Contact an Intake Officer

Contacting the Intake Officers

Anyone may contact a diocesan intake officer to report concerns about the behavior of a member of the clergy (priests, deacons, bishops). This initiates a process to hold clergy accountable for their behavior. You will receive a timely response if you need to leave a message.

The Intake Officer will:

    • Listen with respect
    • Offer pastoral care and response
    • Create a written report regarding the concern(s) presented
    • Answer questions about the process


The Intake Officers for the Diocese of Delaware are:

    • Robert Irwin
      302.354.4636 (cell)

    • Donna Strachan-Ledbetter
      302.354.1895 (cell)

    • The Rev. Ruth Beresford
      302.824.5885 (cell)


Donna Strachan-Ledbetter is a Pastoral Psychotherapist with the Brandywine Pastoral Institute in Lewes and is a board certified counselor licensed with the State of Delaware. She has been a therapist for about 30 years.

Donna is on the vestry of St. Peter’s in Lewes and also served on the vestry at Trinity Parish in Wilmington. She has been involved on a diocesan level for over two decades working with clergy, church staffs, and congregations in various capacities — raising awareness and acceptance of same-sex relationships, conflict resolution, education, consulting, safe church training, and involvement in the Church’s initiative of Invite-Welcome-Connect.

The Rev. Ruth Beresford has been ordained for 30 years, serving in the Dioceses of Pennsylvania and Delaware in three congregations. Before her seminary education she worked as an investigative caseworker in Child Protective Services, with experience in physical abuse and neglect and in the incest and sexual abuse unit.  She is a facilitator for Darkness to Light, a child abuse prevention training program.

Over the course of her ordained ministry, Ruth has served in a number of diocesan, community, and church wide bodies to serve God’s people.

Bob Irwin is a member of Immanuel on the Green in New Castle, serving regularly as an acolyte and Eucharistic minister and previously as a member of the vestry and in a variety of offices within the parish. He is actively involved in outreach, especially Emmanuel Dining Room. Bob has a lifetime of serving the public good in various capacities, from an early career as a police officer to presently in investigations for the Justice Department of the State of Delaware. Bob has a graduate degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He is married and lives in New Castle with his wife, Dora.