Our Ministries

St. Paul’s Cathedral is a special place.  There is something for everyone.

The cathedral is a place for all people to come together and do the work of our mission: Love Christ, Serve Others, and Welcome All.

It is special because it is made of the gifts of our individual members; we are a community. Every member of this place adds to it in some special way. 

Where do your gifts lie?  Where will you share them?  What you receive often depends on how much you are willing to share.

Please have a look and see if any existing ministries align with your gifts, talents, and interests.  If not, please contact me and let’s explore starting something new!

Ready to get involved?  Send us an email (info@stpaulcathedral.org) for help deciding where to start.

Table of Contents

Acolytes

Ministry Area: Worship & Prayer

Ministry Leader: Lisa Churchill

Ministry Leader Email: spcheadverger@gmail.com

Description: Acolytes assist the clergy as crucifers, torch bearers, banner bearers, icon bearers and Altar servers. The teams serve at Sunday morning services, Evensong, weddings, funerals, and many special services. These faithful and skilled workers enhance the liturgy for all. 

Adult Formation Committee

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leader: Stacey Klaman

Ministry Leader Email: staceyklaman@gmail.com

Description: The Adult Formation Committee meets monthly to plan the Sunday Adult Forum and seasonal Adult Formation series.  

Altar Guild

Ministry Area: Worship & Prayer

Ministry Leader: Konnie Dadmun

Ministry Leader Email: konnie.dadmun@gmail.com

Description: The Altar Guild prepares the church for all worship services, setting up the Altar linens and vessels, and cares for vestments and worship equipment. This regular, careful and loving work is done outside the limelight.  

Alternative Gift Expo

Ministry Area: Outreach and Social Justice

Ministry Leader: Carolyn Lief

Ministry Leader Email: carolynglief@gmail.com

Description: The Alternative Gift Expo at St. Paul’s is a market where you can purchase fair trade goods from around the world.  It is held every December in the Great Hall with vendors from all over San Diego.

Archives

Ministry Area: Administration & Governance

Ministry Leader: John Will

Ministry Leader Email: jjwillcv@gmail.com

Description: The parish of St. Paul’s turned 150 in 2019.  Our archives hold many historical records and artifacts acquired during its history.  We continue to collect and document with each passing year.  Our largest challenge at this point is to collect and retain electronic records.  If you are interested in this or any other aspect of our archives, please contact the archivist or the cathedral administrator.   

Arts Committee

Ministry Area: Music and the Arts

Ministry Leader: Ric Todd

Ministry Leader Email: ricart2204@yahoo.com

Description: The Arts Committee meets regularly to promote and deepen the arts within the Cathedral community.  It relates Cathedral Arts and Culture to its neighbors and the greater San Diego community through collaboration, participating in community cultural events and educational art projects, taking advantage of our museum neighbors in Balboa Park.   

Audio/Video Ministry

Ministry Area: Evangelism

Ministry Leader: Mike Thornburgh

Ministry Leader Email: jthornburgh1@mac.com

Description: The Audio/Visual Ministry of the Cathedral volunteers many hours to ensure that the sound system of the Cathedral works during services, and also ensures that the live stream video plays.

Baptism and Confirmation

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leader: Brooks Mason

Ministry Leader Email: masonb@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: Baptism, which is available to persons of all ages, is the rite of Christian initiation and the primordial sacrament of the church. Baptism is normally celebrated as part of the principal Sunday service. As a prerequisite, the Cathedral offers instruction. Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us new members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. Confirmation, a spiritual act, is the rite in which an Episcopalian expresses a mature commitment to Christ, and receives strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer, anointing, and the laying on of hands by a bishop. Since many have become Christian through infant baptism, Confirmation is an opportunity for an individual to make a conscious spiritual affirmation. It is generally expected of all adult, baptized members of the congregation at some time.   

