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The Rev. Melesa McEwan Skoglund

Rector

Mother Melesa was raised in Colorado, and later found a home in the Midwest while studying at Taylor University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In college, she encountered the Episcopal Church for the first time and found rest in the liturgy, home in the tradition, and embrace in the community. Melesa was ordained to the priesthood in 2019, and was called to serve as the Rector of St. Thomas in January 2022.

Prior to ordination, Mtr. Melesa worked in Milwaukee’s nonprofit sector where she specialized in nonprofit operations, donor management, and program coordination/creation. She is married to Erik, a graphic designer, and together they have a three-year-old son. When she’s not chasing a toddler, Melesa enjoys gardening, walking the trails and the city, and exploring Wisconsin breweries with her husband.

You can contact Mtr. Melesa at rector@stocchurch.com.

 

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The Reverend Deacon Marge Kiss

Parish Deacon

Deacon Marge has served as Deacon at St. Thomas of Canterbury since 2014. She feels honored and privileged to walk with them in hope and to coordinate the ministries that support the Sunday services. As a member of the Telecare Ministry, she regularly touches base with members, offering them a time to chat and to ask for prayers. At home, Charlie 2, her rescue cat, entertains and, at times, comforts her. Between reading, putting together jigsaw puzzles and finding creative ways to prepare black turtle beans, she makes lists.

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Chris Mroz

Parish Administrative Assistant

Chris is excited to be part of the St. Thomas of Canterbury community since October 2018 in the role of Parish secretary and supporting the rector. Chris has been a Greendale resident for many, many years and was active in Greendale community organizations. Chris’ two sons were raised and schooled in Greendale. Chris enjoys a variety of activities: cooking, baking, gardening, and reading.

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Scott Eakins

Music Director

Scott, born and raised in Iowa, moved to the Milwaukee area in 1992.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music/Voice Performance from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA and a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology from Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Divinity, Hales Corners, WI. He has served parishes in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin since 1987.

Scott currently lives in Milwaukee with his pup, Stewy.