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Ministry Support Team

You may notice that we don’t have the name of our rector/pastor/minister on our sign out front. That’s because we don’t have one! Instead, we have a ministry support team. Since 2006, the congregation of St. Barnabas has been led by a ministry support team trained by the Diocese of Michigan, each team member ordained or commissioned in one or more areas of ministry. Each of our ministry support team members is commissioned or ordained for sacramental ministry, preaching, pastoral care, Christian education or administration. Most people are surprised to learn that no one on our ministry support team is paid.

All our team members serve on a volunteer basis. Each has been called by God to serve the congregation here at St. Barnabas. And despite the volunteer status of our team, we don’t feel deprived! On the contrary, we are privileged to have a wonderful team with many important gifts and top-notch skills—and a team that has devoted so much of their lives to our lives. They keep us hopping. And thinking, and praying, and singing, and giving.

Allow us to introduce you to the St. Barnabas team members:

Ministry Support Team

St. Barnabas Total Ministry Team
The Bishop and the Total Ministry Team at St. Barnabas, November 11, 2020.

Kathy O’Connell, Education and Administration
Nancy Scott, Hospitality and Pastoral Care
The Rev. Bill Stech, Priest
The Rev.  Marion VanLoo, Priest
Jan Varady, Pastoral Care
Cynthia Wentworth, Facilitator 

Bishop’s Committee

  • W. Arnold, 2019: Warden
  • K. Jensen, 2021: Warden
  • G. Leyva
  • K. O’Connell
  • J. Schubring
  • N. Scott
  • J. Trace
  • J. Varady
  • C. Wentworth

Kathy O’Connell

Commissioned for Christian education and administration 20 Nov 2010.  I was commissioned for Christian education and administration on November 20, 2010, along with the rest of the second-generation ministry support team. I am married and have one son, and have lived in Chelsea for 20 years. After the horrific events of 9/11, I felt compelled to return to church. I’ve always been an organizer and scheduler. I work at the Common Grill as a baker. What I enjoy most about serving God at St. Barnabas is watching the congregation members grow into their faith. Understanding that God is an everyday part of their lives—not just a “Sunday” thing.

Nancy Scott

Commissioned for hospitality and pastoral care 20 Nov 2010.  I was called by the congregation of St. Barnabas to be part of the second-generation ministry support team, and was discerned to have particular gifts for hospitality and pastoral care. On November 20, 2010, I was commissioned with the rest of the second-generation team by Bishop Gibbs, by the laying on of hands, in the apostolic tradition. That day has changed my life in ways I never could foresee. I find great joy and pleasure in serving the community of St. Barnabas and all others that I encounter. Read Nancy’s article, “It’s Been Awhile.”

Bill Stech

Ordained to the priesthood 20 Nov 2010.   

Marion VanLoo

Ordained to the transitional diaconate 30 October 2019.  I have felt the call of God to be a leader of worship, a preacher and teacher, and a celebrant of the sacraments of the Church since 1985.  Since joining St Barnabas in 2015, I have been enabled to answer God’s call, and I look forward to being ordained a priest, probably in late April 2020.  I am a graduate of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan’s Academy for Vocational Leadership, which provided me with the needed academic studies.  I completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in 2018, and have actively been leading worship at St Barnabas.  Being on this path is the most joyful thing I have done in my life.  I am eager to begin my work as one of our priests.

Jan Varady

Commissioned for pastoral care 11 Jun 2006.   

Cynthia Wentworth

Intern member January 2020