2022 Synod Nominee Bios

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Following are the nominations submitted from delegates and the biographies received from persons who have been nominated.  Other nominations may be made from the floor during the designated time at Synod.  The offices to be filled and the nominees are:


Secretary election for 1 person for a 1-year term
The Rev. Timothy Leighton

Leighton, The Rev. Timothy

Deacon Tim has engaged in organizational dynamics and governance most of his professional career. He worked at the White House and in Congress, as well as with associations. Tim has participated in formal deliberative assemblies at local, state, regional and national levels. Professional colleagues have recognized his leadership, parliamentary, policy-making and conflict resolution skills by choosing him to serve on the boards of community, state and national organizations, including as president or chair or other officer of several (Community Cancer Foundation; Illinois Prairie Community Foundation; OSF Foundation; McLean County Bar Association; Illinois Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors; Illinois State Bar Association Councils on Business Advice and Financial Planning and Elder Law; American Bar Association Council on Business and Financial Planning). In our Diocese, Deacon Tim serves as Assisting Deacon, Trinity Lincoln, and diocesan Secretary and a former member of the Commission on Ministry. Prior to moving to Central Illinois, he participated on the chancellor team in Diocese of Washington. He would be honored to apply these experiences on the Springfield Deputy Team to General Convention. Debra Leighton is an active Hospice Volunteer and manages the Leighton Legal Group office. The Leighton family includes four children and two grandchildren.

Treasurer  election for 1 person for a 1-year term
Mrs. Mary Ann Denney
Mr. Gerry Smith

Denney, Mary Ann  

After much prayer, I felt called to run for Treasurer. A cradle Episcopalian I have been a member of three churches in this Diocese, presently St. Luke’s, Springfield. I live approximately 7 miles from the Diocesan Center. I am married to Fr. Shawn Denney, a priest and lawyer, who serves St. Luke’s Church. We have one son, Lucas, a university student. I am a graduate of SIU, Carbondale. My employment has included serving as CEO of a statewide organization and overseeing and accounting for funds exceeding the Diocesan budget. I have lobbied the Illinois General Assembly on budgetary/legislative matters. Becoming a stay-at-home mother allowed me to be involved in various volunteer organizations, including of the Rochester (IL) Band Boosters (as President, organized and oversaw funding for a Disney trip for 176 students). My involvement in the Diocese is wide ranging from serving on the Council and DGMS to the 12th Bishop Election Committee, chairing subcommittees. I am active in my congregation, having performed roles ranging from assistant treasurer to VBS coordinator. If elected, I will be the first woman to hold the position of treasurer in this Diocese and will do my utmost to serve the congregations in this position.

Smith, Gerry  

A “Cradle” Episcopalian, baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church, I have been a member of Christ the King, Normal since its formation as a mission in 1978. I have also served Christ the King as Senior/Rector’s Warden 5 times, including currently, as Junior/Parish Warden 5 times and as youth leader. I served as Bishop’s Warden when Christ the King transitioned from Mission to Parish status. Other ministries include Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Chalice Bearer, Sunday school teacher and member of the church choir. I made my Cursillo weekend 28 years ago.

I was married to Linda who passed away in March of 2019. We have four adult children: Gerry, III (wife Kelly & sons Jax & Parker), Tony (wife Charity & son Aiden), Lindsay (husband Randy, and Ashley (husband Will & daughter Braley).  I retired from State Farm Insurance Companies in Bloomington after almost 20 years as a Software Solution Developer. Previously, I was Electrical Maintenance Director at Clinton Power Station, working there for 16 years, and am a former Navy Submariner.

I have served at the Diocesan level in several areas. I am currently completing my third year of a second term as a lay member of the Standing Committee. I served a previous term on the Standing Committee from 2008 – 2010 and served as member of the Commission on Ministry from 2006 – 2009. I have been a Deanery Representative and Synod delegate 7 times and have served 4 different terms on Diocesan Council. I served as co-chair of the Department of Mission from 2016 – 2019. I have also been a lay deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church four times: Anaheim in 2009, Indianapolis in 2012, Austin in 2018 and Baltimore in 2022.

Outside of working with my own personal finances, I have had various experience working with financial databases and financial organizations. As a Software Developer with State Farm, I developed and automated budget and expense reports using our accounting databases for different business areas. As lead for our Business Intelligence team, I prepared budget recommendations and requests for various business functions under our responsibility. I also served as financial guardian for my late wife’s parents and administered their family trust until their deaths. Additionally, I served as treasurer of the Normal West High School Athletic Boosters from 1999 – 2002.

