Clergy & staff

Educated in England, Simon is ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. Simon also holds an Overseas License in the Church of England and Bishop’s Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. A dual citizen, together with his wife Lucy, Simon has ministered on both sides of the Atlantic, most notably in the USA as Executive Director and President of the Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools (FOCUS) and as Executive Vice President of American Bible Society. An experienced Christian leader and a gifted speaker, his travels have taken him across the world, although when not in Louisville he and Lucy make the village of Priston just outside Bath, England their home, together with a dog, two cats and three donkeys. Although they do not have children of their own, they are actively involved with scores of young people not least their fifteen Godchildren. Simon and Lucy enjoy entertaining and providing a welcome to scores of individuals who cross their threshold.

As Interim Rector, Simon is passionate about building for the future as he brings his enormous energy, skills and gifting to the parish family as he steers the parish forward together with the staff and Vestry in St. Francis’ next chapter.

The Rev. Simon Barnes
Interim Rector
502-228-1176 Ext. 2428
simonb@sfitf.org

As a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Nashotah House Seminary, Bishop Russ was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in the Diocese of Milwaukee by Bp. Donald H. V. Hallock in 1970. After serving as curate at Trinity, Wauwatosa, WI, Vicar then Rector at St. Anskar’s, Hartland, WI, and Rector of St. Matthias, Waukesha, WI, he was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac, northeastern Wisconsin, in 1994. After retiring in November of 2013, Bishop Russ and his wife, Jerrie, have traveled across the US visiting family and friends from California to New York. A year later he accepted an interim position at St. Michael’s Church, Orlando, and a year following, accepted another interim position at St. Andrew’s, Fort Pierce, both in the Diocese of Central Florida. The Bishop says it was nice to return to pastoral ministry in congregations where he was again able to share in the joys and sorrows of the lives of parishioners. They grew to love Florida and last fall purchased a home in Leesburg, FL where they could live during the cold months in Wisconsin. He and Jerrie have been married 50 years and have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Bishop Russ says, "I believe the Church is about relationships; our relationship with God and with each other. I pray that my ministry among you might help strengthen these relationships, and I know God will bless us as we move forward together in this ministry."

The Rt. Rev. Russell Jacobus
Associate Interim Rector & Bishop in Residence
502-228-1176 Ext. 2981
russj@sfitf.org

Bob has returned to St. Francis with his wife Evelyn after 12 years as rector of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Tallahassee FL. From 1996 to 2002, he was associate rector at St. Francis and helped develop Tuesday Morning Bible Study and The Alpha Course as well as ministering in the Pastoral Care area. Bob has an M Div. from Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston Illinois.

Bob is currently supervising the Pastoral Care Ministry and teaching the Bible which is his passion. He and Evelyn have begun to develop small group ministry commonly called “Home Groups” in the parish to help people deepen their spiritual life. Bob and Evelyn are delighted to be back with wonderful friends and family.

The Rev. Robert H. (Bob) Coon, Jr.
Pastoral Care Associate
502-228-1176 Ext. 5099
bobc@sfitf.org

Raleigh has been the Minister with Youth here at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church since the Fall of 1990. He graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1990 with a Masters of Divinity Degree. His focus during seminary was Christian Education and Youth. His church in Columbia, SC, Grace Church, ordained him in 2006. In 2019 Raleigh was ordained at St. Francis as priest in the Episcopal Church.

Raleigh considers himself not a Youth Minister or Minister of Youth, but a Minister WITH Youth. There’s a big difference and it shows by the number of youth who are active in our church through service, missions and Bible Study. Along with leading our youth group and teaching Sunday school, he also coordinates our summer and Christmas missions and is called upon by many parents to help them navigate through difficult situations.

Raleigh is married to Kristin Langley and has one daughter, Emma Grace Langley.


The Rev. W. Raleigh Langley, III
Minister with Youth
502-228-1176 Ext. 3262
raleighstf@aol.com

Jennifer Grady has been with St. Francis since 2012. She oversees the Children’s Ministry at St. Francis, including Sunday Childcare, Sunday School, Children’s Chapel, Junior Youth Group and Crossroads, the Wednesday Night Bible program for children. Jennifer has a Masters of Theological Studies from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is married to Dr. Kristopher Grady and has two daughters, Abigail and Lydia.

