The Rev. Bingham Powell
Our rector, Bingham Powell, began his ministry at St. Mary’s as Curate in June 2007, and was elected Rector of St. Mary's in June 2012.
Bingham graduated from Wake Forest University in 2003 and Virginia Theological Seminary in 2007. He was ordained to the transitional diaconate on June 2, 2007 in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia and to the priesthood on December 22, 2007 at St. Mary's.
Bingham loves to share the Good News of God's love whether through preaching, storytelling, or serving Christ in his neighbor. Pilgrimage has been a huge part of his spiritual growth, and he has embarked on several pilgrimages to the United Kingdom and the Holy Land. In his spare time, Bingham enjoys spending time with his family and running. Along with his ministry at St. Mary's, Bingham has served the Diocese in many ways over the years, including the Youth Ministries Team, Diocesan Council, Convention Planning Committee, Clergy Conference Planning Committee, and the Communications Task Force, among others. He is currently Dean of Central Convocation.
An Oregonian by birth, Bingham has spent many years in North Carolina and Virginia, so you might hear an occasional "y'all" slip out from time to time.
The Rev. Brad Toebben
Brad joined St. Mary’s team on December 1st, 2014. As our Assistant Priest, his main areas of focus, in addition to worship, are fellowship and education.
A Midwesterner by birth, Brad earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance/Commercial Bank Management in 1986 from the University of Missouri at Columbia. In 1988 he then entered the Roman Catholic seminary process, which led him to graduate studies at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He was granted master’s degrees in both religious studies and sacred theology. Returning to the United States in 1998, he became Director of Campus Ministries and an instructor of theology at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, serving in the latter position until 2003. After prayerful discernment, he made the difficult decision to leave the Roman Catholic Church and began working in interior design in Oklahoma City. Brad moved to Portland in 2005 where he eventually became a religion instructor at Clackamas Community College. During this time Brad began attending Trinity Cathedral in Portland, the congregation who ultimately sponsored him to become an Episcopal priest. After a year of Anglican Studies at General Theological Seminary in New York City, Brad was ordained to the diaconate in June 2014 and to the priesthood in December 2014.
The Rev. Nancy Crawford
Nancy Crawford was born in Guam, the daughter of a career Navy dentist. She is a cradle Episcopalian on her mother’s side and has been an active church goer since childhood. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from University of Louisiana-Monroe, but worked in the fields of mortgage banking, automation, and human resources. She became a member of the St. Mary’s staff in 2000, first as the administrative assistant and then as the financial assistant. Nancy was named parish administrator in March 2010, and retired June 2012.
Nancy’s lay ministry in the church has varied over the years. In 2006 she was ordained to the diaconate, which allowed her role in the church to change to one that includes more guidance and sharing of responsibilities. She served on the recent bishop’s search committee and she has just completed a term on the diocesan council. She has served two terms as Episcopal Church Women president for the diocese, and one term as president of the national ECW board.
The Rev. Tom English
Tom English was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1999. He has served at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Eugene, Oregon since. His social ministry has been to the criminal justice system and all whom it serves: inmates, victims, families, corrections staff, and communities.
He received a Master’s degree in corrections from the University of Oregon in 1972, directed programs for female and male adolescent offenders, served as consultant to the U.S, Department of Justice for 35 years and has served as a volunteer chaplain at the Lane County Jail and the Oregon Dept. of Corrections for 17 years. He currently is co-chair of the Prison Ministry Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon and directs St. Mary’s Jail and Prison Ministries.
Tom is well informed on criminal justice reform issues serving on the Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council and as Board member of Sponsor’s Inc., a nationally recognized model re-entry program offenders returning to communities.
Deacon Tom is dedicated to the notion that people can and do change and that a fair, humane and effective criminal justice system is essential to Christian theology and to the creation of safe and healthy communities.
The Rev. Nancy Muhlheim
Nancy became an Episcopalian in 1957 at Christ Church, Lake Oswego. When she became a member of St. Mary’s in 1984, Nancy began feeling the call to ordination. After a long period of discernment and three years of study, she was ordained in the fall of 2001.
As an ordained Deacon, Nancy has continued her education as well as her leadership training and service in pastoral care, small group facilitation in Bible study and Education for Ministry, and group and individual integrated dynamic spirituality.
She has extensive volunteer experience in the community as well as the church.
Nancy and her husband have two adult children and six cherished grandchildren.
