The Rev. Sarah Phelps
The Rev. Sarah Phelps has served as an ordained minister for more than 20 years in a variety of settings and two denominations – from a solo clergy appointment in a small United Methodist church, to an Associate position in a mid-sized congregation with responsibility for missions and liturgical development, to directing a faith-based community organizing effort in Los Angles, to Rector of a vibrant, multi-staff Episcopal parish of nearly 300 households in Palos Verdes Estates, California.
In each setting, Mother Sarah helped lay leaders, community organizations, and congregations navigate significant transitions that have enabled them to do ministry more effectively, and with greater unity and joy.
Mother Sarah is married to Michael Phelps – no, not the Olympic swimmer, but a pretty great guy all the same. Mike is founder and Executive Director of the Early Manuscript Electronic Library (www.emelibrary.org) which works to make ancient biblical and classical manuscripts accessible to scholars and the general public through digital technologies. Mother Sarah and Mike have a young son, Sam, who is the light of their lives.
Parish & Financial Administrator
Barbara Kwiatek joined our staff at St. John’s as our Financial and Parish Administrator in April 2011 after relocating from New Jersey. She has extensive experience in Human Resources, concentrating in Customer Relations and Financial Benefits. She is a graduate of William Paterson University located in Wayne, NJ with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and an Associates Degree in Sociology.
Barbara lives in Wake Forest, NC with her husband Walter and her two cats, Dapper & Sampson. Barbara loves reading mystery books, watching movies, cooking and eating popcorn! She has two adult children, Paige and Justin. Barbara’s family feels blessed to be active members of St. John’s Church.
Interim Director of Music
John came to St. John’s as Accompanist in Sept 2020 amidst our Music Director transition and the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. He has been a church musician for 30 years – sometimes part-time, sometimes full-time, in Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Methodist congregations. John grew up in the Episcopal Church, spending most of his youth in Winston-Salem, before moving to Maryland. His grandfather was an Episcopal priest, serving as a missionary in pre-war Hawaii, and then several parishes in Piedmont NC.
John’s earliest paychecks in music came from serving as organist for two Episcopal churches in Southern Maryland, while he was still in high school. After many years of playing in clubs, concerts, recording sessions, touring, etc., with all different types of ensembles, he returned to church music, feeling a strong sense of calling to music ministry. He received choral conducting and organ playing certification at Westminster Choir College to further his skills and education, and to establish credentials to go along with his extensive experience in music and God-given talent.
In addition to serving as St. John’s Interim Music Director, John serves as the Music Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Smithfield, NC. He also serves as the musician for San José Episcopal Mission which also meets at St. Paul’s.
Director of Youth Ministries & Outreach
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
Presiding Bishop & Primate of The Episcopal Church
XII Bishop Diocesan of North Carolina
VI Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina