PEOPLE

As individuals and Chapter members we make ourselves available to God to work through us as we serve our church, our community and all those in need.

Clergy

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The Very Rev. Father Mark Strobel, Cathedral Dean

Father Mark graduated from Jamestown College with degrees in music and religion, Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA, and St John’s University School of Theology in Collegeville, MN with a degree in Liturgical Studies.
Father Mark is a long-standing contributor for a preaching resource published by the Liturgical Press, a regular writer for “Give Us This Day,” a prayer periodical published by Liturgical Press, and has written for worship, preaching, and prayer resources published by Augsburg Fortress. He is a Benedictine Oblate of St John’s Abbey.

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The Rt. Rev. Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of North Dakota

The Rt. Rev. Michael G. Smith was elected the eleventh bishop of North Dakota in 2004. An enrolled member of the Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, he served churches in Oklahoma and Minnesota before coming to North Dakota. He is Chair of the Executive Council’s Committee on Indigenous Ministries. Smith and his wife, the Rev. Lisa White Smith, are the parents of three grown children and the grandparents of three grandsons. He holds degrees in psychology, music, social work and theology from Oklahoma State University, Marymount College of Kansas, the University of Oklahoma and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.

Assisting Clergy

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Father Duffy Williams

His family moved from Minneapolis to Fargo for the last time in the fall of 1958 and joined Gethsemane at that time.  He was confirmed there under Harry Vere and he co-presided when he was married to his wife Jane in 1971.  He was ordained as a deacon in 2002 and to the priesthood on May 9, 2003 by Bishop Andy Fairfield.

Mother Ann Anderson

Deacon Terry Overbo

Deacon Charlotte Robbins

Deacon Crystal Towers

Staff

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Kay Pool

Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Kay is new to youth ministry and is excited about starting this new adventure.  She has worked with youth for 15 years as a coach and graduated from university with Secondary Education and History degrees.  Kay teaches Sunday School and both of her children are in the Youth Choir.  Kay, Byron and their children like to spend their free time skating, playing hockey, traveling, reading and hanging out with their families.

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Jean Roberts

Organist and Choirmaster
Following degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Yale University School of Music, Jean Roberts earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has served as organist at St. James Episcopal Church in Macon, Georgia; Christ Episcopal Church in Nacogdoches, Texas; and became the Organist/Choirmaster at Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral in Fargo, North Dakota in 2014. An Instructor of Music at Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota, Dr. Roberts regularly accompanies students and faculty throughout the region.

Julie Garden-Robinson

Spiritsong Coordinator
Julie has coordinated SpiritSong, the contemporary music group comprised of teens through adults, since 1999. Julie studied music throughout college and earned a minor in music at NDSU. When not singing, playing piano or flute, Julie is a professor and Extension food and nutrition specialist at NDSU.

Ericka Morlan

Cathedral Coordinator
As a member of Gethsemane for over 15 years, Ericka is thrilled to be supporting our church family in a new way was Cathedral Coordinator. She is the mother of two teenagers who keep her very busy and are themselves active members of the church community. Outside of church, she enjoys being creative with makeup, interior decorating and spending time with her family that live in the community.

Sheila Leier

Bookkeeper
Sheila is married and has two kids. In her spare time she rings handbells, loves to shop antiques and spend time with family and friends.

Gene and Jane VanderWolde, Custodians

Nichole Mortice, Nursery Attendant

Tiffany Mortice, Nursery Attendant

The Chapter

As Christians living in the world and worshipping in this community of faith, we believe that God has blessed us with many gifts, especially Jesus Christ. With these blessings God calls us to give. We believe giving is both our responsibility and essential to our spiritual health.

“And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”