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. 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.

Clergy Corner

Parish Administrator Appointed

Parish Administrator Appointed

Dear St. Paul’s Family, It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of April Cook as Parish Administrator at St. Paul’s.  April has more than 17 years of experience in customer service, sales, and service administration and management.  It was clear in conversations...

The Redemptive Work of the Cross

The Redemptive Work of the Cross

An Excerpt From a “Hymn for 9/11”by JMA Wright The years have passed and now we markThe depths of that dark day,As we draw closer to the OneWho promises the wayTo move beyond our brokenness,Of days like nine elev’nTo build twin towers of peace and loveAnd make earth...

Settling In

Settling In

Beloved, I am still “settling in” to St. Paul’s.  I continue to listen as I encounter each of you.  In meeting with you I am hearing about all of the ministries and experiences of St. Paul’s as well as who you are as beloved children of God.  Amid the listening, I...

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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