Introductions put us in an amazing place, bringing up both the joy and the
anxiety of something new. Well, I just want you to relax because, other than
being born at the top of Mount Olympus, I’m just like the rest of you.
Actually I was born in the corner of Nebraska at Fort Robinson and I lived in
New Jersey, Colorado and Texas growing up. I also lived in Argentina for
two years while on a mission for the Mormon Church, after which I graduated
from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education. It was
then that I came back to my family’s home, Arizona, where I have lived since.
I taught first, second and third graders for 14 years before God put a call into
my heart to go into ordained ministry. I’m not sure if it was the call so much
as the fact that I had to tell my wife about the call that made it so scary. She
had graduated from Arizona State University two years earlier and found a job
at my school! God’s new plans changed all our well-laid-out ones. Joannie
and I met playing volleyball at church and got married March 19,1994. She is
an amazing partner to have as we minister together.
We have two sons - Jim who lives in Mesa and Eric who is in Minnesota. I
currently want them to start providing me with grandchildren, so if anyone has
suggestions about how to help with that, it would be appreciated.
I traveled back and forth to California for three years to Claremont School of
Theology and received a Master’s degree in Theology in June of 2007. I have
worked at Lakeview UMC in Sun City, First UMC of Phoenix in central
Phoenix, back in the neighborhood where I taught school at Epworth UMC
and most recently, at First Yuma UMC. In ministry I like to focus on people
who have been pushed aside and overlooked, rejected or ignored. If that
describes you, please come knock on my door.
Sheena Sweeney - Children's Ministry Coordinator
Born in Washington, Sheena spent most of her childhood in Delaware. She was drawn to Tucson after spending some time here in 2005 and falling in love with the area. She is currently in school for Elementary Education and should have her Bachelor’s degree by spring 2020. She has worked as a lead pharmacy technician and at an in home health care agency as scheduling coordinator and caregiver. Sheena and her husband Keith have three daughters - Claire, Bella and Kate - and have been attending St. Francis for just over two years. Sheena is very excited to build relationships with the children and families of St. Francis and see how we can continue to grow our amazing community!
Jim Wiltbank - Pastor
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Patricia Moore - Youth Ministry Coordinator
Patricia Moore received her Bachelor's of Music in Education and her Master of Science in Early Childhood Education at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. She is currently the music director at Canyon View Elementary School in the Catalina Foothills School District. During her many years of teaching she has worked with students as young at preschool all the way through high school aged students. Tricia along with her husband, Dean, and her daughter, Cadence, have been members of St. Francis in the Foothills since 2013. Tricia served as the music director for three years and moved to the Youth Director position in 2017. She is excited to meet and work with any youth who happen to walk through St. Francis doors!
Cathy DeMers - Director, International School for Peace
Cathy earned a Master's Degree in Special Education in the area of
Social/Emotional Development, and a Bachelor's Degree in
Elementary/Early Childhood Education, from the University of Arizona.
Cathy came to the International School for Peace in 2004 from Valley View
Preschool in the Catalina Foothills School District, where she was a
Preschool Teacher for 2 years. Prior to that , Cathy lived in Highland Park,
Illinois and worked in the North Suburban Special Education District for 17
years before relocating back to Tucson in 2001. In her off-time, Cathy enjoys
exploring and hiking in the beautiful Tucson desert with her husband Gerry
and their two daughters.
Melissa Mitchell - Administrative Coordinator
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Melissa was born in New York City but qualifies as practically a native Tucsonan since she has been here for fifty years! She was hired at St. Francis in 2012 as Administrative Assistant and has been part of the Adult Education, Membership and Mental Health Ministry committees. She currently chairs the Library for Peace committee.
Before working for St. Francis, she taught voice and guitar, and also worked in
the retail and hospitality industries. In her off time, Melissa enjoys camping, gardening, reading, playing her guitar, traveling and cooking. She and her wife, Patricia, are raising a growing boy named David. They also share their
home with too many cats, two tortoises and a boxer named Max.
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Karen Bauder - Assistant to the Administrative Coordinator
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Karen was born in Galveston, Texas and is a recent transplant to Tucson via Ohio, Los Angeles and Atlanta, where she was a computer consultant, web developer and art director. She is the chair of the Nurture and Care Team, as well as a volunteer with the St. Francis Library for Peace and Mental Health Ministry. She is also a trained Stephen Minister.
A writer and artist, Karen's children's story "The Imagination Plantation" appears in the Summerland Illumination Project (Electronic Lunchbox Readers for Kids). Her pet project is her website "Phoophie Tales: Scary Stories for Kids by Kids" featuring the writing of kids from all over the world. She spends her spare time editing and posting stories from kids and painting when her dog, Baby, lets her.
John Willis - Director of Music
John Willis, a native of Tallahassee, Florida, earned his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Florida State University. After graduating, he became the Director of Choral Activities at Hidden Oaks Middle School (HOMS) and the Assistant Choir Director at Palm City Presbyterian Church, both located in Palm City, Florida. At HOMS, he oversaw the direction of five choirs and consistently earned the rank of Superior at the state of Florida’s Music Performance Assessments. He also founded the annual Martin County Men’s Chorus Day, for which he hired clinicians to rehearse, guest conduct, and generally promote and encourage the growth and continuation of boys singing in choir. John is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting at The University of Arizona under Dr. Bruce Chamberlain.
Steve Barclay - Facilities Coordinator
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Born in Newbury, England, Steve made his way to Tucson with his adoptive parents in the early 1960's. Perhaps it was that foreign birth that give him a love for travel and adventure - he has lived in six states and 10 cities!
Prior to working at St. Francis, he worked as a law school admissions counselor, in corporate travel and international group sales for a cruise line, and as a certified nursery and landscape sales professional.
Besides traveling, you can usually find Steve indulging in his love of "putzing" -
around the house, in the garden, with his friends, and spending time with his
husband Tim, and their two dogs.
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