Nominees for Leadership Positions: Diocesan Convention 2018

October 10, 2018
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To be elected by the 179th Meeting of the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri 
Nov. 17, 2018 at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis

Nominations for Cathedral Chapter
(electing 1 clergy and 1 layperson)



The Rev. Mark Kozielec
Rector, St. Mark's, St. Louis

The Cathedral is the gathering center of the diocese, and as such should find itself supported by a diverse group of diocesan members. As the rector of a parish in the diocese (and St. Louis City), I am well acquainted with the mechanisms that assist in the effective running of a congregation. I recognize the unique nature of the congregations that call the cathedral "home," the ongoing congregation of folks who meet regularly to worship and serve Christ, and the diocese-wide congregation that gathers at times throughout the year. Being on Cathedral Chapter is one way in which I hope to support them.


Nominations for Diocesan Council (electing 2 laypersons)



Thomas Allen
St. Martin's, Ellisville

I am a cradle Episcopalian, baptized at Emmanuel in Webster Groves. I have been a member of St. Matthew’s Warson Woods; St. Augustine’s, Nashville, Tenn. (Vanderbilt Campus); St. Michael’s and St. George’s in St. Louis; and am currently a member of St. Martin’s, Ellisville.

I have been active in church my entire life, serving as an acolyte, usher, choir member, lector, chalice bearer, member of strategic planning committees, vestry member, and am currently Senior Warden for St. Martin’s (term expires in January 2019). As Senior Warden for the last three years, I led the vestry through a number of significant milestones, including updating the bylaws, right-sizing the budget, initiating a capital campaign, organizing fundraisers, leading through a change in church leadership, and heading up the search for a new priest-in-charge. I have also been a delegate for the
annual diocesan convention for two years.

Professionally, I am a Senior Vice President in the Field and Client Communications Strategy team at Wells Fargo Advisors. Here, I am lead a multi-faceted initiative to coordinate and simplify all internal communications for a more than 20,000-person organization. With more than nearly 25 years’ financial services experience, I have also been a speaker at conferences on best practices for driving enterprise-wide change. I hold a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and am a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at Wharton Business School. In my spare time, I enjoy attending Cardinals games with my family, and I and my wife, Deb, and son, Jack, are regular visitors to Spring Training every March. Given my lifelong experience as an Episcopalian, my involvement in leadership roles in the church, and my professional experience, I believe I am well-suited to serve on Diocesan Council, and I am excited about the opportunity.

Scott Ferguson
Holy Communion, University City

I believe that my extensive experience as a vestry member of two churches and my current tenure as Senior Warden of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion provide me with the understanding, background, and sensitivity to contribute to the duties of the Diocesan Council. Holy Communion is defying the trends of decline that, I also believe, will allow me a perspective that will benefit the Council. In addition to vestry responsibilities, I have headed Holy Communion’s participation in the Trinity Hot Lunch program for the last five years and currently serve as secretary for the diocesan Task Force on Hunger. As a member of any committee, the willingness to listen is critically important and I—with as much humility as possible when citing one’s abilities—can say this an attribute I bring to the table.

Moreover, as a third generation Episcopalian in this diocese, the mission, the health, and the direction of the diocese are critically important to me. To serve is a privilege and as such, I take my responsibilities very seriously, be it as Senior Warden, as volunteer at the Trinity pantry, as member of a mission group to Central America, or as parishioner. It would be an honor to serve on the Diocesan Council as well.

Rudy Walz
Emmanuel, Webster Groves

After prayerful consideration I have decided to run for Diocesan Council. I am a member of Emmanuel Church in Webster Groves since 2004, and am a past member of Trinity, Central West End and Christ Church Cathedral.

I recently served on the search committee for the new rector at Emmanuel. I have been involved in many Sunday morning activities. One of the greatest has been as a Faith Quest teacher for first and second grades. I am a founder of City Streets (feeding the homeless in St. Louis City) raising funds to support the program through grant writing. I work our Food Center, help with Peace Meal at St. John’s, and have played many different roles at Emmanuel church dinners.

