Fr. Steve is a native of the great state of South Carolina, and before his big move to the Midwest, he served several Baptist and Episcopal churches across Texas and Alabama. Fr. Steve earned his B.A. in history and religion from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, and his M.Div and Ph.D from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He has been a professor of religion, philosophy, and biblical studies at several colleges in Alabama and Texas.
Fr. Steve loves sailing and biking, and he is excited about the possibilities Lake Michigan and the lakefront path offer to indulge those pastimes. When he arrives, he will be living in Lakeview and will welcome any excuse to go out for coffee or a Smithwick’s Irish Ale. Don’t be surprised if you hear exclamations of Roll Tide! on Sunday afternoons coming from Fr. Steve, as he is a huge Alabama football fan!
Fr. Steve’s son Garrett is a senior at Colorado State University.
Nancy R. Meyer has attended St. Peter’s since September 2001 and was ordained a deacon in January 2008. A graduate of Presbyterian-St. Luke’s School of Nursing, University of Washington and Wayne State University, Nancy is an Advanced Practice Nurse in Geriatrics and works as a geriatric nurse practitioner providing medical and palliative care to homebound persons. Nancy serves on three boards: the Board of Directors of Montgomery Place, The Church Home and Hyde Park Home Care Services. Involved in many ministries, she is passionate about mission and outreach. The loves of her life are her cats, Luke and Melchizedek. She likes classical music, reading and knitting. She recently purchased a new red bike and is challenging the popular belief that once you learn to ride you can do it throughout your life.
Gordon John Stanley is Deacon at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in
Norma S. Sutton was raised on a farm in southwestern Michigan where her family attended the local Baptist church. She did her undergraduate work at Goshen College where she was delighted to discover Christian pacifists. She was ordained in the Mennonite Church in 1984.
Norma came to Chicago in 1979 to work as a faculty member and theological librarian at North Park Theological Seminary, where she teaches in the spiritual formation program. Episcopalians were among her new friends in Chicago and over time the liturgy of the Episcopal Church, especially the Eucharist, became central to her spirituality.
She came to St. Peter’s over 15 years ago and was ordained a priest in 2005.
Ellen K. Wondra is a third-generation Southern Californian who has lived in Chicago for a total of 15 years. She is currently Professor of Theology and Ethics for the Bexley Hall Seabury Western Theological Seminary Federation, and Academic Dean for the Seabury campus. She has been active in formation for ministry in programs sponsored by three dioceses, as well as leading adult forums on a wide range of topics. She has been deeply involved in the ecumenical movement: 18 years on the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the United States (ARCUSA), six years on the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, and participation in numerous consultations with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Churches Uniting in Christ, and others. Ellen is currently Editor in Chief of the Anglican Theological Review and has published numerous articles and essays. She earned her BA at Pomona College, her MDiv at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and her PhD at the Divinity School of the University. She was ordained deacon in 1976 and priest in 1977.
Ellen loves theatre, dance, and classical music and ushers often with The Saints volunteer usher group. She enjoys Chicago's architecture, restaurants, and parks. She's also fond of walking, cooking, and deck gardening. She lives in the Irving Park neighborhood in a sunny condo with her gray cat
Br. Nathanael has been a part of St. Peter’s since 1992. Nathanael served as organist for several churches in the Diocese of Chicago before joining the St. Peter's community. He brings the gifts of leadership and patience in his direction of both the choir and congregational life. His soup making skills are second to none and he has been known to bring African violets back to life from the dead. He is the Minister Provincial for Province V of the Brotherhood of St. Gregory.
John Addison Dally is a playwright and choral composer. As artist in residence at St. Peter’s, he creates original works for specific occasions in the life of the parish and revives existing works for performance as appropriate. Committed to “art on behalf of the world,” he tries to link every performance to building a relationship with a specific agency or organization in the Chicago area. As artist in residence he also serves as a liaison between the talented community of St. Peter’s and the talented city of Chicago, striving for collaborations that enrich all participants. He has a particular interest in working with people who may not consider themselves artists and drawing forth their gifts for writing and performing at a professional level of competence.
Senior Warden: Margaret Tomaszek Witry
Junior Warden: Levi Samuel Harris
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Class of 2016
Clerk of the Vesty