I have also been active in ministries outside of the Episcopal Church. I was a Children’s Leader for 4 years for Bible Study Fellowship in Bloomington, a non-denominational bible study. Additionally, I was active in Kairos Prison Ministry, serving on 12 different inside teams at Menard Correctional Center, Western Illinois Correctional Center, and Pontiac Correctional Center. I served as Chairperson of the State Chapter Committee of the Illinois Kairos Prison Ministry from 2014 – 2016 and served as the Liaison for Kairos to Pontiac Correctional Center from 2016 – 2017.

Standing Committee  election for 1 presbyter for a 4-year term
The Very Rev. Zachary Brooks

Brooks, The Very Rev. Zachary

I have been rector of Trinity Church, Jacksonville for six years and was ordained a priest in December of 2016. I grew up in Lafayette, Indiana in a thoroughly secular family. The first time I went to church was when I was seventeen years old, and I was baptized in the United Methodist Church at eighteen. I studied English at Purdue University and became an Episcopalian after graduation. I worked as a bookseller and youth-based case manager before going off to study theology at Boston College. While in Massachusetts I discerned a call to the priesthood and served as intern at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan; the Church of the Advent, Beacon Hill; and the Church of the Good Shepherd Watertown. My wife and I married in 2013 and we have three children, from the ages of seven to two: Abraham, Jude, and Lucy.

Standing Committee  election for 1 lay for a 4-year term
Mr. Roy Laws

Laws, Roy  

I am now retired from the business world. My background was in Management, Marketing and Engineering with a large utility company and finished my career with one of the big insurance firms.

I have been an Episcopalian for 55 years.  I have served in positions on Vestries in three different churches in three different Dioceses. Positions in these three Dioceses have included committee chairman, Junior Warden, Senior Warden, Treasurer, and Synod delegate. I currently serve as Junior Warden at St Matthew’s Church in Bloomington IL.

I was an active member of the recent Election Committee that managed the process to identify and elect our new bishop for The Diocese of Springfield.  I was part of the subcommittee run by Mary Ann Denney that managed the survey, organized the walk-about process, and many other tasks as needed.

I enjoyed this involvement in the Episcopal Church at the Diocese level and would like the opportunity to continue as an active member in the Standing Committee.

Trustee  election for 1 person for a 5-year term
Mrs. Claire Ribelin

Ribelin, Claire

Claire Ribelin is a recent retiree of the Teachers’ Retirement System of the System of the State of Illinois, where she worked for 30 years.  She served in multiple capacities finishing her career as the Systems’ trainer.  She was also a benefits counselor and Deputy Director of Counseling Services.  Claire holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Millikin University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

She is an active parishioner at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul where she has served in multiple capacities including Treasurer, Dean’s Warden, and numerous committees such as Dean’s Advisory, Hospitality, Budget & Finance, and Liturgy. Claire also sings with the choir and has taught Sunday School.

At the Diocesan level, she was on Bishop Burgess’ Transition Committee serving as the Cathedral Lay Representative for consecration and Springfield events. She has been appointed to the Diocesan Finance Committee. Claire also helped organize multiple recent synods that were held at the Cathedral and has been a synod delegate many times.

In her spare time, Claire enjoys singing with the Springfield Choral Society and leads its Board of Directors as President.   She has been married to her husband, Mark, for 36 years.  She and Mark have two grown children, Andrea, and Bryce.

Diocesan Council  election for 1 clerical for a 2-year term
The Rev. Jonathan Butcher

Butcher, The Rev. Jonathan

Deacon Jonathan grew up in Rochester, IL, just outside of Springfield. After attending Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, IL where he studied Bible and Theology, he began playing organ at Trinity, Lincoln. He and his wife, Amy, became regular attenders and were confirmed in January 2021. Jonathan tried his hand at a few different careers, including banking and IT, before following the call of God to Holy Orders and being accepted as a postulant in March 2021. The following school year he moved with his wife to Nashotah House Theological Seminary to complete a Certificate in Anglican Studies. Graduating in May 2021, he was “certified Anglican” and ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Burgess on June 11, 2022, alongside Deacon Robert Armidon. Jonathan now serves as Deacon-in-Charge of Saint Paul’s, Pekin and All Saints’, Morton, the Episcopal Churches of Tazewell County. In the first few months of vocational ministry, it seems apparent that his previous work outside the church was providentially preparing him for the needs of the churches he has been called to serve.