I have been on numerous mission trips, from both Emmanuel and the diocese. This is my fourth time serving as a Convention Delegate. I have been involved in the larger Church in the Diocese, having served on Diocesan Council (I was chair for New Ventures Committee two years). I have served on the Cathedral Chapter, the Dismantling Racism Commission, and three years as a member and treasurer of the Task Force on Hunger. I have spent most of my working career as a retail manager. Several years ago I went back to school to get my C.N.A. license. I finished my working career caring and assisting Alzheimer’s patients for three years, and rehab patients two years. I am now fully retired. My partner Bob and I have been together 23 years; we had our union blessed at Emmanuel in 2013.

I would be honored to serve as a member of the Council, especially as we say goodbye to Bishop Wayne Smith, and welcome a new bishop in 2020.


Elizabeth Yount
St. Peter's, Ladue

I am a lifelong Episcopalian, spending most of my life as a member at St. Peter’s Church in Ladue. Nine years ago I was asked to serve as a delegate to the Diocesan Convention and thus began my journey into the larger Church. After serving several years as a delegate, I wanted to expand my involvement at the diocesan level and share my time and talent. The business of the Church seemed a perfect fit with my background in both corporate and public accounting.

In 2013 and 2016, I was elected as an alternate lay deputy to the General Convention and in 2015, I was privileged to attend the Convention in Salt Lake City. I expanded my participation in the Church at the Diocesan level, being elected to Diocesan Council in 2014. As a member of Council I served on the Budget Committee for three years, the Clergy Compensation Committee, and the committee for New Ventures in Community Ministries for 2 years, serving a chair for one of the years.

My hope is to bring to Diocesan Council the knowledge I have acquired about the greater Church, my willingness to work, and my desire to be involved. I also believe my background in accounting, my attention to detail, and my passion for numbers would bring a unique talent to the Council.

I have been married to my husband, Jeff for over 33 years and we have three children, Katherine (married to Max Tonsi), Michael, and Christopher. I am a Certified Public Accountant and work for a national public accounting firm in St. Louis. My area of expertise is individual and expatriate taxation.

I would be honored to serve as a member of Diocesan Council.

Nominations for Disciplinary Board (electing 1 clergy)


The Rev. Maria L. Evans
Good Shepherd, Town & Country

My life as a practicing surgical pathologist, combined with priesthood, brings a unique set of skills to the table in serving the diocese. I’ve spent the bulk of my adult life gathering all the historical facts and having no preconceived notions when I place a slide under a microscope and render a diagnosis. I believe these skills would be well used serving on the Disciplinary Board.

Although I am a relatively recently ordained priest, as a layperson I was Junior Warden when we had a clergy disciplinary matter in my former parish, and I am deeply aware of the pain within a parish when disciplinary issues occur. As a priest, specializing in interim work, I have been unafraid to do the hard work when a parish has suffered damage from similar situations. This combined role of physician and priest challenges me to, on one hand, fearlessly render diagnoses, and at the same time, actively seek healing for as many people as possible in a damaging situation. At various times in my life, I have also been active working with impaired physicians at the state and local level; I deeply understand how impairment can be a thread in clergy misconduct.

If elected to the Disciplinary Board, I would attempt to seek wholeness and restoration for all of God’s people, lay and clergy, whenever possible.

Nominations for Standing Committee - Clergy (electing 1 clergy and 2 laypersons)


The Rev. Kevin McGrane
Deacon, St. John’s, St. Louis

Ordained in 2014, Deacon Kevin’s ministry focus has been food and hunger issues in the diocese: he has served on the Hunger Task Force, as a Peace Meal coordinator at St. John’s, with Cultivate—the Episcopal Food Movement, and networked within the food/hunger ministries throughout the diocese.

He has served on the board of directors of Episcopal School for Ministry and served as chairperson of the board in his final year. He is also an active member of Metropolitan Congregations United.

