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.
Deacon Joan Wood
Deacon Joan Wood graduated from the Bishop Kemper School of Ministry in Topeka, KS in May 2015, and was ordained here at the Church of the Holy Spirit in June 2016.
As a native of South Dakota and a graduate of Augustana College in South Dakota, Joan fully expected to work as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) and live in SD. She then met a young Air Force sergeant, Stuart, who was home on leave. After getting married in 1972 and living in Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Okinawa, Indiana, and Nebraska, they chose to settle down here in Bellevue when Stu retired from the Air Force. Joan resumed teaching in Iowa and Stu worked for L&M Construction Materials. They have both since retired from our jobs and stay busy with gardening and volunteer work.
Joan and Stu have three adult children who provide many opportunities for travel. Sara and her spouse live and work in Kansas City. Her twin sister, Dana, married a Marine and currently live in Germany with their two daughters. Their son, Thomas, is an Air Force physician and is currently living in San Antonio with his spouse and their son and two daughters.
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.
Karen Ferryman is our church Secretary and Organist. She came to Nebraska in 1995 by way of North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota. Karen was a legal secretary for 16 years, worked for the phone company for 12 years and has been a church musician for over 25 years. She has two grown children living in the area and five grandchildren. Her hobbies include crocheting, knitting, and gardening.
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.
2019 Vestry Officers:
Senior Warden - Leslie Nutting
Junior Warden - Lori Erickson
Clerk - Doug Adams
Treasurer - Vic Culp and Blythe Becker