Blog and Social Media

Ministry Area: Evangelism

Ministry Leader: Wayne Riehm

Ministry Leader Email: riehmw@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: The cathedral blog and Facebook page host many of our best conversations!  Submissions from the congregation are welcome to riehmw@stpaulcathedral.org, and will get posted to https://stpaulcathedral.org/all-our-voices/.    

Broderers Guild

Ministry Area: Music and the Arts

Ministry Leader: Julia Gorman

Ministry Leader Email: juliabgorman@gmail.com

Description: This group of needlework enthusiasts welcomes new members to help create cathedral-related covers for our new kneelers. We aim to complete 30 kneelers before the end of 2023.  

Building & Grounds Committee

Ministry Area: Administration & Governance

Ministry Leader: Susan Hulbert

Ministry Leader Email: susan.hulbert@yahoo.com

Description: This standing committee of the cathedral meets monthly to discuss administration of the physical space for the Cathedral and future planning for our campus. It oversees two subcommittees: landscaping and disaster prevention.   

Capital Campaign

Ministry Area: Stewardship

Ministry Leader: Richard Hogue

Ministry Leader Email: hoguer@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: The Capital Campaign seeks to broaden the possibilities of our collective ministry by transforming our buildings and grounds, the physical manifestation of our mission. Through prayerful research, conversation, and exploration, this campaign is about the relationships between the Cathedral congregation, our local community of Bankers Hill, and the wider City of San Diego. Regardless of the eventual outcome and the bottom line, we will measure success by the impact we have not only on our own physical space, but by those who hope to welcome and transform through it, including ourselves as St. Paul’s Cathedral. We are here to claim and embrace our role as the Cathedral for the City.    

Caring Connections

Ministry Area: Community and Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Sonia Wright

Ministry Leader Email: swright698@gmail.com

Description: Many cathedral members live alone. This ministry provides an opportunity to keep information that would be important in the event of an emergency at the church, and/or to be paired with a buddy for regular check-ins.  

Cathedral Choir

Ministry Area: Music and the Arts

Ministry Leader: Martin Green

Ministry Leader Email: greenm@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: The Cathedral Choir has existed since the late 1800’s at the original St Paul’s Parish church.  It was one of the first vested choirs in San Diego County and continues to support worship services to this day. This choir, which consists of paid professional singers and dedicated volunteers is primarily heard at the 10.30am Mass and Choral Evensong on Sundays offering a wide variety of choral mass settings, motets, and anthems throughout the year.  

Cathedral Choristers (see also St. Cecilia Choir for Girls)

Ministry Area: Music and the Arts

Ministry Leader: Martin Green

Ministry Leader Email: greenm@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: This choir of men and boys was originally founded in 1885 at the original St Paul’s church.  However, this choir did not prove to be sustainable at this time and was replaced by the choir of mixed voices a few years later. In 1963 the choir of boys and men was re-started by then-Organist & Choirmaster Larry King. Since then, the choir has flourished, and remains the only boys’ choir in San Diego, and one of only a handful in the United States. As we emerge from the pandemic we are rebuilding this ministry. The choir is open to enrollment for boys with unchanged voices, age 7 and up.  

Cathedral for the City

Ministry Area: Evangelism

Ministry Leader: Susan Jester

Ministry Leader Email: jesters@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: C4CC principally works to represent St. Paul’s at major civic events, particularly the Pride Parade and Ashes to Go, and to keep open the Cathedral’s doors during activities taking place around us, such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and December Nights.  We also look for opportunities to host significant civic conversations where all voices, and particularly the forgotten voices, may be heard.

Cathedral Forum

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leader: Stacey Klaman

Ministry Leader Email: staceyklaman@gmail.com

Description: The Cathedral Forum takes place most Sundays at 9:00.  Invited speakers present topics to the congregation in the Great Hall on a wide variety of issues of interest to the congregation.

Cathedral Library

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leader: Tom Wilson

Ministry Leader Email: twilssdca@gmail.com

Description: The Cathedral Library has been recurated for our new office suite. The online catalog, currently under revision, can be accessed at http://www.librarycat.org/lib/stpaulscathedral. 

