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Sandy Selden, Senior Warden


Sandy P. Selden has done all sorts of jobs since first coming to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in 1977. She has been a Sunday school teacher, an ECW board member, maker of the famous fund-raising fruitcakes, rummage sale chair, plate coordinator, and when in the undercroft, she knows how to use the dishwasher! As a member of Worship Cell group and a recent participant in Education for Ministry, Sandy loves to imagine faith in action, and is happy to serve on Emmanuel’s vestry. In real life, she is a painter of pictures, a gardener, and loves dogs, opera and baseball, favoring the (“Wait until next year”) Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. Sandy grew up near Chicago, graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh and received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She met Steve Selden from Minnesota and he seemed to enjoy art openings and travel. They became S + S in 1974. Sandy founded a design business, Steve became a financial planner for Northwestern Mutual, and together they made Petoskey home, raising three daughters, Shannon, Anne and Emilie at 1019 E. Mitchell St., just across the street from Emmanuel.  Now there are grandchildren! (Why was that not in the first sentence?) Sandy and husband Steve have four small but talented grandchildren who live in New York and want to come to Petoskey every summer forever.



Frank Hawthorne, Junior Warden


Frank Hawthorne & his wife Dottie moved to Petoskey and joined Emmanuel E-Church just two years ago, in the spring of 2015.  Though both natives of Michigan, they are retired librarians--he of the Information Services Dept. at Rochester Public Library & she of the Mayo (Clinic) Medical Library, Rochester--who spent 34 years in SE Minnesota.  There, they raised a son & a daughter; and were active members of Calvary Episcopal Church.  Now, despite their best efforts to be loafers, they are immersing themselves in the lives of Emmanuel parish; and Frank is pleased to be a new member of a Vestry which (despite the serious work it is about) does not take itself too seriously.



Joyce Riordan


Joyce Riordan lives with her husband Bill and puppy Max.  Their daughter Amy attends The Ohio State University and son Brian attends Michigan State University. Joyce’s parents, Elmer and Virginia Kochans, live nearby.    It was in 1999 that Joyce gradually became involved with church life at Emmanuel beginning with attending Sunday services, Bible Study, Coffee Hour and Sunday school. The Annual Shrove Tuesday Dinner kickoff occurred in 2010 which was developed by Joyce and others to raise funds for youth education.  Later, she helped launch and lead the 2014 Capital Campaign charged with raising the funds needed to make expensive repairs to the roof and parking lot.  Joyce worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist and later became Training and Development Director.  She left her career behind and began using her skills to serve the Petoskey area as volunteer for various organizations including Petoskey Children’s Nursery School board member, Women’s Resource Center board member, St. Francis Xavier School PTO Chairperson, Camp Daggett Adventure Center Committee Chairperson and most recently, trustee for the Petoskey Education Foundation. 



Karel Howse


Karel was born in Chicgao and considers herself a "Cradle Episcopalian" as she was baptized as an infant .  She spent part of her childhood in Toledo, Ohio and then moved to Birmingham Michigan for Middle and High School years.  She graduated from Michigan State University.  Karel taught middle school PE and General Science for four (4) years in Waterford, Michigan.

Karel married her husband, Bob in 1963 and is mother to two daughters, Lynne and Laura, and grandmother to four grandchildren.  Before moving to Petoskey in 1998, Karel lived in Walled Lake and then Clarkston, Michigan.

She was Altar Guild Director for 15+ years at Emmanuel.



Gretchen LaMarche


I was born in Florida from a loving family.  Most of my life was spent in Clarendon Hills, IL.  I have three super siblings along with 2 stepbrothers and 2 stepsisters.  My mom and stepfather live in Chicago and are active in their church Holy Nativity.

I was baptized an Episcopalian and married an Episcopalian back in 2009 at Christ Church Cranbrook.  My husband and I met in Royal Oak, Michigan, on a blind date!


