As we bid Todd a fond farewell, we also say hello to his successor, Miles Thompson. Miles has been a friendly face around St. Paul for many years, joining the church after his marriage to lifelong member, Margaret (Vogel). Since then he has regularly volunteered with Todd for Sunday worship services, though it was during the pandemic, while many were isolating and disconnected, that Miles helped create the beautiful Sunday worship videos that connected St. Paul members when we couldn’t be together in person.
Miles’ background with projects, experiences, and education has coalesced into a unique set of skills that lend themselves to his new position.
“I have always been intrigued by Todd’s position because it utilizes my strengths,” Miles said. “It utilizes my audio piece, my visual piece. I have a theatre background. Plus, I did heating and air conditioning sales for years so I understand electrical systems on a basic level.”
Miles studied graphic design at Coe College in Cedar Rapids before transferring to Iowa State to study horticulture, landscape design, and management, which sparked his interest in sustainability and green living – a passion he’s excited to explore at St. Paul.
Miles is married to Margaret and together they are parents to five-year-old Christian and one-year-old Charlie.