October 2020 - present
I'm impressed with St. Lawrence's resilience in dealing with the pandemic and by the commitment the congregation has to having fun together despite being physically apart. I also admire that St. Lawrence is putting first connection and mission to the community around them, and, grounded in deep faith, making a clear plan to face challenges head on.
I enjoy camping and travel with my husband Jason, playing games of all kinds, reading classic literature, taking walks, and my favorite chore is doing the laundry. I'm dreaming about a post-pandemic trip to the beach with Jason, our daughters, my mom and my brother!
2006 - present
As the Director of Music for St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, Mr. Whaley oversees all aspects of the liturgical music, directs the choir, leads the congregational singing, performs on the keyboard(s), and advises on liturgical matters. He holds a Masters of Theological Studies in Music and Liturgy from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Music in choral and general music education from Western Michigan University. Before attending Seabury-Western, Mr. Whaley served for eight years as Director of Choirs at Benzie Central Middle and High School in Benzonia, Michigan. As a church musician, cantor, and soloist, Mr. Whaley has served churches in Michigan and Illinois.
In his time at St. Lawrence, Mr. Whaley has increased the musical development of the choir and the congregational song and broadened the breadth and depth of anthems, hymns, and spiritual songs used in the liturgy. St. Lawrence's music expands from traditional hymns and classic motets/anthems to include in its repertoire spirituals, gospels songs, and music from various regions, from the Americas, Europe, Africa to the Solomon Islands. While diverse, the music is still directed toward guiding the congregation through the worship service's scriptural themes and supporting the liturgical actions.
Mr. Whaley also has a Certificate in non-profit Fundraising Operations from Rice University. When not directing the music of St. Lawrence, he is the Fund Development Data Analyst for The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in Evanston, Illinois.
2003 - present
St. Lawrence is a beacon of light and faith in our community. I am continually impressed by the unconditional welcoming and openness. It is a community that embraces everyone and takes care of each other. From our littlest to the Young Episcopal Seniors, we are all included in God’s family. I look forward to the time that we can all see each other in person and celebrate the eucharist together.
I have two children, Claire (25) and Ben (23) and to round out the family Buck (3 years old Black Lab). One of my favorite places is in the field with my bees. I have been a beekeeper for five years. I enjoy hiking and kayaking with Buck, gardening, sewing, and spending time on the beach. And there is nothing better than sharing a meal with friends and family.
Kate Todd, Warden
Jacki Dioguardi, Warden (ex-officio)
Jeanne Lasheff, Treasurer
Bobbie Ellington, Secretary