CLERGY

The Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis began his tenure as Interim Rector at St. Paul's on August 3, 2014, having recently retired as the fifteenth rector of Calvary Church, Pittsburgh. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he holds a B.A. from McGill University, a Master of Divinity from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Birmingham (England).

During his career, Dr. Lewis has distinguished himself as a scholar, and has taught at a number of schools of theology and seminaries. As Director of the Office of Black Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center in New York, he served as consultant to the Church of England and its Archbishop’s Commission on Urban Priority Areas.

In addition to his parish ministry at Calvary Church, Pittsburgh, Lewis has served St. Monica’s Church, Washington; St. Luke’s, New Haven; and St. Mark’s, Brooklyn. In each of these places, Lewis enjoyed a reputation as an insightful and prophetic preacher. He has often said that a good sermon must warm the heart, challenge the intellect and motivate the will.

Contact Dr. Lewis at hlewis@stpauls-church.org

Lewis

The Reverend Dr.
Harold T. Lewis
INTERIM RECTOR

Richard Israel

The Reverend
Richard C. Israel
ASSOCIATE RECTOR

The Rev. Richard C. Israel is an ordained Lutheran minister (ELCA) called by the Northeastern Ohio Synod, ELCA to serve as Associate Rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.   This call is made possible by the joint fellowship agreement between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church known as Called to Common Mission. 

Rich's responsibilities include coordinating the staff's work in pastoral care along with sharing in ministries of worship, education, and outreach.  Rich is a graduate of Valparaiso University, Yale Divinity School and Christ Seminary Seminex.

Contact Rich at risrael@stpauls-church.org

The  Reverend Lisa E. Hackney serves as Associate Rector with particular responsibility for Apostleship (outreach) and Liturgical ministries. Lisa is passionate about building up the Body of Christ within the congregation and building St. Paul's' identity as a leader in Greater Cleveland; she serves on the boards of  InterAct Cleveland  and Episcopal Community Services (ECS), and is a member of the Diocesan Commission to End Racism.  As a member of the clergy team, she shares in offering sacramental ministry, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. Ordained in the Diocese of Chicago, Lisa served parishes there in both lay and ordained capacities. She is a graduate of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and in her first career, played harp professionally while raising her four children.

Contact Lisa at lhackney@stpauls-church.org.

Lisa Hackney

The Reverend
Lisa E. Hackney
ASSOCIATE RECTOR

Deacon Kirby Colwell has served as St. Paul’s Volunteer Coordinator for more than ten years.  His personal and clerical mission is to facilitate parishioners’ involvement in hands-on ministry concerning peace and justice issues in the local community and the world.  A native Texan, he has also lived and worked in Colorado and New Mexico and now lives in Orange with his wife Gail. His hobbies include cycling and gardening.

Contact Kirby at kcolwell@stpauls-church.org.

Kirby Colwell

The Reverend
Kirby P. Colwell, II
DEACON

Philip A. (Denny) Anderson has served as a Deacon at St. Paul's for over 10 years.  His is a primary care internist and Clinical Associate Professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  Denny holds degrees from Harvard College, Episcopal Divinity School, and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  He serves the National Church as a faculty member for two 8-day CREDO conferences per year for Episcopal clergy from across the country.

Contact Denny at paa@case.edu

Philip Anderson

The Reverend
Philip Anderson
DEACON

PROGRAM STAFF

Kate Gillooly

Kate Gillooly
MINISTER FOR CHRISTIAN FORMATION & PROGRAM

Kate Gillooly serves as Minister for Christian Formation and Program, and has been on staff at St. Paul’s since 1996. She coordinates educational offerings for people of all ages, and seeks to strengthen the links between education and liturgy and outreach. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in small, medium and large parishes, as well as diocesan staff and individual consulting. She is a past President of NAECED (National Association for Episcopal Christian Education Directors – now called “forma”). Kate has a BA in Religion from Case Western Reserve University and a MA in Ministry from Ursuline College, and is a licensed pastoral care specialist with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She and her husband, Greg, live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio with their son, Jami and daughter, Madeleine.

Contact Kate at kgillooly@stpauls-church.org.

