Clergy and Staff

Mark PruittThe Reverend Mark Pruitt
(330) 836-9327, ext. 23

The Reverend Mark J. Pruitt began serving as Rector of St. Paul’s in 2007 after serving for eight years as Chaplain and Chair of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island. Prior to that Mark served as the Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Butler, PA, as an Assistant Chaplain at the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse Chapel), and also as Director of Youth Ministries at St. James Episcopal Church in Potomac, MD. Mark is married to Becky and they have two children, young adults now, Elizabeth and Andrew.

Susan TiffanyThe Reverend Susan Tiffany
Assistant Rector
(330) 836-9327, ext. 28

The Reverend Susan J. Tiffany joined St. Paul’s as assistant rector in 2017. Prior to accepting this call, she was the interim rector at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Lorain, OH, and was assisting priest at St. Michael and All Angels, South Bend, IN. Among Susan’s passions in ministry are sharing the Gospel with prisoners, Stephen Ministry, and healing services. Before being ordained, Susan spent several years in trade publishing as an editor. In her free time, Susan enjoys hiking and kayaking.

The Reverend Polly GlanvilleThe Reverend Polly Glanville
(330) 836-9327,  ext. 31

The Reverend Polly Glanville is a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. Ordained in 1996 by Bishop J. Clark Grew, she was first assigned to serve at St. Philip's in Akron. After leaving St. Philip's in 2001, she created The Susan Ministry, an extra parochial ministry for the elderly which provided empowerment and education for mature adults. She has worked with parishes throughout the Summit Mission Area and Diocese, providing programming focused on quality of life issues for seniors as well as presenting workshops at Winter Convocation on topics relating to aging. Polly was assigned to St. Paul's in 2004 by Bishop Mark Hollingsworth. She is a member of the Community of Deacons in the Diocese and serves on the Diocesan Council, an advisory board to the Bishop. Recently retired from her secular career, she is the mother to two grown children and grandmother of two above-average grandchildren.

Music Ministry
Daniel J. Fortune, Organist-ChoirmasterDaniel J. Fortune
(330) 836-9327, ext. 29

In September 2009, Daniel Fortune began his work as Organist-Choirmaster of St. Paul’s. He held a similar position at Old St. Paul’s in Baltimore, Maryland for almost twelve years. Prior to that he was Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo, New York. He has degrees in organ from Houghton College (Houghton, NY) and from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Dr. Susan Klotzbach and Russell Saunders, respectively. He is an active member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and the American Guild of Organists. He has a particular passion for hymns and has written many descants, organ reharmonizations, and instrumental arrangements for liturgical use.   

David Sparkes, Assistant Organist-ChoirmasterDavid Sparkes
Assistant Organist-Choirmaster

David Sparkes was appointed Assistant Organist-Choirmaster in September 2017, continuing his illustrious career in church music. Once assisting musicians Wayne Dirksen and Paul Callaway at the National Cathedral, David served as organist at St. Andrew’s Church in Akron for 25 years, the parish in which he grew up. He has held several other church positions in the greater Akron, Cleveland, and Canton areas, most recently at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Canton. David has also been a bus driver for Akron Public Schools for 37 years.


Program Staff
Beth Guenther, Director of Ministries to Families and ChildrenBeth Guenther
Director of Ministries to Families and Children
330) 836-9327, ext. 31

Beth has been a very active part of St. Paul's for many years. For over 13 years she has taught Confirmation Classes with Jim Mothersbaugh, and she's also taught several grade levels in the church school. Beth is a busy volunteer in her community and she teaches music part-time at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Doylestown. She graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio with a B.A. in Music Education. Beth is married to Russ and has two daughters, Caitlin and Emily.

Administrative Support Staff
Carrie Searle
Carrie Searle
Executive Assistant to the Rector
(330) 836-9327, ext. 21

Carrie is a life-long member of St. Paul's and currently involved in Altar Guild and the St. Catherine's Choir. She graduated from Ohio University with a BA in Political Science. She spends her free time volunteering for the Firestone Swim Team, reading, and hiking. Carrie is married to Rob and has three children, Tommy, Hannah, and Maddie.

Gail Wild
Gail Wild
Business Manager/Treasurer
(330) 836-9327, ext. 24

Gail began work at St. Paul’s as Business Manager/Treasurer in May 2017. A member of St. Paul’s since 1985, she has been a member of the Missions Committee, Altar Guild, Choral Society, and Vestry, most recently serving as Treasurer of the Endowment Foundation. A graduate of the MBA program at the University of Akron, Gail was Administrative Director and Chief Operating Officer at the Akron Art Museum for over 14 years. Currently she divides her time between St. Paul’s and Tuesday Musical, where she serves as Finance Administrator. An amateur violinist, she is a member of the Suburban Symphony in Beachwood and participates in string quartet workshops in the US and Europe. In her spare time Gail enjoys reading, playing string quartets with friends, and spending time with her cats, Grace and Casper.

Thomas J. ValtmanThomas J. Valtman
Financial Administrator
(330) 836-9327, ext. 22

 Thomas J. Valtman, Financial Administrator of St. Paul’s, started here in February 2006 after working in corporate accounting for 30 years. The church environment is proving a welcome change from the corporate atmosphere and it has been and continues to be, an extremely pleasant learning experience. The many one-on-one interactions with so many of the parishioners of St. Paul’s is proving to be a very rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. Thomas lives in Seven Hills (a southwest Cleveland suburb) and is married with three daughters and a small “team” of grandchildren. His hobbies include enjoying the time spent with the family, baseball, bowling, and just soaking up the wonderful Northeast Ohio summer weather. 

Laureen McGarryLaureen McGarry
Graphic Artist/Printer
330-836-9327, ext. 45

In September 2010, Laureen McGarry began her work here as our Printer and Graphic Artist. She has a degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Drawing from The University of Akron. She is the proud and busy mother of two wonderful sons and one very special beagle/terrier mix. She spends her free time enjoying nature, painting, cooking, and supporting live local music and art with friends.

Dale LowerDale Lower
Head Sexton
(330) 836-9327, ext. 45

Dale Lower, Jr. started work as Head Sexton at St. Paul's in March 2006. He spent the previous 32 years at F.E. Schumacher, the last eleven as Facilities Manager.

Carolyn Chapman
Carolyn Chapman
Pastoral Ministries Administrator
(330) 604-1094

Carolyn has been a member of St. Paul's for over fifty years, participating in a wide range of activities here. She is a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a Verger, and the leader of our Stephen Ministry training. As a trainer for Stephen Ministry, Carolyn recruits and coaches members of the congregation who want to live out the gospel's command to love one another by visiting and supporting those in need.

Todd RosenbergTodd Rosenberg
Director of Development and Planned Giving
(330) 836-9327, ext. 33

Todd joined our staff in October 2013 as Director of Development and Planned Giving. His mission includes supporting the growth of the church through the Endowment Foundation. He recently retired from a 35-year career in Risk Management with major transportation companies, where he served in a variety of leadership roles. A member of St. Paul's for over 20 years, Todd sings with the Men and Boys Choir, and has served on Vestry, the Music Director Search Committee, Parish Profile Committee, Dominican Republic Mission Trip, and Habitat for Humanity. In his free time, Todd enjoys travel and reading history. He is married to Diane and they have two adult children, Jeff and Elizabeth.

Beth RiceBeth Rice
Welcome Desk/Receptionist
(330) 836-9327, ext. 20

Beth joined the staff in June 2017.



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