Vestry

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.

PEGGY NEWBY

Sr. Warden

Peg has been a member of St. Paul’s since 2004. This is her third term on the Vestry and has served as Warden twice before. Fellowship events and serving on the Altar Guild are her favorite church activities. Peg is a retired Registered Nurse. She and her husband Al enjoy their time on their enclosed back porch. They have 3 grandchildren in the area, and look forward to winter vactions in warmer climates.

MICHAEL WISE

Vestry

Michael has been attending St. Paul’s since 2020 when he moved to DeKalb. He frequently serves as a crucifer and lector. He enjoys the history of the use of language and the Book of Common Prayer in the Episcopal Church.

John Novak

Vestry

John Novak is a professor of  music theory at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Novak is a member of the Society for Music Theory, College Music Society, the Czech and Slovak Music Society, the Dvorák Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He continues to perform on the piano and the accordion. 

He has been a member of St. Paul’s for several years and has played the organ for services when the regular organist is away.

marilyn cleland

marilyn cleland

Vestry

Marilyn Cleland’s professional life has been in education, first teaching in public high schools and then at university. At Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois she studied language and history, ultimately earning her Ph.D. in rhetoric and linguistics. While there, she taught in the Freshman English Program and directed a writing center and the ESL Center.

“I have always been in the pew, but found other sources of worship: at the altar as an acolyte, at the lectern as a reader, and in the conference room for adult education. I am now serving a second term on the vestry. In addition to my church life, I am an active mother and grandmother.”

pat brown

Vestry

Pat Brown has been a member of St. Paul’s since she moved to DeKalb wth her family in 1967, and has been on the Vestry several times and also on a Search Committee. She is a retired CPA, was the Treasurer for 10 years, and still serves as Assistant Treasurer in an advisory capacity. Pat is an elected member of the Endowment Committee, helps on the Altar Guild, and frequently is a reader on Sundays. Pat has aso worked on the Lobster Boil for many years as Treasurer and recetnly also serving as Co-Chair. She has one daughter who lives in Alexandria, VA.

Jo Plenger-Schulz

Vestry

My father was a US military career man and my mother was from Naples, Italy. My father was stationed in Taiwan when I was born. I grew up in Genoa, IL. Most of my childhood was spent voraciously reading and drawing. I receieved an excellent education from NIU and earned a bachenlor’s degree in Studio Art. In 1988, I earned a master’s degree from NIU in Art Therapy. During my undergraduate and graduate studies, I worked with mentally ill, developmentally disabled and elderly populations. In 1988 I was employed by the Department of Human Services for the State of Illinois. I am proud and grateful to have served at Elgin Mental Health Center for 30 years. My retirement years have been happy ones. I have attended art classes on and off at Kishwaukee College. I joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church three years ago and have been active in their gardens. I appreciate the suppoert I have received and the friendships I have made at St. Paul’s