Clergy & Staff
The clergy and staff at St. Matthew’s is small, especially given the impact the church has on the community of Fairbanks and beyond. Since its inception in 1904, the church has been served by one full-time priest…but other priests have served alongside as they were able. Office staff has usually been just one or two part-time employees, though St. Matthew’s has had a full time Parish Administrator since 2018.
We have been grateful over the years for dedicated volunteers who have offered their time and talent to help accomplish the work of the church.
Currently, Mother Betty Glover serves as Rector – and Jessica Ives serves as the Parish Administrator.
The Rev. Betty GloverRector
Mthr Betty is the Rector (Priest) at St. Matthew’s. She came to Fairbanks from Kansas, although she had spent a number of years in Alaska in the 70’s and 80’s – even graduating high school in Delta Junction, 100 miles down the Richardson Highway.
Ordained to the Diaconate in 1997, Mthr Betty engaged in her Vocation as the Executive Director of the Kansas State Child Death Review Board, and then as a full-time Hospital Chaplain in a Topeka, KS regional hospital for about 7 years, before going to Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA and being ordained a Priest in 2007.
Mthr Betty has served churches many years as a volunteer Law Enforcement Chaplain with police agencies in Kansas. She is now a volunteer with Fairbanks Police Department in their Volunteers in Police Service, as a Patrol Leader.
Jessica IvesParish Administrator
Jessica Ives has served as the Parish Administrator at St. Matthew’s since 2015. Her responsibilities are wide ranging, and seem to evolve constantly as the reality of the Pandemic has become a part of our lives, in and out of the church!
A life-long resident of Fairbanks, Jessica’s family has strong ties to the Village of Tanana on her mothers side. She grew up attending St. Matthew’s as a child and youth. Family time is a high priority in Jessica’s life as her and her husband Mike raise their two daughters. They enjoy vacationing and camping. In her free time Jessica enjoys arting, of all kind!