Cathedral Photography

Ministry Area: Evangelism (Communications)

Ministry Leader: Susan Forsburg

Ministry Leader Email: slforsburg@gmail.com

Description: A picture says a thousand words.  Have you checked out our Flickr account at https://www.flickr.com/photos/stpaulscathedral/albums?  It contains thousands of pictures, many of them taken by our volunteer Cathedral Photographer, Susan Forsburg.  

Cathedral Schola

Ministry Area: Music and the Arts

Ministry Leader: Martin Green

Ministry Leader Email: greenm@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: This group is made up of the core singers of the cathedral choir, and other professional singers, choral directors and students from throughout San Diego County.  Its members are those professional-level musicians who are dedicated to the Anglican choral tradition. It operates as an auxiliary to the cathedral choir.  This ensemble is most frequently heard at 5PM Choral Evensong during the summer break for the choristers as well as special services and concerts from time to time throughout the year. 

Cathedral Visitors

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Vicki Hoppenrath

Ministry Leader Email: vl_hoppe@hotmail.com

Description: Cathedral Visitors provide a ministry of pastoral care.  Visitors go to the homes of homebound parishioners to visit and share conversation.  

Cathedral Youth

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leader: Maya Little Saña

Ministry Leader Email: little-sanam@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: Our dynamic and talented group of Cathedral Youth (ages 11-18) meet weekly with other diocesan youth for a variety of faith-forming activities, including taking part in worship, talking about life and faith, and mentoring the younger children in Sunday School. 

Centering Prayer

Ministry Area: Worship & Prayer

Ministry Leader: Lucinda Parsons

Ministry Leader Email: lulu2parsons@gmail.com

Description: The Holy Spirit is truly present with these prayer groups as we deepen our faith by sharing this ancient form of prayer by the Desert Fathers. We follow the teachings of Father Thomas Keating, Thomas Merton, and Henri Nouwen, and offer a safe place to share our relationship with God.The St. Paul’s Centering Prayer Groups are listed in the newsletter of Contemplative Outreach of San Diego. COSD offers Centering Prayer workshops, follow-up sessions, retreats and other contemplative events. All are welcome who have a hunger to “rest” silently in God’s presence, and are drawn to integrate your body, mind, and spirit into the silence. In our personal practice, we strive to meditate twice daily.“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10. 

Chalice Bearers

Ministry Area: Worship & Prayer

Ministry Leader: Lisa Churchill

Ministry Leader Email: spcheadverger@gmail.com

Description: The Chalice Bearers assist the clergy in administering Communion. The bread and wine are the outward and visible signs, given and received according to Christ’s command. Chalice Bearers serve on Sundays and other major holy days.  They may also concurrently serve as Acolytes or on Altar Guild. 

Chapter

Ministry Area: Administration & Governance

Ministry Leader: Justin Lewis, Dean’s Warden

Ministry Leader Email: jlewis@csusm.edu

Description: Chapter is the Cathedral’s board of directors, with responsibility for the Cathedral’s governance, finances and buildings and grounds. Members are elected by the congregation at the Annual Meeting for a three year term. 

Columbarium Committee

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Brooks Mason

Ministry Leader Email: masonb@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: The Columbarium Committee administers the columbarium which is found in the nave of the Cathedral and houses the ashes of deceased parishioners. 

Communications

Ministry Area: Evangelism

Ministry Leader: Wayne Riehm

Ministry Leader Email: riehmw@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: Communications handles Cathedral graphic design, our weekly email, Zoom meeting scheduling, ads and social media.  Communications also keeps our web site up to date and helps coordinate publicity for all of your ministry events! 