Diocesan Council  election for 1 lay for a 2-year term
Ms. Ellen Burbage

Burbage, Ellen

Ellen Burbage was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia in 1946. A life-long Episcopalian, she was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Martinsburg.

After graduating from the College of William and Mary, she lived, worked and worshipped in six states. She taught school and spent 20 years in Operations and Fiscal Departments for several convenience store chains.

In 1994 Ellen arrived in Lincoln, IL. where she found a welcoming community and church home at Trinity Episcopal. Since 1994 Ellen has served Trinity, Lincoln as Vestry member for several terms, Senior Warden, current Treasurer, Synod Delegate, Lector, Chalice Bearer and Sunday School teacher.

She made her Cursillo in the Diocese of Springfield in 2018 and was a team member for Cursillo in 2019 and 2022. She has served the Diocese of Springfield for one term on the Diocesan Council and is a member of the Cursillo Secretariat.

Serving the community of Logan County is very important to Ellen. As president of the Humane Society of Logan and president of the Oasis Senior Center, she spearheaded the building and operation of new functional facilities for both groups.

She is actively involved in Crime Stoppers, Rotary, and the board of St. Clara’s Nursing Home. In 2013 Ellen was named the Lincoln Courier Citizen of the Year.

Ellen is retired from Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois where she was the Human Resource Director. She is an avid animal advocate and shares her home with her sixth rescue cat.

Commission on Ministry  election for 1 presbyter for a 3-year term
The Rev. David Boase

Boase, The Rev. David

Fr. David Boase came to be Rector of the Episcopal Parish of Alton in October 2004 from the Church of England. A native of the north-west County of Cumbria in England, he attended Durham and Oxford Universities, before attending seminary at Cuddesdon College Oxford.

Born on 4th July 1949, Fr. David was made Deacon in 1973 and ordained Priest in 1974 spending his early years in ministry in his native Cumbria. He then moved to Gibraltar to be Precentor at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chaplain to the Mission to Seamen and Officiating Chaplain to the Royal Navy. From the Mediterranean he transferred to Sweden where, from his base in Gothenburg, he ministered also to satellite congregations along the west coast of Sweden. On returning to England Fr. David served as a parish priest in York Diocese for twenty-two years, spending sixteen of those years additionally as a Clergy In-Service Training Officer.

A life-long sports fan, Fr. David rowed for his colleges, and has played rugby union, cricket and squash. Nowadays his efforts are confined to trying to learn the mysteries of the golf swing!

Fr. David is a past member of Alton Little Theater, appearing in several productions, and is a member of Alton & Godfrey Rotary Club. He has served on the Advisory Board for the Lewis & Clark Community College Nurse-Managed Program. In addition, he is a past President of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield and, since his retirement as Rector of the Episcopal Parish of Alton in 2004, continues to act as a supply priest in the Diocese. Fr. David is proud to call Alton/Godfrey home!

Disciplinary Board  election for 2 clerical for a 3-year term
The Rev. Sean Ferrell
The Rev. David Wells

Ferrell, The Reverend Sean

Sean has been married to Kiezha Smith Ferrell since they were wed at All Saints’ Chapel, Sewanee, Tennessee, in February 1999. They have three sons: Cian (16), Declan (14), and Cormac (10), and three dogs.

In his twenty-three years of ordained life, Sean has served as rector of the Chapel of Saint John the Divine (since May of 2013), at Saint Luke’s in Jackson, Tennessee (a program-sized parish in the Diocese of West Tennessee) and served as Chaplain at both Michigan State University and The University of Georgia.

At a diocesan level, Sean has served as a regional dean in the Diocese of Springfield, the chair of the Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of West Tennessee, co-chair of the Mission Budget Development Committee in the Diocese of Michigan (overseeing a $5.5 million diocesan budget), a team member for the Discerning Young Vocations experience in the Diocese of Atlanta, a member of the Ecclesiastical Trial Court in the Diocese of Michigan, and as a member of the Diocesan Council in the Diocese of Michigan.

Sean is a committed e-bike commuter, riding to the Chapel on weekdays and Sundays to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and do his part in the stewardship of God’s creation. He walked the five-hundred-mile Camino de Santiago de Compostela from St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 2019 and is excited to do it again soon. He enjoys fly fishing, technology, theology, good coffee, Spanish red wine, and college football (Georgia) and NFL (Chiefs). He counts himself blessed that his teams have won their respective championships in the last two years.

Wells, The Rev. David L.

Fr. Wells was ordained to the priesthood on May 14, 2016 after completing a year as a Transitional Deacon at St. Luke’s Church in Springfield. He serves as the Assistant Priest at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Springfield and as a Chaplain for the Illinois State Police.

