Clergy & Staff
The Very Reverend Katie Churchwell, Dean
St. Paul’s Cathedral announces our new Dean, the Rev. Canon Katie Churchwell. Bishop Poulson Reed states that Katie is an “inspirational, energetic and visionary leader. She’s going to bring all kinds of wonderful qualities to our Cathedral and our Diocese as a whole.”
Dean Churchwell comes to us from the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in St. Petersburg, FL. As Canon for Community Formation, she worked both within the church and in the larger St. Petersburg to integrate the Cathedral into the vibrant community that is St. Pete. She served as president of the Downtown Business Association and Director of the Food Is Medicine St. Pete collaborative- a program that brings free health education, health screenings, and fresh produce to food desert communities.
She grew up in Arizona, graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and obtained her Masters of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. She is a Certified Facilitator of The Daring Way. Her first call was in Houston, Texas, where her first two children were born. She and her husband Logan moved to St. Petersburg in 2016 and welcomed their third and final child into the family in summer of 2019.
Dean Churchwell joined the St. Paul’s community starting August 1st. She states, “I look forward to partnering with each and every one of you as we, in these strange days, continue to share the message of God’s love for God’s people.”
The Reverend Canon Susan Colley Joplin
Canon for Spirituality
The Reverend Canon Susan Joplin has served on the clergy staff of St. Paul's Cathedral since 1991, first as Curate and then as Cathedral Canon. Mother Susan sees her own faith development as having been strongly influenced by the give and take of many years of Cathedral life. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts followed by a Masters of Music degree earlier in life, she was also graduated from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest with a Master of Divinity degree in 1991. Mother Susan has lived happily with her husband, Larry Joplin, for the many years. She has a special interest in Liturgy, Outreach and in finding new ways of opening the Cathedral doors to the burgeoning downtown Oklahoma City community.
The Reverend Tim Sean Youmans
Special Clergy Associate
Father Tim Sean Youmans serves as the Vicar of St. Edward the Confessor Chapel and Chair of the Religion Department at Casady School. Additionally, Father Tim Sean is the spiritual formation facilitator for St. Crispin's Summer Camp in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He serves the Cathedral as an assisting priest in liturgy and teaching. A native of Wyoming, Father Tim Sean is married to Dr. Karen Youmans, Honors Director and Associate Professor of English at Oklahoma City University. Tim Sean came into the Episcopal Church after 20 years as a Baptist youth pastor. He earned a degree in English and History from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1991, a Master's of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist in 1994, and Anglican Studies at Nashotah House in 2011. He is a folk musician and songwriter, and tinkers at the banjo. Tim Sean and Karen have a teenage son, Noah.
The Reverend Gerald Butcher
Gerald Butcher was appointed by the Bishop to serve St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2013. Gerald's primary service is Community Outreach. A native Oklahoman, Gerald is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and has worked for Western Farmers Electric Cooperative for nearly four decades as an Environmental Regulatory Affairs Coordinator. His wife Debra is a registered nurse (BS, BSN, MSN, CHN) and is employed at Mercy Hospital. Gerald and Debra have three adult daughters who also work in the health-care industry. Daughter Catherine is a radiation therapy clinic and technical manager at the University of Texas Medical Center in Dallas, Rebekah is a nurse supervisor for Mercy Home Health and Jennafer is a dietitian supervisor at the OU Medical Center in Edmond. Five grandchildren light up Debra's and Gerald's lives. Deacon Butcher loves working in the community where he has served as a coach for youth soccer, softball and basketball, serving on the board of directors for Chickasha Youth Soccer. Additionally, Gerald served on the National Rural Electric Environmental Association board and as a Grady County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Today, he continues to serve on the Environmental Federation of Oklahoma board of directors and is a volunteer with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Recently, the Bishop appointed Gerald to the Oklahoma Prison Commission.
The Reverend Marilyn Robertson
Deacon and Cathedral Nurse
The Rev. Lance Schmitz
Deacon and Youth Minister
Lance A Schmitz was ordained as a Deacon in June 2019, and serves St Paul's Cathedral as both Deacon and as the Minister to Youth. He is a fourth generation Oklahoman and has been involved in ministry for 20 years and possess a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Education and a Masters Degree in Theology. He is married to the ever patient Ashley and has two remarkably awesome young children, Arlo and Lola. The quest for the next cup of coffee is an ongoing component of his daily life. Lance also really likes to talk to people so you should invite him out for a cup and help him on his quest.
H. Scott Raab
A native Houstonian, H. Scott Raab has served St. Paul’s Cathedral since 1978. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Houston and the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan. He is Chair of the Diocesan Music Commission and has been Dean of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Mr. Raab is also a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians. In 2002, Bishop Robert M. Moody appointed Scott as Canon Musician for St. Paul’s Cathedral and awarded him the Distinguished Ministry pin.
Jack has worked at St. Paul's since 2008. He grew up in Midwest City (Go Bombers!), graduated from OU and lived for 15 years in New England, learning skills in Yankee frugality that serve him well but annoy his friends, family and colleagues. His background is in management and communications, which served him in his work in the Central Administration at Harvard University for more than 12 years.
Jack is interested in Ignatian spirituality, contemplative prayer and simple living. Jack does not like to talk about himself in the third person
David, a native Oklahoman, describes himself as "A simple man, with a simple life." What you will notice about him is his smile, friendliness, and willingness to help. When he is not spending a weekend having fun at the local markets finding treasure and trading, he might be on the road to Tennessee to visit his children.
17 years ago a little feral cat came to the Cathedral doors, and made the grounds of the Cathedral her home and charge. She takes her role very seriously! She likes attention and pets, but best not to try and pick her up.