Leadership

The clergy and leadership of St. John's.
The Rev. Curt Norman

The Rev. Curt Norman

Rector

The Rev. Curt Norman began his ministry at St. John’s on January 8, 2017, and oversees all pastoral, liturgical, and administrative functions of the church.

Fr. Curt received his Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of North Texas (Denton, TX) and his Master of Divinity from the University of the South School of Theology (Sewanee, TN) in 2001. He was ordained to the diaconate in 2001 and priesthood in 2002 after working from 1990 to 1998 at the CBS News radio station in Dallas.

Before coming to Michigan, Fr. Curt served congregations in California, New Mexico, and Texas.

In the community, Fr. Curt serves as co-convener of Interfaith Saginaw, a diverse group of faith communities which gathers each Thanksgiving, and other times of the year, to offer prayers from their respective traditions. From 2018 to early 2020, he worked as a Chaplain at Covenant HeathCare. Now, Fr. Curt serves as a member of Covenant’s Pastoral Education Consultation Committee.

The Rev. Pam Renna

The Rev. Pam Renna

Associate Priest

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Renna, though a longtime resident of Saginaw, is orginally from southern Oregon.

Pam assists with worship services on Sundays and Wednesdays, and provides oversight for our team of Lay Eucharistic Visitors (people who take Holy Communion to those in the hospital or at home). She also works to strenghten the Invite/Welcome/Connect ministry at St. John’s.

Pam is a retired Delta College French professor and travels frequently to France.

Dr. Kevin Simons

Dr. Kevin Simons

Director of Music & Organist

Kevin has been Director of Music and Organist at St. John’s since 2002, in which time he has developed a thriving choral music program. Under his direction, our choir has grown to include major works such as Luigi Boccherini’s Gloria, and the Missa Brevis in D Major of Mozart. In addition, he works to develop leaders in church music through the Choral Scholar and Voice for Life youth choir programs. Kevin is also the Director of Choirs at Saginaw Valley State University, directs the Sewanee Church Music Conference, and is an active member of the American Guild of Organists.

Amy Simons

Amy Simons

Director of Christian Education

Amy has been with St. John’s since 2007 and has served in various positions, now exclusivly as Director of Christian Education. Her bachelor’s degree in education and her recent completion of the FORMA Children’s Ministry certificate program have launched Amy into new ministry initiatives for Children’s & Youth Formation.

Al Gissendanner

Al Gissendanner

Sexton

Al has served as our church sexton since 2007 picking up where his father, Jim Gissendanner, left off. Al maintains St. John’s facility, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, with meticulous care and dedication, and sees his work as an act of service to God. The people of St. John’s are grateful to have such a dedicated sexton sharing in their ministry.

Heather Seaton

Heather Seaton

Voice for Life Director & Youth Leader

Heather directs the Voice for Life youth choir program and co-leads our Youth Group. She looks forward to completing her degree in Music Education from SVSU in May of 2019.

Claire Barckholtz

Claire Barckholtz

Youth Leader

Claire is a graduate of the Voice/Keyboard program at the Saginaw Arts and Science Academy, and attends SVSU as a music education major. Claire supports our choir program as a Choral Scholar and co-leads our Youth Group.

Paul Schaub

Paul Schaub

Verger

Paul has been a member of St. John’s since the mid-seventies. Over the years, he has served terms on the vestry, been the senior warden, and the treasurer. He currently supports the ministry of the clergy as a verger and mentors other lay worship leadership.

Elected Leadership

The Vestry

Melanie Hollman

Melanie Hollman

Senior Warden

David Fein

David Fein

Vestry Member

Ric Roberts

Ric Roberts

Junior Warden

Kathy Coman

Kathy Coman

Junior Warden

Marcia Hoffman

Marcia Hoffman

Vestry Member

Burris Smith

Burris Smith

Treasurer

Cindy Baillie

Cindy Baillie

Vestry Member

Sarah Keenan-Lechel

Sarah Keenan-Lechel

Clerk

Marsha Braun

Marsha Braun

Vestry Member

Tom Kostrzewa

Tom Kostrzewa

Vestry Member

What is the vestry?

The Vestry is the elected leadership of the church.  At St. John’s, it consists of nine members, elected in three classes of three at each annual meeting.  It’s the responsibility of the Vestry to maintain and ensure the property of the parish, supervise investments, with consultation with the Rector authorize staff terms of employment, and act in support of the Rector in whatever is appropriate for the furtherance of the Gospel.

What do Vestry members do?

The Vestry meets once a month and acts as the executive team to the Rector. The two wardens serve as the legal representatives for all business of the church and serve as the judges of church elections. The treasurer looks after the funds and disbursement of monies of the church. The clerk keeps up the records. The remaining five members comprising the Vestry work with the wardens, treasurer, and clerk to perform the additional duties of the Vestry as listed above.

Who can be on the Vestry?

Any adult member of the congregation (16 years of age or older) who also:

  • has been baptized
  • has made a “mature affirmation of faith” such as having been confirmed or received
  • participates in regular worship
  • is supportive of the ministries of the parish
  • is not a relative or immediate family member of anyone currently serving on the Vestry
  • is not a relative of a current staff member
  • understands the expectations of a serving member of the Vestry and is willing to commit to parish leadership
  • is able to be bonded (as necessary)