Fr. Wells is a former Roman Catholic who came to the Episcopal Church in 2008 through St. Paul’s-by-the Lake Church in Chicago; he relocated to Springfield in 2012 joining St. Luke’s Church. As a member of that congregation, he served as: Acolyte, Reader, Lay Worship Leader, Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Visitor and Delegate to the Diocesan Synod(s). He completed his studies at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in May 2015 earning the MMin degree; subsequently he received the MPM degree in May 2018 also at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin.

Fr. Wells previously served 44 years in executive law enforcement positions for Cook County and the State of Illinois. For the last 12 years, until his retirement in 2015, he was the Executive Inspector General for the Treasurer, a Senate confirmed appointment. He holds the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation, as well as several other specialized law enforcement credentials. He has served as instructor/lecturer for the US Department of Justice, the Illinois State Police, the Chicago Police Department and nationally for other federal/state public safety agencies. In addition to his seminary degrees, Fr. Wells hold the MS in Criminal Justice Administration from Lewis University and the BS in Business Management and Urban Studies from Elmhurst College.

Fr. Wells has served the Diocese as an Inspector of Election, a member of the Diocesan Disciplinary Board, a member of the Diocesan Council and most recently as a member of the Diocesan Election Committee in the recent search for a bishop.

Fr. Wells is married to Mary Ellen; they have no children and reside in Springfield.

Disciplinary Board  election for 1 lay for a 3-year term
Dr. Lenore Killam

Killam, Dr. Lenore  

Lenore Killam is a communicant at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. She serves as a choir member, crucifer, on the Hospitality Committee, and runs the martial arts ministry at St. Paul’s. She is originally from Jacksonville, IL, where she was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. She has been active in Springfield Cursillo for many years.

Dr. Killam teaches public health at the University of Illinois Springfield and serves as the Director of the Environmental Health program.  She has served as Chair of the Student Disciplinary Committee and served as Secretary of the UIS Academic Integrity Council.

Dr. Killam is a 5th degree black belt in Aikido and holds intermediate rank in other arts. It is her great joy to use her martial skills in her St. Paul’s ministry.

Disciplinary Board  election for 1 lay for the Remaining 2 of a 3 year term
Dr. Alicia Shapinsky

Shapinsky, Ph.D., TSSF, Alicia C.  

Dr. Shapinsky has attended the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Springfield, Illinois since 2015. In 2021, after several years of formation, she became a professed member of the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis, an Anglican religious order. She is an associate of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in Springfield.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Shapinsky has resided in Springfield for 15 years with her husband and two sons. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in biopsychology and cognitive science before completing her doctorate in psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit. She is now a clinical psychologist in private practice in Springfield.

Provincial Synod Delegate  election for 1 lay for a 3-year term
Ms. Carol McCrary

McCrary, Carol

Carol grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Her career teaching deaf and hard of hearing children brought her to Centralia, IL where she has been a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church since 1975.

At St. John’s she has served on the Bishop’s Committee and as the Bishop’s Warden.  She has been active in the Episcopal Church Women and Bible study. Carol has been active in the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield Cursillo for the last 15 years and has served on the Secretariat for Cursillo for eight years.

Carol has been active in youth ministry, teaching Sunday School at all age levels for 18 years. She has participated as a counselor at our Episcopal Church Camp for 27 years.  She served as the Junior Session Director at ECC from 2015 to 2019.

Carol retired from teaching in 2012 and worked as an Early Intervention Therapist, specializing in hearing loss in infants and toddlers.  She lives in Centralia, IL and has three grown children.


(Note:  General Convention Alternate Deputies (up to 4 clerical and 4 lay) will be elected from among the nominees for General Convention Deputies.)


General Convention Deputy – 2024  election for 4 clergy
The Rev. Danté Anglin
The Very Rev. Sheryl Black
The Rev. Michael Clark
The Rev. Canon Mark E. Evans
The Very Rev. Andrew S. Hook
The Rev. Dr. David Knox
The Rev. G. Timothy Leighton
The Very Rev. Richard Lewis

Anglin, The Rev. Danté  

Rev. Anglin is currently Deacon-in-Charge at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Havana, Illinois. He started at his current posting on the 1st of July this year and it still becoming accustomed to the community yet is eager to bring the Gospel of Christ to all. During this posting, he has served as spiritual director for the Junior session at the Episcopal Church camp. Rev Dante’ attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary and graduated with honors in May of 2022. While at seminary, he was very active with the various Anglo-Catholic societies on campus, The Society of Mary, Guild of All Souls, and Conformity of the Blessed Sacrament. Furthermore, he was very active in leadership roles at the seminary including but not limited to: Choral Scholar, Porter, and Prefect of the Cloister. In addition to those leadership roles at the seminary, he was very involved with various parishes with respect to internships in the dioceses of Milwaukee (St. John Chrysostom Episcopal Church in Delafield), Fond de Lac (Grace Episcopal Church in Sheboygan), and Eau Claire (Christ Church Cathedral in Eau Clarie). Rev. Anglin attended the diocesan synods of 2019, 2020, and 2021 as a seminarian guest and observer.

