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.
The Rev. Gregory Schultz, Deacon
Deacon Greg started his ministry with Fr. Samuel and the congregation at St. Peter’s in 2004. He was ordained to the permanent deaconate on August 28, 1996, and first served as Deacon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Plymouth, WI. He was later assigned to St. Peter’s and after a few years, moved to St. James in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He returned to St. Peter’s in 2004.
Deacon Greg was born and raised in Sheboygan. He is a cradle Episcopalian, baptized at Grace Episcopal Church in Sheboygan. He worked at Kohler Co. as a maintenance mechanic for 26 years and then went on to start his own business as a welder/ fabricator. When he and his family moved from Sheboygan to the rural Plymouth area, he started to attend St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. While there he started to feel the call to the deaconate. After much discernment he started a three-year training program that lead to his ordination.
Deacon Greg has been involved with youth ministry on the congregational and diocesan level for many years. Before becoming ordained he was a youth leader. He continued with that after ordination and for several years, was also involved with the diocesan Happening
program for high school age youth as a coordinator.
He is part of a number of ministries at St. Peter’s, he loves youth of all ages. It is not unusual to find him chasing after or being chased by the kids during fellowship after church. He is a strong believer in the healing power of Jesus Christ and is working on creating a healing ministry and bringing together a group to minister to the physical, mental and spiritual needs of those that are suffering.
Being a spouse or child of a deacon is not always easy. Without the loving support of his family, he would not have been able to pursue his calling. He and his "wonderful and very understanding wife Barb" are blessed with three children. Their son, Scott, is married to Joy and they have a son (Kail) and a daughter (Sage). An older daughter, Tracy, is married to Todd and they have three daughters, Ashlee, Emalyn and Elliana. Their youngest, Becky, is engaged to Jordan.
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.
Sharon L. Backus Hanson, Communications Specialist
Sharon and her husband Ken have been followers of Christ since 1973, and in 2020 will have been married for fifty years! She was unchurched growing up, but Ken was raised in the Episcopal Church, and in their many moves around our country they have been blessed to be part of five different Spirit-filled Episcopal churches, which they dearly loved. They began pursuing active ministry together in non-denominational churches soon after their salvation, and in the '80's they went to Oral Roberts University for Ken to pursue a degree, and twenty-some years later, he became a licensed Methodist minister. He and Sharon have recently moved to Halifax, Virginia, where they are now serving a two-church charge.
In the meantime, Sharon raised three children to adulthood, (while Ken mostly travelled with his work) and she continued to minister in their various churches. She has taught children's Sunday School, adult Sunday-School, and "Older Women's" Sunday School; been a leader in the Living Waters Ministry, and a leader on local and regional ministry teams. She has been a teacher, speaker and Bible studies teacher in every church they have attended. She led the Prayer Ministries at Gate City Vineyard and oversaw all of their prayer ministries and prayer training.
Sharon is also a professional artist and is usually busy painting in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media. She does commission work and also creations that her heart and the Lord lead her to undertake!
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.