Youth Director

Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville joins us as part of her seminary studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary. A lifelong Presbyterian, she is a Swat chairmember of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia where her father was the minister for thirty years and where she was ordained as a Deacon and Ruling Elder and has served as the head of the Youth Christian Education program for over twenty years. Margaret is mother to three (Douglas and Colin in college and Annie in 10th grade), and as a family they volunteer at The Village, Rosemont Presbyterian Village, The Other Carpenter/Habitat, Urban Tree Connection, and Wintershelter. The focus of her 27-year career as a Latin teacher has been to make the study of the ancient world relevant and exciting for young people. She runs an online language learning site called LinguaZone, and she directs a language learning program called Prima MLSS at IonaLingua, which engages middle school students in the discovery of what languages have in common. Her interest in curriculum development and teacher training extends from the language classroom to the Sunday School room where she tries to teach students that beyond the content studied, learning opens us up to a deeper understanding of who we are as individuals and as members of a community. A teacher at Friends’ Central School, she is also in her fourth year of seminary studies, having said no to a sense of call to the ministry for over twenty-five years. She is excited to have two years to spend at Gladwyne and hopes that you all will become a part of her journey in ministry.