Before attending seminary, the Rev. Anglin attended McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois where he graduated with honors in 2019 and received a Bachelor of Arts. He is licensed to teach Secondary Education Social Science with an emphasis in Political Science in the state of Illinois and eligible in 25 other states. While there, he organized and led various political organizations (The McKendree Young Republicans and Young Americans for Liberty). While attending McKendree University, the Rev’d Dante’ Anglin attended St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in O’Fallon Illinois. At St. Michael’s, he served on the Vestry, participated in the St. Michael’s Youth Conference, served as a youth counselor at the Episcopal Church Camp, and served as a lay delegate to diocesan synod.

Black, The Very Rev. “Sherry” Sheryl

Mother Black is a second career Episcopal Priest, ordained in 2008. She has served as a full-time hospital chaplain for 11-1/2 years and is President of the (national) Assembly of Episcopal Healthcare Chaplains. The Rev. Black also serves as Priest-in-Charge of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in West Frankfort and is Dean of the Hale Deanery. In the past, she was the Chair of the diocesan Department of Social Concerns and she was a member of the Election Committee for the XI and XII Bishops of Springfield; she was an Inspector of Elections for diocesan synods for many years. She has served on the Commission on Ministry, and the Diocesan ECW Board. Mother Black was deputy for the Diocese of Springfield to the General Conventions in 2015, 2018, and 2022.


Clark, The Rev. Michael

I have seen the movement of the Holy Spirit in our church polity at General Convention. I believe that gathering for the business of the Church – in prayer, study, and dialogue – reveals God’s will for us through His expression in Anglican voices across our country and the world. Listening leads to via media which helps us proclaim the constant Gospel of Jesus to an ever-changing, broken and hungry world.

NATIONAL activities: (Diocese of Missouri) -deputy to General Convention 2000 – Denver, 2003- Minneapolis (Social & Urban Affairs cmte), 2006 – Columbus, OH, 2009 – Anaheim (Evangelism cmte), 2012 – Indianapolis (Evangelism cmte), 2015 – Salt Lake City.  DIOCESAN activities: (Diocese of Missouri):  camp counselor/music leader, Camp Phoenix (2005-07), member of Diocesan Commission on Ministry (past), member of Urban Mission Commission (past), Cursillo – Diocese of Springfield (July 2022) PARISH activities:  Godly Play Sunday School Teacher (past), Journey to Adulthood youth leader (past), vestry, Church of the Advent – Crestwood, MO (past), vestry, Calvary Episcopal Church – Columbia, MO (past)

Rev. Clark was Baptized, United Methodist, 1974, Confirmed, Episcopalian, 1988, Ordained to the transitional diaconate, March 2022 and pending final approvals will be ordained to the priesthood, October 18, 2022. He has a Bachelor of Arts, Religion, McKendree College, 1985, an Associate’s Degree, Nursing, St. Charles Community College, 1996, and a Master of Ministry, Nashotah House Seminary, graduated May 2022. He has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years. Currently employed as Home Infusion Nurse caring for chronic pain and spasticity patients

Rev. Clark is married to Paige Clark. He has one 22 year old son, Samuel Becket Clark, psychology/music major at Truman State and one step-son: 17 year old, Riley Hart, Senior at Newton Community High School.


Evans, The Rev. Canon Mark E.

Fr. Evans has served as the Canon to the Ordinary since January 2020.  Prior to this appointment he was Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lincoln, Illinois beginning December 2011. He has been a member of Diocesan Council, the Trustees, the Standing Committee, the Department of Finance and is the Cursillo Team Spiritual Director. Mark has also been a Deputy to General Convention three times and was a faculty member of CREDO, a clergy wellness program of the Church Pension Group, from 2014 to 2017.

Fr. Evans received an MDiv from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in May 2009 and was ordained to the priesthood by the Rt. Rev. Russell Jacobus (Fond du Lac) in June of that year.  He served as the Director of Church Relations for Nashotah House for 18 months between ordination and his call to Trinity.

