Parish Clergy & Staff

Zach Dyrda, Associate For Children and Youth Formation

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Zach is a nearly completed seminarian. He received an undergraduate degree in history at Northern Illinois University. He spent 2 1/2 years in college ministry at Northern Illinois University as a campus director. 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 transform the lives.

Sarah Sippl, Director of Music

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Sarah has been a member of the St. Mary’s family since 2012, when she was introduced as the Alto section leader for the Parish Choir.  She also served as assistant to the Treble Choir, and was asked to take on the role of Interim Director of Choirs in both 2015 and 2017.  In March of 2018, Sarah was offered the position of Director of Music, and is currently directing the church’s Parish, Treble, and Handbell Choirs, and assisting with St. Mary’s Gospel Choir.  

Brian Locke, Parish Organist

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Brian Locke came to St. Mary's as parish organist in March, 2018 after serving on the music staff at St. James Cathedral, Chicago. He is a Chicago-based pianist, organist, coach, and répétiteur whose career spans throughout academia, opera, concertizing, and church music. He has performed with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Chicago Master Singers, and has coached operatic repertoire with companies including Opera in the Ozarks and Opera Birmingham and with Ryan Center Artists at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

Who are Ministers?

The Book of Common Prayer lists lay-people as the primary ministers of the Gospel in the Episcopal Church. Clergy are set apart by the community to help lead and guide the congregation into the full strength and joy of the ministry and mission carried out by the priesthood of all believers.

The Rev. Jay Risk, Clergy Associate

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The Rev. Jay Risk recently retired as the  Executive Director of Bishop Anderson House, an agency of Episcopal Charities and Community Services. Bishop Anderson House is the Episcopal Church’s ministry in the Illinois Medical District on Chicago’s West Side. Bishop Anderson House provides Pastoral Care by comforting the sick and supporting those who care for them. The Parish Lay Chaplains’ Program has trained over 200 volunteers who serve in nursing homes, hospitals and congregations throughout Northern Illinois.