Director of communication stepping away from staff, new director sought

News | September 30, 2020


Ann McGlynn, who has served as St. Paul’s director of communication for nearly eight years, will be stepping away from her staff position in order to devote more time to an organization she founded.

Tapestry Farms is a nonprofit urban farm that invests in refugee families in the Quad Cities, feeds the community, and cares for the earth.

“The inspiration for Tapestry Farms began with St. Paul people welcoming a refugee family in September 2016,” Ann said. “This congregation and its people have graciously partnered with Tapestry Farms for the past three years. This summer, for example, Tapestry Farms grew a lot of fresh vegetables on St. Paul land – food that fed refugee families and St. Paul neighbors in Rock Island and Davenport. I very much look forward to that partnership continuing.

“I hold deep gratitude for my time on staff at St. Paul, and for the people who welcomed me with friendship and care.”

Peter Marty shared comments with the council about Ann’s pending departure from the staff: “I’m absolutely confident that I speak for the entire congregation when I say that Ann’s staff presence is going to be missed. The difference she has made in our congregational life is enormous. She is loved by all, and for good reason. Her heart is large and her talent flows generously toward others. She has consistently helped elevate ministries to new heights. We can and will live in gratitude for the many beautiful changes she has brought to the ways we communicate with each other and with the world we’re here to serve.”

A search is now underway for a new full-time director of communication. This individual will provide leadership in communicating the vision, core values, people, and ministries of St. Paul, through thoughtful written and electronic communications that inform and inspire.

A position description and application details can be found here.

4 Comments on “Director of communication stepping away from staff, new director sought”

  • Sue Grove

    October 2, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Oh, No, was my first reaction to this news! St. Paul will really miss you, Ann. You have so many talents and such heart. Your Tapestry Farms is such a wonderful addition to our community. Godspeed!

  • K J Rebarcak

    October 1, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Ann and I shared many smiles and wonderful conversations when I lived in the QC area. I wish her tons of success with her new endeavor! May God continue to bless her and those she serves.

  • Suzy Schindler

    October 1, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    How fortunate we all were to be the recipient of Ann’s many talents and now the community will benefit from her gifts, as well. Best wishes and bountiful blessings on your future endeavors.

  • Georgeann Kreiter

    September 30, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    We are so sorry to learn of Ann’s departure from the staff of St. Paul. She has been so important to so many areas of the work of our church. Just one of the areas that has been very important is her support to the Book Corner and it’s presentation of “All St. Paul Reads”.

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