See Vestry Meeting Minutes Below

The Rev. Barbara A. T. Wilson, 

MDiv, MA, BCC, Rector

Mother Barbara Wilson became Rector at St. Paul's in January of 2019. She has enjoyed serving as the Director of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN, for the past eightteen years, where she supervised and ministered alongside a staff of six professional chaplains and a handful of Notre Dame field education students and some volunteers. "Irrepressible curiosity and a hunger to learn have been driving forces in my life, and I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned and care most about in teaching situations," she says, "but my first love has always been parish ministry which provides such a rich and varied context in which to share and develop ongoing relationships with others eager to learn and live into our vocation as lovers of God and our neighbors, which is to say, as followers of Jesus Christ."

Mother Barbara's academic credentials include an A.B. in Religious Studies, University of Detroit Mercy; a M.Div., Yale University Divinity School; Anglican Studies, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction and (Jesuit) Spirituality, Colombiere Center; M.A., Counseling Psychology, Western MI University; BCC, Board Certified Chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains; she is currently working on Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification, Greater Good Science Center-The Awareness Institute, University of California.

Her wife, Lynne Jacobson, has earned a Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA where she specialized in peace and justice issues. Before EDS, Lynne studied and worked in Theatre Performance.

Rebecca Smith, Vestry Clerk

Rebecca and her husband Brad have been part of the St. Paul's family for four years. She helps with the flower guild and our church community garden ministries. 

Rebecca is retired from NIU and in her free time she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking and time with family. She was very happy to serve as a member of the Rector Search Committee.

Terry Dickow, Vestry

Terry Dickow is a retired teacher. He and wife Jackie were married in St. Paul's by Fr. Brieant in December, 1969. They have attended St. Paul's off and on since then. They live in Rochelle and have two children, Julia and Emily, and one granddaughter. 

Terry currently volunteers at Brookfield Zoo twice a month. He also does a weekly column in the Rochelle News Leader, is active in Vice Carney Community Theatre in Rochelle, and serves on the Flagg Township Historical Society Board.

Terry enjoys serving as Eucharistic Minister for worship service. He also enjoys leading the children (& adults) in the annual pumpkin carving and cookie decorating crafts day, of course along with Jackie's help in cookie decorating. 

We, as the Vestry of St. Paul's Church, are very excited to both honor St. Paul's history and to embrace the challenges of the current community, as we move forward to effect positive changes for our parishioners, church and communities. "The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property... The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances." Read more on the Role of the Vestry...

Maureen Gerrity, Sr. Warden

Maureen and her children started attending St. Paul's in 1992. She is the Sunday School Administrator and Teacher, and is also a member of the Adult Choir.

Maureen is an Assistant Administrator at Barb City Manor Retirement Home.
Gretchen Schlabach, Jr. Warden

Gretchen’s Episcopal faith is anchored at St. Peter’s Church, Morristown, NJ.  Her parents instilled the importance of being involved, engaged, and active in Episcopal church life.  Her father, a research metallurgist for Bell Labs, served several terms as a warden before retiring as the church gardener.  Her mother, an elementary school teacher, was a Sunday school teacher, too.  


Before settling into DeKalb, IL, Gretchen’s professional career in academia took her to Ithaca, NY; Bloomington, IN; Kalamazoo, MI; Oxford, MS, and College Park, MD where she attended the local Episcopal churches.  Given each move required transition and adaptation, Gretchen was always comforted by church conventions and inspired by the rich traditions of the Episcopal faith in each locale. 


Since joining Paul’s Episcopal Church in 1991, Gretchen has served as a Eucharistic Minister and Acolyte, and several terms as Vestry member.  She is excited to have the opportunity to serve in a leadership position and contribute to the life-giving and spiritual activities at St. Paul’s.  Gretchen and Lorraine call St. Paul’s home.

Donna de Oliveira, Vestry

Donna enjoys participating in many of St. Paul's programs and activities. 

In addition to serving on the vestry, she is a member of the Adult Choir, a Lector and Intercessor for worship services, and a member of the book club.
Bill Cummings, Vestry
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