Daily Office

Ministry Area: Worship & Prayer

Ministry Leader: Brooks Mason

Ministry Leader Email: masonb@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: For many of us, personal prayer during the week is unstructured and haphazard. The daily office — or morning, noon and evening prayer — is an opportunity to add structure in our prayer life as well as to unite with other Anglicans throughout the world in common prayer and thanksgiving. The Cathedral holds morning prayer each day Monday through Saturday at 8:00 am via Zoom. Evening prayer is held Monday through Friday at 5:00 pm via Zoom. All are welcome. 

Dean’s Breakfast

Ministry Area: Community and Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Penny Bridges

Ministry Leader bridgesp@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: Every Friday the Dean hosts an open breakfast table at Bread & Cie in Hillcrest from 8 to 9 am. All are welcome; there is no agenda.  

Deep Dive Bible Study

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leader: Jim Greer

Ministry Leader jim@jimgreer.com

Description: A small group meets on Sundays from 9 to 10 am to study the Bible in depth. 

Dooorkeepers

Ministry Area: Evangelism

Ministry Leader: open

Ministry Leader Email:

Description: Come and serve once a week by opening the cathedral to visitors, hosting them in our beautiful space in a 90 minute shift. 

Downtown Fellowship of Churches

Ministry Area: Associated Organizations

Ministry Leader: Gary Arps

Ministry Leader Email: glarps@cox.net

Description: A network of churches committed to ending homelessness in downtown San Diego.  Contact Gary for details.   

Education for Ministry

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leader: Mark Patzman

Ministry Leader Email: efm.stpauls@outlook.com

Description: Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together. 

Endowment Committee

Ministry Area: Administration & Governance

Ministry Leader: Elizabeth Carey

Ministry Leader Email: elizabeth.h.carey@gmail.com

Description: This committee meets quarterly to manage the investments of the Cathedral. 

Episcopal Community Services

Ministry Area: Associated Organizations

Ministry Leader: Jen Jow

Ministry Leader Email: jenjow7@gmail.com

Description: A faith-based nonprofit serving children, the homeless, and those with mental health challenges throughout San Diego County.  

Episcopal Relief and Development

Ministry Area: Associated Organizations

Ministry Leader: Carolyn Lief

Ministry Leader Email: carolynglief@gmail.com

Description: A faith-based nonprofit that reaches more than 2 million people in over 40 countries each year with disaster relief and community development assistance.  

Episcopal Young Adult Bible Study

Ministry Area:  Formation

Ministry Leader: Richard Hogue

Ministry Leader Email: hoguer@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: We’re a group of people seeking a broader and deeper understanding of the Bible without taking it at face value. If you seek nuance, join us. While this is a faith-based setting, we actively explore the historical, literary, and personal aspects of Biblical texts critically. We are not Biblical literalists. The Bible may be divinely inspired, but that doesn’t mean we check our brains at the door before diving into it. It is a book that has been used and abused by the powerful for too long; we want to open its liberating power and ponder on the deeper questions it leaves us with. If you’re ok with faithful tension and open-ended conversation, you’ll enjoy this.  Come and see.   

Eucharistic Visitors

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Vicki Hoppenrath

Ministry Leader Email: vl_hoppe@hotmail.com

Description: These individuals take the Holy Communion to shut-ins. They receive special training to do so and are licensed by the bishop. Their ministry reminds those who are unable to join the community for worship at the Cathedral that they are missed and belong to the Body of Christ.    

Fair Trade

Ministry Area: Outreach and Social Justice

Ministry Leader: Carolyn Lief

Ministry Leader Email: carolynglief@gmail.com

Description: As a Fair Trade Congregation St. Paul’s promotes the use of Fair Trade products whenever possible.  Fair Trade supports artisans and farmers with small businesses to make a sustainable living.  You may purchase Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil and nuts after services the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, and at the Alternative Gifts EXPO in December.  We also serve Fair Trade coffee and tea at our hospitality functions.     

