Parish Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Patrick J. Skutch, Rector

Patrick's email address is patrickskutch@stmaryspr.org

The Rev. Patrick J. Skutch became Rector of St. Mary's in late April, 2015. Prior to coming to St. Mary's, Patrick was the Rector of Christ Church of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi from 2009.

Patrick served as Associate Rector for Youth and Young Adults at St. Martin in the Fields in Atlanta between 2005 and 2009. He graduated from The General Theological Seminary in New York and was ordained in 2005. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Georgia in 2002.

Patrick’s wife Bonny is an elementary school teacher in the Wilmette, IL, school district. Patrick, Bonny, and their children Drew  and Charlotte make their home in the rectory.

Zach Dyrda, Associate For Children and Youth Formation

Zach's email address is zachdyrda@stmaryspr.org

Rev. Zach Dyrda joined the St. Mary’s family in 2016 as the Associate of Children and Youth Formation. Zach graduated from seminary in 2017 from Northern seminary with a double emphasis: theology and church history. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in History from Northern Illinois University in 2011. Zach was ordained in 2019. 

Zach has a passion for sharing his love for Jesus and knowledge of the Bible with all. He believes faith in Christ creates communities of deep fellowship that transforms lives. Zach is a big nerd loving all things comics, movies, and Disney. Zach loves to read, swim, and make people laugh. Zach shares his life with his wonderful family. His partner Melissa works in the corporate office at Fruitful Yield. Their family consists of three young boys and a dog. 


 

The Rev. David Grauer, Deacon

David's e-mail address is dgrauerdds@aol.com
 

A deacon, ordained in 1989. David feels very privileged with deep love of ordained episcopal ministry and is committed to it's pastoral meaning and responsibilities. A dentist and author with his American Boards in Orofacial Pain. Managing the pain of others seems to part of his extended diaconate. Joan, his late wife, was a partner as well as a director and supporter of his passion in ministry. They have been blessed with two sons, Mark and John, and two grandchildren, John and Stephanie. 

The Rev. Laurie Michaels, Deacon

Laurie's email address is travelaurie@hotmail.com
Deacon Laurie was ordained as a vocational deacon in the Diocese of Chicago on Feb 6, 2010.

She earned her BS in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1974. She received her Registered Nursing Degree in 1981 and her Graduate Certificate in School Nursing in 1996. In May 2020 she received her Certificate in Spiritual Direction.

From 2010 through November 2019, Laurie served as deacon at St. Michael’s Barrington.

Her diaconal work in the world involved participating in mission trips to South Sudan and Haiti. She worked part-time for Bishop Anderson House as a hospital chaplain at Stroger Cook Country Hospital for 5 years.

In addition to her Spiritual Direction practice she is a Retreat Facilitator. She currently serves on the Diocesan Commission on Ministry.