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History of St. Theodore's Church, Part Three

Posted by Lisa Leak on

Our final Blog post concerning the history of St. Theodore's Episcopal Church begins with a seminal event in the life of our parish!

1988 :

February 11 - St. Theodore’s becomes a Parish at Diocesan Convention in Little Rock.

 Fr. Sisk becomes St. Theodore’s first Rector.



February 1 - Goodman Church Builders met with the Building Expansion Committee. 

March 5 - Present choir re-organized by Larry Grady, Choirmaster. 

September 13 - Goodman Church Builders make presentation of building plan and design at an all parish dinner at the Ramada Inn.  Building Fund Drive begins. 


March 10 - Ground breaking for Expansion Project with Bishop Donovan in attendance.           

June 10  - Second Expansion Fund Drive begins.



February 2 - First service held in the new church.  Special appreciation goes to Russell Joseph who designed the Wicks Pipe Organ which now features music for our worship services.           

March 14 - Dedication Service for the new church.           

August 2 - At the first potluck supper held in Sengel Hall a plaque was presented to Bill Sengel naming our parish hall  in his honor and in acknowledgment of his many hours of volunteer time and effort as well as the many hand-designed and constructed additions to the facility.

 1994 - 1997:

The columbarium containing 125 niches was installed in three phases.  Nearby is a scattering area.


June 29 - Fr. Edwin Sisk retires.   

September 15 - Father Craig Gavin celebrated Mass for the first time at St. Theodore’s.  He and his wife, Linda, and son, John, moved  here from Little Rock, Arkansas.


May 20 - Bishop Larry Maze installed Fr. Gavin as Rector of St. Theodore’s.

 The beautiful stained glass windows on either side of the cross behind the altar were donated by the Blake family in memory of Ronald Blake and the Traynor family in memory of Sylvia Traynor.


A Building Committee was organized and began the planning for additional classrooms and a Gathering Room as well as remodeling of the original nave.  The Legacy of Faith Campaign was launched to raise funds for construction.  Con-Ark Builders was awarded the contract.  A target date of September 26th was established to complete the renovations to the nave to be named ‘Pengelly Hall’ so that it would be available for the beginning of the church school classes.  The new construction target date was set at January 31, 2000.  A time capsule was obtained and placed during construction. 

April 17 - Travis R. Frank was ordained by Bishop Larry Maze.  Fr. Frank began his service as a Curate at St. Theodore’s. 


The Raise the Roof Campaign was implemented to reduce the outstanding mortgage.


 February 1 - Fr. Travis Frank departed upon answering the call to become the Rector at St. Andrew’s in Marianna.


 December 44 - Bishop Larry Maze ordained Judith K. Lund, a parishioner, to become a Transitional Deacon.


June 11 - Judith Lund was ordained a priest by Bishop Maze at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Springdale.   

 May 22 - The Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Parks celebrated Mass at St. Theodore’s.  He and his wife, Brenda, moved here from Corpus Christi, Texas. 

 September 13 - Bishop Larry Maze installed Fr. Parks as Rector of St. Theodore’s. 


Russell and Florence Joseph generously donated the additional pipes to complete the Wicks Organ in honor of and with the goal of completion prior their 65th wedding anniversary.