The Revd Greta Getlein, Vicar

Hello, and welcome to the St. Paul’s website! My name Is Greta Getlein (pronounced Get-line) and I am the priest here at St. Paul’s. Let’s first get the “what do I call a female priest” bit out of the way. If you normally call a male priest “Father so and so” then you may call me “Mother Greta”; if you are used to calling a priest by their given name, then you may call me “Greta”; if you are not sure which you prefer, please know that I don’t have a preference: try them both and see which works for you!

I was called to serve with this community on May 1, 2014 having been in New Haven since my graduation and ordination in 2009. I first served as curate (that’s church speak for new and learning priest) at Christ Church in New Haven and then accepted a call to serve at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (my alma mater) as Associate Dean. I am now so happy to be here in Rhode Island learning and loving and worshipping alongside such great folks.

I am married to Wanda Strickland, we live in Central MA with our two terribly cute church cats – yup, we found them outside the church one evening and took them home to raise when they were about one week old. My wife is a nurse and works in hospice and home health; we have three grown children and two adorable grandchildren. We love to walk, read, garden, play board games, cook, and spend time with family.

If you are new to St. Paul’s, find me on Sunday or call me during the week; I would love to get to know you. In the meantime, please pray for this church and its people, as we pray for this city, state, and the world. Peace be with you.

You may contact me via email or phone 401.728.4300.

The Revd Ted Platt
Associate for Music & Parish Life

 

As the Associate for Music and Parish Life, I am thrilled to be serving in a ministry in which I am afforded the opportunity to do the two things I love the most – working with people in offering music to God and helping to grow and nurture life within a parish community.

I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where I went to college at Northern Arizona University to study music education and performance.  After teaching band and chorus for several years in Arizona public schools, I then attended the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.  After graduating in 1992, I moved to New England and have lived here since that time and now consider Rhode Island my home.

Outside of my ministry at St. Paul’s, I serve as the chaplain for two assisted living communities in Providence, teach private music lessons and play bass trombone for the Warwick Symphony Orchestra.

If you are a person interested in making music to God – either as a singer or instrumentalist – I welcome you to be a part of our growing music ministry.  If your desire is to find a spiritual home and a community of faith that is loving and supportive, then I invite you to get to know us and share in our growing, learning, and serving as God’s people.

Richard DeBlois, Resident Sexton

Richard has been serving St. Paul’s parish for nearly 30 years as the resident sexton.  Caring for the church as if it belonged to God, Richard is available to assist the staff and parishioners in providing a safe, well-maintained building for worship and social events.

Kenneth Williams, Part-time Sexton

Kenny’s dedication and cheerful spirit in serving as the part-time sexton at St. Paul’s provides assistance for parish functions and to outside groups who utilize our beautiful facility for meetings and community events.