Staff, Wardens and Vestry

The Clergy of Saint Paul's

Fr. Patrick Funston and St. Paul's merged their ministries in the summer of 2013. Patrick graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained in 2011. He spent the first two years of his ministry as chaplain and world religions teacher at Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence, Kansas. His ministry is characterized by a heart for service and strong, topical preaching. One of the youngest rectors in St. Paul's history, Fr. Funston brings Holy Spirit-inspired energy to his ministry and a love for Christ in worship and in others.

Fr. Funston and his wife Michael both grew up in Kansas and were formed in the Episcopal Church's strong youth and college ministries. They have been married since 2009 and have a daughter and a son.

The Reverend A. Patrick Funston, Rector

Phone: 785-776-9427 (Church Office)

Charles has been assigned to Saint Paul's parish since 2000, when he was ordained to the diaconate. In addition to being deacon at Saint Paul's, he is also one of two archdeacons of the diocese and accompanies the bishop when he makes parochial visits to parishes in the western half of the diocese and provides oversight and pastoral care to the deacons of that area as well. He is on the Board of Directors of the Flint Hills Community Clinic, a member of the Ecclesiastic Relations Committee of the Diocese of Kansas Council of Trustees, and on the Board of Directors of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry.

Charles is a professor emeritus of journalism and mass communications at Kansas State University since his retirement in 2012.

The Venerable Charles Pearce, Archdeacon

Phone: 785-776-9427 (Church Office)

Sandy was assigned to serve as deacon at St. Paul's in July 2013. She was ordained in June 2012 and served an internship in St. Paul's Marysville and St. Mark's Blue Rapids with Father Art Rathbun. She completed her fourth year of study in Education for Ministry in January 2014 and serves as mentor for the church's EfM group. Sandy is the acolyte trainer for the parish and has led a youth bible study group. She has also served as one of the camp nurses for the diocese's Mega Camp for three years.

Sandy is an RN-Informatics Specialist at Manhattan Surgical Hospital and has previously worked at Mercy Regional Health Center and the oncology clinic at Medical Associates.

The Reverend Sandy Horton-Smith, Deacon

Phone: 785-776-9427 (Church Office)

The Staff of Saint Paul's

Melody Saxton joined the St. Paul’s team as Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant in October 2017.  A resident of Junction City, Melody has a past in legal affairs and has worked in Kansas health departments and emergency preparedness/planning.

Melody Saxton, Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant

Phone: 785-776-9427

Kurt Weber, Treasurer

Phone: 785-776-9427

Kurt Weber has served as parish treasurer since November 2017. Kurt moved to Manhattan from Chicago in July 2015 and began attending St. Paul’s, he and his wife were confirmed in October 2017. Kurt, an Investment Consultant for Aon, and Nicolette, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at K-State, were married in June 2013 and welcomed their daughter, Kate, in June 2016. They are expecting their second child, a son, in March 2018.

Saint Paul's is extraordinarily fortunate to have as organist a person with such tremendous talent and experience. Paula Neihouse attended the University of Kansas where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and her Master’s degree in Accompanying, and the University of Miami where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Accompanying and Chamber Music. She has served as church organist and choir accompanist at several churches in the Kansas City area, as well as south Florida. She currently has a piano studio in the Manhattan area.

Paula Neihouse, Organist and Pianist

Phone: 785-776-9427

Choir director Glenn Horton-Smith is a physics professor at Kansas State University, and has sung in Episcopal church choirs since 5th grade and has a great love of all sacred choral music. He has been a choir member at Saint Paul's since 2004, and has directed since 2011. Glenn assists the rector in choosing worship music for Sunday services and conducts rehearsals. Contact Glenn if you're interested in joining our choir.

Glenn Horton-Smith, Music and Choir Director

Phone: 785-776-9427

The Wardens of Saint Paul's

Senior Wardens in the Episcopal Church are lay persons nominated by the rector and confirmed by the parish by vote at the annual meeting. The Senior Warden works with the priest and other clergy in administering the operations of the parish. David has been Senior Warden since July 2015. He grew up in Saint Paul's and has been active as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Christian Education Teacher, member of Vestry and serves liturgically as verger. He is a renown cellist, is the director of the Kansas State University Orchestra, and was named a University Distinguished Professor.

David Littrell, Senior Warden

Phone: 785-770-0195

The Junior Warden in the Episcopal Church is often referred to as "the people's warden" because he or she is nominated by the vestry and elected by the parish at the annual meeting. Junior Wardens are typically in charge of the building and grounds of the parish, and make sure that maintenance and repairs are taken care of. Tom Snyder has been Junior Warden since 2016 and is a retired physician and professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He and his wife, Theresa, have been active at St. Paul's since 2012.

Tom Snyder, Junior Warden

Phone: 785-320-7494

The Vestry of Saint Paul's

Vestry members are lay people elected for three-year terms by the parish at the annual meeting. The vestry goes beyond oversight of the business of the parish as servant-leaders responsible for identifying and developing programs of education for all parishioners and opportunities for individual and corporate spiritual growth. They act as "eyes and ears" of the Body of Christ as manifested in the people of Saint Paul's parish.


Michael Donnelly (2019)

Ann Pearce (2019)

Mary Sier (2019)

Candace White (2020)

Kim Conrad (2020)

Katie Dempsey (2021)

Marian Fuller (2021)

Kurt Weber (2021)