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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.


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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.

Ken Reuter

Organist & Choir Director – St. Paul’s Church

St. Paul’s organist and choirmaster is Ken Reuter.  Ken began his music ministry in the St. Louis area in 1961 at the John Knox Presbyterian Church in Florissant, Missouri, where he started a music program in a growing congregation.  When he left that position after 26 years, there were over 120 people involved in its music program which consisted of an adult choir, youth choir, children’s choir and a five octave bell choir.  Ken then assumed a position as assistant organist and choir accompanist at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Florissant, a position he held for ten years.

In 1997 he was selected to become the new organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where he directs the St. Paul’s Choir and has full responsibilities as the Parish organist.

His basic training was at Concordia University in Riverforest, Illinois, preparing for the Lutheran Teaching ministry.  He later graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, and earned a Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  His numerous summer workshops included six weeks study at the Royal School of Church Music in London, with extensive training in choral conducting.

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.

 

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Amy Bohn

Parish Nurse

Amy Bohn is a Faith Community Nurse for Alton Memorial Hospital, currently serving three local congregations.  She has been a registered nurse for eighteen years and has worked in the areas of medical/surgical, rehab, pediatrics and home health nursing. A native of Alton, IL, Amy completed her registered nurse training from Lewis and Clark Community College of Godfrey, IL and received her B.S. in Nursing from Mckendree College of Lebanon, IL.

Amy resides in Godfrey, IL with her husband Patrick and their two daughters, Haley and Hadley, ages 3 and 5.  In her spare time, she enjoys working in the garden, home design and being with her family. Amy and her family are members of St. Ambrose Catholic Church of Godfrey.

Amy feels that God has truly guided her on a path towards Parish Nurse Ministry and she is grateful to serve The Episcopal Parish of Alton-St.Paul’s Church and Trinity Chapel. Faith Community Nursing allows her the ability and time to serve the “whole patient”-the mind, body and soul. Her mission is “to bring the healing love of Jesus Christ to the church and community through care, listening, services, programs and prayer.”