Ministry of the Baptized

All members of New Song are ministers in our congregation. Most members serve the church in a variety of roles, including as ushers, choir members, acolytes, lectors, and lay eucharistic ministers.

In addition, our staff includes a team of volunteer priests and deacons who work collaboratively to keep New Song a loving and lively community of faith.

Jennifer Masada, John Greve, and Jane Stewart serve as priests at New Song.
Judy Thayer
Judy Thayer was ordained as a deacon at New Song in 2015.
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Lori Erickson began serving as a deacon at New Song in 2016.

We’re fortunate to have retired clergy at New Song as well:

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Elizabeth Coulter, our founding priest, helped establish New Song in 1994.
John Harper
Deacon John Harper partnered with Elizabeth Coulter in the founding of New Song.
The Rt. Rev. Christopher Epting has served the Episcopal Church in a variety of roles, including as Bishop of Iowa.
Mel Schlachter has been rector at churches that include Trinity in Iowa City.

Our music ministry is directed by Linda Stewart Kroon:

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And we’re grateful for the expertise of Michelle Moore as our office administrator:

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Additional staff include:

  • Child Care
    • Lucas Masada Corey
    • Tommy Mattes
  • Parish Administrator
    • Ann Hulme

Our Vestry is our governing body, called the council in some churches. New Song’s current vestry with end-of-term dates: Maryjane Bradley (2012); Nicola Brookman-Amissah (2019); Jim Conger (2020); Kirk Corey (2021); Chuck Coulter (2021); Nancy Reincke (2020);  James Robinson (2019); and Bob Sessions (2020).