I attended Hillsdale College with a BA in English and then went on to receive a BSN from Aurora University and I have been a nurser for over twenty years mostly in cardiovascular care.  I love my profession and feel so blessed to be a mom, professional and wife.  Recently I accepted a position as the Cardiac Cath Lab Manager at McLaren Northern Michigan.

I have a wonderful husband David and a beautiful 6 year old daughter named Lillian.  Ellie is our yellow labe.  We live in Harbor Springs and moved here in 2014 purposefully.  Simply we wanted a better life for our family and love all that norther Michigan has to offer!



Joan Holec


I was raised in Brooklyn N.Y.,where my husband John and I married. We moved to Michigan as newly weds and have made our life here in Petoskey raising 3 children together.  The children and I attended the Presbyterian church where I was part of several different committees until I felt I could no longer support the direction the church was choosing.  It took a long time for me to return to any church.   Coming to Emmanuel for the Thursday liturgy as first then finding myself drawn to all that Emmanuel was offering me. Here I have learned more about religion,the bible and bringing myself to God.  I have been a member of Emmanuel for 8 years and can be found at the 8 o'clock service.


Groups:   Music Director Search, Blessing and Gratitude, Recycling Guru, Middle School Den, Book Club, Pet Garden             



Randy Evans


Randy Evans and Denise, his wife, live in Bay Harbor with Little Traverse Lizzie, their English Setter. Together, they enjoy a blended family of five daughters and eight grandchildren. Denise and Randy have been members at Emmanuel for five years. Randy has participated in bible study and spiritual formation groups. He’s also a new member of the Blessings and Generosity Cell. Randy’s community activities include helping Denise with weekly food rescue for the Manna Food Project, and serving as a trustee for Petoskey Rotary Club Charities, Inc. He has taught Developmental Psychology at North Central Michigan College for eight years, and is the author of four books. Currently, he offers workshops in memoir-writing as part of the Life-Long Learning Series at Petoskey District Library. His business career included corporate officer positions in human resources and quality assurance at Haworth, Inc., Compaq Computer Corporation, and Intuit, Inc. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio University in English Literature, earned an MBA in Finance at Columbia University in New York City, and completed a Ph.D. in psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco. His dissertation, a multi-ethnic study of the quality of life of long-term breast cancer survivors, was published in 2006. He is an avid outdoorsman, plays golf at Petoskey Bay View Country Club, and enjoys pickleball, his new sport. Randy looks forward to learning and growing and serving together in the church.



Tim Tippett


Tim Tippett lives in Petoskey with his wife Jessica.  Tim is from Harbor Springs where his parents currently live.  His parents are also members of Emmanuel and are parishioners at the 8:00 service.  He first started attending Emmanuel in 2001.  He later started serving as a Lay Eucharistic Minister.  He also served on the year and a half long search committee for a new rector culminating in the call for Father Greg.  Wanting more knowledge about serving at the altar, Tim studied under the tutelage of Ernie Mainland and became a member of the Order of St. Vincent.  Tim has taught second grade in Petoskey for 18 years and his wife teaches middle and high school band.  Tim is very interested in family history and has an active interest in local (Harbor Springs) history and served six years on the board of trustees at the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society.  Tim enjoys traveling with his wife Jessica, cooking and baking, and reading about former Presidents and First Ladies.   



Nina Wagar


Nina lives in Petoskey with her husband Guy, and her dog Mari.  She retired from the Char-Em Intermediate School District three years ago, where she worked as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher and as an Early Childhood Specialist. During her career, she supported children and families through teaching, mentoring, and serving on committees that promote quality services for the children in our community.  Since retiring, Nina has enjoyed traveling with Guy, visiting her children Morgan and Colin, and sharing time with her parents, Doris and Gunnar who live nearby.


Emmanuel has been Nina’s spiritual home for herself and her family for many years.  She has shared her time and talent in a variety of ways, including working in our grounds and gardens, helping in our Nursery, reading as a Lector, and serving as a Cell Leader for our Stewardship Cell.  Currently, she is a member of the Pastoral Care Cell, and helps support our parishioners through phone calls, cards, and weekly visits.



















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