St. Paul's Episcopal Church
319 S. 5th Street
Grand Forks, ND 58201
(701) 775-7955
(701) 775-0278 (FAX)

The Rt. Rev. Michael Smith, Bishop
The Rev. Dr. James Shannon, TSSF, Rector
The Rev. Don Leroux, Deacon
Carol Johnson, Secretary
Doug Woodard, Sexton
Jill Grzadzielewski, Organist and Choir Director


The Rt. Rev. Michael G. Smith was consecrated Bishop of North Dakota in May, 2004. Bishop Smith spends most of his time in Fargo at the Cathedral, but visits St. Paul's several times each year.

The Rev. Dr. James Michael Shannon was ordained a deacon in September of 1998 and a priest on March 19, 1999, on the Feast of St. Joseph at St. George's Episcopal Church, Bismarck, ND. Father Shannon came to the Episcopal Church from a variety of backgrounds having served in Presbyterian, Reformed Church (RCA), Lutheran (ELCA), and United Methodist Churches. He has over 30 years in the ministry,and holds a BS degree, an M.Div. and a doctorate in Pastoral Counseling. Father Shannon was duly admitted into the profession within the Third Order of the Society of Saint Francis on January 16, 2013. Father Shannon has a delightful sense of humor and is known for his terrible jokes. His preaching is full of humor, stories and challenges to live the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in a vivid, practical way.

We at St. Paul's are deeply saddened at the passing away of The Rev. Deacon Barbara Temple Lander. Deacon Barb served St. Paul's faithfully for many years, first as a lay person and then as a deacon. In her early years at St. Paul's, Barb was known as a "force to be reckoned with." A loving force with all kinds of good ideas for the church, she got people involved with her in carrying out those ideas. She was always positive, always full of joy, and always loving and kind to all. These traits continued throughout her illness and her death. She will be greatly missed! ". . . All of us go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA."

The Rev. Donald F. Leroux was ordained a deacon at St. Paul's on June 30, 2007, by Bishop Michael Smith following a three-year training course offered by the Diocese of North Dakota. In addition to his duties as Deacon, Rev. Leroux serves as an Altar Guild member, Sunday School Teacher, Men's Group coordinator, Memorial Commitee clergy member and trains both acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers. He was appointed by Bishop Smith to serve as a member of the Diocesan Evangelism Committee. Deacon Leroux also serves at Advent in Devils Lake and St. Thomas in Fort Totten. He and his wife, Mary Frances, have four grown daughters and eight grandchildren.

Carol Johnson, our secretary, joined St. Paul's in August of 2006. She and her husband Bob came to Grand Forks from Jamestown. A member of Calvary Lutheran Church, she provides both sanity and ecumenism to the office.

Doug Woodard, church sexton, is the invisible man of St. Paul's. Doug may not be seen, but his work around the parish is most visible - and appreciated! Doug keeps the building and grounds in tip-top shape.

Jill Grzadzielewski has been organist and choir director at St. Paul's on and off for about 25 years. She is a retired English teacher and a part-time piano instructor. When asked about her role at St. Paul's Jill stated that "choir members are my second family. I am truly blessed."
She went on to say "If it weren't for my mother (may she rest in peace), I would not be sitting at the organ bench each Sunday. Gert Pettit hounded me every single day for many, many years to sit down and practice. I am a product of her perseverance, not mine. So, if those of you sitting in the congregation appreciate what music I /we produce, send a prayerful thanks up to my mother. Those not pleased, take it up with Gert when you get to heaven!"

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