Staff & Vestry
Father Tom Jones
My journey to ordination began while still an active duty pilot in the Air Force. During that time, I earned a Certificate in Theology through St John's Theological College in Nottingham, England and completed the Episcopal Church's Education for Ministry program.
After 28 years of service, I retired from the Air Force in 2003 and entered seminary at the University of the South's School of Theology in Sewanee, TN. While in seminary, I served as a sacristan in the school's chapel, worked with the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, and served with a local Cadet unit of the Civil Air Patrol.
After graduating seminary, and before arriving here in November of 2008, I served two and half years as curate at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Omaha. Since my arrival, I have had the privilege to work with wonderful people who care deeply about the local and wider communities that surround us.
Since ordination, mission has been a very important part of my ministry and it has been exciting working with parish and diocesan youth on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, and in the Dominican Republic, as we seek to deepen relationships in and with Christ through our service, fellowship, and worship.
My lovely wife Sharon and I have been blessed with two children and two grandchildren. Sharon currently teaches mathematics at Metro Community College. Over the course of my Air Force career, we lived in Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Dakota, New York, California, England, and finally settling here in Nebraska where we now call home.
Christian Education Director
Our Christian Education Director, Cindy Pekarek, and her family have been a part of the Holy Spirit family since 2014. Cindy and husband, Dwaine (goes by J.R.), have two kids at home – Jillian and A.J. She also has two grown children, Matthew Clark and Ali Clark. Cindy is a "stay-at-home" Mom which means she is rarely in the house! She has 20+ Years experience teaching Sunday school and running youth groups, and also has some experience in special education issues, especially behavioral. Cindy wants to welcome the entire congregation to join her in supporting Church of the Holy Spirit's kids through Sunday school.
Our Parish Administrator, Jean Cook, has been a member of this parish for 26 years. A life long Episcopalian, Jean has been teaching Sunday school here for almost that long. Both of her sons were raised and confirmed in this church. As a petroleum geologist’s brat, and an Air Force wife, Jean has lived in many different places, including overseas. With a degree in Broadcast Communications, Jean has worked in both television and finance. Having filled in as the parish administrator, when the parish was looking for a new administrator several years ago, Jean was both happy to apply, and thrilled to become the new Church of the Holy Spirit Parish Administrator.
Dr. Julie Neish
Dr. Julie Neish earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University and earned her Master of Music degree from George Mason University. She is a versatile conductor, music director, and pianist, and has enjoyed performing in Spain, Italy, Greece, Singapore, Mexico, and throughout the United States. Formerly she was the Director of Choral Activities and an Assistant Professor of Music at Augusta University and Thiel College and served as the Professor of Music and the Music Department Coordinator at Northland Pioneer College. Dr. Neish is nearing her graduation from law school in the Creighton University School of Law as she continues her new adventure in the legal field. Dr. Neish loves cooking and baking for her cute hubby Diego, hiking, kayaking, traveling, laughing, and spending time with friends and family. Her full musical biography can be found at www.julieneish.com.
The Holy Spirit vestry is the governing body of our church. Members are elected to three year terms. The role of the Vestry is to lead, empower, and support the shared ministry of our parish.
2022 Vestry Officers: Other Members:
Senior Warden - Ken Gomeringer Margie Guy
Junior Warden - Michele Hagen Cindy Pekarek
Clerk - Leslie Nutting Leslie Nutting
Treasurer - Marcia Adams Judy Darrell