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Clergy and Staff

The clergy and staff of St. Paul's are available to assist you at St. Paul's. Below, we've included some of their biographies and pictures along with links to their email addresses should you wish to contact any of them concerning their talents and duties at St. Paul's.
Lowell Grisham, Rector
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Lowell is a native of Mississippi. He grew up in Oxford and went to college at the University of Mississippi, graduating in 1972. He worked in University administration for several years before going to law school. He left law school to enter seminary in 1976. He has served parishes in Mississippi and Arkansas, coming to St. Paul’s, Fayetteville in 1997. Growing up in Mississippi in the days of the struggle for Civil Rights made a big impact on him. He feels strongly about the need for generosity and inclusion in a diverse society. He has special interests in congregational development and in contemplative prayer. He and his wife Kathy have been married since 1975 years and have two children and three grandchildren. Lowell also writes a column in the regional newspaper.

Suzanne Stoner, Associate Rector 
Suzanne is our Associate Rector, and has overseen much of our crisis, visitation, and healing ministries. She helped bring Magdalene House to Fayetteville. She has a remarkable gift for pastoral care and intercessory prayer. Suzanne was ordained as a Priest in 2006 and is married to Elliott West.

Charles E. Walling, Priest Associate

Chuck was raised in New Jersey and went to college in Colorado. He graduated from the Philadelphia Divinity School in 1962 and has served parishes and missions and a twenty year stint in campus ministry in various dioceses. Chuck began his ministry at St. Paul’s after retiring in November of 2000. His interests include preaching, story telling, golfing and not having to go to meetings. Chuck and and his wife Betty were married July, 2014. 


 Lynne Spellman, Priest Associate 

Lynne recently retired as Professor of Philosophy at the University.  She is the author of of Unbolting the Dark, A Memoir: On Turning Inward in Search of God (Hamilton Books, 2011). 

Lora Walsh, Priest Associate and Director, Ark Fellows
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Lora Walsh is our Director for the Ark Fellows, a program of the Episcopal Service Corps.  Before moving to Fayetteville, Lora directed the ESC program in Chicago.  Lora is dedicated to young adult ministry, contemplative spirituality, building inclusive communities, and walking to work whenever possible.  In 2010, Lora completed a PhD in Medieval Christianity from Northwestern University.  At Northwestern, she taught courses in Christianity, other faith traditions, and Latin—if anyone is interested!  Lora served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Kathmandu, Nepal from 2002 to 2004.   Born in Montana and raised in Arizona and California, Lora loves camping and hiking in most every landscape.  She had the pleasure of encountering two grizzly bears in the wild last summer, and she hopes to spot some black bears in the Ozarks soon.  Lora and her husband Josh are the parents of two young children.

Emily Bost, Deacon

Emily Bost is a native Arkansan who has resided in 7 states, Germany, and China. She came to St. Paul’s after ordination to the permanent Diaconate and will bring to the church the needs of those whom Christ referred to as “the least of these”. Seeking to stop the cycle of abuse in families, Emily has experience in the care and counseling of abused children and women. A primary focus will be in the area of poverty, including education of communities on how it affects those who live in it and those who live outside of it. She is married to Jim Bost.





Suzi Freeman, Administrator/Treasurer
Suzi has been a member of St. Paul's for many, many years and has served as Administrator/Treasurer for 25+ years. Suzi was born and raised in Fayetteville (nee Clinehens) and is married to Ron Freeman, who is a Counselor and also teaches at the U of A.  She has three grown children; Brooke, Clay and Molly, and five wonderful grandsons.  

Charles Rigsby, Organist, Choirmaster

Charles A. Rigsby, Organist and Choirmaster, came to St. Paul's Church in September of 1999. A native of South Arkansas, he studied at Henderson University and received a Master of Church Music Degree from the College of Church Musicians, at Washington Cathedral, Washington D. C., and he has also studied at The Royal School of Church Music in England. His teachers include: Mrs. H. Grady Smith, Robert Ellis, Dr. Paul Callaway, John Courigliano, and Dr. Leo Sowerby.

Katie Nichol, Administrative Assistant

Amanda Robinson, Youth Minister

Amanda taught teens in the public schools system for several years, building acclaimed music programs and nurturing young people beyond the classroom.  She has brought a caring and vibrant energy to our youth program.  
Alon Terrell, Youth Minister
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Dan Robinson, IT Director
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Dan oversees the development of our online streaming and media services.  
Laura Wilkins, Children and Families Minister
Communications Coordinator 
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Laura Wilkins is a long-time member of St. Paul's. She has a B.S. in Computer Science , an MBA in Marketing, and retied after 20 years with the IBM Corporation in 2004. She serves in many volunteer capacities, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, past member of the Ozark Literacy Council, the Botanical Garden board, and past president of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville. She and her husband Bruce have been married 29 years and have raised two children at St. Paul's; -- Lauren & Austin -- both of whom have participated in our Sunday School, acolyte, usher, and EYC programs.  
Kate.jpgKate Oxford, Nursery Care
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Kate Oxford began work as the Nursery Director in the Spring of 2011. Before that she worked in the nursery for several years. She grew up at St. Paul's where she was active in the children's choir and the youth program. She holds a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of Arkansas. Kate is a longtime volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and for years, she was a volunteer at the Angel Food Ministry at St. Paul's. She is married to Peter Oxford, who also grew up at St. Paul’s.
Joshua Daniel, St. Martin's Chaplin 
Joshua Daniel started work as St. Martin's  Chaplin in the Spring of 2011. Joshua was born and raised in Bentonville, AR and attended college in Illinois and England.  He moved to Fayetteville with his wife Jenna in 2006, where they both enrolled in graduate school. Joshua is a PhD candidate in philosophy, writing his dissertation on Wittgenstein and religion, and also a candidate for the priesthood. He works as the assistant editor for a philosophy journal, Philosophical Topics, and teaches courses at Northwest Arkansas Community Colege. Jenna and Joshua are the proud parents of two children. 

Clergy and Staff at St. Paul's