Pam O’Halloran has been on the St. Paul’s staff since January, 2010.  In her role as Director of Congregational Development, Pam oversees the stewardship activities of the parish and integrates them with the ministries of Membership and Fellowship.  Prior to joining the staff, Pam served as co-chair of the St. Paul’s Capital Campaign: The Campaign for St. Paul’s Future. Pam was an active member of the Vestry as Senior Warden from 2007-2009 and Junior Warden from 2005-2007. She also had leadership roles in the parish’s Long Range Planning, Rector Search and Stewardship Committees.  Pam received a B. A. in Economics from Smith College. She and her husband live in Shaker Heights and have three children, Nate, Meg and Jack.

Contact Pam at pohalloran@stpauls-church.org.

Pam OHalloran

Pam Cooley O'Halloran
DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Barbara Pelowski

Barbara Pelowski
DIRECTOR OF
NEW MEMBER MINISTRIES

Barbara Pelowski has served as Director of New Member Ministries at St. Paul’s since 2001. Facilitating a ministry of hospitality, she works with parish volunteers to welcome visitors and provide opportunities for newcomers to learn about St. Paul’s and the Episcopal Church. A graduate of Lake Erie College, Syracuse University, and Michigan State University, she brings to St. Paul’s 35 years experience as an educator working in college and school administration both nationally and abroad.

Contact Barbara at bpelowski@stpauls-church.org.

Paul Winter was hired as the full-time Youth Minister of
St. Paul’s in July 2011. He has been involved with youth ministry in the parish and diocesan levels since 2000. Paul grew up in the Episcopal Church at St. Thomas, Berea, where his father served as rector. Paul also attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea. He feels a passionate calling to youth ministry and is excited to be involved in developing the youth and young adult program at St. Paul’s. His hobbies include watching movies, jazz music and checking out new restaurants in the Cleveland area.

Contact Paul at pwinter@stpauls-church.org.

Paul Winter

Paul Winter
YOUTH MINISTER

Kim Fry

Kim Fry
DIRECTOR OF
COMMUNICATIONS

Kim Fry directs all print and online communications in collaboration with the clergy, staff and numerous volunteers. She holds a B.S. in Communications from Ohio University. Before joining the staff at St. Paul’s in July 2007, Kim served for four years as Communications Coordinator for the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in Pasadena, CA.

Contact Kim at kfry@stpauls-church.org.

Katy Ptacek joined St. Paul’s staff in 2013 as Assistant for Congregational Development. A cradle St. Paulian, Katy has served the parish and Diocese in a variety of roles including Chair of the Kinship Goal Team and member of St. Paul's Long Range Planning Committee, and founder of The Village. She is passionate about the ministry of hospitality and in serving and supporting existing members, newcomers and small groups to find their place in our vibrant parish family. She received a B. A. from Marietta College in Psychology and Philosophy. Katy has taught English in the People’s Republic of China and served youth and their families in a variety of roles in the social work field. She and her husband Jim live in Lakewood with their daughter Erin.

Contact Katy at kptacek@stpauls-church.org.

Katy Ptacek
ASSISTANT FOR
CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MUSICIANS

Karel Paukert

Karel Paukert
ORGANIST-CHOIRMASTER

Karel Paukert has been Organist-Choirmaster at St. Paul's Church nearly thirty years. He is the Curator Emeritus of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Before coming to Cleveland, Karel was associate professor of Organ and Church Music at Northwestern University and directed music at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston. He continues to concertize and teach internationally. He especially likes to return to his native Czech Republic.

Contact Karel at kpaukert@stpauls-church.org.

Steven Plank has been an Anglican church musician for close to forty years, serving parishes in Louisville, St. Louis, Oberlin, and Cleveland.  He is a Professor of Musicology at Oberlin College where he teaches courses in pre-modern music and directs the Collegium Musicum Oberliniense.  His research focuses on performance practice, English music, and the relationships between liturgy, spirituality, and musical style.  His hobbies are antiques and Louisville Cardinal basketball.

Contact Steven at steven.plank@oberlin.edu.

Steven Plank

Steven Plank
ASSOCIATE ORGANIST-CHOIRMASTER

Rick and Beth Nelson

Richard & Beth Nelson
DIRECTORS OF CHILDREN'S & YOUTH CHOIRS

Rick and Beth Nelson have been Directors of Music for Children and Youth since 1998.  Before coming to St. Paul's, they served Lutheran and Episcopalian congregations in Georgia and New York.  They enjoy traveling to hear the great choirs of the world sing Choral Evensong.
Beth Nelson holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music.  An avid player of the modern and Baroque flute, she has taught music on virtually every level during the last thirty years.  Presently, she teaches music theory fundamentals to non-music majors at Case Western Reserve University.   At St. Paul's she works with all of the choirs for children and youth.  She is known affectionately by the choristers as "Dr. Beth."
     At St. Paul's, Rick Nelson serves as the organist for the 9:00 service, and he also works with all of the choirs for children and youth.  At the Cleveland Institute of Music, he is Professor and Head of Music Theory.  A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Conservatoire Américain, and the Eastman School of Music, he enjoys mixing the musical worlds of the church and the academy.

