Rev. Ed Bird, Interim Priest 

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in DeKalb is happy to announce that The Rev. Ed Bird has accepted a call to serve as Interim Rector. Father Ed most recently served in Chicago at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and St. Leonard’s Ministries. He also serves as a director at Summer in the City, a camp for urban youth run through St. James Cathedral in Chicago. Father Ed and his wife Beth have relocated to DeKalb. St. Paul’s welcomes all to join in welcoming Father Ed, whose first worship service with us was celebrated on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Susan King, Administrative Assistant

Susan and her husband Mike owned a recording studio in Chicago for many years, but when Mike retired in 2008 and the business was sold, Susan began working at a tutoring company in Barrington as manager and tutor for the ACT test. 

Looking for a life without stairs, five years ago they moved to a ranch house in Genoa and are happily settling in to the Dekalb community, and recently became members of Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore. They try to keep up with seven grown daughters, ten grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Julie Rogers, Nursery Care Director

Julie joined the staff of St. Paul's in the Spring of 2009. Julie has extensive experience with caring for children. She currently works as an assistant teacher at KinderCare, has worked as a paraprofessional with the DeKalb School District, at the front desk at the YMCA and as a Pharmacy Technician for Kmart. 

Julie has a wonderful husband and daughter. "Because I have had loving, caring parents, it's made me want to help other children and make a difference in their lives. I enjoy taking care of young children and seeing them smile and laugh. I love watching them grow and change and improve. Being of help to children makes me feel like I am doing something worth while with my life and makes me feel like I am giving back, for all the wonderful things in my life."

Brittany Altepeter, Nursery Care Attendant

Brittany has been with St. Paul's since 2010. She works for a local farming company. 

Brittany loves spending time with her neices and nephews! She enjoys baking as well as admiring her three cats; riley, Spacepope and Oden.

Lorraine Langer, Director of Music

Lorraine has over 30 years experience teaching as well as directing Adult, Youth & Children's Choirs at many different churches and denominations. Lorraine joined the staff at St. Paul's in 2005. 

Lorraine has a gift and passion for teaching and performing. Her teaching career includes research and development in vocal pedagogy with all ages. Lorraine maintains a private voice studio in DeKalb. Her students have performed in both community and professional venues. Her performing career as a soprano shows a versatility in opera, concert, recital and musical theater, which has taken her to Austria, Germany and Italy. Among her music awards are the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Grant, Bel Canto Opera in Italy, American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria, Tanglewood Music Festival and others.
Lorraine grew up on a farm in Northfield, Minnesota, in a family of thirteen children. She received a B. A. from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, and the M. A. degree from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She loves chocolate, history, sci-fi, baroque music, technology, & kids of all ages.

Kathleen Johnson, Organist

Kathleen played for 27 plus years at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Rochelle and joined the music program at St. Paul’s in the summer of 2008. 

Kathleen loves playing the organ on Sunday mornings. She is retired from a full-time job with Resource Bank as a Customer Service Representative, Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper. She is the proud mother of three and grandmother of three. 

We are fortunate to have Kathleen with us in both talent & spirit.

Hannah Buckle, Pianist

Hannah joined the St. Paul's music program in the fall of 2016. We are very excited to welcome such a talented pianist and artist. Since the age of 6, she has performed and competed in numerous competitions in Illinois. 

Hannah received her Bachelor of Arts in piano performance from Northern Illinois University at the age of 19, where she studied with Dr. William Koehler. Soon after receiving her degree, she became a high demand instructor for piano. In addition to her teaching, she has accompanied NIU's Opera Theater, NIU Flute Studio recitals, Rockton Middle School Choirs, and is now the principle accompanist for St. Paul's Adult/Youth and Children's Choirs.

Hannah maintains an extensive teaching schedule with her own private students in DeKalb, in addition to teaching at Mattix Music in Sycamore and at Harmony Music School in Sugar Grove. 

Hannah enjoys running and ran in the 2016 Chicago Marathon.