Our Staff

The Next Chapter at St. Theodore's

 

Our parish is currently engaged in the process of searching for a new Rector. During this time of transition our services will be led by Interim Supply Priests, including the Rev. Canon Jason Alexander and Rev. Lowell Grisham. Learn more about our Rector Search here:

NEW RECTOR SEARCH

 
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Fr. Lowell Grisham

Interim Supply Priest

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Lowell Grisham came from Mississippi to Northwest Arkansas in 1992 where he served as Rector of St. John’s, Fort Smith. He then spent 20 years as Rector of St. Paul’s, Fayetteville (where Fr. Will Lowry served for a period as Youth Minister).

Lowell has served as a Deputy to nine General Conventions, and as a Chair and an Officer for the Committee for Prayer Book, Liturgy, and Church Music. He was on the Nominating Committee for the most recent Presiding Bishop election, and is a co-chair of the Chicago Consultation. He also has a regular column in the NWA edition of the Democrat Gazette.

Lowell helped found both 7 Hills Homeless Center and Magdalene Serenity House, where he serves as Board Chair. He is a professed member of the Order of the Ascension and the author of “Practicing Prayer,” a publication of the Order’s Ascension Press.

Lowell and his wife Kathy have been married 45 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. Kathy led Community Clinic for almost 20 years, serving neighbors with affordable low-cost health care in Benton and Washington Counties. 

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Lana McDonald

Parish Administrator

Office: (479) 855-2715
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Lana moved to Bella Vista from St. Louis, Missouri in 1991 to be closer to family here and in Kansas City. She joined St. Theodore’s in 1992 and became the part time secretary in 2003. In 2005, the position was expanded to Parish Administrator. She is in the office daily to answer the telephone, respond to email inquiries and serve as administrative assistant to the rector. Lana also sings in the choir and handles administrative duties for Project Lifesaver of Benton County, a program begun in 2007 by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and St. Theodore’s that places radio transmitter devices on people who may wander such as Alzheimer’s/Dementia patients and autistic children.

Lana says she has never enjoyed a job more, not only for the day-to-day interactions with other staff and parishioners, but also for the many opportunities it has afforded her to be involved in various ministries within the parish and the Diocese of Arkansas.

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Annette Zehring

Organist & Choirmaster

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Annette showed up at St Theodore's over ten years ago, found some music on the organ rack and has been playing here ever since.

In addition to having a great sense of humor, Annette was raised here in Arkansas and attended the College of the Ozarks before graduating from the University of Oklahoma in vocal performance. She has attended multiple graduate classes and workshops in vocal pedagogy and research, church music, and choral music.

Annette spent several years in New York where she taught classroom music and private voice in the Adirondacks, and also served as a vocal adjudicator at state music contests. She worked her way through college as a staff accompanist, but didn't study organ until she was in her late 30's. “I immediately loved the organ because of the variety of beautiful sounds available.”

Annette’s role at St. Theodore’s is her first combined organist/choirmaster position. She has been a church organist for over twenty-five years. In her spare time she loves to read, cook, knit, eat, garden, travel, and waste time.

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Rosie McDonald

Episcopup & Parish Greeter

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Rosie joined the St. Theodore’s office staff in February 2013 shortly after her adoption from the Rogers Humane Society Shelter by Parish Administrator, Lana McDonald.  Rosie takes her position quite seriously, and is happy to give a tail wag and even a kiss if given the opportunity, to anyone stopping by the office.  Although she loves everyone, she has a few special friends who make sure to have treats when they visit.

St. Theodore's Vestry

Our Vestry is the governing body of St. Theodore's Episcopal Church. The Vestry is composed of men and women elected at the annual parish meeting in January. The Vestry meets approximately once a month with the Rector to set policies, administer funds, and oversee the operation of the church. In addition, Vestry members are assigned to committees that oversee the service groups and fellowship activities of St. Theodore's. Vestry members are elected for staggered three-year terms. Current Vestry members are:

  • Sharon Moravits, Senior Warden
  • Al Addington - Co-Junior Warden
  • Colleen Whitney - Co-Junior Warden
  • Jerry Schaefer - Treasurer
  • David Wade
  • Carolan Weaver
  • Bill Schernikau
  • Blair Cromwell 
  • Joyce Winter