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The Rev. Tom Smith
Vicar

tom@stpaulsprosper.org

There is one thing worth all my time and attention: The Church of God in Jesus Christ! There is no greater thing than being able to serve Jesus Christ in his Body the Church.

I love it. Love every second of it. I love my people. I love Sunday. I love the liturgy. I love preaching. I love serving at the Lord's Table.

As Jesus gave up himself to save his people, so I aim to give myself to this little church of Saint Paul's and my little town of Prosper.

If we have Christ, we have all things. If we lose him . . . what else is out there? My God lived and died for me. I too will live and die for him. That's what we're about at Saint Paul's.

I would love to have you come. Just come. Come however you are and however you're feeling. Take the risk of going to a place where you might not know anyone, so that you can find what you always looked for. I would like to introduce you to my wonderful people and introduce you to my perfect wife, Kate.

See you sometime.
Tom+



 

Becky Morris
Parish Administrator
becky@stpaulsprosper.org

I was born and grew up in Houston, Texas where I lived in the same house until I left for college at the University of Texas. After receiving a Business degree I started working for Saks Fifth Avenue as Public Relations and Fashion Director. After 23 years, I decided to retire in order to spend more time with my family – husband Bill and children Liam and Lily. Growing up, I attended Baptist churches and was confirmed in the Episcopal church when I married Bill. We moved to Prosper in 2004 to get away from Dallas and let our kids experience open spaces and a small town feeling of community. We love being a part of the St. Paul's family, attending worship and watching our kids grow and learn all about God's love and glory.



 

Christine Petermeier
PreK/K Minister

christine@stpaulsprosper.org

I am a native Texan who grew up in Bedford! After college, I worked as an insurance underwriter for 12 years. During that time I met my husband Jason and moved to Plano. After having children, I retired from insurance and we decided to move out of Plano in search of . a smaller community. Prosper fit us perfectly, and we moved here in October 2008, the same time that St. Paul's held it's first public worship service. We saw the St. Paul signs in our neighborhood and thought we 'd try worship services one Sunday. At the time my three year old son did not want to go to the nursery with "the babies" so right from the start I assisted once or twice a month in children's worship to help him transition. After 3 years of assisting, God gave me the courage to lead children's worship once a month. I love being a part of St. Paul's and it is so rewarding to be able to share God's word with the children of the congregation.



 

Jennifer Chapman
123 Minister

jennifer@stpaulsprosper.org

I am originally from Mobile, Alabama but have been in the north Dallas area for the past 10 years. I have always loved teaching children, and I taught third grade both in Alabama and in Frisco. After I had my oldest I stopped teaching full time so that I could stay at home with my children, Grant, Sean, and Kate. Once Kate started preschool so did I! I now teach three days a week at St. Paul's Episcopal School and am loving every minute.

My husband, Mike, & I have been going to St. Paul's for a little over 3 years with our children. I've been leading one Sunday a month in the Children's Ministry for the past 2 years. I love to see the enthusiasm the children have for the Lord! I'm excited about the opportunity to lead the 1st through 3rd graders and can't wait to see what God has in store for us!



 

Juan Benitez
Youth Minister
juancbenitez@rocketmail.com

I grew up in church and have been dedicated to serving in the church since 8 years of age. I lived in Frisco for 21 years and then moved to Prosper for the past 15 years. I have 5 children and a beautiful wife. Our children are homeschooled. I am involved in the Folsom Reading Program, serving at the Gathering homeless church, men's retreats for St Paul's and coaching the St Paul's Men's Softball team. I am currently taking seminary classes at the Stanton Center seeking ordination in the Diaconate. I am also fluent in Spanish.

I currently serve as St. Paul's Youth Minister. The youth program teaches discipleship from an early age. We teach that the church is their answer to any question in life. Whether the answer comes through fellowship with other youth, adult role models, scripture, serving others or worship, we help the youth and their parents get through their questions by looking to God.

My favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who strengthens me".



 

Savanah Shearouse
Nursery Minister

savanah@stpaulsprosper.org

I was born in California and moved to Texas when I was eight years old. I worked at a Montessori school during college and loved it. I decided to get my Montessori certification and worked as a pre-school and kindergarten teacher. After graduating from Texas Woman's University, I became a second grade English Language Arts teacher in Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD.

I have been working in the St. Paul's Church nursery since the first service at Folsom Elementary in 2008. My son and I have both been baptised in this church and I have a connection and calling to it that I cannot describe. I love working with children, it's my passion and I feel truly blessed every Sunday to spend my time in the nursery.



 

Cliff Thompson
Music Director
plainsong@att.net

I was, as they say, "born and raised" in Greenville just down Highway 380. While I was always involved in church, my teenage years proved to be especially impactful. It was during this time that I began to understand the relationship aspect of Christianity and scratch the surface of understanding Scripture. It was also around this time that I began to appreciate music more and learn to play the guitar. As a result, I was engaged in youth choir and other musical endeavors inside and outside of church. This continued throughout my college years at both church and college organization such as the BSM (Baptist Student Ministries). After graduating from Texas A&M-Commerce with a degree in business administration, my wife, Janelle, and I moved to Denton so she could complete her undergraduate work at UNT. At this time I also began a career in the insurance industry where I've held claims and leadership positions for the past 16 years. In 2010, our son, Asher was born. Soon after we felt compelled to look for a church where we could more fully integrate and serve. We wanted a church to grow with. A friend and coworker suggested St. Paul's. We were quickly convinced God brought us here with a purpose. We're full of excitement about what He's doing in and through St. Paul's and it's such a blessing to be part of it.

 
Vestry
 

2018 Term: David Atterberry, Brad Fortune, Jon Whitaker

2019 Term: Janelle Banta, John Sweeney, Andrew Yould

2020 Term: Aaron Ball, Alexandria Nugent, Ruth West

 
Ministry Team Leaders


 

Karyn Fortune
Worship Coordinator

kdfortune1607@gmail.com

My name is Karyn Fortune. I grew up in New England in a Catholic family. I have worked many jobs in my life, from a bakery cashier to Police Officer. While Christ has always been in my life, I didn't always put Him first. My husband and I met at work in 2001. Friends for a while, we started discussing our relationship with God and how that impacted our lives. We were married in 2005 and now have a happy family of 3, with our son.

St. Paul's was a natural fit for us, because we quenched our thirst for Biblical Preaching and teaching. When joining in late 2011, I jumped in as a Lector and Prayer Leader. In 2014 I took over as Worship Coordinator and absolutely love serving St. Paul's in this capacity. One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 8: "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."

 

Alison Blankenship
Connect Ministry Team Leader

alisonblankenship@me.com

 

Carolyn Atterberry
Altar Guild Director
atterberrys@sbcglobal.net

 

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