Our Leadership

St. Paul’s clergy, staff and vestry comprise our leadership. An organizational chart that shows our internal structure, is here.

The vestry meets the second Monday of the month in Meeting Room A. Meetings are open to the parish. Minutes may be found here.

The Rev. Caleb J. Lee

Rector

The Rev. Caleb J. Lee’s  ministry at St. Paul’s began Aug. 1, 2021.

“I am fascinated by your rich and diverse history,” he says. “In particular, I am inspired by the last decade of your common life, where it seems you have grown into something new. I am drawn to your fine liturgy and music and look forward to building upon the solid foundation that has been laid. Speaking of building, I am ready to discern with you about the future of your building as well as seek new opportunities for formation of all ages and outreach to the community.”

He came to us from Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston, S.C., where he served as Canon Precentor and was President of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina. Before his work in South Carolina, Caleb served as a Priest Associate at St. Paul’s in Beaufort, N.C.

The Rev. Catherine Powell

Priest Associate

Beginning in December, the Rev. Catherine Powell will serve St. Paul’s as priest associate.  “I am so glad to be joining you as Priest Associate!” says Rev. Powell. “I’ve already been welcomed and helped by many of you as I found my way around the chancel and Sunday school rooms. I’ve been blessed by the beautiful music and liturgy, by the children, and by happy reconnection with my colleague Caleb Lee. I’m looking forward to assisting him and being even more a part of St. Paul’s.”

On Sundays and services during the week, Rev. Powell will share in the responsibilities of preaching and presiding, and  will instruct the older children’s Sunday school class.  She will communicate with adults and parents from time to time about the spirituality of children and serve as a pastoral presence to the parish if Rev. Lee is out of town or unavailable.

Rev. Powell has served as a parish priest in Washington, DC, Massachusetts, and North Carolina, including Church of the Servant in Wilmington. She also was chaplain to the National Cathedral School. A mother of two, Rev. Powell grew up in Fayetteville. She was one of the first female priests in the Episcopal Church when she was ordained in 1980.

The Rev. Richard Banks

Honorary Priest Associate

“To be a fellow sojourner in a community of faith,” is how the Rev. Richard Banks, priest associate, defines the purpose of his ministry. “Most people regard priests as ‘finished products’ but we clergy know that we continue to grow in knowledge and faith through the weekly cycle of prayer, preparation for worship including preaching, and translating faith into works as we seek to minister to those in need.”

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A native of northeast Ohio and later raised in Virginia, Fr. Richard spent 20 years in inner-city ministry as a lay person in the Dioceses of North Carolina and Maryland. Married for over 30 years to Barbara Ellington-Banks, her career as a Foreign Service Officer took them abroad to Belize, Jamaica and Guatemala. As a priest for over 20 years, he has served parishes in Guatemala City, northern Virginia, New Orleans, and most recently Mexico before moving to Wilmington. He is fluent in Spanish.

Fr. Richard studied at Virginia Commonwealth University and the National Institute for Lay Training, and holds degrees from the University of the West Indies and the United Theological College of the West Indies. He spent two summers in the Doctor of Ministry program at The Virginia Seminary.

His son Colin lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Jill. Daughter Alison lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with husband Adam and their two small children. Both of his parents and three siblings live in Richmond, Virginia, with their families.

Pastoral Care

About the Prayer List
Included in our prayers are the names of those for whom prayer has been requested by a parishioner or family member. The reason for being listed is kept confidential. If you would like to add yourself or someone else to the prayer list please reach out to Fr. Caleb Lee or make a prayer request online below.

Hospitalization or Pastoral Issues
Please notify us if you or a family member is hospitalized and/or in need of a pastoral call or visit. Please speak with Fr. Caleb or call the church office at 910-762-4578.

Sharing Holy Communion
If illness prevents you or a loved one from joining us for regularly scheduled services, Fr. Caleb or a Lay Eucharistic Minister can share Holy Communion either in your home or at a health care facility. Please speak to Fr. Caleb or contact the church office at 910-762-4578.

♰ Prayer Requests

  • CARD: Complete the “Request for Prayer” pew card and leave in the offering plate, or submit the online card below. 
  • EMAIL to be placed on the prayer list.
  • CALL the church office at: (910) 762-4578.
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Clergy Corner

The Living Nativity

The Living Nativity

What a year this has been!  Think about it for a moment. Over the past twelve months, St. Paul’s has been in a constant state of transition and transformation.  Change is never easy, but all of us, whether we’ve been at this church for years, have just started...

A Word from the Rector

A Word from the Rector

Dear St. Paul’s Family,   It has been a delight to have The Reverend Catherine Powell with us over the past few weeks. Just as I was announcing her new role with us at St. Paul’s, she was receiving news that she would need to undergo surgery at the end of December and...

Thanksgiving from the Rector

Thanksgiving from the Rector

Dear St. Paul’s Family,   I write to you to simply say “Thank you!” As I ponder all the things in my life for which I am most thankful,St. Paul’s is near the top of the list.  I am thankful for how we love God in our worship. I am thankful for how that worship...

Ronnie D. Wise

Organist, Director of Music

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Richard Rhoads

Assistant Director of Music

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April Cook

Parish Administrator

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Diane Matz-Kane

Financial Secretary

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Bob Crafts

Technology and Communications (Volunteer)

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Bryce O'Dell

Technology Assistant (Volunteer)

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Meaghan Thomas

Children's Ministry Communicator (Volunteer)

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Ellen Weig

Archivist (Volunteer)

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Teresa Singer

Senior Warden, Facilities Team

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Tom Sramek

Junior Warden, Facilities Team

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Layne S. Dupree

Facilities Team

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Ruth Gates

Facilities Team

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Angela Green

Facilities Team

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Matt Langley

Human Resources Team

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Steve Martin

Stewardship Team

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Joan Rosco Miller

Human Resources Team

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Sally Pope

Human Resources Team

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Rhonda Stroud

Stewardship Team

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Meaghan Thomas

Human Resources Team

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Merry Ann Wright

Stewardship Team

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Judy Wilson

Treasurer

Denise Sheehan

Clerk