The Story of Anne Wheeler

Posted by Anne Wheeler on

I am a “cradle” Episcopalian.  Growing up in Davenport, my family attended Trinity Cathedral.  It was there that I was baptized, attended Sunday school, and was confirmed.  When I was in sixth grade, we moved across the river to Moline, IL, where we attended a smaller...

Continue reading…

The Story of Skeet Wootten

Posted by Skeet Wootten on

My name is Skeet Wootten, and I have the honor and privilege of serving as your Senior Warden. My journey at St. Paul’s began in the summer of 1989 when my wife Laura, six-month-old son, and I first moved to Des Moines.  We were living downtown at the Plaza, having relocated from...

Continue reading…

The Story of Elsa “Muffy” Harmon

Posted by Elsa Harmon on

As my maternal grandfather would often say, our roots are very deep in Des Moines. I feel the same about St. Paul’s.  We returned to Des Moines in 1955, and our family has been in the third pew ever since. I started my ministry at church by tying the bows of the choir boys with my...

Continue reading…

The Story of John Zickefoose

Posted by John Zickefoose on

Most likely, my first glimpse of St. Paul’s was in 1957 when my parents and I came to Des Moines to see the National Tour of My Fair Lady.  At the time there was only one theatre in Iowa which could accommodate the production, which required a revolving stage, and that was the KRNT...

Continue reading…

The Story of Jill Southworth

Posted by Jill Southworth on

A long time ago when my then husband and I moved to Des Moines, we could not agree on a church home.  We came from different religious backgrounds and sought different connections to a church.  This impasse continued for some time, and then I met Marion Jacobs.  She and I worked...

Continue reading…

The Story of Bruce Beeston

Posted by Bruce Beeston on

Twice I’ve come to Saint Paul’s --- the first time was as an infant. My parents bundled me up for church every Sunday to attend St. Paul’s, where my dad grew up and his parents belonged.  My grandfather immigrated to America from England in 1903 and was a college professor...

Continue reading…

The Story of Mark Thompsen and John Fletcher

Posted by Mark Thompsen and John Fletcher on

On the first of September 2016, John and I moved from California to be near my family.  Leaving the ocean behind was very difficult.  We have been a loving couple for 25 years and legally married for five years on the 13th of September this year. Upon arriving in Iowa we began...

Continue reading…

The Story of Rich Jacobs

Posted by Rich Jacobs on

I was brought to St. Paul’s by two forces, both turning out to have a great influence on my life. A love of God had been instilled in me as a Lutheran lad who grew up in Des Moines. And secondly was the love Cindy Morton had for St. Paul’s and shared with me.I began, in 2008, to...

Continue reading…

The Story of Jo Wetherell

Posted by Jo Wetherell on

Having been a member of St. Paul’s at least 60 years, I should know everything about being an Episcopalian.  While growing up in Illinois and Pennsylvania, our family usually attended United Presbyterian Churches.  Services were fairly simple but nice for a growing child. After I...

Continue reading…

The Story of Carol Clay Hall

Posted by Carol Hall on

As a young teen, I was immersed in the baptismal pool of the Vernon Baptist Church in Chicago. Years later I was drawn to St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church when I became a Boy Scout volunteer there.I welcomed the ways and teachings of the Episcopal Church and was confirmed by Suffragan Bishop...

Continue reading…

Previous123