The Reverend Matthew Hanisian, Rector
Matthew hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Journalism. After a decade-long career in sales and marketing he discerned a call to ordained ministry, graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary. Matthew taught religion at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, served parishes in Alexandria, Virginia, and was Associate Rector at St. Alban’s in Washington D.C. before coming to St. Martin’s. He is married to Katie Glover and between the two of them they share four children, one rabbit and two ducks.
The Reverend Chandler Irwin, Assistant to the Rector and School Chaplain
Chandler came to St. Martin’s from the Diocese of West Tennessee where she had served as Curate at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Germantown, Tennessee where her focus was on Children’s and Youth Ministry. She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary where she served as Class President, coordinated the forums and guest speakers for the seminary, and had an internship in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Chandler eagerly shares her passion for ministry with the children and youth here at St. Martin’s.
Dr. HyeSung Hwang, Director of Music Ministries
HyeSung, born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University in 2005, followed by her Masters two years later. In 2009 she received a Graduate Performance Diploma in piano performance from the Peabody Institute, where, in 2017, she earned her Doctorate in Musical Arts. She has been awarded numerous classical music prizes in competitions such as the Seoul Philharmonic concerto competition, and the Puigcerda International Competition. She was also a recipient of the Individual Artist Award from Maryland State Arts Council in 2011. HyeSung has performed actively both as a soloist and a chamber musician throughout Korea, Baltimore, Japan, Italy, Spain and France. She has also maintained a teaching studio since 2001.
Before joining St. Martin’s-in-the-Field, HyeSung spent five years at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity in Baltimore as the Director of Music Ministries. She serves St. Martin’s by directing the adult and children’s choirs, the hand bell ensemble, as well as organizing and performing the organ and piano for the music programs of all weekly and special services. HyeSung enjoys spending time with her husband and cat, as well as cooking, eating and traveling.
Leah has been the point of contact for all things administrative, membership and worship related since 2013.
Leah graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in international business, and then worked for 12 years as a human resources professional. Although she loves the professional component of an office job, she really enjoys the “people” part of her position here at St. Martin’s. After starting her family, she lived overseas in Spain and continued her professional development as the Chairman of Volunteers for the Navy Marine Corp Relief Society. She also speaks Spanish.
Leah is a Maryland native and is happy to be back living close to family and friends. She enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family. Leah, her husband Dan, and their three children attend St. Andrew by the Bay Catholic Church.
Amber handles the church’s marketing and communication needs, such as our newsletter, website and social media. She also handles the calendar, reserving space on our campus for meetings and various events.
Maryland born and bred, Amber graduated from the University of Baltimore with a degree in Corporate Communications. She has 19+ years of professional experience in marketing, advertising and graphic design. Amber is an active member of the Maryland PTA, having held various board positions, she organizes fundraisers and volunteers her design skills regularly for event marketing. Being an involved member of the community has always been important to Amber, and its one of the reasons she enjoys her new position here at St. Martin’s.
Amber likes reading, scrapbooking, walking, and photography. She and her husband, Justin, have two sons.
Kathy Key, Bookkeeper
Kathy was born and raised in southern California and moved to Maryland in 1993, where she has lived here ever since. She is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach with a BS in business administration and finance. She has many years in both the banking industry and accounting/bookkeeping. Married with 3 children, in her ‘spare’ time Kathy loves to watch sports, especially baseball.
Dan Sedesse, Sexton
Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, Dan spent 20 years in the Coast Guard having signed up a year after high school. He did four tours for a total of six years of sea duty, plus and additional four independent duty stations where he maintained and operated his own food service facilities, having received his food service certification early in his military career. Since his retirement from the Coast Guard in 1997, Dan has spent the last 17 years in the custodial/maintenance field in St. Petersberg, Florida. He recently left Florida to come to Maryland were he is excited to be a part of the St. Martin’s team.