Our Clergy & Staff
Child Care Ministry
Child Care Ministry
Fr. John Throop, D. Min., Rector
The Rev. Dr. John R. Throop became Rector of St. Peter’s in January 2016. Ordained as an Episcopal Priest in 1981, Father John has served parishes in the dioceses of Tennessee, Chicago, Ohio, the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy, Southern Virginia and Central New York. In 17 of his 37 years of ordained ministry, he was a tent-maker pastor, serving also as President of The Summit Group, a global consulting firm serving non-profit and governmental agencies.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Father John earned his B.A. in history at the University of Chicago, his Master in Divinity at the School of Theology of the University of the South (Sewanee), and his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary with a focus on organizational development in Christian organizations.
He has written many articles for professional and spiritual outlets such as The Living Church, Christianity Today, Forward Movement, and Journey Through the Word (published by the Bible Reading Fellowship). He is the author of two books and a contributing author to several others, including study notes for the Quest Study Bible.
Through the years he has served as a board member of church and secular groups as diverse as the American Red Cross, a mass transit district, an HIV/AIDS support organization, a diocesan foundation, and an evangelism commission. He has served as Spiritual Director for Happening in two dioceses and as chaplain to middle-school students in diocesan summer camp. Father John currently is the President of the Executive Council (U.S.) of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer. Go to for more information about this ministry.
Father John is married to Cindy Ford, and has two grown daughters. An avid cook, he has been a chili cook-off winner. Though trained as a classical music singer, he enjoys country and bluegrass music and, when called upon, is a “sweet tenor" in good old hymns and songs.
Barb Zirwes-Nysse, Interim Music Minister
We are in a time of transition musically at St. Peter’s Church, with interest in returning to the music we used to sing a few years ago. As we work through this transition period, Barb Zirwes-Nysse has stepped up again to be our Interim Music Minister. We are grateful for her heart of servanthood as our search committee looks for the right person to move into this position permanently.
Julie Wilke and Marissa Kulow, Children's Ministry Coordinators
Julie always has had a passion for working with children. Her focus has been working with children with special needs. In Children’s Ministry, she hopes to teach the children about inclusion and why God made us different and that we can all get along even with our differences. Julie is an ice hockey fan, especially because her young nephew takes part in his school’s hockey team. Julie is a Sheboygan native.
Marissa began her ministry at St. Peter's as an aide to one of the special needs children in the the Children’s Ministry program. She works as an in-home behavioral therapist and is in a degree program full-time to earn bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Communications, and eventually will earn her master's degree in Counseling. She has always been focused on working with children and wants to continue that work in her career as well as through St. Peter's.