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 Intern Roy Phillips
A cradle Episcopalian, I grew up in Falls City, Nebraska where I was baptized and confirmed at St Thomas Episcopal Church. After graduating from high school, and attending the University of Nebraska for a short period of time, I enlisted in the US Air Force in 1976, retiring in 2000. My assignments started and ended in Bellevue at Offutt AFB with six different postings in between to include 12 years overseas (England, Germany and Japan). I currently am employed at Lowe’s in Papillion, with plans to retire from the work force in September of this year.
My road to the Diaconate started at All Saints Episcopal Church with a Parish Discernment Committee in 2017, followed in the summer of 2018 with the Vocational Inventory Retreat led by Bishop Barker. My formational education began at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry in Topeka, Kansas in 2019 (a two-year program); and I am currently in the final semester of classes, set to complete courses this August.
One of the requirements prior to ordination is to complete an internship at a parish other than our home parish; after meeting with Bishop Barker and Canon Liz, the decision was made for me to intern at Church of the Holy Spirit with Father Tom. I feel honored and very blessed to be working with Father Tom, and am looking forward to meeting and working alongside the members of the parish once we get through this pandemic.
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.
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.
2021 Vestry Officers:
Senior Warden - Michele Hagen
Junior Warden - Ken Gomeringer
Clerk - Linda Blinston
Treasurer - Blythe Becker