Clergy and Staff

Dawn Frankfurt

Rector

Mother Dawn Frankfurt was called to St. James in March of 2011. Mother Dawn grew up in Oklahoma City and Edmond, OK. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Oklahoma University and undertook a career in marketing after a few years of graduate study in creative writing. In a dozen years as a marketing professional, she held positions in Oklahoma City; Wilmington, NC and Honolulu, HI.

The only thing important enough to take her away from the paradise of island life was her call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. Over ten years ago, she was sponsored by the Diocese of Hawaii and attended the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale for seminary training. There she served two parishes in Connecticut: Christ Church Tashua in Trumbull and The Church of the Holy Trinity in Middletown. Historic Trinity Church, in Staunton, VA, was her first church home and where she was ordained to the priesthood. She served Trinity as Associate Rector for three years and stayed to serve as Interim Rector for another year before returning to Oklahoma to be close to family.

Mother Dawn has led two congregations in Oklahoma; she served as interim rector at St. Philip’s in Ardmore, and subsequently as interim rector at All Saints’ in Duncan.

C. Earl Mahan

Interim Assisting Priest

Sam Criss

Associated Priest

A retired priest with 50 years service associated with St. James as volunteer priest-missioner, Sam Criss preaches and celebrates once a month at St. James, does hospital calls and is a occasional teacher and lecturer. He is married to Beth Criss, and they have three children and five grandchildren. He is an oil painter, violinist, and weaver. He and his wife Beth, a retired social worker, are having lots of fun traveling, and enjoying their youngest grandchildren.

Peg Flynn

Deacon

Peg was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in June 2012 and has served at St. James since then.  She works with the St. James Youth Program and the After School Program at St. James—which offers arts programming to children from a nearby Title I school.

She earned a Master’s degree in public administration from Wichita State University and has worked in at several non-profits and government agencies in Wichita.  She has been involved with the local Girl Scout council since 1984 working to promote Hispanic services and anti-racism programs. Currently she is on the Board of Alumni and Friends of Girl Scouting—chairing the Scholarship Committee.

She has an MFA in Creative Writing from W.S.U. and taught as an adjunct lecturer at W.S.U. and Friends University between 1992 and 2010.  She has published poetry in a number of literary journals and is a big fan of poets Mary Oliver and Jeanine Hathaway.

She and her husband, Tim, have an adult daughter, Stephanie.  Being new “empty-nesters” they have recently resumed their favorite hobby: traveling around the U.S.

Deedee Evans

Deacon

Deacon Deedee Evans was born in Washington State, reared in Oklahoma, moved to Wichita from Texas, and graduated from Friends University. She has two children and five grandchildren. For several years she was Director of the Volunteer Center at United Way of the Plains, and is retired after nearly fifteen years as a staff chaplain with Hynes Memorial Hospice. She has sung in community and church choirs, played flute in community bands, and has been a singer with 60 member Wichita Broadway Singers. Ordained deacon over 20 years, Deedee focuses on pastoral care, and facilitates a two Grief Support Groups, one at St. James and one at a Larksfield, a large local retirement community.

Jeff Roper

Deacon

Deacon Jeff Roper graduated from The University of The South School of Theology (Education for Ministry) in May, 2009, the Kansas School for Ministry July, 2010, and was ordained as Episcopal Deacon January 8, 2011. Besides being a deacon at St James, Jeff has been involved as a Campus Minister-Episcopal Campus Ministry of Wichita, a Lay Eucharistic Visitor and Vacation Bible School teacher at St. James, and previously, a Youth Sponsor and Chalice Bearer at St. John’s.

Jeff graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in English and Political Science; from Wichita State University with a BA in Education and a Masters in English. He currently teaches Junior and Senior English (AP Lit & Comp) at Andover High School. In addition to teaching, over the years Jeff has coached football and girls and boys soccer.

Jeff and his wife, Vicky, have two adult children – Jonathan and Megan, and one furry 11-year-old chocolate lab child named Charlie Brown.

Marlene Hallstrom

Music Director

Marlene Hallstrom has been the Music Director at St. James since the summer of 2012, serving as Organist and directing the Choir, Choristers and Handbell Choir. She is rostered as an Associate in Ministry by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and serves St. James by call from the ELCA. Marlene has a master’s degree in organ performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as a master’s degree in music education from the University of South Carolina and has also received training in the Leadership Program for Musicians and the Royal School of Church Music. Marlene is a member of the American Guild of Organists and currently serves as a member of the National Council. In addition to her work at St. James, Marlene teaches piano and organ to children and adults and and has served as the president of the Wichita Metropolitan Music Teachers Association. Her strong knowledge of liturgy and worship music is a valuable asset to St James.

Marlene is married to Thomas Hallstrom, an ELCA pastor. They have three grown children, a foster daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Chelsea Whipple

Director of Christian Formation

Chelsea Whipple joined St. James as the Christian Formation Director in September of 2016. She coordinates the children, youth and adult education ministries. Chelsea has a master’s degree in New Testament Studies from Bangor Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in Education from Wichita State University. She has served as a missionary in Monterrey, Mexico and the hurricane ravaged areas of Mississippi and Louisiana. She currently serves as treasurer for Global Faith in Action.
Chelsea is married to Brandon Whipple and has two young boys, Adrian and Tristan. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, and anything outdoors.

Joyce Haynes

Bookkeeper

Joyce Haynes has been the bookkeeper at St. James for four  years.  She enjoys her family and is involved many community programs.

Deb Bagby

Administrative assistant

Deb Bagby joined the staff of St. James in July of 2009. She’s a lifelong Episcopalian and enjoys her work at the church. The parishioners of St. James are a loving and faithful group of people dedicated to the work of God in the church and outside in the world. Deb enjoys reading, gardening, family time and movies.