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Clergy & Staff: Text
High Fives



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. 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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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 40 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 and minoring in Public Speaking. Suzanne has been married to Michael since 1984 and together they have two children, a son and daughter, Stephen and Megan.  Stephen and his wife, Kyra, are the parents of Jackson Patrick Shepherd and Blake Olivia Shepherd, the most beautiful children in the world.   Suzanne is a voracious reader and loves music, needlepointing, watching way too much true crime, and giving hugs!


Choir Director

Tracy is originally from Newton, Kansas.  He received his Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis on Voice from John Brown University.   He is also accomplished pianist/organist and cellist.  Tracy has served in many churches throughout Tulsa, Owasso, and Bartlesville as Music Director and accompanist.  He holds a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary and has received 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education from the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.  Tracy has been a public-school educator in music education for 32 years.  He has taught General Music prek-6th grades, 7th-12 Humanities, High School Choir and even Physical Education.  Currently, Tracy is a Supervisor in Training Chaplain at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, where he is a Clinical Educator for the Pastoral Program for Chaplain Interns and Residents.  Tracy has toured with two international music groups, Continental and Celebrant Singers as a vocalist and director ministering in the U.S.A. , Canada, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Portugal, and France.  In his free time, Tracy plays cello with the TTC orchestra and is a father to a schnauzer-mix named Charlie.

Clergy & Staff: Meet the Team
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