CLERGY & STAFF
THE REV. SHELBY SCOTT
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.
THE REV. CINDY RITTER
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.
THE REV. JIM WELCH
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…
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, majoring in English Literature. Suzanne has been married to Michael for 35 years and has two children, a son, Stephen and his wife, Kyra, who are the parents of Jackson Patrick Shepherd, the most beautiful baby in the world, 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 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 since 2002. 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.
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.
Digital Media Coordinator
Dustin Welch was added to the staff this year as our Digital Media Coordinator. He has been a member of St. Patrick’s and the choir since 2014. Dustin is responsible for developing and maintaining the church live stream broadcasts, media editing, and supporting the technical and technological needs of the church. He is dedicated to removing technical obstacles and capturing the look and feel of our church experience virtually for anyone who cannot attend in person.
Dustin is originally from Broken Arrow, graduated from the University of Oklahoma, has over 15 years’ experience in oil & gas engineering, and is now transitioning toward a career in technology. He lives with his girlfriend, Bonnie, and one awesome cat. In his free time, he enjoys reading, creative projects, playing ukulele, and being outdoors.