Family Ministry Team

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leaders: Maya Little-Saña

Ministry Leader Email: little-sanam@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: Those who wish to enrich the spiritual development of our children, youth, and families are encouraged to explore the wide array of opportunities to serve in Family Ministry, including as Kids Crew Facilitators, Youth Group Mentors, Special Event Decorators, Snack Suppliers, Field Trip Drivers, and more! The easiest way to become acquainted with our Family Ministry’s guiding mission, programs, and other team members is to drop by our monthly Family Ministry Planning Sessions on Zoom. As a security measure, all volunteers must submit to a background check and complete online modules of “Safe Church, Safe Communities” training. To learn more, visit our website www.stpaulcathedral.org/family-ministry or contact our Family Minister, Maya.  

Finance Committee

Ministry Area: Administration & Governance

Ministry Leader: Betsey Monsell

Ministry Leader Email: monsellb@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: This committee meets monthly to advise Chapter on the budget and finances of the Cathedral. 

FOMOS (Military Support)

Ministry Area: Outreach

Ministry Leader: Wanda Porrata

Ministry Leader Email: wanda.porrata@gmail.com

Description: Friends of Military Outreach and Support (FOMOS) builds bridges of healing in the pastoral care and spiritual growth of current, transitioning and former military members, their families and friends. Representing a progressive Christian perspective, we are committed to assisting in the struggles of the greater military family and either filling or collaborating with to the appropriate aid organization to fill the need. We offer a wide variety of support service activities, including providing care packages for deployed personnel, families and friends; volunteering with homeless veterans support organizations; and serving as companions for wounded warriors undergoing rehabilitation.  

Friends of Cathedral Music

Ministry Area: Music and the Arts

Ministry Leader: Martin Green

Ministry Leader Email: greenm@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: Whether it be at our Sunday services, Choral Evensong or one of our many Cathedral Concerts, St. Paul’s Cathedral is known throughout San Diego for excellence and as a major contributor to the cultural life of San Diego. You can help support this rich tradition by joining the Friends of Cathedral Music – a unique opportunity to support the wide array of musical offerings presented throughout the year and to become a partner in one San Diego’s true treasures.  

Funerals

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Brooks Mason

Ministry Leader Email: masonb@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: The cathedral can accommodate many kinds of funeral requests.  Contact Brooks Mason for more information.  

God's Extended Hand

Ministry Area: Associated Organizations

Ministry Leader: Gary Owen

Ministry Leader Contact: (619) 871-1171

Description: Once a month, join SPC at this downtown shelter in serving breakfast and worship to those who sleep outside. 

Grants Committee

Ministry Area: Stewardship

Ministry Leader: Kathleen Burgess

Ministry Leader Email: burgessk@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: This small group of experienced professionals seeks out external sources of funding for cathedral ministries.   

Greeters

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Susan Jester

Ministry Leader Email: jesters@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: St. Paul’s Welcomes All!  Greeters are the face of the cathedral for newcomers.  Come and help us show the warm hospitality of the cathedral by volunteering to be a Greeter!  It is a great way to meet people and share your love of neighbor with those looking for a new church.

Interfaith Rotational Shelter

Ministry Area: Associated Organizations

Ministry Leader: Gary Owen

Ministry Leader Contact: (619) 871-1171

Description: An opportunity to host twelve recently homeless guests at the Cathedral for at least two weeks during the fall/winter season each year.

High School Youth Group (9th-12th Graders)

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leaders: Maya Little-Saña

Ministry Leader Email: little-sanam@stpaulcathedral.org

Aligning with our St. Paul’s mission to love Christ, serve others, and welcome all, we strive to create a safe, inclusive, and engaging community where 9th-12th graders will know that they are never alone. High schoolers can expect lots of laughter, thought-provoking discussions, and a community of supportive peers. We meet with youth from Christ Church Coronado every Wednesday (September-late May) from 6:30-7:30 pm, preceded by a free community meal. Throughout the year, all Cathedral Youth are invited to participate in a wide range of diocesan-wide youth events like service projects, retreats, and outings. 

