has 25 years experience in pastoral ministry.  For the last nine years,  he has served exclusively in Interim ministry with congregations going through major transitions, particularly those having had long term rectors.  Among the parishes he has served in Pennsylvania are St. Andrews Episcopal Church in York; St. John's Episcopal in Carlisle; St. Paul's Bloomsburg; St. Luke's, Altoona; and Mt. Calvary, Camp Hill.  Prior to his Interim ministry, he served in various parishes in Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Bateman earned a B. A. degree in Political Science at Kenyon College in 1976 and completed his Master of Divinity at Nashotah House Seminary in Nashotah, WI in 1987. 

Among Rev. Bateman's areas of interest and expertise are:  understanding of transitional ministry,  preaching, special background emphasis in adult formation and education, training and background in church vocal music, and creative problem solving.  He is co-author and developer of  "Come and Worship," a Sunday morning parish Liturgy of the Word for children that is now in use in congregations across the country.

Reverend Bateman and his wife, reside in Harrisburg.  

Karen E. Waddill, Organist

Karen Waddill (organist/pianist) joined the staff of St. Edward's in June of 2018. She holds a Master's degree from Manhattan School of Music (New York) and a BA from Wake Forest University (North Carolina). In addition to her duties at St. Edward's, Karen also does freelance accompanying work for the music department at Franklin & Marshall College and can be heard on occasion in the orchestra pit at The Fulton Theatre.


Patrick Ishler, Choir Director

Mr. Patrick Ishler is completing his 10th year as our choir director at St. Edward’s and 27 years as a public school music educator.  Patrick has earned his Bachelor’s degree from Clarion University, Clarion, PA, a Master’s degree in Music (conducting) from Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA, as well as a Master’s degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, in Educational Leadership.

Patrick’s vision for this position is to offer music  in a missional way and to allow space for the Holy Spirit to work through this music to strengthen and bless all who hear it.

When Patrick isn’t teaching or conducting music rehearsals, he enjoys spending time with his family, camping and cooking.  Patrick lives in Lititz with his wife Dina and their three children Faith, Carter and Thomas.


Michelle Bentley, Parish Administrative Assistant

Michelle Bentley (on the right with parishioner, Bev Hess) has been a member of St. Edward's since 2003 and has served in the parish office since 2008.  In addition to her secretarial duties, Michelle also performs many of the administrative functions of the parish including facility management, liaison with ministries, communications and supporting the Rector's ministry, staff and volunteers.  Michelle has lived in Lancaster since 1998 with her husband, Glen, a retired advertising creative director.  They have a grown son, Ian, who lives and works in New York City at a global architectural & engineering firm.  They spend their free time traveling and enjoying music and the arts.

Elizabeth Yeager, Nursery Attendant

Elizabeth Yeager has been faithfully serving as the nursery attendant at St. Edward's for 13 years.  Liz, and her husband, Buddy are members of St. Edward's and serve in many parish ministries.