Our ClergY

Deacon - The Rev. Michael D. Choquette

Deacon Mike with Collar

Deacon Mike is the newest member of Saint Mary's staff being ordained to the Diaconate in October 2020 after many years of discernment to his call.  As a deacon, Mike continues to work as a Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for a medical device company and brings years' worth of managerial skills and experience and his love of God and God's people to Saint Mary's Church and his role as Deacon.  Believing that as baptized Christians we are all called to servant leadership, Deacon Mike looks for ways to use his talents to help others live out their Baptismal Covenant; serving Christ in all persons, striving for justice and peace among all people, and respecting the dignity of every human being.

 

Our Staff

Parish Administrator - Lisa Strandberg

Lisa StrandbergIn addition to serving St. Mary's, I am also the Parish Administrator for St. Paul’s Episcopal in McHenry. You might have seen me here in church as a substitute organist, which I greatly enjoy. I’m a resident of Crystal Lake, where I live with my two cats, Benny and Jim. I enjoy quilting and I also teach piano lessons in my home.

 

 


Organist / Choirmaster - Isaac Rhea
Isaac Rhea

Ever since I was young, I was obsessed with ‘making’, whether making food or making my siblings upset. Some people make money, something at which I am less fortunate, but I knew that was never my calling. Instead, I love to make music. When I first visited the Episcopal Church of St. Luke’s, Dixon, I experienced the enrapturing sound of the organ. I was hooked immediately, writing my first composition at the age of 13 and accompanying choirs at 14; Diademata being the first. The obsession to create has opened many doors in my life, such as studying with Gregory Gyllsdorff, a fellow of the AGO (American Guild of Organists), and maintaining friendships with organ designers and keyboard enthusiasts alike.

Today, I attend North Park University in Chicago, but I visit home and St. Luke’s as frequently as I can. If there were one thing I could say about the organ, it would be that it is alive and thriving. However, it is a gift which can only be shared from one generation to another.


 

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