Our Clergy & Staff
St. Andrew's is currently without a rector due to the retirement of Fr. Joel Morsch. Until a new rector is called, Fr. George Pence will be officiating at services from July 21 through end September. Fr. John Thorpe, who is moving to this area from Dallas to begin study for the Doctor of Divinity degree, will officiate at services beginning October 1.
Candidates interested in applying for the position of rector at St. Andrew's should contact Kevin Babb, chair of the search committee.
Questions regarding pastoral care should be made to the church office at 618-656-1929. Alternatively, send email to St. Andrew's.
The Reverend Dr. George Pence
Officiating Priest | Pastoral Care - Illinois
Father George Pence, a retired priest who is a member of St. Andrew's, will be officiating at most Sunday services July 21 through the end of September. He will also officate at the monthly Healing Eucharist on the first Tuesday of each month and provide pastoral care in Madison Count. He was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Chicago. He has lived in the Edwardsville area a total of 28+ years (ten years in the 60s and 17 years recently). His wife of many years, Ione, died recently.
He earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy at McKendree University, an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Illinois, an M.T.S. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Church History and Ethics and a Ph.D. in Administration of Higher Education and Statistics from St. Louis University.
Fr. George is a late vocation priest, coming to the Priesthood at age 40, after a career as a University Professor and Administrator. He was ordained a Priest in the Diocese of Central Florida in June of 1979. Since ordination, he has served Parishes in Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, and Illinois and his last two assignments were as Rector, St. John's, Kewanee, IL, and as Canon Administrator and Treasurer, Diocese of Quincy in Illinois. He has also served as interim priest at St. Paul's Alton and interim Pastor of a Lutheran Church in Godfrey.
Fr. Pence can be reached through the church office at 648-656-1929 or by emailing St. Andrew's through this website.
The Reverend Joel James Morsch
The Revered Joel J. Morsch served as St. Andrew's 33rd rector from December 15, 2018 through July 15, 2019. Due to unforeseen circumstances causing him to return to Florida, he resigned and will retire as of July 16, 2019. The parish wishes him well in retirement.
Organist and Choirmaster
Henry Evans describes himself as “Someone who loves to play the organ!” He holds the Bachelor of Music Degree and a Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Piano Pedagogy from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and a Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the University of North Texas. In 1992, He was awarded the Organ Scholar Fellowship at Church of the Incarnation (Episcopal), Dallas, TX. He has played the organ and conducted church choirs for thirty-six years. During his extensive training, he studied with several well-known organists. His teachers included Kathleen Thomerson and Jesse Eschbach, and he was one of the last students of the French organist Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier. He has served as dean of the Saint Louis and Southern Illinois Chapters of the American Guild of Organists.
Eight parish volunteers currently work in place of an office staff member and oversee the printing of bulletins for Sunday services and special services, handle office phone calls and voicemail, distribute mail and packages, declutter the office, and help with organization in the choir room and the kitchen.
Current Office Volunteers are Marianne Cavanaugh, Mary Jane Helsel, Velma Schmidt, Marilyn Strangeman, Jane Weingartner, LaVernn Wilson and Cindy Yelverton. Marilyn Strangeman is pictured (left) as she prints Sunday bulletins. Contact Jane Weingartner to become a volunteer in the parish office.