Contact Rick at richard.nelson@case.edu.

Contact Beth at beth.nelson@case.edu.

David Osburn's parents were married by St. Paul's Rector Ted Evans in 1941. He was baptized here in 1943. His mother Ruth was Parish Secretary at St. Christopher's in Gates Mills and ran the nursery school for 30 years. David played the 8 bell chime there before it became a 23 bell carillon. He studied organ at St. Paul's with Walter Blodgett, later with Marilyn Mason at University of Michigan where he also studied carillon with Percival Price. David has been carillonneur at St. Paul's since 1990 and by day he is a private piano teacher. He is a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA).

Contact David at drdhojr@mindspring.com.

David Osburn

David Osburn
CARILLONEUR

Lois Davis

Lois Davis
HANDBELL CHOIR DIRECTOR

Lois Davis has been a church musician for nearly forty years, directing and performing in both vocal and bell choirs. She recently retired from teaching music for
25 years in the Willoughby-Eastlake Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Bucknell University and a Master of Music Education degree from Kent State University. Other interests include ballroom dancing, activities with her daughter and travel, especially to visit her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren in Chicago.

Contact Lois at loismusic@hotmail.com.

Carol Wipper graduated from Case Western Reserve with a degree in Art History, but continued piano studies and eventually began organ and harpsichord studies. For several years she was Assistant Organist at Christ Church, Shaker Heights.  Since joining St. Paul's 10 years ago, Carol has been in the Senior Choir, played for various services and, for the last 4 years, accompanied the youth drama group’s annual musical. She also plays services at Judson Park and accompanies several small chamber groups.  Interests other than music include travel, photography, tennis, skiing, and her grandchildren.

Contact Carol at carolyn@wipper.com.

Carolyn Wipper

Carolyn Wipper
AUXILLIARY ORGANIST

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Mark Finkenbine

Mark Finkenbine
PARISH MANAGER

Mark Finkenbine is the Parish Manager, which means he oversees building maintenance and tries to ride herd on the calendar of events and room assignments.  He also spends a fair amount of his time excoriating balky computers.  He has been at St. Paul’s, with a variety of titles, for over 25 years.

Contact Mark at mfinkenbine@stpauls-church.org.

 

Brenda Burton

Brenda Burton
CONTROLLER

Brenda's primary responsibility is to oversee all of the financial operations at St. Paul's.  Brenda has served as Controller since January 2002.  She is a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant and holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Miami of Ohio University.  Brenda also earned her MBA from Case Western Reserve University.   Prior to joining St. Paul's, Brenda worked 18 years in the private business sector in the area of finance.  She works part-time and is able to use her spare time improving her tennis game. 

Contact Brenda at bburton@stpauls-church.org.

Gail Emmet joined St. Paul’s in August of 2003 after a 17 year long career as a travel agent.  As Parish Secretary her duties respond to the varied needs of the parishioners and staff. Every day is different in the Parish Office and there is never a dull moment.  Gail provides administrative support to the clergy, church school and youth programs, parish groups and activities, and she oversees the details of the church database.  These duties, in addition to being the voice on the phone when you call St. Paul’s, make for full and fulfilling workdays.

Contact Gail at gemmet@stpauls-church.org.

Gail Emmet

Gail Emmet
PARISH SECRETARY

 

Abra Said returned to St. Paul’s as Assistant to Christian Formation in August 2012 after having served as the Intern for Children’s Ministries from 2005-2008 and being a Youth Group member throughout her high school years. She holds a B.A. in Family and Child Development and a certificate in Parent Education from The University of Akron and is currently working toward a M.S. in Leadership Development. When Abra is not at St. Paul’s or studying, you can often find her at one of her little brothers’ many sporting events, on her yoga mat, or taking pictures. She also serves on the advisory board for the Alpha Phi chapter at Case Western Reserve University.

Contact Abra at asaid@stpauls-church.org.

Abra Said

Abra Said
ASSISTANT TO
CHRISTIAN FORMATION