Clergy & Staff
The Clergy and Staff of St. Paul's Cathedral.
The Rev. Canon Susan Colley Joplin, Priest in Charge
The Rev. Canon Susan Joplin has served on the clergy staff of St. Paul's Cathedral for 20 years, first as Curate and then as Cathedral Canon. Having been part of St. Paul's for one-third of her years, she 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 Master of Music degree in her earlier life, she was also graduated from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in 1991 with a Master of Divinity degree. She has lived happily with her husband, Larry Joplin, for the past 15 years and has a special interest in Liturgy, Outreach and, most recently, finding new ways of opening Cathedral doors for the sake of the greater community of downtown Oklahoma City.
The Reverend Tim Sean Youmans, Special Clergy Associate
Fr. Tim Sean Youmans serves as the Vicar of St. Edward the Confessor Chapel and Chair of the Religion Department at Casady School and is the spiritual formation facilitator for St. Crispin's Summer Camp. He serves the Cathedral as an assisting priest in liturgy and teaching. A native of Wyoming, he 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 Marilyn Robertson, Deacon and Cathedral Nurse
The Reverend Gerald Butcher, Deacon
Gerald Butcher was appointed by the bishop to serve at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2013. Community outreach is his primary area of service at the cathedral. Gerald is a native Oklahoman and a graduate of Oklahoma State University who has worked for Western Farmers Electric Cooperative for 33 years as an environmental regulatory affairs coordinator. He has been married to Debra for 36 years who is a registered nurse (BS BSN MSN CHN) that is employed with Mercy Hospital. They have three adult daughters who also work in the health care industry: 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. The Butcher’s also have 5 grandchildren. Deacon Butcher loves working in the community where he has served as a coach for youth soccer, softball, and basketball; as well as serving on the board of directors for Chickasha Youth Soccer, National Rural Electric Environmental Association and Grady County Court Appointed Special Advocates (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. Bishop Ed recently appointed Gerald to the Oklahoma Prison Commission.
H. Scott Raab, Canon Musician
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 Wise, Director of Communications
Jack 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 and family. He brings his background in marketing and communications to Saint Paul’s where he has worked since 2008. He is interested in Ignatian spirituality, contemplative prayer and simple living. Jack does not like to talk about himself in the third person.
Coordinator for Spirituality
Cathy is a transplanted Yellow Rose of Texas who brakes for Bluebonnets , but, after living in Oklahoma since 1976, bleeds red. She is an Ignatian Spiritual Director who works closely with Canon Joplin delivering Retreat in Daily Life groups within the Diocese. She is passionate about helping others develop their spirituality and grow in spiritual freedom.
She is a retired educator of 28 years having worked with populations from preschool to alternative high school. She loves kids…big and small.Cathy is a member of St. Lukes United Methodist Church and feels very much at home here at St. Paul's. She loves the contemplative community at the heart of this Cathedral. Cathy is married to her husband Chris, has two grown children and five…count them FIVE…darling grandchildren! Grammy is her number one profession!
Lance A Schmitz serves at St Paul's Cathedral 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; he also really likes to talk to people so you should invite him out for a cup and help on his quest.