Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Shelby Scott
Rector

Father Shelby has been at Saint Patrick’s since 1997.

He is a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Seabury-Western Seminary in Evanston, IL.

He is the proud father of two sons, Zach and Sam, and is married to his sailing partner, Becky. He enjoys sailing and reading in his spare time.

 
 

frspencer@saint-patricks.com

(918) 294-9444

The Rev. Spencer Brown

Curate

The Rev. Spencer Brown is a native Tulsan, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School before attending Tulsa Community College and the University of Tulsa. In 2018, he graduated from Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas earning a Master of Divinity Degree with Latino/Hispanic Studies concentration.

A driven, creative person, he seeks to find the beauty of holiness in all parts of God’s creation. Pursuing the Gospel of Christ, he continues to seek justice and love in the world as he strives to lift up the voices of the marginalized through his zeal for the Gospel of liberation and unconditional love. Spencer is particularly passionate about sacred choral music in the Anglican tradition.

He shares this adventure and his life with his husband, Lucas. Together they love watching movies, spending time working in their yard, and cooking together.

The Rev. Cindy Ritter Deacon

Rev. Cindy Ritter attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and St. Patrick’s since 2003. She was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in 2005 after completing the Deacon Formation Program of the Diocese of Oklahoma. Before her retirement, Deacon Cindy was a Registered Nurse specializing in care of older adults and nursing education. She graduated from Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing in Amarillo, Texas and received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. Deacon Cindy also worked as a chaplain at Hospice of Green Country in Tulsa. Her current ministry includes end-of-life and bereavement support and education, health care advocacy, labyrinth facilitator, and promoter of contemplative prayer.
 
Cindy is married to Gordon and has three sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and four grandsons plus an aged black lab, Daisy.

The Rev. Jim Welch
Deacon

The Rev. Jim Welch graduated from the Iona School of Ministry in June of 2015, and was ordained a vocational deacon at St. Patrick’s in August of 2015.  Jim attended Oklahoma State University, and has been in the steel manufacturing business for over 35 years. He is currently the general manager of Ozark Steel in Tulsa, OK.

Jim and his wife Cindy have attended St. Patrick’s together since 2000, and are the proud parents of their adult children, Erin and Dustin, who were both baptized at St. Patrick’s.    Jim shares a passion for cycling with Cindy, and also enjoys the outdoors, including golf, hunting and fishing, and the occasional trip to a white sandy beach somewhere…

 

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suzanne@saint-patricks.com

(918) 294-9444

Suzanne Shepherd
Parish Administrator

Suzanne began attending St. Patrick’s in 1999 and joined the staff of St. Patrick’s in August, 2001.  She has a background of more than 35 years in office administration, human resources, and facilities management.  She graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor’s degree in education, with a major in English Literature.  Suzanne has been married to Michael for 34 years and has two children, a son Stephen, who is married to Kyra, and daughter Megan.  She and Michael also have a golden retriever named Paddy.  Suzanne is a voracious reader and loves music, needlepointing, watching way too much true crime, and giving hugs!

Justin Dixon

Youth Minister

Justin Dixon joined the staff at St. Patrick’s as Youth Minister on August 1, 2015.  He has been a member of Saint Patrick’s since 2002. Justin is a business owner of a local software support company and has been in the support industry for over 20 years. 

 

Justin and his wife, Ginger have two kids, Emma and Lyla. Justin grew up in Haskell and has lived in Broken Arrow for 14 years.  Justin loves reading, cooking, hunting, fishing, music and having coffee with friends where they solve all of the theological mysteries of our faith…or talk for hours and typically confuse themselves further.  If you’re interested in coffee and theology…invite him out for a cup.

Nick Wilson
Organist & Choir Director

Nick was raised in West Texas and has served in churches from several denominations since his mid-teens. 

He studied Chemistry (with a minor in Religion) at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas; Medicine at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and El Paso, Texas; and Sexuality and Religion (with a focus in Queer Theology) at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. 

He also works as an OB/GYN Hospitalist at Saint Francis Hospital. 

He and his partner Robert have a large family: two dogs, a cat, and a fish. He reads and eats more than he should — mainly because he loves books and food. He is also a huge proponent of the Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ (VPO) for bringing the authentic sounds of early organ music to life. Just ask him — he’ll bore you with the details!

Nancy Strothmann
Senior Ministry Coordinator

Nancy Strothmann was hired as our Senior Ministry Coordination in 2013.  In this role, Nancy serves as a liaison with the elder members of the church and heads up the Silver Foxes group.  Nancy is also the head of the Funeral Meals Committee.  Her care and concern of this important group of parishioners makes her a natural for this position.  She and her husband Russ live in Broken Arrow and have three daughters, Molly, Carrie and Beth.

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Stephanie Smith
Nursery Coordinator

Stephanie is an assistant kindergarten teacher at Holland Hall.  Stephanie, her husband Steve, and sons Jerred and Eric have been members of Saint Patrick’s for over 15 years. In addition to scheduling our nursery volunteers, she is also the primary childcare provider for our Sunday and Wednesday services.