Father Michael A. Smith
Father Michael Smith was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2016, but has ministered in worship related roles for more than thirty years. A cradle Episcopalian, Father Michael launched into interdenominational ministries in 1987 with Covenant Players, a theatrical ministry. He met his wife, Heather-Beth, in CP; their common Anglican roots were part of their initial bond. Michael continued to serve in Presbyterian, Baptist, Christian Reformed, and various non-denominational ministries up until 2010, when he began his journey back into Anglicanism.
“I was mostly fulfilled in my ministry life, but somehow felt there was still a piece missing,” Father Michael recounts. “At last the Lord has drawn me back to Anglican liturgy and worship, helping me to realize that this was a vital part of my worldview since my earliest days. It’s always been a part of my design in ministry and my identity in Christ.”
The study and practice of worship has been a primary focus in Father Michael’s ministry and life. For him, worship is about much more than music and singing – it’s about consistent connection to the presence of God.
“In our work, our play, our rising and our resting, we always need to be mindful of His presence, listening for His voice. We are created to glorify God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Everything we do should honor Him.”
Rev. Dan Clark, Deacon
Deacon Dan was a founding member of St Peter’s; first as a lay leader and subsequently as an ordained Deacon. Prior to his time with St Peter’s, he served nearly 30 years in the USAF with assignments in various locations across the U.S. and tours in Belgium and Italy. He then worked for 15 years as an environmental consultant in the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ).
Throughout all those years, Dan served in many church roles (Chorister/Musician, Lay Reader, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Cursillo Organizer, Marriage Encounter Leader, Warden, Diocesan Council Member, House of Bishops Representative, and more).
Deacon Dan and his wife Barbara celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2019. They have no children of their own, but “borrow” youngsters from time to time to “keep them humble”….. Barbara is in the midst of a multi-year fight against breast cancer which has metastasized into her bones, and perhaps further. Diagnosis is ongoing and treatment options are being evaluated for efficacy and the impacts of side effects.
During his time with the WDEQ, Dan completed the four year Education for Ministry program offered by the University of the South at Sewanee and following additional discernment/preparation, was ordained a vocational Deacon by Bishop David Anderson under the authority of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America and has served at St Peter’s in that capacity since.
While Dan’s ministry supports a variety of programs at St Peter’s, his primary vocation now is serving as a Law Enforcement (LE) Chaplain. He has established and is currently managing LE chaplain programs for the Cheyenne Police Department, the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. This includes recruiting, training and mentoring chaplains to serve LE agencies across the entire state. As a part of that ministry, he also serves as the Training Officer for the Wyoming Law Enforcement Chaplains Association – preparing and mentoring dozens of chaplains to serve our LE officers, deputies, troopers, agents and marshals.
Deacon Dan’s life motto is “Service before self.”
Rev. Marge Marcewicz, Deacon
Deacon Marge is another founding member of St. Peter’s Church. She completed her four year Education for Ministry program and was ordained Deacon under the authority of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America. Marge has also served as a church teacher, Lay Reader and Lay Eucharistic Minister.
She served over 15 years as an Laramie County Community College campus chaplain, under the auspices of the Wyoming Ministry in Higher Education. She served more than 8 years as a Cheyenne hospital chaplain, and led monthly services at the east campus of the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
She has had many years of joyful service as the leader of large and small church altar guilds. “It is my Lord who led me to this: serving the Father, and being there for His people. Prayer is such a central part of this ministry, where I recognize God hearing and answering His people… I deeply understand that God is real and He answers prayer.”
Deacon Marge’s experiences have let her see that God is present, and He heals; she sustains a regular ministry of prayer with others, through the good and the traumatic times of life.