Clergy & Staff

  The Rev. Cynthia Sever

   Parish Rector


The Rev. Cynthia Sever went to school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  Her first career was a Registered Respiratory Therapist.  Her ministry so far encompasses youth ministry, children's ministry, youth and family ministry, hospital chaplaincy, serving as Youth Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY, Spiritual Care Coordinator for Hospice of Orleans (County) in Western New York, and general parish ministry.


Linda Dunnagan

Administrative Assistant

Linda has been a member of the Episcopal Parish of Alton since 1979.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis University, Denver, CO. and Associate of Science degree in Accounting from Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL.  Prior to her position as EPA’s Administrative Assistant, she was Comptroller for the Madison County Treasurer’s office in Edwardsville, IL.  Linda has been blessed to serve in numerous parish ministries over the past 35 years, including Vestry, ECW, Trinity Missionary Society, Guild of Grace and as Church School teacher.  She currently serves as a lay reader and member of Trinity Chapel’s Altar Guild.  Linda and her husband Jeff are the proud parents of three daughters and live in Godfrey, IL, where she also serves her community as Treasurer of Pride, Inc.

Lynn Hoffman

Church School Director

Lynn has served as Church School Director for the past two years and continues to bless the Episcopal Parish of Alton with her love of children and dedication to teaching them about God’s love and purpose for their lives.  A Pre-Kindergarten teacher for the past ten years at Evangelical Christian School in Godfrey, IL, Lynn finds working with children in both a school and church setting to be a joy and blessing in her life.  An Alton native, she and her husband Michael recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.  They have one son, Nathanael, who is a junior at Alton High School and busy searching for a college to attend upon graduation.

Gay Anderson

Organist & Choir Director – St. Paul’s Church

Gay holds a Master’s degree in Organ Performance from Webster University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphasis in Piano Performance from Greenville College.  She continues organ studies with Canon Precentor Dr. William Partridge at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis.

 Gay is married to attorney Roy Anderson. They have been blessed with two children; son, David and daughter, Lauren. Gay is an Equestrian instructor at the family owned dressage and hunter/jumper stable Brier Bank Farm in Marine.

 Gay and Roy enjoy antiques; historical buildings and playing with their two Jack Russell ‘hunt’ terriers.

Charles Smith

Organist – Trinity Chapel

Charles Smith recently blessed Trinity Chapel by assuming the position of Organist following in the footsteps of his mother, Dorothy, who retired in 2014 after many years of dedicated service playing the organ every Sunday..

Charles studied private piano and classroom instruction in music theory for eleven (11) years at the St. Louis Institute of Music Preparatory School.  He graduated from Grinnell College in 1970 earning a B.A. with a major in Music followed by two (2) years of Organ Study under the tutelage of Mario Salvador at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis,  four (4) years with Elbert Smith at Grinnell College and studied voice with Leonard Van Camp from 1990 to 1992.

Charles held the position of Organist and Choir Director for First United Methodist Church in Berwyn, IL from 1974 to 1975. He assumed the position as organist for Bethalto United Methodist Church from 1994 to 1995 and from 1995 to the present, Charles divides his time as Choir Director for East Alton First United Methodist Church and Organist for Trinity Chapel.