The Rev. Tom Smith, Vicar
There is one thing worth all my time and attention: The Church of God in Jesus Christ! There is no greater thing than being able to serve Jesus Christ in his Body the Church.
I love it. Love every second of it. I love my people. I love Sunday. I love the liturgy. I love preaching. I love serving at the Lord’s Table.
As Jesus gave up himself to save his people, so I aim to give myself to this little church of Saint Paul’s and my little town of Prosper.
If we have Christ, we have all things. If we lose him . . . what else is out there? My God lived and died for me. I too will live and die for him. That’s what we’re about at Saint Paul’s.
I would love to have you come. Just come. Come however you are and however you’re feeling. Take the risk of going to a place where you might not know anyone, so that you can find what you always looked for. I would like to introduce you to my wonderful people and introduce you to my perfect wife, Kate.
See you sometime.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, Karyn Fortune
My name is Karyn Fortune. I grew up in New England in a Catholic family. I have worked many jobs in my life, from a bakery cashier to Police Officer. While Christ has always been in my life, I didn’t always put Him first. My husband and I met at work in 2001. Friends for a while, we started discussing our relationship with God and how that impacted our lives. We were married in 2005 and now have a happy family of 3, with our son.
St. Paul’s was a natural fit for us, because we quenched our thirst for Biblical Preaching and teaching. When joining in late 2011, I jumped in as a Lector and Prayer Leader. In 2014 I took over as Worship Coordinator and absolutely love serving St. Paul’s in this capacity. One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 8: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR, Becky Morris
I was born and grew up in Houston, Texas where I lived in the same house until I left for college at the University of Texas. After receiving a Business degree I started working for Saks Fifth Avenue as Public Relations and Fashion Director. After 23 years, I decided to retire in order to spend more time with my family – husband Bill and children Liam and Lily. Growing up, I attended Baptist churches and was confirmed in the Episcopal church when I married Bill. We moved to Prosper in 2004 to get away from Dallas and let our kids experience open spaces and a small town feeling of community. We love being a part of the St. Paul’s family, attending worship and watching our kids grow and learn all about God’s love and glory.
DIRECTOR OF ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL, Keri Lambert
Keri has a passion for helping children discover their gifts and talents. She comes to us most recently from her previous position of director of an aftercare program, and has a strong background in managing students with compassion. Her training in addressing children with special needs is an asset to our program and our students. Keri is excited to get back into the classroom and help our students grow and thrive. She and her family are also members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and are very supportive of this ministry, having watched it grow from the very beginning.
FAMILY MINISTER / 1-2 MINISTER, Jennifer Chapman
I am originally from Mobile, Alabama but have been in the north Dallas area since 2004. I have always loved teaching children, and have held certifications in early childhood education through 8th grade. My husband Mike and I have been going to St. Paul’s since 2011 and we are thrilled to find a church that offered age appropriate lessons for our children while we were able to Worship. Our three children Grant, Sean and Kate have flourished in the Children’s Ministry and I quickly became a part of it too. I’m grateful to be a part of a congregation that has a heart ministering to the children of the church.
NURSERY MINISTER, Savanah Shearouse
Savanah was born in California and moved to Texas when she was eight years old. She worked at a Montessori school during college and loved it, and decided to get her Montessori certification and worked as a preschool and kindergarten teacher. After graduating from Texas Woman’s University, Savanah became a second grade English Language Arts teacher in Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD. Savanah has been working in the St. Paul’s Church nursery since the first service at Folsom Elementary in 2008. Savanah and her son were both baptized at St. Paul’s and she describes having a connection and calling to it that she cannot describe.
PREK/K MINISTER, Christine Petermeier
I am a native Texan who grew up in Bedford! After college, I worked as an insurance underwriter for 12 years. During that time I met my husband Jason and moved to Plano. After having children, I retired from insurance and we decided to move out of Plano in search of . a smaller community. Prosper fit us perfectly, and we moved here in October 2008, the same time that St. Paul’s held it’s first public worship service. We saw the St. Paul signs in our neighborhood and thought we ‘d try worship services one Sunday. At the time my three year old son did not want to go to the nursery with “the babies” so right from the start I assisted once or twice a month in children’s worship to help him transition. After 3 years of assisting, God gave me the courage to lead children’s worship once a month. I love being a part of St. Paul’s and it is so rewarding to be able to share God’s word with the children of the congregation.
3-4 MINISTER, Rebekah Cooksey
5-6 MINISTER, Sean McConegly
Hi, I’m Sean McConegly and I am the minister for 5th and 6th graders at Saint Paul’s. I was born outside of Boston, Massachusetts and grew up all over the country. I was raised without any church in my life and realized at the age of 23 how critical a relationship with Christ is for a physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy life. I attend the 8:15 service every Sunday so that I can hear the sermon and take communion. My ultimate goal in Saint Paul’s 5-6 is to help the children establish a fundamental relationship with scripture and Christ which I never had growing up. I work along side my girlfriend and fellow Bostonian Nancy Killoran every Sunday and she brings to service a perspective I treasure every day. I also serve as Lector, Prayer Leader, and Alter Setter for the 8:15 service as well as Saint Paul’s liaison to the Gathering Congregation in Dallas.
“The rich and the poor have this in common, the Lord is the Maker of them all.” -Proverbs 22:2
5-6 MINISTER, Nancy Killoran
Hi, I’m Nancy Killoran. I was born and raised outside of Boston, MA, and I moved to Denton, TX in 2012 to study Music Education at the University of North Texas. I met Christ as a freshmen in college, and started attending a non-denominational church in Denton. I was baptized in 2014, although I wasn’t truly following Christ yet and I didn’t even realize that I was not a part of the church community. By 2015, I was participating in group classes through the church, but I felt like my life was still missing something. Towards the end of 2016, I met Sean, who encouraged me to visit St. Paul’s with him. I finally felt like I had found a church family that truly was a family! I started serving as Prayer Leader and Lector, and am so excited to use my gifts as an educator to teach the 5-6 group with Sean!
YOUTH MINISTER, Kate Smith
MUSIC DIRECTOR, Cliff Thompson
I was, as they say, “born and raised” in Greenville just down Highway 380. While I was always involved in church, my teenage years proved to be especially impactful. It was during this time that I began to understand the relationship aspect of Christianity and scratch the surface of understanding Scripture. It was also around this time that I began to appreciate music more and learn to play the guitar. As a result, I was engaged in youth choir and other musical endeavors inside and outside of church. This continued throughout my college years at both church and college organization such as the BSM (Baptist Student Ministries). After graduating from Texas A&M-Commerce with a degree in business administration, my wife, Janelle, and I moved to Denton so she could complete her undergraduate work at UNT. At this time I also began a career in the insurance industry where I’ve held claims and leadership positions for the past 16 years. In 2010, our son, Asher was born. Soon after we felt compelled to look for a church where we could more fully integrate and serve. We wanted a church to grow with. A friend and coworker suggested St. Paul’s. We were quickly convinced God brought us here with a purpose. We’re full of excitement about what He’s doing in and through St. Paul’s and it’s such a blessing to be part of it.
2018 Term: David Atterberry, Tod Weber, Jon Whitaker
2019 Term: Janelle Banta, John Sweeney, Andrew Yould
2020 Term: Aaron Ball, Alexandria Nugent, Ruth West
Ministry Team Leaders
ALTAR GUILD, Pat Bostain
COMMUNICATIONS MINISTRY, Kassie Keller
CONNECT MINISTRY TEAM LEADERS, Ben & Alison Blankenship
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WOMEN’S MINISTRY, Judy Krzeminski