Kids Crew (Pre-K to 5th Graders)

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leader: Maya Little-Saña

Ministry Leader Email: little-sanam@stpaulcathedral.org

Emphasizing curiosity and rooted in the rhythm of the church year, our Kids Crew explores stories from the Bible and matters of faith through a rotation-based model; one story or topic is explored over several weeks through a variety of mediums like cooking, music, dramatic expression, and art to suit all types of learners. Parents are always welcome to join us as we grow in faith together. We gather after the 10:30 service in the Queen’s Courtyard, enjoy a snack, and journey to the third floor Family Ministry Room together and meet for about an hour.  

Labyrinth

Ministry Area: Worship & Prayer

Ministry Leader: open

Ministry Leader Email:

Description: Walking meditation, or walking the labyrinth, is available during daylight hours in the new Sixth Avenue courtyard. All are welcome to enter the labyrinth, and find their way to the center of this deep spiritual peace, in St. Paul’s labyrinth based on the design of the labyrinth at Chartres, Frances. (This is Contemplative prayer, or prayer without words, which is a deep part of the Christian tradition.).  

Lectors

Ministry Area: Worship & Prayer

Ministry Leader: David Spencer

Ministry Leader Email: david.spencer6@gmail.com

Description: Members of the parish are invited to read Scripture lessons and to lead prayers of the people at Sunday worship services.   

Legacy Society

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Richard Hogue

Ministry Leader Email: hoguer@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: What is a Legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you will never see. Legacy Stewardship is the opportunity to leave a planned gift, large or small,  to ensure that St. Paul’s Cathedral continues to be a welcoming  sanctuary after you are gone.  

Listening Hearts

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leader: Terry Kelly

Ministry Leader Email: Terrence.kelly@cox.net

Description: Listening Hearts Ministries focuses on discernment as we help individuals who are seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit for the next step on their journey in life. Feeling lost? New job? Relationship problems? New challenges? New struggles? Feeling called to ordination?

We have trained discerners who will help you listen for the Spirit by asking questions and praying with and for you. The experience is quiet, meditative, and completely confidential.  

LLC Nutmeg & Olive

Ministry Area: Administration & Governance

Ministry Leader: Ken Tranbarger

Ministry Leader Email: ktranbarger@mac.com

Description: The LLC is the Cathedral subsidiary charged with managing the new space in 525 Olive. There are five LLC managers, one of whom is the Dean; the others are elected by Chapter for five year terms  

Media Relations

Ministry Area: Evangelism

Ministry Leader: Susan Jester

Ministry Leader Email: jesters@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: The cathedral averages about one appearance in the press per month.  Our media relations are stellar, thanks to volunteer Media Relations coordinator Susan Jester. 

Middle School Youth Group (6th-8th Graders)

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leader: Maya Little-Saña

Ministry Leader Email: little-sanam@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: We strive to create a safe space for 6th-8th graders to explore scripture and ask questions. Each week, middle schoolers can expect enriching conversation, games, snacks, laughter, and the deep connection that comes from being fully ourselves. We meet on the campus of Christ Church Coronado, our partners in youth ministry every Wednesday (September-late May) from 5:00-6:00 pm, followed by a free community dinner. Throughout the year, all Cathedral Youth are invited to participate in a wide range of diocesan-wide youth events like service projects, retreats, and outings.   

Nursery (on hiatus pending end of pandemic)

Ministry Area: Formation

Ministry Leader: Kathleen Burgess

Ministry Leader Email: burgessk@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: At St. Paul’s Cathedral, we welcome the joyful noise of babies and kids in all of our services! For those times when you need a little extra support, the Nursery is a clean, safe haven for your little ones. It’s equipped with a full changing table, private nursing room and age appropriate toys. Best of all, it’s staffed each Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. by our loving, dedicated and certified caregivers. 

Outreach Committee

Ministry Area: Outreach

Ministry Leader: Jen Jow

Ministry Leader Email: jenjow7@gmail.com

Description: The Outreach Committee meets monthly to coordinate our ministry with those in need outside of the parish.  