Jennifer Grady
Children's Minister
502-228-1176 ext. 5098
jenniferg@sfitf.org

Alison has been a member of St. Francis since 2008 and has been on staff as Children’s Ministry Assistant since September 2010. Alison staffs the nursery on Sundays, provides materials for the Sunday School teachers and handles communication for baptisms and baby baskets.

Alison plans and executes church events such as the Teddy Bear Tea, St. Timothy’s Craft Fair, Goody Two Shoes Consignment sales and Vacation Bible School. Her BA in Art/Education and sales experience at Talbots have been especially helpful in her current position.

Alison is married to Hamilton and has two girls, Ellie and Mary Hamilton.

Alison Kemper
Children's Ministry Assistant
502-228-1176 ext. 3438
alisonk@sfitf.org

Libby has been the Associate Youth Minister since September of 2017. She was baptized and confirmed here and was an active member of the youth group throughout middle and high school and served as an acolyte. She was a member of the youth senate, acting as the outreach chair her senior year. As a youth she participated in many missions to David, KY and the Dominican Republic. In college she continued to be involved participating in retreats and the Christmas missions to David. After graduating from The Sewanee: University of the South in 2010 she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa from 2011-2013. Since returning home to Louisville she has been involved in the youth group as an adult mentor on Wednesday and Sunday nights and teaching Sunday School. She has also participated in Christmas missions to David and in 2016 returned for her first summer mission since high school.

Libby Garfield
Associate Youth Minister
502-228-1176 ext. 3431
libbyg@sfitg.org

Melodie has been with St. Francis in the Fields since 1998 in the role of Parish Administrator. Her corporate experience, organizational skills and outgoing personality makes her a valuable asset to St. Francis. She manages the parish office, overseas the day-to-day administrative responsibilities of the church and manages the church properties. She is the contact person for contractors and maintenance issues and works alongside the Properties Committee in regards to the building and grounds on our beautiful property. Melodie also manages and coordinates the internal and external communications for the church such as newsletters, Sunday bulletins, and brochures.

Melodie has been married to her husband Gary for 32 years and they have three grown sons.

Melodie Fridley
Parish Administrator
502-228-1176 ext. 1166
melodief@sfitf.org

Emily has been with St. Francis since May 2017 as Administrative Assistant in the Parish Office. In addition to her role as administrative support to the Clergy and office staff, Emily helps to manage the Every Member Canvass each year and manages many of the worship volunteer schedules. She feels blessed to have joined the St. Francis family and enjoys her work both with the office staff as well as her varied interaction with our parishioners.

Emily Fraiser
Administrative Assistant
(502) 228-1176 ext. 6484
emilyf@sfitf.org

Kelly has recently joined the staff as Parish Accountant (July 2017). She is a graduate of the University of Louisville with an accounting degree. Among her duties, Kelly handles all the church payables and receivables as well as involvement in Every Member Canvass. She manages parishioner pledges and gifts. Kelly is excited to join the staff and looks forward to meeting many St. Francis parishioners.

Kelly Stengel
Parish Accountant
502-228-1176 ext. 0340
kellyd@sfitf.org

Amy started as communications director in May 2019. Previously, she worked as an editor and writer at TechRepublic and Louisville Magazine. She is also a recent graduate of the Code Louisville web development program.

When she’s not working at St. Francis, Amy is a freelance web designer and content creator and a volunteer with organizations in her neighborhood, Beechmont, in south Louisville.

Amy also loves running in Iroquois Park and Jefferson Memorial Forest, doing projects around her house, and spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and cat, Anna.

Amy Talbott
Communications Director
502-228-1176 ext. 0930
amyt@sfitf.org

James Rightmyer is Organist and Choirmaster at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, a position he has held since 1983. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. Mr. Rightmyer is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and the American Choral Director’s Association. He is married to Dr. Elizabeth Campbell Rightmyer and has two children, Campbell and Robin.

Jim Rightmyer
Organist / Choirmaster
502-228-1176 ext. 5925
jimr@sfitf.org

Robert is a graduate of Samford University (B.Mus.Ed) and Mississippi College (M.Ed).  Before joining the staff at St. Francis, Robert served as Organist/Choirmaster of St. James' Episcopal Church, Jackson, Mississippi; Choral Director, St. Joseph's Catholic School, Greenville, South Carolina; Organist, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Greenville, South Carolina; and Musical Director at Stage One Children's Theater, Louisville, Kentucky.

