Meet Our Clergy and Staff
Charles D. Alley, Rector
Chuck Alley became Rector of St. Matthew's on August 15, 1994, having served as an assistant at Truro Episcopal in Northern Virginia. He was called into ministry from a career in medical research. Chuck has a Ph.D. in anatomy and has both taught and conducted research in immunology and cell biology. Since becoming Rector he has served on several ethics committees pertaining to science and religion and medical research at Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia. Chuck and his wife, Scottie, have three children (two married) and four grandchildren. He views his avocation in furniture building as a God-given gift of historical tradition.
As a member of the Communion Partners Clergy, Chuck traveled in April 2010 to Singapore. He preached at St. Andrew's Cathedral, investigated mission opportunities there, and attended the Fourth Anglican Global South to South Encounter as an invited observer. Click here to read his reflections on the Encounter.
Mario Gonzalez del Solar, Assistant Rector
Mario Gonzalez del Solar was born in Guatemala to an American mother and Argentine father and grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with no religious background. He became a Christian in 1975 and was ordained in 1985, serving congregations in Florida and Richmond before coming to St. Matthew’s in 2004. Mario’s chief responsibility is pastoral care. He is trained in group process and family systems, and received the Doctor of Ministry from Trinity School for Ministry in 2005. Mario and Barbara have three grown children and one grandchild. He enjoys Scripture, theology, music, movies, travel, and family time. You can reach by email.
Mario made two postings on August 27, 2009, on the Web site of Evangelical Parishes and People in the Episcopal Church. One posting reviews the book Evangelism Through the Local Church, and the other presents the history of evangelism within the Diocese of Virginia, using excepts from the Web site of Diocese.
Dave Matlak, assistant to the Rector for children, youth and young adult ministries
Dave and his wife Carrie moved to Richmond in 2013 with their four boys: Isaac, Samuel, Josiah, and Peter to begin working at St. Matthew’s. Dave’s primary role as an Assistant to the Rector is to provide oversight for the growing children’s, youth, and young adult ministries. He comes with a diverse ministry background working with young people as a teacher, pastor, mentor, sports coach, camp counselor, and has also served as a music director at an international church. Before completing his MDiv degree through Beeson Divinity School and Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Dave and his family served as missionaries in Nairobi, Kenya for five years where one of their sons, Josiah, was adopted. Dave and Carrie met and fell in love while they were students at Wheaton College in Illinois. Dave loves to read, he plays guitar and mandolin, enjoys camping/being outdoors, and loves to play and watch soccer.
Colleen Crafton, Interim Music Director/Organist
As an organist, pianist, and choral director, Mrs. Crafton has served church programs in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, and New York. Most recently, she served as the choral instructor at Saint Benedict School in Richmond. As a trombonist, she has performed with The Syracuse Symphony, The Rochester Philharmonic, The Baltimore Opera Orchestra, and The United States Army Field Band. She has been a featured concerto soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and The Army Field Band.
She has taught music at Ithaca College, Colgate University, Hamilton College, as well as public and private schools in Maryland, New York, and Virginia.
Mrs. Crafton holds music degrees from The Catholic University of America and The Eastman School of Music, with further study in the Ward Method and Gregorian Chant at The Catholic University of America.
Mrs. Crafton enjoys spending time with her band director husband, Don, and their four children. She also enjoys sharing the gift of music with others, especially when it is uniquely bound with faith in God.
Mark Hopkins, Parish Administrator
Mark and his wife Shirley moved from East Providence, Rhode Island, to Richmond in 1998, and joined St. Matthew’s. He became Parish Administrator in 2007. Mark has a background in Logistics and Distribution working the Technology Field. He has a keen interest in reading, music, movies and gardening. Mark and Shirley have two grown children Christine and Richard, and 5 grandchildren.