Our Clergy & Deacon

Fran HollidayRector - The Rev. Frances M. Holliday

Rev. Fran began serving here at St. Mary's on November 1, 2014. Previously Fran served All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Chicago as the Associate Rector and the Program Director of Ravenswood Community Services, the meal and pantry program
at the parish. Prior to this Fran served as the Rector of St. Richard’s, Chicago and
as the Curate at Christ Church, Waukegan.

After graduating from the University of Illinois, Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science in 1989, she received her Masters of Divinity at Seabury, Western Theological Seminary (2003) and was subsequently ordained in the Diocese of Chicago.

With an abundance of gifts, and talents, Rev. Holliday brings a passion for vibrant worship, creative leadership and a strong identity to St. Mary’s Church in the Crystal Lake Community.


Our Deacon


Leadership Through Service


The ministry of deacons is primarily one of leadership through service – to seek and to serve.  Their role is to identify the needs of the world, and to bring our attention to those on the margins of society that they may in turn be served. They do this through the Prayers of the People and in prophetic preaching and through outreach projects, such as the annual Bishop's Challenge.  In our parish our deacon has a variety of ministries.  She does a lot of listening to parishioners concerns maintaining a pastoral/confidential presence for them.  She visits the sick and home-bound bringing communion and praying with them. 


Deacons are leaders and examples of how to live as a servant of Christ.   One of the greatest examples is St. Francis.  He, himself, was a deacon (often thought to have been a priest) dedicated to serving the marginalized.  - “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”  May it be so with all of us!

Deacon Pastoral Assistant - The Rev. Barbara E. Bishop
Deacon Barb earned a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Education at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, WV and a Master's Degree at the Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL. She was ordained Dec. 7, 1991, by Bishop Frank Griswold. Deacon Barb is a former on-call Chaplain at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL. She has served on the Diocesan Staff as Administrator for the Deacons' Formation Program and also as Administrator for the Commission on Ministry, keeping track of those pursuing ordained ministry as either a priest or deacon. She retired from her Diocesan Staff position in 2009. She served as a Board Member of the North American Association for the Diaconate (Association for Episcopal Deacons) for many years and is its past-president.




Deacons participate in the liturgy, proclaiming the Gospel, bidding the Confession and setting the table for Holy Communion. At the end of each service the deacon sends the baptized refreshed back into the world to do their baptismal ministry - to serve as Christ. 

More information on the Deaconate Ministry Here!

Parish Lay Chaplain - Janet Stiff

More information on the Lay Chaplain Ministry Here!

Our Staff

Music Director - Ms. Sandra L. Molyneux
Sandy was born in west Texas and raised in the Presbyterian Church. At 15, she was pulled out of Sunday school to play the organ for the day’s service. She continued as organist until she graduated high school. While studying at Texas Christian University on a music scholarship, Sandy visited St. Stephen Presbyterian Church where her heart and soul were touched by the formal, dignified, and reverent service. She spent the next 25 years studying organ and serving as Assistant Choirmaster/Organist at St. Stephen before moving to Illinois. Sandy became the organist at St. Mary’s in 1995, and took on the additional role of Choirmaster in 1998.

Parish Administrator - Ms. Amy Noe
Amy and her family have been members of St. Mary’s since moving to Crystal Lake in 1998. Coming from different religious backgrounds (Baptist and Roman Catholic), she and her husband, Rick, needed to find a church that made them both feel comfortable. From the first day they attended an Episcopal service in Wisconsin, and continuing through various moves since then, they have felt at home in the Episcopal Church. Amy has been the central presence in our parish office since 2002, and considers it a privilege to work with and for her St. Mary’s family.

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