Prior to seminary, Fr. Evans was an investment professional for 25 years including 20 years at Sentry Insurance where he managed equity portions of the company pension plan, the general account of the insurance company and funds sold to policy holders.  He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA), has a Master’s in Business Administration from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa and a BA in Management from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

Fr. Evans is married to Sandy Moore, and they have three adult daughters and two grandchildren.

Hook, The Very Rev. Andrew S.

The Very Rev. Andrew is the Dean of The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul the Apostle in Springfield. Dean Hook grew up in a nominally Mennonite household and after straying from the Faith, returned in 1998 as a Junior in high school. After re-joining the Mennonite Church, Andy pursued his undergraduate degree in youth ministry at Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas and then Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His first exposure to the Episcopal Church was as a Junior in college when he attended The Great Vigil of Easter at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

After college, Dean Hook co-pastored a Mennonite Church in Ohio and then upon returning to Kansas, his birth-state, he took up the position of youth minister at Grace Episcopal Church in Hutchinson, Kansas. He was confirmed into the Episcopal Church in 2008. Feeling God’s call into the priesthood he received his Master of Theology from Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. He was ordained to the diaconate May 25th, 2013, and then the priesthood on the Feast of Saint Andrew of that same year. He is currently on the Standing Committee and the Chair of the Commission on Ministry. He has been at the Cathedral since 2015.

Knox, The Rev. Dr. David

I was born and raised a non-denominational missionary kid in Sudan.  After graduating from Wheaton College, I started attending an Episcopal church in Chicago. After finishing medical school there, I moved to Mattoon, Illinois, where I worked as a pediatrician for 18 years. Sensing a call to the ordained ministry, after discernment and with the support of the Bishop and Diocese of Springfield, I attended Nashotah House Theological Seminary as a residential student. Upon completion, in 2021, I was called to serve Trinity Episcopal Church in Mattoon.

I enjoy travelling, good food, and sharing hospitality.  My special interests are mental health and human development across the lifespan, both scientifically and theologically.  My vision for the Church is “… a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9), a visible unity and an equally visible and celebrated diversity.

Leighton, The Rev. Timothy

Please see biography and picture in the Secretary section.


Lewis, The Very Rev. Richard

Fr. Richard Lewis was confirmed in 1988 at Church of the Holy Trinity, Danville. He has assisted as acolyte, Chalice Bearer, rector’s warden, parish warden, treasurer, and Church School teacher. After ordination into the diaconate and the priesthood in 2016, he became priest-in-charge of the parish and continues in this vocation. In the Diocese of Springfield, he has served as both lay and clergy delegate to Synod, Diocesan Council, and as Dean of the Northeastern Deanery.

As an elementary and middle school teacher, he taught in the Danville Public School system from 1976 to 2009. He received degrees from Illinois State University, University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, and Nashotah House Theological Seminary.

Father Lewis is married to Pat Anderson Lewis and has an adult daughter, Rhoda Lewis.


General Convention Deputy – 2024  election for 4 lay
Mr. Kevin Babb
Ms. Jasmine Howe
Mrs. Cindy Lynk
Mr. Donald Monty
Mr. Joe Patterson
Mrs. Claire Ribelin
Mrs. Elizabeth Shuler
Mr. Randy Winn
Ms. Joyce Wright

Babb, Kevin

EPISCOPAL CHURCH:  General Convention Deputy, 1997 (Committee on Rules of Order), 2000 (Committee on Canons), 2003 (Committee on Canons, Chair of Deputation), 2006 (Vice-Chair, Committee on Canons, Chair of Deputation), 2009, 2012 (Committee on Canons, Chair of Deputation), 2015 (Committee on Constitution and Canons, Subcommittee on Legislative Certification, Chair of Deputation), 2018, 2022 (Committee on Constitution and Canons, Chair of Deputation), Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons, 2006-2012

PROVINCE V:  Provincial Synod delegate, 1999-2002, 2014-2017, 2020-present

DIOCESE OF SPRINGFIELD:  Chancellor, 2012-present, Dep. Chancellor, 2002-2012 (ex officio Member, Diocesan Trustees), Parliamentarian of Synod, 1993-present, Diocesan Council, 1992-present, Standing Committee, 1995-2000, 2001-2005, 2017-2021, Chair of Department of Christian Social Concerns, 1996-2000, Chair of Department of National and World Mission, 2004-2008, Chair of Department of Young Adult and Higher Education Ministries, 2008-2012, Synod Delegate, 1992-2003, 2016-present, Commission on Ministry, 1998-2004, 2006-2012, 2020-present, Episcopal Transition Committee, 2021-22 (Chair), Moderator, Episcopal Election Walkabouts–Diocese of Springfield World Tour 2021