Pastoral Care

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Vicki Hoppenrath

Ministry Leader Email: vl_hoppe@hotmail.com

Description: Clergy are available to provide pastoral support 24 hours a day. Please call 619.298.7261 for an appointment. For after hours emergencies, please call the emergency clergy number, 619-977-6318. In addition, there are numerous other opportunities for both ongoing pastoral care (through the Pastoral Counseling Center), prayer support, shut-in visitation, health and wellness care, and more.  

Peace & Justice Committee

Ministry Area: Outreach

Ministry Leader: Bill Hammond

Ministry Leader Email:  gellmu@gmail.com

Description: As Christians, we worship a God who we believe is passionate for justice and who desires peace and wholeness (“shalom”) for the whole creation. Our Episcopal catechism tells us that our duty to our neighbor includes a duty “to show respect for the life God has given us; to work and pray for peace; … to seek justice, freedom, and the necessities of life for all people.” BCP p. 848  The Peace and Justice Ministry of St. Paul’s Cathedral seeks to encourage and assist the members of St. Paul’s in carrying out this duty and in serving the God of justice and peace. 

Prayer List

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Judy MacDonald

Ministry Leader Email: macdonaldj@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: Prayer requests can be directed to Judy MacDonald.  Prayer requests will be left on the Sunday list for two weeks and the chapel daily prayer list (which includes long term requests) for one month and can be renewed after that. 

The Prayground

Ministry Area: Formation, Liturgy & Worship

Ministry Leader: Maya Little-Saña

Ministry Leader Email: little-sanam@stpaulcathedral.org

As integral members of the body of Christ, we believe our communal worship is enriched when all generations are fully included in our services. The Prayground is a soft space in the Nave for all ages of children and their families to worship in their unique, God-given way. It is stocked with an array of carefully curated materials for children to engage with the beautiful stories, patterns, and rhythms that constitute our liturgy. This space is intended for children of all ages; families, other adults, and older youth may choose to sit in a nearby pew or join the children on the carpet of the Prayground. 

Sacred Ground in Action

Ministry Area: Outreach

Ministry Leader: Jen Jow

Ministry Leader Email: jenjow7@gmail.com

Description: SGIA grew out of the congregation’s study of Sacred Ground and our interest in finding ways to be proactive in helping to dismantle systemic racism.  

Showers of Blessings

Ministry Area: Outreach

Ministry Leader: Claudia Dixon

Ministry Leader Email: cdixont@mac.com

Description: In this wonderful ministry, we offer showers, clothes, and haircuts to our neighbors who do not have homes. First United Methodist Church provides a hot breakfast each month. We host Showers of Blessings on the second Saturday of each month. Volunteers are needed to support the offerings and spend time in fellowship with our neighbors.  

Simpler Living

Ministry Area: Outreach

Ministry Leader: Diane Lopez Hughes

Ministry Leader Email: dianelopezhughes@gmail.com

Description: Simpler Living seeks a Christian response to the environmental crisis and our excessive consumerism by living more simply and sustainably in home, church, community, and the world. As creation care stewards, we educate and advocate for a healthier and more vibrant environment, now and for future generations. We sponsor film screenings with slow-food potlucks; coordinate a cathedral CSA delivery; organize workshops; work with Cathedral staff to “green” St. Paul’s; and organize involvement with events like Earth Day. 

St. Cecilia Choir

Ministry Area: Music and the Arts

Ministry Leader: Martin Green

Ministry Leader Email: greenm@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: A choir for girls was founded in the 1960s. In 1977 the Girls Choir was reconstituted as the St. Cecilia Choir of girls and men, allowing it to rightly be a full counterpart to the Choristers. The treble section of girls aged seven through eighteen (or their Senior year in High School) creates a sound distinctly different from the boy trebles. The choir is currently being rebuilt following the pandemic and inquiries are welcome. 

