St. John’s Episcopal Church
2537 Game Farm Rd, Springfield, OR 97477
Episcopal Church of St. John the Divine
PO Box 1537, Springfield OR 97477
Rector: Rev. Nancy Gallagher
Nancy+ is a second career priest, ordained after 35 years in small business. She served St. John as a seminary intern in 2009. Since that time Nancy+ received her Masters of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA, served as a hospice chaplain in Denver, Colorado, a chaplain residency at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, long term supply clergy for Holy Spirit in Sutherlin, OR. She is passionate about community and brings humor and thoughtfulness to her preaching. We find her gifted at joy, understanding and acceptance of people where they are. She is a woman of love, directness, and generosity.
Nancy+ can be reached at email@example.com for all of your pastoral needs, bizarre theological questions, and coffee date scheduling.
Associate Priest: Heather Parr
I’ve been an Episcopal priest for 15 years. I was a vocational deacon before being called to the priesthood, and during that time I was clergy assistant at St. Mary’s in Eugene. While I served in that position I started the Spanish language service at St. Mary’s, with Rev. Weldon presiding and Dcn Jim Stoltz serving at services and taking care of the pastoral needs of the congregation.
I have two daughters and one granddaughter. My daughter, Taurmini, and my granddaughter, Zephyra, live in Seattle where Taurmini is in her third year of a doctoral program in Social Work, while working with at risk women and children. My daughter, Phoenix, lives in Prince George, B.C., Canada, where she works for the B.C. government on low cost housing for low income individuals and families.
I went to the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas because it specialized in multicultural ministry, with an emphasis on Latinx ministry. After graduation and ordination I was asked by the national church to go to Venezuela as a missionary to assist the bishop there. When I returned to the U.S. I became a bi-vocational priest with my own business, Tall Oaks Dog Resort, and with the intention of continuing to serve all cultures in the church. I am presently working to start a bi-cultural, bilingual service in Springfield during this coming year.
Those unusual things: I have a private pilot’s license and flew my Cessna 150 from Oregon to Nova Scotia and back. I also have a scuba diving license. My family came to the U.S. before the Revolutionary War, and one of my relatives was a blacksmith who helped forge the chain that was stretched across the Potomac River to keep British ships from going up the river during the war. Another relative was hung by a group of men as a horse thief. Actually, two brothers were hung, but they had made a mistake in hanging the first one; he hadn’t done anything wrong.
Sr. Warden: Susan Briggs
As Senior Warden I am a member of the Vestry Council. My responsibilities are to assist the council in safety of the church members from building maintenance decisions, church directions and sharing concerns of the congregation with the minister and vestry.
I have been a member of the Episcopal Church from birth and a member of St. John’s since 1960.
I am retired after working 42 years as a dietitian at a local hospital, live with my husband, 2 cats, a rabbit and I don’t get to see my 2 children or grandchildren often enough.
Jr. Warden: James Gattie
I have been associated with this community of believers for almost four years. I came from an independent Christian background with roots associated with most Restoration Movement Churches. I am a graduate of Northwest Christian University and the former Pastor of The River of Life Christian Church in Blue River. I have wore several hats during the course of my ministerial life which is likely true of many of the individuals who serve in any community setting.
At home I am a father to a heap of children ranging from 12 to 32. A grandfather to a handful of sweet little ones ranging from just a year old to 6. A husband and partner to a wonderful woman who also shares my passion to serve others in ministry, who will likely be ordained as a Deacon in the near future.
Along with being the current Jr, Warden, I am also a licensed Lay Preacher, Eucharistic Minister, and Eucharistic Visitor. Once you get to know me you will find that I wear few other hats, but my absolute favorite is my umpire’s mask. I am proud that God has enabled me to use my knowledge and love of baseball to be an example to young men and women who love to play the game. I have a few more ministries that I am involved in so hit me up for a chat and some coffee and I can help you get plugged in.
Treasurer: Sharon Wilson
Clerk: Meribeth Jones
My name is Susan Fico Walker. I’m a new member of the vestry, and I’ve been attending St. John the Divine Episcopal Church for about 9 years.
Originally from New Jersey, I began a new life in Oregon almost 16 years ago, when my husband and I drove across the country!
My husband is James Walker, and I’m the mother of three adult children: Rebecca Nix of New York, Kenneth Hotaling of Pennsylvania, and Robert Wojcik who lives right here in Springfield.
I’m also the grandmother of an adult granddaughter named Tiernen who lives in New York, and a little grandson named Miles who lives in Pennsylvania.
Like most Italian American children in New Jersey, I was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition; however, during my rebellious teenage years (a few millenniums ago), I broke away from that church because of what I considered its many rules, regulations, and scare tactics.
Nonetheless, I always believed in the Triune God, and missed the rituals associated with worshiping.
Through a dear friend, I was introduced to St. John’s, and knew right from the start I’d found a home to reestablish my faith journey.
The rest is a continuing story.
Cradle Episcopalian, mostly at St John’s. Retired. World Traveler. Duck Fanatic.