Rev. Lauren Lyon, our Rector, is a 3rd generation Iowa native, born in Des Moines. Her family moved to Kansas City when she was a child and she grew up there. After high school she worked for a few years as an on-air personality for radio station KYYS-FM in Kansas City.
She moved to San Diego and graduated from the University of California with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and linguistics. She remained in San Diego several years after graduation working as a research assistant in the university’s departments of neuroscience and psychiatry and at the San Diego VA Medical Center. She returned to Kansas City to discern her vocation for the priesthood under the sponsorship of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Lauren received the M.Div. degree from Yale Divinity School in 1994 and was ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood that year in the Diocese of West Missouri. She has remained canonically resident in that diocese since then, serving congregations in Carthage and Harrisonville, Missouri and churches in the Kansas City metro area. She has chaired West Missouri’s communications committee for several years and has been its communications director most recently. She was elected West Missouri’s diocesan secretary in 2012 and re-elected in 2013.
Lauren and her husband, Nelson McGee met as members of the choir at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Nelson is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Arkansas and Louisiana. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a degree in music history and literature. He also holds a master’s degree in voice performance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Nelson is a salesman by profession, currently working for PBA Health.
Nelson and Lauren were married at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in 1993. They have lived in Kansas City for most of the last 20 years. Their cats, Onyx and Argent, share their home. Both like to play tennis and read. Nelson is a composer and sings with the American Guild of Organists Schola Cantorum ensemble in Kansas City. He has volunteered as a line judge for World Team Tennis matches in Kansas City. Lauren maintains an unsystematic collection of vintage silver and textiles.
A native of Iowa City; a member of Trinity Parish since 1940; graduate of the University of Iowa in 1952; General Theological Seminary, New York City, 1955; parish priest in Iowa 1955 to 1968; half time assistant at Trinity parish and graduate student at the University of Iowa with an MSW in 1970; psychiatric social worker in the Child Psychiatry Service, University of Iowa; Assistant Director of Child Health Specialty Clinics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa; early retirement in 1991; supply priest in many Iowa Churches; made honorary Canon after 50 years ministry in this Diocese in 2005; father of five children and husband of Jean Marsden Hulme.
The Rev. Bill Moorhead spent 20 years in parish ministry in Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, plus 2+ years early on as a novice in the Order of the Holy Cross , and 1+ years as interim Episcopal chaplain at the University of Iowa. Most recently he has been in the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum at the University of Iowa College of Medicine (now retired after 15 year). He also serves as non-stipendiary priest associate at Trinity Episcopal Church, Iowa City, Iowa, and does supply ministry all over eastern Iowa. Fr. Bill maintains a sermon blog “Have Stole, Will Travel.”
The Rev. Catherine Quehl-Engel is Cornell College Chaplain, providing spiritual guidance to people of numerous religious traditions in and beyond Christianity, non-religious spirituality, and secular perspectives. As a member of the President’s Office, the faculty, and Student Affairs, she assists with campus community leadership, and teaches in the religion department. She lives with her husband, Craig, and their daughter, Rachel, in Mt. Vernon. In her spare time she enjoys long runs in the country, meditation, and readings related to Christian-Eastern spiritual wisdom, humor and playfulness among family and friends, gardening, and serving as Associate Priest at Trinity-IC. She is part of the Diocese; Reconciler team and is the director of The Iowa Diocese Summer Ministry School and Retreat.
Andrew Hicks has been the Minister of Music at Trinity since the fall of 2000. He is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, and also holds the AGO’s Choirmaster Certificate. After studying piano with Vera Payne and Ronald Fishbaugh and graduating in piano from Duke University, he responded to a newspaper classified ad seeking a part-time church organist, and taught himself to play the organ. Sensing a call to church music as a profession, he undertook graduate study at Westminster Choir College, where his teachers included John and Helen Kemp in church music, Erik Routley in hymnody and liturgy, Warren Martin in choral literature, and Donald McDonald in organ. After completing the master’s degree in church music at Westminster, Mr. Hicks served churches in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tennessee, and New York before coming to Trinity.
With a background in non-profit administration and promotion Nora has worked with children and families teaching and building community in a variety of ways over the last 15 years. She holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and is a certified yoga teacher. She has been with Trinity since June 2014. Nora has four children and lives in Iowa City.
Mindee joined the Trinity staff in August 2014. She holds a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Iowa. She previously worked as an auditor in a public accounting firm. She has three children and lives in Coralville.
Mo Jones, Clerk of the Vestry
Betsy McElroy, Co-Junior Warden
Melissa Murphy, Senior Warden
Donna Wong-Gibbons, Co-Junior Warden
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