LeadershipThe clergy and leadership of St. John's.
The Rev. Curt Norman
Rector & Priest
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 Bachelors 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.
Before coming to Michigan, Fr. Curt served congregations in California, New Mexico, and Texas.
In the Saginaw community, he serves part-time Chaplain at Covenant
The Rev. Pam Renna
The Rev. Dr. Pamela Renna, though a longtime resident of Saginaw, is
Pam assists with worship services on Sundays and
Pam is a retired Delta College French professor and travels frequently to France.
Office Administrator & Director of Christian Formation
Amy has been with St. John’s since 2007 and currently oversees the office administration and a large ministry volunteer base. Her bachelor’s degree in education and her recent completion of the FORMA Children’s Ministry certificate program have launched Amy into new ministry
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 Miss 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 and directs the Sewanee Church Music Conference and an active member of the Amerian Guild of Organists.
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.
Emerald is the pianist for our 8:00 worship service. A graduate of SVSU, Emerald teaches elementary music in Saginaw Township Schools and directs the Saginaw Youth Choir.
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 compleating her degree in Music Education from SVSU in May of 2019.
Claire, 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 has been a member of St. John’s since the mid-seventies. Over the years has served terms on the vestry, been the senior warden, and the
What is the vestry?
The Vestry is in 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?
Meeting once a month, the Vestry 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 while the treasurer looks after the funds and disbursement of monies of the church and the clerk
Who can be on the vestry?
Any adult member of the congregation (16 years of age or older) who also:
- has been baptized
- made a “mature affirmation of faith” such as having been confirmed or received
- participates in regular worship
- supportive of the ministries of the parish
- not a relative or immediate family member of anyone currently serving on the Vestry
- 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)