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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
lowell (at) stpaulsfay.org 

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 tolerance in a diverse society. He has special interests in congregational development and in contemplative prayer. He and his wife Kathy have been married for 31 years and have two children. They have two grand-puppies and special puppy friends at home as well, including Miss Kitty! Lowell also writes a column in the local newspaper, the Northwest Arkansas Times.


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Suzanne Stoner, Minister for Pastoral Care 
suzanne(at)stpaulsfay.org
 
Suzanne is our Associate Minister for Pastoral Care, and has overseen much of our crisis, visitation, Stephens, and healing ministries. She is an EFM mentor and helped develop our Natural Spirituality and dreams programs. She has a remarkable gift for pastoral care and intercessory prayer. Suzanne was ordained as a Priest in 2006.

 
 
 
Charles E. Walling, Associate Rector
chuck4par(at)att.net

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 Mary have been married since 1959 and have raised three children.They now live here in Fayetteville.
 

 

Lynne Spellman, Priest Associate 


Lynne is a Professor of Philosophy at the University and is our primary priest serving the altar at St. Martin's University Center.  She is the author of of Unbolting the Dark, A Memoir: On Turning Inward in Search of God (Hamilton Books, 2011). 
 

 
 
   
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 Lora Walsh, Priest Associate and Director, Ark Fellows
 lora (at) stpaulsfay.org
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 expecting their first child any day now.
 
 
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 Emily Bost, Deacon
 emily(at)stpaulsfay.org

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.


 

Suzi Freeman, Administrator/Treasurer
suzi(at)stpaulsfay.org
Suzi has been a member of St. Paul's for many, many years and has served as Administrator/Treasurer for 18+ years. Suzi was born and raised in Fayetteville and her Grandfather, Dad and three uncles were all pharmacists and owned Clinehens' Fayetteville Drug Store, which was originally on the east side of the square, then moved to the west side when the bank bought all the property on that side. Her perfect grandsons are Oscar, Owen and Jack. Suzi LOVES St. Paul's, "why else would I have stayed this long??"
 
 
 
 

Charles Rigsby, Organist, Choirmaster
charlie(at)stpaulsfay.org

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.
 
 
 

Mary Miller, Communication Coordinator
mary(at)stpaulsfay.org

Mary has been a member of St. Paul's since 1972. She is a cradle Episcopalian, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in Joplin, Missouri. Before joining the staff of St. Paul's in 1994, she worked as a staff accountant at the University of Arkansas for twenty years and as a private practice counselor in Fayetteville for one year. She is an avid enthusiast of reading, traveling, house-sitting and counted cross-stitch. Mary has no living family; St. Paul's continues to be where God makes a place for her.
 
 
 
 
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 Amanda and Dan Robinson, Youth Ministers
 eyc(at)stpaulsfay.org

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.  Joining with our team of volunteers, Amanda and her husband Dan lead a creative and dynamic program that is growing in size and depth.

lauraw.jpgLaura Wilkins, Children and Families Minister
Communications Coordinator 
laura (at) stpaulsfay.org

Laura Wilkins is a long-time member of St. Paul's. She has a B.S. in Computer Science , an MBA in Marketing, and after 20 years retired from the IBM Corporation in 2004. She serves in many volunteer capacities, including past president of the Fayetteville Rotary Club, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Ozark Literacy Council and the Botanical Garden board.  She and her husband Bruce have been married 27 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 King Oxford, Nursery Care
Kate King began work as the Nursery Director in the Spring of 2011. Before that she worked in the nursery for several years. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
joshua.jpgJoshua Daniel, St. Martin's Chaplin 
jtkdaniel(at) gmail.com
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 their one year old son, Jude. 

Clergy and Staff at St. Paul's