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.

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Jennifer Masada, John Greve, and Jane Stewart serve as priests at New Song.
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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.
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Deacon John Harper partnered with Elizabeth Coulter in the founding of New Song.
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The Rt. Rev. Christopher Epting has served the Episcopal Church in a variety of roles, including as Bishop of Iowa.
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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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Toni Martins is our Office Administrator:

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Additional staff include:

  • 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 (2021); Jim Conger (2020); Kirk Corey (2021); Chuck Coulter (2021); Christine Flavin (2022); Nancy Reincke (2020);  Elisabeth Swain (2022); and Bob Sessions (2020).