Richard (Dick) Howard

Dick has been a member of St. John’s for nearly 30 years. He was a healthcare executive, strategy, management, fundraising consultant and governance leader for over 43 years in his career. He is married to Chris Howard, a retired lawyer and they have two sons (Nick and Jon) who also attended St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. They are blessed with a new grandchild in 2022 of Jon and Mylène (Maeva).  Dick is currently on the Vesty for the second time. He and Chris  have been engaged with the contemplative prayer movement of  Episcopal House of Prayer, St. John’s University, the College of St. Benedict and the Benedictine Community for over 50 years.  Dick is an outdoor enthusiast and cares for his family’s 50 acre forest in NW Wisconsin. His time at St. John’s Episcopal Church and its community has been life changing. 

6.2.22 Post: I have had a number of encounters with the Spirit of our loving God which I describe as the “thin places” read more

Susan Swann
My first service as a guest at St. John’s was on June 10, 2012, and my first service as a member-at-heart (but not yet officially) was curbside Communion at the Pride March two weeks later, June 24, 2012. What I love most about being here is the love and support that encourages me to find and share my own gifts.

6.9.22 Post: When Lisa asked me to write about a time when I’ve felt the presence of God, I originally thought the assignment was going to be easier than it turned out to be. read more

Amy Shebeck

I am a new member at St. John’s. I grew up in a religious context but did not really connect with a church community until finding St. John’s; the authenticity and commitment to honoring the sacred within and among us is what I find so special about this place.

6.16.22 Post: Sometimes when I hear or read certain stories from the Gospel, I find myself feeling slightly sorry for Jesus. Was he ever lonely or frustrated that even his closest friends, read more

Sara Pohlad

We’ve been at St. John’s for four years, and love that our three boys have a weekly connection to community centered around our values and curiosities. We love the music and the welcoming atmosphere!

6.23.22 Post: At some point in my childhood, I was given a Good News Bible. It’s gold and black, hard covered, with an embossed sketch of Jesus on the cover. read more

Barb Nicol

My husband and I have been at St. John’s since 1993 and raised our (now 27-year old) daughter here. Through the years we’ve been involved in myriad groups, activities, causes and celebrations here – and it’s the community we’ve met, and keep meeting, that brings us back year after year. Great church and great people!

6.30.22 Post: When I was a child, I was an acolyte at my church. I remember going to the robing room and putting on my robes. Mostly I remember selecting a cross. That was my favorite part, read more…