A graduate of University of Missouri, St. Louis with a B.A. in Literature and Linguistics, Deacon Kevin worked at Mercantile Bank N.A. for ten years; his last years there were as an assistant vice-president of the midtown region. He joined G.E. Capital as a regional sales manager for the next 8 years and was later recruited by IBM where he was a corporate account manager in the greater St. Louis area.

He is a blogger and writer who has been published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Episcopal Café’, and several smaller publications. He has authored four books of fiction. He has been married to his spouse, Catherine, for 44 years, have three adult children and 9 grandchildren. For the past 9 years, he and “C” have lived on a ten acres homestead in the Ozarks they call Windy Hill.

Deacon Kevin can bring a wide range of both pastoral and executive experience to the Standing Committee.


Nominations for Standing Committee - Lay Persons (electing 1 clergy and 2 laypersons)


Betty Bowersox
Grace, Kirkwood

After moving to St. Louis in 1987, lifelong Episcopalian Betty Bowersox worshiped at Church of the Good Shepherd where she became involved as an acolyte, Lay Reader and Eucharistic Minister, facilitated the “Alpha” program, and was Jr. Warden. Betty was the Metro IV Convocation lay representative to Diocesan Council, and was then elected to and served on the Standing Committee before, during, and after the transition from Bishop Rockwell to Bishop Smith.

Now at Grace-Kirkwood, she continues her altar services, is a delegate on Metro III, serves as chair of the stewardship committee, and plays in bell choir. Betty is again on the Board of Episcopal City Mission, having previously served two terms, and was on the diocesan Committee on Nominations and Election Procedures from 2010-16, serving as chair for 3 years.

A native Detroiter and mechanical engineer from Michigan State (BS) and Rensselaer Polytechnic in Troy NY (MS), Betty is very comfortable in leadership roles. She is a Fellow of her professional organization (ASME), served a 3-year term on ASME’s Board of Directors, and is now on ASME’s Committee on Finance and Investment. Recently retired, Betty worked as a Project Manager for the previous 20 years. She’s grateful for the opportunity to join the diocesan mission trip to New Orleans after Katrina, and most of all being part of a 2014 Pilgrimage to Israel.


Betty was honored to attend her first General Convention in July, serving as (lay) Co-Chair of the diocese’s 2018 deputation. With 5 pages of GC  Resolutions referred to the diocese for action, consideration, or information over the next triennium plus a search— then transition— for our next bishop, Betty feels that her background and previous experience in these matters, plus the willingness and time to serve, would be very beneficial to the Standing Committee.

C. Kay Crecelius
St. Vincent's in the Vineyard, Ste. Genevieve

I have held a variety of positions in which I have had to make decisions that combine both judgment and faith. I have served as both vestry and bishop's committee member and church treasurer. I am currently St. Vincent's Junior Warden. Several years ago I was elected to Diocesan Council during which time I served for one term as vice-chair. In my personal life, I am a former academic dean of a local community college. I believe in transparency, accountability, and the dignity of every human being.

Timothy L. DeMent
St. Vincent’s in the Vineyard, Ste. Genevieve

I was born October 14, 1944, in St. Louis, MO, and was raised in various areas of the city. My family moved to De Soto, MO in 1952, where I attended junior high and high school. After graduation in 1962, I attended Flat River Junior College for about a year. I left college for a special electronics apprenticeship with McDonnell Aircraft Corp. until 1966.

From 1966 to 1970 I was in the US Air Force, with extensive travel in a classified assignment. After I left the Air Force, I attended Jefferson Community College and Southwest Missouri State University. I graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree in mathematics and a minor in environmental physics in 1977, and completed two semesters of graduate school in the next year.

After college, I worked as a computer specialist with the Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis until I found my career as an engineer with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co in 1979. While working there I held various positions where I developed computer programs for company applications, designed and purchased equipment for various networks, provided information and testimony with the FCC and the MO PSC, supervised up to 96 employees, and managed several multi-state projects with budgets in excess of $20 million. I retired from Southwestern Bell (renamed AT&T) in 2007.

