SEARCH COMMITTEE MEMBERS, Fall 2015
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Syracuse NY
Richard Pilgrim, Chair: Is Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University, whose field is Religious Studies and whose educational background includes the M.Div. (Yale Divinity School), and the MA and PhD (University of Chicago; History of Religions). He’s been active at St. Paul’s since 2000 – at first and now continuing in the choir, and more recently on the St. Paul’s Task Force “Embracing Our Future”, the Formation Ministry Team, the Vestry, the Friends of the Arts Committee, and the Transition Team. He was Warden in 2012 – 14.
Arthur Friedel III, Sr. Warden: Earned his BS at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) and worked for the Eastman Kodak Company for several years in New York City. Returning to Syracuse more recently, he works in areas of film, digital imaging and urban living. A life-long Episcopalian, he serves at St. Paul’s not only currently as warden, but on the Building and Grounds Committee, the SSS (Shaping St. Paul’s Space) Committee, and the Ushering Ministry.
Marion Greenhalgh, Jr. Warden: Until her recent retirement, Marion was an Environmental Compliance Coordinator with NRG Energy (formerly Niagara Mohawk) at the Oswego Steam Station in Oswego NY. Her work entailed, among other things, making sure that the station was in compliance with environmental regulations. At St. Paul’s she has been a life-long member and, in more recently years, that has included the choir (20 years), Vestry service (three separate terms), the Building and Grounds Committee, the Community/Fellowship Ministry Team, the Flower Guild, and Women of St. Paul’s.
Harriet Averill: Has been a licensed real estate broker for over 20 years, and has been a Director on the local Board of Realtors. She was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Paul’s and has been more recently active since 2004. She is currently a member of the Vestry, the Transition Team, the Flower Guild, and the Women of St. Paul’s. She enjoys being a lay reader and usher at the early service on Sundays.
Ieva Doyle: Is Communications Manager for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, and in earlier years earned a BA in History and an MS in Social Sciences. She has been attending St. Paul’s since 2011, and has been an active participant in the Feminist Theology group, the women’s retreat program, the Parishioner Care group, and the Community/Fellowship Ministry Team. She has also assisted with First Friday dinners, arranging after-service hospitality teams, and with the annual Garage/Rummage Sales and the annual Fundraiser. Her focus is the 4th Mark of Mission; i.e. “to respond to human need by loving service.”
Walley Francis: Is recently retired from Syracuse University where for 40 years he was a programmer, systems analyst, and project analyst supporting the business operations of the University. He is a lifelong member of St. Paul’s, and has -- over the last 6 years -- served on the Vestry and been a Warden. He is currently on the Transition Team and the Finance Committee which, as St. Paul’s current Treasurer, he chairs.
Mike Goins: Is a medical malpractice Claim Consultant for CNA Financial. He has been a member of St. Paul’s for one year – attending services both on Thursday and on Sunday. He is also a member of the Mission and Service Ministry Team, and – in that connection – a) is the church’s coordinator for the C.R.O.P. Hunger Walk this fall in the Syracuse area, and b) sees his focus of interest in the 5th Mark of Mission: “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain/renew the life of the earth.”
David Morgan: Is a credentialed Alcohol & Substance Abuse (ASA) Counselor, and has worked for the New York State Office of ASA Services as an Addiction Program Specialist for 24 years. He currently oversees federally- and state-funded housing programs for the chemically dependent. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Onondaga Community College teaching course on ASA counseling. In an earlier career he earned an M.Div. and served as an ordained minister in the Methodist Church for 15 years. David has been a member of St. Paul’s since moving here in 2003, and is an on-going member of the choir. Until recently he has been the Chair of the Worship Ministry Team, and a member of the Vestry and the Transition Team; currently he is Chair of the Altar Guild.
Laurie Sanderson: Is a clinical social worker (CSW) in private practice working with all age groups, and has worked especially with trauma survivors, grief sufferers, and parenting issues over the last 20 years. Though in her earlier life she was a part of the reformed and Lutheran traditions, and is currently married to a Presbyterian minister, she felt called to the Episcopalian church and was confirmed at St. Paul’s in 1995. There she’s been active in the Feminist Theology group, the women’s retreats program, and has served on the Vestry and as warden. Her current focus is on being an alter server and MC, a liaison for the Pastoral Care and lay Eucharistic ministries, and doing community action outreach to help make St. Paul’s a welcoming presence in downtown Syracuse.
John Shaffer: Serves as Director of Arts Programming at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Oswego NY, with responsibility for two campus-and-community performing arts series, and a funding program for visiting artists in music, theater, literature, film, and visual arts. With his wife Barbara, who directs the University Library at SUNY Oswego, he has been a member of St. Paul’s since 2003—joining a number of congregants who live some distances from downtown Syracuse. He has served two terms on the Vestry, served on the Stewardship and Formation committees, and led adult forums on occasion. He is a non-parochial priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.