A new chapter
Out of the 52 weekends in a year, there are very few where Todd Byerly is not found at the back of the Sanctuary and behind the technical booth, making sure everything runs smoothly. For nearly eight years, Todd has served as the Operations Director of St. Paul, responsible for leadership in a variety of capacities. His time on staff as a full-time employee is coming to a close this month.
Todd’s journey with St. Paul started all the way back in 1959 with his baptism. His family was active in Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and choir. It wasn’t until many years later, after his initial retirement, that he joined the staff.
“I had taken an early retirement from the electrical industry. I saw that the Operations Director position was not filled, and put my hat in the ring,” Todd said. “I did not plan it – it just seemed to happen. My first retirement lasted eight weeks.”
Many changes can occur in eight years and Todd has been in the thick of things, heading projects that consist of physical changes – like the sanctuary screen upgrades to updating the roofing and changes within the church itself.
“St. Paul has found that mission and serving others has great purpose. Since St. Paul is fairly well known in the community, eyes are upon us, and what we do with our time and resources indicates what kind of people we are. I am very proud that St. Paul continues to look for ways to share what we have with others.”
What’s next for Todd? He will continue to be part of the St. Paul staff, taking on a part-time role as Technical Assistant to help with occasional weekend worship services and assorted special projects. But he’ll have a little extra time in his schedule for family.
“I’m hoping to be able to see my mother more often. I might rejoin the St. Paul Chorale – if they’ll have me. I also hope to be more present for some kids that need rides to events or opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t get to participate in. I’m looking forward to visiting some good friends in Africa. I’ve been working with some of them for more than 15 years and since I’m not so young anymore, I’ve wisened up enough to know that to be in relationship with folks from another country is more than a blessing.”