CHAPEL OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE, CHAMPAIGN:  Peer Minister, 1983-85, Bishop’s Committee/Vestry, 1984-1986, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Sunday School Teacher

ANDREW’S, EDWARDSVILLE: Vestry, 1992-1995 (Senior Warden, 1995); 2015-2018 (Senior Warden, 2016-2018), 2020-present (Senior Warden, 2020-present), Finance Committee; Lay Eucharistic Minister; Audit Committee; Discernment Committees (2); Rector Search Committee, 2019 (chair)

INVOLVEMENT OUTSIDE EPISCOPAL CHURCH:  Medical Missions to El Salvador and to the Dominican Republic, Christian Medical and Dental Society, Advisory Board, Edwardsville Senior Citizens’ Center/Main St. Community Center

PERSONAL:  Married to Michelle Murphy Babb, 2 grown children, Attorney in private practice in Edwardsville since 1989, University of Illinois—AB–1984; JD– 1987

Howe, Jasmine

Jasmine Howe grew up in Amarillo, Texas and moved to central Illinois for college. After she made it to the Midwest, she’s never left, but does miss Texas’ dry heat in summers and sunshine in the winters. She currently works at Illinois Wesleyan University as the Assistant Director of Student Accessibility Services. She’s worked in higher education for the past 7 years and loves seeing students mature and change throughout their time in college.

Jasmine lives in Lincoln, IL where she serves as a Lector and Acolyte at Trinity Episcopal Church (Lincoln, IL). She spends her free time reading all the books she missed while in graduate school, drinking decaf coffee with friends, and taking her 6-year-old twin nieces on adventures to local parks.

Lynk, Cindy

Cindy Lynk has been nominated for a lay deputy to General Convention in 2024 and served in that capacity for General Convention this year. She is active in a number of ministries at St. George’s, including Synod Delegate, Deanery Representative, Adult Choir, Altar Guild, Lector and Chalice Bearer Coordinator, Lector and Chalice Bearer. She has also served four terms on Diocesan Council as Darrow Deanery Representative and Synod member at large, and as member of the Mission Leadership Team (MLT) and MLT Liaison to the Liturgical Commission.

She was received into the Episcopal Church in 1988 and has attended St. George’s since 1998.


Cindy successfully completed Education for Ministry (EfM) in 1995 and participated in Cursillo through the Roman Catholic Church in 1985. In 2017, she served as Rector for Cursillo XXXV in the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield and remains involved with the Cursillo movement in the diocese.

Following graduation from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cindy served in the United States Marine Corps for four years as a Communications Officer. While in service, she met and

married her husband, a Marine aviator. Following the end of her active duty, she settled with her husband in the Collinsville area and started a family. During this time, she also worked for five years as a high school German teacher, and four years as a high school Guidance Counselor. Subsequently, to meet the evolving needs of her family, she elected to focus her full attention on actively rearing her two children and maintaining a stable household.

Cindy also actively supported her children’s athletic efforts, served as a Stroke Judge in both YMCA and USA Swimming venues. While her children were young, she served as a Sunday School teacher for the youth and was a camp counselor for two years at the Diocese of Springfield Episcopal Church Camp. Her varied hobbies include: Weight Training, Spinning, Swimming, Knitting, Sewing, and Reading.

Monty, Donald

Donald Monty, a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Carbondale, Illinois since 1968, has served as Vestry Member, Rector’s Warden, People’s Warden, Treasurer, and Delegate to Deanery and Synod. In the Diocese of Springfield, he has been active with Church Camp where he served as Senior Session Director for 27 years. Don has been on the Church Camp Committee and on the Diocesan Trustees for many years. Currently, he is Chairperson of both groups. Elected as an Alternate Delegate to the 2021 (postponed to 2022) General Convention, it was not necessary for him to attend.

Don has degrees in Geography from California State University, Chico and Miami University in Ohio. He has advanced studies in Geography from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Don’s professional career was with the City of Carbondale where he served in many positions for 35 years. After retirement, he was elected to Carbondale’s City Council and served as Acting Mayor for the final 15 months of his four-year term.

Married to Anne Gaylord since 1968, they have two adult children and four grandchildren. Don and Anne enjoy hiking, have been active in Boy Scouts of America, and have traveled internationally for bird watching.