My family attended and I was baptized in the First Christian Church where my grandfather was a minister. I started attending the Catholic Church while in the Air Force and converted to Catholicism in 2002. In 2007, my wife and I found St. Vincent’s in the Vineyard Episcopal Church in Coffman (Ste. Genevieve), MO and fell in love with the church and religious philosophy. We’ve attended St. Vincent’s until this year and plan to stay there. My wife and I have both been looking for a way to become more involved with the Episcopal Church and to share any talents that we may have. I believe that I can contribute as a lay member of the Standing Committee.

Michael Fowlkes
Trinity, Central West End

I am native to St. Louis, having grown up in University City. I have lived in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and New York City. In Washington, I attended Howard University where I earned a B.S. in Chemistry. I worked as a quality control chemist in Baltimore, prior to moving to New York City. I have traveled the country as a management consultant providing business analysis to New York Life Insurance Co, Brunswick Defense Contractors in Nebraska, Bache Securities on Wall Street, and to banks in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. I was a production assistant on the Broadway revival of “Tango Argentino” and a tour manager for two celebrated dance companies. I toured The Ballet Theatre Francais de Nancy on their Montreal and Toronto tour, and the National Dance Company of Senegal on their tour to Mexico City, the Caribbean and major cities across the U.S. For seven years I managed the Guinness World of Records Exhibition in the Empire State Building. I worked as a Network Engineer for several New York City based law firms, including the world’s largest, Skadden, Arps.

Most recently I have worked as a project manager on data center infrastructure, software development, and facilities projects. I am currently employed as an IT Project Manager at Charter (Spectrum) Communications.

I headed the 2017 Stewardship campaign at Trinity Episcopal Church in the Central West End, where I am presently the Junior Warden. I am also working with Deaconess Anne House to assist in their fundraising efforts. I bring with me a wide range of business experiences from diverse industries. I would to leverage these skills to the benefit of the Episcopal Church.

Kurt Greenbaum
St. Martin's, Ellisville

I'd like to note that I'm in the process of moving from west St. Louis County to Tower Grove. At the start of the new year, I plan to transfer my membership to St. John's. So, in some ways, I'd like to think I can represent different parish points of view in the diocese.

I bring a collaborative, Christian-focused perspective to all that I've been involved in at the parish and diocesan level: vestry, choir, parish search committee, Christian formation, and the diocesan Commission on Dismantling Racism, for example. Over the past two years, I've co-led the formation of a parish-based anti-racism/social justice ministry. I've been a speaker at diocesan communicators' conferences.

I'd be grateful for the opportunity to serve the diocese at this important moment in its story.

Jeffrey Yount
St. Peter's, Ladue

I have been a member of the Episcopal Church for over 30 years and have been active at St. Peter’s in Ladue since 2003. At St. Peter’s I have served on the vestry for four years, spanning two rectors and one interim rector. During my time on the vestry and for a year after, I was also the Treasurer. Additionally, my service includes various committees, including the Budget and Audit Commission, stewardship committee and investment committee. I also usher 10-15 times per year and am a member of the Men’s Breakfast Group.

My service to St. Peter’s has been personally rewarding and would like to continue serving the Church at the diocesan level. The Standing Committee will play an important role over the next twelve months in helping determine who will be our eleventh Bishop of Missouri. Having been on the vestry during a rector search, I believe I have a good understanding of the process— starting with self-study and ending with a new Bishop.

While the challenges can be significant, the rewards in following a well-thought-out process can be even greater. I believe my experiences at St. Peter’s and my overall business experience as a business owner and financial executive will provide benefit to the Standing Committee.

My wife, Elizabeth, and I have been married for over 33 years and we have three children who have grown up in the Episcopal Church. Katherine and her husband, Max, work and live in Dallas. Michael is working and attending the University of Colorado in Boulder. Christopher lives in St. Louis where he is a financial advisor and a youth soccer coach.

I would be appreciative of the opportunity and honored to serve the Diocese of Missouri through the Standing Committee.

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