Originally from the Mississippi Delta, Father Will Lowry came to Bella Vista with his family in February of 2016. He previously served for three years as the priest-in-charge at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Tunica, Mississippi. He is a graduate of The School of Theology, Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Before attending seminary, Will earned a bachelor of science in sociology from Mississippi College, and served as youth director for multiple parishes in the Dioceses of Mississippi and in Arkansas before being called to the priesthood.
Two of Father Will’s favorite things are family and Mississippi State sports, particularly football. Will and his wife, Ivee, have two girls, Norah Grace and Clelie. These effervescent and formidable girls keep him busy, but he manages to get in a golf game here and there as well as immerse himself in various projects including building things for his girls or working with others in the community.
“I believe St. Theodore’s is the kind of place where anyone who seeks to know God in a deep and meaningful way and share in that with others can do so freely. I also believe we are the type of community that lives the Gospel out in the world by seeking to be the hands, feet, and heart of the Body of Christ by serving and loving our neighbors.”
You can also contact Fr. Will on his mobile number (601) 988-8992.
Office: (479) 855-2715
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.
Organist & Choirmaster
Office: (479) 855-2715
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.
Episcopup & Parish Greeter
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:
- Sue Scott, Senior Warden
- Gary Creakbaum, Co-Junior Warden
- Randy Brown, Co-Junior Warden, Building & Grounds
- Sarah Nelson, Co-Secretary, Finance
- Jeff Goodrich, Co-Secretary, Youth & Chr. Ed.
- Mike Bryson, Columbarium & Finance
- Doug Farner, Finance
- Al Addington, Mission & Outreach
- Wayne Whitney, Parish Life
- Don Anderson, Treasurer
- Diane Landmesser, Clerk
Vestry contact: Sue Scott