St. Paul’s Millennials and Gen-Z

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leaders: Maya Little-Saña and Richard Hogue

Ministry Leader Email: little-sanam@stpaulcathedral.org, hoguer@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: Our Young Adult meetups are an opportunity for Millennials and Gen Z adults to rest, connect, and share our experiences as people of faith. Join us as we gather at coffee shops, parks, restaurants and other casual locations throughout the city.

Stephen Ministry

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Terry Kelly

Ministry Leader Email: terrence.kelly@cox.net

Description: Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry at St. Paul’s Cathedral equips and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. A training class for new Stephen Ministers will begin in late summer 2022. 

Stewardship

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Jairus Kleinert

Ministry Leader Email: jairus.kleinert@gmail.com

Description: The Stewardship Commission meets monthly to oversee the year-round stewardship activities of the cathedral, including the fall pledge campaign, the Legacy Society, time and talent, and other activities involving Gratitude and Generosity.  Come and join us!

Support Groups (12 Step Groups)

Ministry Area: Associated Organizations

Ministry Leader: Kathleen Burgess

Ministry Leader Email: burgessk@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: The Cathedral hosts a number of 12-step recovery groups.  Contact the office for more information and times.  

Thurifers

Ministry Area: Worship & Prayer

Ministry Leader: Brooks Mason

Ministry Leader Email: masonb@stpaulcathedral.org

Description: Thurifers carry the thurible with incense into the cathedral and cense the people during the service. The incense represents the prayers of the people rising and symbolizes the blessing of the elements (the bread and wine of Holy Communion) and the congregation.  

Uptown Community and Pastoral Care Services

Ministry Area: Associated Organizations

Ministry Leader:

Ministry Leader Email:

Description: A faith-based and -supported nonprofit serving the homeless in North Park.  

Ushers

Ministry Area: Worship & Prayer

Ministry Leader: Lucinda Parsons

Ministry Leader Email: lulu2parsons@gmail.com

Description: Ushers welcome and assist parishioners and visitors on Sunday and at special services, hand out bulletins, assist with the collection of offerings and facilitate access to the communion rail. Each usher is assigned a team, and serves generally once a month.  In addition to Sunday services, ushers may volunteer to serve at special services like memorials, Holy Week, Christmas, and other services.  

Vergers

Ministry Area: Worship & Prayer

Ministry Leader: Lisa Churchill

Ministry Leader Email: spcheadverger@gmail.com

Description: Vergers work closely with the clergy and Altar Guild to ensure ceremonies function smoothly. Their keen sense of liturgy, attention to detail, and continuous flexibility make them the Masters of Ceremonies of the services. 

Villa Musica

Ministry Area: Associated Organizations

Ministry Leader: open

Ministry Leader Email: open

Description: Villa Musica is a non-profit community music school that uses our campus for rehearsals and performances throughout the year.  

Voices of our City

Ministry Area: Associated Organizations

Ministry Leader:

Ministry Leader Email:

Description: Pending  

Weddings

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Jonathan Widener

Ministry Leader Email: jonathan.widener@icloud.com

Description: The Cathedral can comfortably hold up to 400 guests, and the Holy Family Chapel (50 people) can be used for more intimate celebrations. Our historic Great Organ is available to create a majestic sound for your wedding procession in either venue.  Weddings at St. Paul’s may be scheduled for most days of the year, and even in certain circumstances in a regularly scheduled worship service.  

Women Together

Ministry Area: Community & Pastoral Care

Ministry Leader: Kimberly Fernandez

Ministry Leader Email: fernandezk@chapterspc.org

Description: Join the women of St. Paul’s Cathedral as we gather ten times a year for a simple supper, themed program, guest speakers and discussions on what it means to be a Christian woman in a diverse world.  Together we seek to deepen our faith as we interact with the rest of the world and explore the challenges women everywhere face in their daily lives.  www.stpaulcathedral.org/women-together

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