Our ECMN Ordinands
On June 26th at St. Mark's Cathedral, ECMN ordained 11 faithful souls to the diaconate and priesthood. The ordination of these candidates to the diaconate and to the priesthood reflects the abundant ways the Holy Spirit has been moving faith communities in Minnesota to join in the work of God in their neighborhoods. The individuals who were ordained represent not just their own willingness to respond to God’s call to join in that mission, but also the conversations, prayers, practices, service, sweat, friendship, conflict, change, and growth of the all the baptized people of ECMN’s faith communities.
Watch the archived livestream of Ordination - the opening hymn by the choir is amazing!
Learn a little bit more about the individuals ordained below.
My faith community is Emmanuel Church in Alexandria, a community formed by Bishop Whipple with his first service in 1858. I have served as Emmanuel’s deacon since my ordination to the diaconate in 1987 and have been active with our Food Shelf ministry since it was started in 1983 in the attic of Emmanuel. I was fortunate to have interned in two faith communities recommended by retired bishop Sandy Hampton in the Diocese of Olympia, Washington: Christ Church, Anacortes and St. Stephens, Oak Harbor. I continue to serve as a volunteer in our Food Shelf, am working on a homeless task force in the Alexandria community and will be an associate chaplain at Alexandria’s primary senior living facility beginning this fall.
Frank L. Whitman
I am a lifelong Episcopalian and an active member of Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth. Epiphany has been very instrumental in my growth as a spiritual person and this is where I developed my passion for ministry in the Word, the Holy Sacraments and Pastoral Care. This faith community has been supportive in many ways over the years by helping my late wife, Linda, and I raise our boys in the ministries of the Holy Spirit. I feel I have grown in my faith as a priestly intern at All Saints Indian Mission and with my work at First Nations Kitchen. I hope to share and minister to those in our church community and in the greater community of God’s people.
I was born, raised, and live in Austin, Minnesota. I serve at Christ Church, Austin where I was baptized and confirmed. I was ordained to the diaconate in 2013 and served first in Albert Lea and Austin and then served in Austin since 2015. I interned at St. Paul’s in Owatonna before my ordination to the diaconate and more recently at Emmanuel, Rushford. I am humbled and honored to have served as a deacon and now as a priest at Christ Church and in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota among people so inspired and inspiring. I am looking forward to serving as priest to the faith community at Christ Church and alongside them faithfully engaging God’s dream for the world!
After the death of his mother, Gladys Mae Butcher (Chief) at age 5, Bill made many of life's decisions on his own with guidance from his dad, William John Butcher, Sr. Bill is a single father of four children; Nathan, Nigel, Nichol and Bill III. He is proud of his children. Bill has carried the message of education in his various ministries over several decades from prisons to classrooms, All Saint’s in Phillips Neighborhood to St Johns Mission, Onigum. The message of Jesus Christ's ministry is how Bill's ministry has moved through him; "Love One Another As I Have Loved You."
I am sponsored by St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. I am a cradle Episcopalian. Most recently I served at St Johns Linden Hills as a transitional Deacon, and as a high school youth leader and Cathedral verger. Professionally, for the past 26 years, I have served as an executive consultant partner in crisis/emergency and security management. I feel called to accompany people on their faith journeys, trusting in the Holy Spirit and when crisis or challenging times arise, to provide a calming ministry of presence during those times of need. I am so deeply grateful for all who have supported me on this journey, for my family, my faith community, its leaders and my mentors. For fun, I love anything outside with access to a beach and a body of water; sailboat preferred but not required. My greatest joys are my wife (Sarah) and my children (William and Alexandra).
I live in Rochester with my wife Kharmene and our son Miles. I did internships at Calvary, Rochester and Mankato Health Systems. I'm looking forward to beginning a chaplain residency at the Mayo Clinic and a continued relationship with Calvary as a Priest Associate. Besides clinical pastoral care I also love interfaith dialogue and transitional faith community work.
Amelia Arthur is sponsored for ordination by St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis. She is looking forward to serving as a transitional deacon at St. George's, Minneapolis while finishing her MDIV at Luther Seminary during the 2018-2019 school year. Born in the Bay Area of California, Amelia is a lifelong Episcopalian and has served as the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Catherine's, Marietta, GA, the diocesan coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Diocese of Louisiana, and currently serves as the Director of the Episcopal Service Corps in Minnesota: Circle of the Beloved. She is passionate about walking with people of all ages as they discern the ways in which God is active in their lives and how God calls them to serve the world. Amelia lives in St. Paul with her husband, Mike, and their children Lucy and Winston, and is grateful for the many people who have loved her along the way.
Julie’s passion for ministry began as a small child while experiencing her grandma live her faith. Her current ministry passion is exploring Scriptural themes in cultural artifacts such as novels, social media, and super hero movies. Julie’s sponsoring faith community is the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Stillwater, Minnesota. Julie graduated from Luther Seminary in May, 2018 and completed her internship at St. John the Evangelist in St. Paul and will be working as part time Curate at St. John’s while the Rector is on Sabbatical. Julie is married to Ernesto; they have two children, Elena and Benjamin; and as an artist Julie enjoys creating art with spiritual communities.
Rev. Peggy Ellan Schnack is a graduate of The University of the South: Sewanee School of Theology and has been serving for the past year as a deacon at St. Paul’s Minneapolis. Her original sending congregation was St. Andrew’s in Tacoma, WA and she did her field education placement at St. Paul’s Chattanooga, TN. Peggy has a passion for seeing that the Episcopal Church truly does welcome everyone in a tangible way and for forming connections with and among people. She is also inspired by cross-generational ministry
Jennifer is sponsored for ordination by St. Clement's in St. Paul, where she found her church home after moving to Minnesota in 2012. Presently, she works full-time as a chaplain at Episcopal Homes, where she especially enjoys developing Spiritual Life programming, leading worship, exploring the spiritual dimensions of aging with residents, and building relationships with elders, staff, and families. She is also a casual chaplain at local hospitals, where she feels privileged to walk with diverse people in crisis, grief, and transition. She plans to continue working as a chaplain after ordination, and is eager to bring the gift of Sacrament into her life as a chaplain. Jennifer is also a new mom to twin girls, Vivian and Brooke (whom you may hear from this evening), and who keep her and her husband delighted, exhausted, and very, very grateful.
My journey toward ordination began at the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour in Faribault, continued as St. John's in St. Cloud supported me through discernment and formation, and was affirmed through a rich experience for a yearlong internship with Trinity in Anoka. The Sermon on the Mount has been central to my life for several decades, and continues to be the flame that burns within me as I live as a follower of Jesus. My career path has meandered a bit, but the common thread has always involved social justice and love for our neighbor. Ordination as a deacon is like coming home to a family who will welcome me with frank honesty, accountability, advice, and most of all, with love.