THE REVEREND ELIZABETH MONTES – Pastor
An Episcopal priest, she spent most of her career in parish ministry in the Dioceses of Texas, Nebraska, and West Texas. She has served as chaplain with Saint Francis Community Services in Wichita since 2013 where she ministers to staff and clients. “Mother Eli” leads Rite II Holy Eucharist in Spanish on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s. In addition to the 1:00 p.m. Spanish Mass at St. John’s, Mother Eli has been conducting a class in Christian Formation in Spanish immediately following the service.
DEACON – THE REVEREND ARLAND WALLACE
Deacon Arland Wallace is a long-time member of our parish family. Born in Springfield, MO, he grew up in Wichita, attending a non-denominational church with his parents, and later a Congregational church. During a visit to St. John’s, he fell in love with the beauty of the liturgy and the church. As his faith became more important in his life, he began to consider a life of service to God. His path to the clergy began with two years of discernment, followed by 2 years of study at the Bishop Kemper School of Ministry. An internship year at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Wichita opened his heart, soul and mind to live a life of faith, and to serve God with joy and grace. Deacon Arland was assigned to serve at St. John’s beginning in July 2016.