Robert is a graduate of Samford University (B.Mus.Ed) and Mississippi College (M.Ed).

Before joining the staff at St. Francis, Robert served as Organist/Choirmaster of St. James' Episcopal Church, Jackson, Mississippi; Choral Director, St. Joseph's Catholic School, Greenville, South Carolina; Organist, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Greenville, South Carolina; and Musical Director at Stage One Children's Theater, Louisville, Kentucky.

Robert Lee
Assistant Organist
502-228-1176

Mathew started serving as the Verger at St. Francis in February 2019.  Originally from Ohio, Mathew served as a missionary in multiple countries around the world for two years with the JESUS Film Project.  After leaving the mission field he received his MDIV from Trinity School for Ministry, and was ordained through the Diocese of Central Florida. He has served churches in New Jersey and Texas as an Assistant and Associate Rector.  After 11 years of parish ministry God has called him to serve in a new way as a Chaplain to Law Enforcement personnel.  He is serving here while raising financial support for his ministry as the Assistant Senior Chaplain with the Louisville Metro Police Department.  As Verger Mathew makes sure things are set up properly and running smoothly for the many classes, programs and events offered at St. Francis as well as the weekly services.

Mathew started serving as the Verger at St. Francis in February 2019.

Originally from Ohio, Mathew served as a missionary in multiple countries around the world for two years with the JESUS Film Project.

After leaving the mission field he received his MDIV from Trinity School for Ministry, and was ordained through the Diocese of Central Florida. He has served churches in New Jersey and Texas as an Assistant and Associate Rector.

After 11 years of parish ministry God has called him to serve in a new way as a Chaplain to Law Enforcement personnel.

He is serving here while raising financial support for his ministry as the Assistant Senior Chaplain with the Louisville Metro Police Department.

As Verger Mathew makes sure things are set up properly and running smoothly for the many classes, programs and events offered at St. Francis as well as the weekly services.

Matt Fenlon
Verger
502-309-4519
m.fenlon01@gmail.com

As the St. Francis Sexton, Scott plays a key role in maintaining the church building and grounds. God has blessed Scott with talents to create and build products both in his professional career, as an Industrial Designer, and through participation in St. Francis outreach ministries such as Habitat for Humanity and Porch de Solomon.

Scott and his wife Cindi have raised two children during their 39 years of marriage. They have been active members of St. Francis for over 20 years. During that time, he has been involved in many aspects of the St. Francis community from supper groups to Vestry member, usher, TBS, flower delivery and Brotherhood of St. Andrew.

Scott Calvert
Sexton/Handyman
scottcalvert@twc.com


vestry

The St. Francis in the Fields Vestry is made up of existing members of the parish who are faithful and steadily present in Sunday worship; reflect a deep commitment to the Christian faith and to the church’s ministry; are a proportional, pledging member of the parish; and manifest leadership abilities and commitment within the parish. As Vestry members meet the demands of being Christ-focused leaders in the parish, they are steadily present at gatherings of the congregation and attend all monthly Vestry meetings and go on weekend conferences with the Vestry for occasions of planning and spiritual reflection. Much of the Vestry business is long range planning to achieve the parish vision and mission, finance, and facilities; serve on other lay committees that support parish programs and ministries; reflect seriously with the Vestry on the Christian call to stewardship of our resources of wealth and talent and serve as a leader of the congregation in that regard. The Vestry takes seriously a course of personal growth in the traditions of the Christian faith to include Bible reading and reflection.

Vestry members are elected for a 3-year term at our Annual Parish Meeting, usually held on the last Sunday of January. Applicants are sought beginning in September for the opening slots that will come available. Since we are currently being led by the Interim Rector, we have adopted the best and common practice to delay the addition of newly-elected Vestry members until January 2020. Vestry Minutes are also kept on file at the church, but will be made available upon request once they have been approved.

Current Vestry Members

Term Ending 2019: Powell Starks, Senior Warden, John Bush, David Eager, Barbara Tracy, Elise Whitman

Term Ending 2020: Bob Burdette, John David Myles, Clerk, Marianne Reutlinger, Tim Root, Junior Warden, Liz Cecil

Term Ending 2021: Katie Booker, Thomas Dieruf, John Jennings, Thomas Noland, Jr., Cassandra Zimmerman

Appointees: George Vieth, Treasurer; Bill Receveur, Properties Committee; Caroline Eager, Parish Life Committee