Randy Barnhardt, Diocesan Financial Officer
Marlys Fratzke, Bishop’s Administrative Assistant, Editor of ChurchNews
The Reverend Portia Corbin, Missioner for Camping & Retreat Ministry
Dr. Chris Corbin, Missioner for Transition and Leadership Ministries
The Reverend Tim Fountain, Missioner for Support; Safeguarding God’s Children Coordinator
Pat LeBeau, Missioner for Property
While Calvary Cathedral is located in the state’s largest populated city, Sioux Falls, the bishop’s office is located in the geographic center of the state, Pierre (locally pronounced as ‘peer’). With the diocesan office accessible to all parts of our large territory, the bishop can often travel to a parish and return home in the same day. Similarly, Pierre’s centrality grants equal distribution of the travel burden to clergy and ministry participants wishing to meet at the diocesan office.
The fact that staff members reside and work across the state is an asset to our ministry throughout the Diocese. Similar to the model of our national church, highly qualified staff members offer representation for the bishop’s office in moments of crisis and for on-site planning purposes. Forward-thinking staff members envision an opportunity for the Diocese of South Dakota to be a leader in demonstrating the effectiveness of this non-traditional model of church management and support. Staff collaboration is key to its success.
Clergy in South Dakota are deeply committed to God and to serving God’s people. Mission clergy endure the challenges of long hours on back roads in hazardous weather and poor road conditions. The clergy are supportive of each other, reaching out to help one another and work with our bishop to care for the people. They respect and appreciate one another. Due to the sparsely populated nature of the state and long distances between congregations, our clergy are often isolated. They greatly value those occasions when they can come together for a time of sharing struggles, joys and some good-natured teasing. Our “theological temperature” varies, depending on the particular church and community, from traditional to progressive to multi-cultural. We continue to be actively engaged in our commitment to combat racism, which continues to be a reality for many of our people. Non-mission clergy provide pastoral care to all Episcopalians in city-centered health care facilities, participate in Niobrara Convocation, and lead their congregations in strong financial support of diocesan endeavors.
In the Diocese, we have a total of fifteen active deacons and thirty-eight active priests, serving as rectors or vicars of individual parishes, or as superintending presbyters of multiple congregations (nine of whom are retired but continue to serve). Our nine reservations are served by seventeen priests and deacons and numerous Senior Catechists and lay readers, whose service is both legendary and priceless to the clergy and their communities.
There are twenty-five priests, full- or part-time, serving off the reservations, including three non-stipendiary priests serving mutual ministry congregations. Most of these clergy serve only one congregation.