The Rev. Jennifer Walding
Rev. Jennifer's passion for ministry is in preaching and breaking open the word, liturgy and music that praises God and renews and sends our members to do God's work, mentoring teens on their faith journey and walking with our members as they discover and carry out their ministries. She loves a good joke or any other reason to have to have a good, long laugh with friends and family. Rev. Jennifer has been a member since 1991 raising her son at Ss Martha and Mary. In addition to her one son, she has two adorable granddaughters.
The Rev. Faith Crook Perrizo,
Six years ago Faith “retired” and moved to Minnesota to be near her sister Nancy, who lives at Turtle Lane Group Home in Shoreview. Since then Faith has served as long term supply at St. John’s, Aitkin and Messiah, Prairie Island. In addition, she spent a two year term as Ministry Developer with our ministry team from 2018-2020. With the call of a full-time priest-in-charge at Messiah, Faith was freed up to join us again. Prior to her retirement, Faith served in the Diocese of West Virginia, where she served on the Bishop’s staff. With over 42 years of ordained ministry, she has also served parishes in the Dioceses of Chicago and Southern Ohio. Her ministry passions include storytelling and preaching, summer camp with the kids, spiritual direction, and supporting folks in their various ministries. Her oldest son and his family live in Arizona, her middle son in Nevada, and her youngest son and his family just moved to Cincinnati, OH. So she travels a lot! For fun and relaxation, Faith enjoys camping, going to Twins games, and productions at the Guthrie. Faith resides in south Maplewood with her dog, Gregory.
The. Rev. Tom Eklo
In Memoriam Reverand Tom Eklo.
Our beloved brother in Christ passed away peacefully on November 17, 2022 in the company of close family members. While we grieve his passing, we take comfort that he is no longer suffereing and rejoice in our belief that he is with God. May he rest in peace.
Tom was a native Minnesotan, having been born and raised in Minneapolis. The priesthood was a second calling in life, having worked in the banking industry for almost 25 years. He most recently retired as the Rector of St. Nicholas in Richfield. His passions were preaching, finding the sacred in everyday life and encouraging all people in using their gifts for ministry. Tom loved a good book, travelled to almost anywhere, and enjoyed hiking/biking and photography. Tom and Stephen have a daughter and enjoyed the time they got to spend with their three grandchildren.
Meet Our Bishop
(from Episcopalnewsservice.org). Bishop Craig Loya is the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.
Meet our Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church
(from episcopalchurch.org). The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry is Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church.