The Rev. Barbara A. T. Wilson, Rector
Barbara came to St. Paul’s after having served as the Director of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN for over 17 years. During that time, she also served in a part-time capacity for 8 years as Rector, St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church and then Interim Rector of St. Paul’s, Muskegon followed by 3 years with St. Augustine of Canterbury, Benton Harbor in the Diocese of Western Michigan.
A graduate of Yale University Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, she has completed an Internship program in Spiritual Direction and Spirituality, Colombiere Center for Spirituality, Clarkston, Michigan and earned an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She maintains professional certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains and just completed Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification under the auspices of the University of California. An avid nature lover, she likes to spend time walking in and around Nachusa Nature Conservancy with her wife, Lynne, playing with their grandchildren and dogs, Matilda Peanut and Sophie Belle.
Susan King, Administrative Assistant
After graduating from St. Louis University in St. Louis Missouri, Susan became an Executive Secretary for the Vice President of Business Development at the corporate offices of The Quaker Oats Company in Chicago. Over the next twelve years, she became Supervisor of Production Planning for seven plants in the US and Europe. After their second child was born, Susan and her husband Mike opened a recording studio in downtown Chicago that made radio and TV commercials for major advertising agencies in Chicago and across the country. She tended to the financial, legal and human resources functions as Corporate Secretary/Treasurer and supervised the support staff of the studio. When Mike retired and the business was sold, Susan began working for Tutoring Resources as manager and she also tutored for the ACT college entrance test.
Susan has volunteered in many leadership capacities in the churches she’s belonged to over the last thirty-seven years and brings that depth of experience to St. Paul’s as an Administrative Assistant since 2014. She currently is a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore where she serves as an Assistant Minister for Sunday services.
Lorraine Langer, Director of Music and Choir
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 an M.A. from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
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 performing career as a soprano demonstrates 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, the Tanglewood Music Festival and others.
Hannah Buckle, Assistant Director of Music
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 teaching, she has accompanied NIU’s Opera Theater, NIU Flute Studio recitals, Rockton Middle School Choirs, and is now the principal accompanist for St. Paul’s Choir.
Hannah maintains an extensive teaching schedule with her own private students in DeKalb, in addition to teaching at Harmony Music School in Sugar Grove.
Kathleen Johnson, Organist
Kathleen played for more than 27 years at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Rochelle and joined the music staff at St. Paul’s in the summer of 2008.
She loves playing the pipe organ on Sunday mornings. She is retired from a full-time job with Resource Bank as a Customer Service Representative, Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper.