The REV. DR. JAMES B. SIMONS, RECTOR
The Rev. Dr. Jim Simons has served as rector of St. Michael’s since 1988. He is a native of Western Pennsylvania and served previously at a parish in suburban Pittsburgh. A leader at the diocesan level, he currently serves on the Standing Committee. At a National level he is currently a member of Executive Council. A nine-time deputy to General Convention, he has served the past three as Chair of Dispatch of Business and is also member of Planning and Arrangements.
Dr. Simons began a tradition many years ago of writing a short story to read on Christmas Eve in lieu of a traditional sermon. In 2015 a collection of his (and our) favorites was published by Rowman & Littlefield. "A Dog in the Manger" can be purchased here.
He lives in Ligonier, and has three adult children who still consider St. Michael's "home".
Belva McKlveen, Parish Secretary
Belva is a lifelong resident of Stahlstown. She is married and has two children. She enjoys being out doors, cutting grass, gardening and spending time with her family.
Debbie Stouffer, Bookkeeper
Debbie is a native of the Ligonier Valley having grown up in Rector. She moved back to the Valley in 2014 after 20 years in Florida, to be closer to family. She is a member of Calvary Methodist Church where she serves on the music team.
RICHARD MCLAUGHLIN, Sexton
Rick has been with St. Michael's over 12 years, keeping the building safe, and operating. He oversees building issues such as groundskeeping, maintenance, and general housekeeping.
Marion Sukanovich, Organist
A native of the area, Marion is a graduate of Westminster College where she was elected to the Music Honorary, Mu Phi Epsilon. Marion and her husband have lived in a variety of places over the years giving her the opportunity to teach music in schools and be the choir director in a number of different contexts. She as been sharing her gift of music with St. Michael’s since 2009.
CLASS OF 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Jay Follansbee- Sr. Warden
Adam McNeill - Junior Warden
Suzannah Paul - Secretary
Rex Ashbrook - Treasurer
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Order of St. Luke