Patterson, Joe

Joe is a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Springfield and has been a member since 1989.  He has served many terms as a member of the Chapter of the Cathedral and has served as Treasurer and is a former chairman of the Finance Committee. He is a former Dean’s Warden and Bishop’s Warden.  Joe has taught the Confirmation class at the Cathedral for twenty years and serves as a lay reader, chalice bearer and acolyte at the Cathedral.  He served on the search committee for a Dean of the Cathedral.  He is a former member of the Diocesan Council representing the Northwestern Deanery and has represented the Cathedral as a Synod Delegate for the past ten years as well as this year.  Joe served on the search committee for the former Bishop and was a delegate to the nominating and general conventions for the current and former Bishop.  He has served as a deputy to two General Conventions, one of which elected the current Presiding Bishop.

Joe and his wife Judy celebrated their 51st anniversary in August.  They have two grown children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Joe is retired from the State of Illinois

Shuler, Elizabeth

I have been a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Salem, for more than 50 years. Presently I am the Junior Warden and Secretary for the vestry. I prepare the weekly bulletin for the Sunday service as well as help with the Altar Guild. I help write articles for two local newspapers about our Sunday services. I organize a yearly book sale on the church grounds and contribute to the Christmas Cookie Sale the Saturday before Christmas. Both events raise funds for those in need in the Salem community. I am a retired educator who taught Junior High School Social Studies and was the Librarian for 35 years. I have a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois. I play the French Horn in a couple of local bands and I am the President of the Centralia Philharmonic Orchestra. I am number four of the four organists we have at St. Thomas. I am a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer. We work with the local court systems and make recommendations to the judges concerning placement of foster children. I have been married to Danny Shuler for 44 years. We have two sons and four grandchildren.

Ribelin, Claire

Please see biography and picture in the Trustee section.


Winn, Randy  

Randy is a member of Trinity Church, Mt. Vernon; he has served on Trinity’s Vestry and was the Rector’s Warden for two years.  Winn currently is a member of the Standing Committee and the Commission on Ministry. He served with Gerry Smith as co-chair of the Mission Department and for several years chaired diocesan stewardship efforts. Randy has been a diocesan trustee for almost 20 years, its secretary for about 10 years. From 2008 through 2011 he was a member of the Standing Committee and was a General Convention deputy in Anaheim in 2009 in Salt Lake City in 2015, in Austin 2018 and this year in Baltimore.  Reared in a Methodist parsonage, Winn was confirmed by Bishop Beckwith in 1994 on St Mark’s Day in Worthington, Ohio.

Randy was a member of Ward, Dreshman & Reinhardt, Inc., a firm that provides financial consulting services to non-profit and philanthropic organizations from 1980 through 2011; he was its chairman and CEO since 1991.  In June of 2016 Winn retired from his position as the development director for the United Methodist Children’s Home in Mt. Vernon. His undergraduate studies took place at Illinois Wesleyan University and graduate work was done at Wesleyan, Illinois State University and Washington University in St. Louis. Winn taught at Washington University for three years.

In early 2019 Randy was sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. He also serves as treasurer for the Jefferson County Ministerial Association and chairs its Christmas Food Basket (for needy families) program.

Wright, Joyce

Joyce Wright has been nominated for Lay Deputy to General Convention in 2024. She is active in several ministries at St. John The Divine, Champaign, Illinois. Joyce serves as a lector and usher at the chapel. She coordinated the Ushers Ministry at the chapel for twenty-seven years, volunteered with the chapel community outreach program with the local YMCA on welcoming immigrants to Champaign-Urbana.

Joyce has served as United Thank offering (UTO) Diocesan Coordinator since 2017.

She was received into the Episcopal Church in 1973 while attending Voorhees College, a historically black college supported by the Episcopal Church. In 1974 she received a Master’s degree in library science from the University of Michigan.

Joyce successfully complete Education for Ministry (EFM) in 1986. She is active with Episcopal Churchwomen. She has attended several ECW Province V Gatherings over the years and ECW Diocesan Lenten Retreats at Todd Hall Center.

As a professional librarian for forty years, Joyce worked in public, academic and community college libraries throughout her career. In 2014 she retired as Associate Professor of Library Administration at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Illinois where she worked for twenty-nine years. Twelve years was spent as Director of the Undergraduate Library.

In addition, Joyce serves on the board of the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois, active member of the American Library Association Accreditation Committee, American Cancer Society.

Her hobbies are reading, traveling and sports. She’s an Illini football season ticket holder.