Who We Are...
The people of St. Paul’s are a lively community, devoted to God through our Anglican worship tradition, and to service to others through outreach. We cherish children, music, art, education, and religious expression through many media. For over 140 years, the parish has been located in the heart of Downtown Canton, responding to the needs of our neighbors, and offering rich cultural and spiritual experience to the wider community.
INTERIM RECTOR: THE REV. DR. ERWIN SMUDA
Since his retirement from full-time ministry, Father Erv has served as an interim pastor in five Lutheran congregations, St. John in Canal Fulton, St. Paul's in Newcomerstown, Holy Trinity in Canton, St. Jacobs in North Canton, and Zion in Youngstown. He has also served on four Episcopal Parishes; St. Mark's in Canton, St. John's in in Youngstown, St. James in Boardman, and St. Timothy's in Massillon.
David Carnell retired from Trinity United Church of Christ, Canton, Ohio, in 2015 where he served as Music Director-Organist for 26 years. He directed and served as accompanist for a varied program of nine music organizations for children, youth and adults in choral and instrumental music.
Music Director Emeritus
William Kendrick possesses a vast background of education and experience in church music. He specializes in classical selections, and frequently writes his own for notable/seasonal services.
ADMINISTRATOR: PEGGY NEIDIG
Peggy served more than 20 years in similar roles at two merged Catholic churches, St. Benedict’s and St. Mary’s, on Canton’s east side, plus Massillon’s St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. She will keep Monday-through-Thursday hours.
In autumn of 2013, St. Paul's licensed three lay preachers from the congregation. These individuals speak on a revolving basis throughout the year and serve extensively in other capacities in the church.
Troy's background--academic, spiritual, and occupational--has thoroughly enriched the parish of St. Paul's.
He graduated from Washington High School in 1983, and received a BA degree from Walsh College in 1988 in Spanish and Biology with teaching licensure. In 1991 he earned an AA degree in Philosophy from St. Thomas More College, and an MA degree in Spanish Literature from Akron University in 2002.
Troy was initially raised a Baptist, and then at nineteen, he was baptized and confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church. Following his education at Walsh University and then at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary of the West in Cincinnati, his studies continued at The Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, and the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, among Franciscans. Troy was active in all aspects of ministry in both his home parish of St. Joseph's in Massillon and the seminary. After thirty years as a Roman Catholic, he began attending St. Paul's in February of 2013. On September 29, 2013, he was received into the Episcopal Church by Bishop Hollingsworth and has been very active in various ministries at St. Paul's ever since. He is a member of Vestry, sings in the choir, and has participated in EFM (Education for Ministry). In addition to these responsibilities, he is presently finishing his MS degree in Biology at Akron University.
Troy has taught both youth and adults in Catholic and public schools, as well as at the university level. He has taught in a correctional facility and has served as a Boy Scout/Cub Scout counselor. He worked as an Engineering Technician for the Hoover Company and trained as a pet groomer; his love and concern for animals led him also to serve in reception and as a triage technician for a veterinary emergency clinic.
Troy is currently employed as Naturalist and Education Program Coordinator for Fairlawn Parks and Recreation.
Deb has been welcomed warmly at St. Paul's, not only for her strong work ethic, but for her intense devotion to every cause she represents there.
She originally hails from Evanston, Illinois, where she was deeply involved at St. Mark's parish as a choir member, the parish administrator, and a member of the 150th anniversary committee.
Deb is a graduate of Vassar College. After a successful career with IBM, she attended Garret Seminary at Northwestern University and earned her Master's in Christian Education. She has served on the staff of several churches, has consulted across denominations in the area of Christian formation for adults and youth, and is a sought-after retreat leader.
Deb has channelled her energies into development, raising sorely-needed funds for the Josselyn Center and The Pillars, two non-profit organizations on Chicago's north shore, providing programs in human services and in enhancing the lives of those struggling with mental illness. She has volunteered extensively, including on the boards of the Girl Scouts, Northeast Illinois Council, the Lake County Urban League and Touchstones Interfaith ministry. During her years in Glencoe, Illinois, she served for four years as the village's chairperson of the Human Relations Committee and for six years on its Public Safety Commission.
Deb was recently elected President of the Stark County NAACP, officially sworn in by Judge Richard Reinbold.
Deb shares ownership with her cousin of Energy Efficient Solutions, an energy consulting company to small businesses. She is currently the chair of the Oil and Gas Taskforce for the Stark County Minority Business Association and has been appointed by Mayor James Healy to serve on the Fair Employment Practices Board for the City of Canton.
A former member of the North Shore Chorale in Winnetka, Deb continues her love of singing with the choir at St. Paul's, as well as serving as Vestry Clerk.
Reverend Frederick Gibbs
Retired from full-time ministry, Reverend Gibbs regales our congregation regularly with his thoughtful and dynamic sermons. He has also spoken in depth of Colonial Williamsburg, in which he has long held a personal interest. He and his wife, Judy, live in Canton with their dog, Cruizer, and cat, Parker.