The Rev. Theodore Berktold
The Reverend Theodore A. Berktold (Father Ted) was the rector at St. Mary’s from 1982 until his retirement in 2010. Our membership, our organizational strength, and our financial base grew under his leadership. At the time of his retirement, the Vestry bestowed upon him the title of Rector Emeritus.
Father Ted has made many professional contributions at the diocesan and national levels, including long range planning, Ministry in Higher Education, and stewardship. He has served as deputy to two general conventions, Dean of the Convocation, and member of Diocesan Council and Standing Committee. He is Chaplain of the South Willamette Valley Chapter of the Order of St. Luke.
Organist and Music Director
Maria, who started at St. Mary's in January 2016, is the latest in a long line of exceptional organists. Maria trained at the Russian Academy of Music, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and at the University of Oregon under Barbara Baird and has experience working in Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, and Methodist congregations along with several non-parochial positions. Most recently, she served as Director of Music Ministry at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, Corvallis, Oregon.
Office and Building Manager
It is often said that if you don’t know who to ask, “Ask Louise.” If you are looking to reserve a room at St. Mary’s, get help promoting your St. Mary’s event, or find out who is the right person to speak to about a range of other topics, Louise is your gal.
Louise has been St. Mary’s Office and Building Manager since June 2005. Prior to that, she had worked as St. Mary’s nursery caregiver during college. After living in California for several years, she was happy to find a home at St. Mary’s once again.
Finance and Records Manager
Lana Johnson is a native Oregonian and a cradle Episcopalian. She and her husband, Shane, were actively involved at St. Mary’s for many years before she was welcomed to the staff as Finance and Records Manager. She has a Masters of Business degree with a finance specialty, and has more than 20 years of experience as a bookkeeper. She ran a family business for 15 years, negotiating agreements between family members, making sound investment decisions, and managing for the good of the company while looking out for all the family owners’ interests as well. St. Mary’s has many of the same challenges (remaining professional while remembering that everybody has a valuable opinion) that she experienced in the for-profit world.
If you have a finance question, please ask Lana, but don’t stop there. She is interested in all sorts of things, and can usually help solve any problems that come up.
Sue Ann Hinman
Sunday School Director
Sue Ann joined St. Mary's staff in 2013. She directs the Sunday School, working with teachers, students, and families. She also helps coordinate other activities such as the Christmas Tableau, Family Fun Nights, and the Youth Pilgrimage.
As a retired teacher from the Eugene School District Sue Ann brings 35 years of educational background to the program being offered at Saint Mary’s. Her expertise in curriculum development and leadership in the 4j district support the skills she brings to reinforce the wonderful volunteers we have leading our youth. Along with her part time responsibilities at Saint Mary’s she is also currently working at the University of Oregon supervising students that are in the masters program, as well as being the owner and CFO of her family wine business.
Glenda has been the nursery caregiver since 2007 and loves the children in her care. Every Sunday at the 9:30 AM service, Glenda and her wonderful and caring volunteers are there to assist you. They have fun toys, crafts, music, stories, and cuddles for those wanting it.
Glenda also staffs the "Evening at St. Mary's" functions, so you can come and enjoy the events while your kids have fun too. Glenda is always open for your suggestions and welcomes you to come down and check out our great nursery.
The Rev. Doug Hale
Episcopal Campus Ministry Chaplain
The Rev. Doug Hale is the interim chaplain of the Episcopal Campus Ministry, available to serve students at the University of Oregon, Lane Community College, and Northwest Christian University.
Doug+ has 25 years of experience in parish and outreach ministries; was a board member of the University Christian Fellowship, Eastern Oregon University in La Grande; lists teaching (including classes on Biblical Greek) as one of his ministry specialties; and, holds a Master's in Church History, a BS in Psychology, and an Master of Divinity in pastoral ministry.
Liturgical Choir Director
Tom Trent, director of St. Mary’s Liturgical Choir, is a composer, tenor soloist, musicologist, instrumentalist, computer whiz, and ham radio operator. He received his doctorate in composition from the University of Oregon. Several of his compositions have been performed at the Oregon Bach Festival.
Children and Youth Music Director
Paula joined the St. Mary's staff in Summer 2013. She directs our Cherub Choir (Pre-K/K), Joyful Noise Choir (for children and youth 3rd grade on up), and Youth Band (7th grade and up). She also helps with music for the Christmas Tableau and directs occasional intergenerational choirs.
Paula has a Masters degree in Music Education and has taught in public and private schools for 18 years. She teaches pre-school music at St. Thomas Preschool, serves as substitute music teacher for elementary schools. She uses all this knowledge with her gift of music and personality to benefit our children (and the congregation who gets to hear the wonderful performances).