Priest-in-Charge

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Fr. Matthew Kemp is serving as our Priest-in-Charge during this transition period following Fr. Heschle’s retirement. A graduate of Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Fr. Kemp had been serving as our Curate since 2015, after spending two years on staff at Christ Cathedral in Salina, KS. He is in the process of completing a doctorate in Theology at Loyola University Chicago.


Others Serving at St. Paul’s

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Fr. James Steele

Honorary Assistant

Fr. Higginbotham

Honorary Assistant

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Fr. Abraham Awan

Assisting Priest

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Fr. john burton

Honorary Assistant


Past Rectors

St. Paul’s by-the-Lake has been blessed to be led by often long-serving rectors.

The Rev. John Henry Heschlē   1993-2019  In Father’s time as rector, the parish grew by about 75% and is now one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse parishes in the Diocese of Chicago. It has parishioners from South America, Asia, Africa, India, England, as well North American origins. Facility enhancements over the past decade included an expanded the parking lot completed in 2009 that allows some neighborhood use of the space, a renovated entrance to the Church with an accessibility ramp completed in 2012 and an interior renovation in 2013 that made the bathrooms accessible from the Nave. Fr. Heschlē’s vision St. Paul’s was always that it would be a truly neighborhood-friendly parish whose presence is well known in the larger community.   Click HERE  to read Fr. Heschlē's final Rector’s Charge on January 27, 2019, after 26 faithful years of service.   Click here  to read Fr. Heschlē's Annual Meeting Rector’s Charge delivered on January 17, 2016.   Click here  to download the homily delivered by Fr. Heschlē on All Saints Sunday, November 4, 2012.

The Rev. John Henry Heschlē

1993-2019

In Father’s time as rector, the parish grew by about 75% and is now one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse parishes in the Diocese of Chicago. It has parishioners from South America, Asia, Africa, India, England, as well North American origins. Facility enhancements over the past decade included an expanded the parking lot completed in 2009 that allows some neighborhood use of the space, a renovated entrance to the Church with an accessibility ramp completed in 2012 and an interior renovation in 2013 that made the bathrooms accessible from the Nave. Fr. Heschlē’s vision St. Paul’s was always that it would be a truly neighborhood-friendly parish whose presence is well known in the larger community.

Click HERE to read Fr. Heschlē's final Rector’s Charge on January 27, 2019, after 26 faithful years of service.

Click here to read Fr. Heschlē's Annual Meeting Rector’s Charge delivered on January 17, 2016.

Click here to download the homily delivered by Fr. Heschlē on All Saints Sunday, November 4, 2012.

The Rev. C.E. Brandt, 1889-1892

The Rev. J.O. Ferris, 1892-1895

The Rev. Henry R. Neely, 1895-1901

The Rev. P. Gavin Duffy, 1902-1903

The Rev. Richard Rowley, 1903-1911 (first parish rector)

The Rev. Gilbert W. Laidlaw, 1911-1917                           

The Rev. Henry N. Hyde, 1918-1926                     

The Rev. Charles T. Hull, 1927-1960                    

The Rev. Clifford Buzard, 1960-1969

The Rev. Daniel L. Banner, 1973-1992                       

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