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The Right Rev. Alan Scarfe

Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Iowa

Office: (515) 277-6165

Bishop Scarfe was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. He earned an MA in Theology from Oxford University and did his post-graduate studies at the Romanian Orthodox Institute in Bucharest, Romania. Prior to his studies for the priesthood he was the chief executive officer of Keston College USA, an independent research institution advocating freedom of religion in communist countries.

In 1986 he received a master's degree in sacred theology from the General Theological Seminary. He was ordained a deacon in February 1986 and a priest in December of the same year. He served St. Columba’s Church in Camarillo, CA and St. Barnabas Church in Los Angeles before being elected bishop of Iowa in 2002.

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Bishop Scarfe and his wife Donna have four children.

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Fr. Troy Beecham

Dean of the Cathedral

Office: 515-288-7297

Fr. Troy earned BA and MA degrees in theology, and came into the Anglican Church while a student in Jerusalem. Upon returning to the United States, he received the Masters of Sacred Theology from General Theological Seminary. He has a deep love for the Church, believing that the depth of the Anglican tradition is a treasure, and a gift to the world. He has a passion for helping the people of God discover how  to become disciples of Christ in the 21st century. 

Fr. Troy loves teaching, leading Adult Christian Formation classes and teaching Anglican theology. He also facilitates the understanding of community demographics and works to develop effective mission and ministry strategies. The reality of a rapidly changing and secularized global culture, and the effect of the growing phenomenon of the “spiritual but not religious,” have been subjects of ongoing study and teaching.

Another of his great passions is leading pilgrimages. He has led four walking pilgrimages to date: three on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain and one on the Canterbury Trail in England.

Fr. Troy has an ongoing counseling and spiritual direction practice, and has been extensively involved in interfaith and ecumenical dialogue. His hometown is Atlanta, where his parents and most of his large extended family live. He has two brothers, eight nephews and nieces, and an energetic Jack Russell Terrier named Gertie Mae.

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The Rev. Nicola Bowler, PhD

Canon Provost

Office: 515-288-7297

Amma Nicola is one of the Priests at the Cathedral, serving as Canon Missioner for Ministry Coordination beginning January 2020 and as Canon Provost since July 2020. Nicola has previously served as an Assisting Priest at St. John’s-by-the-Campus in Ames (her sending parish), as Priest-in-Partnership with St. Matthew-by-the-Bridge in Iowa Falls and as a supply priest in the Diocese of Iowa.

Nicola comes to ordained ministry from a career in academia, as a physicist, measurement scientist, and most recently as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University, a position that she held for 15 years. In that role Nicola received awards for mentoring, teaching, and research excellence. She also chaired a number of successful conferences as a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Nicola discerned a call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church in 2013 and has discovered theology to be a subject of passion for her, particularly in relation to practical living.

Nicola is married to John and they have been blessed with three daughters. She and her husband were both born and raised in England, immigrating to the U.S. in 1999. Nicola loves being outdoors and can often be found enjoying the woods near her home in Ames.

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The Rev. John Doherty

Canon Administrator & Ministry Developer

Office: (515) 288-7297

Deacon John Doherty is the Canon Administrator and Ministry Developer at the cathedral. Prior to 2018 he served 10 years as Coordinator of Finance and Ministry. 

He was ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa in 2007. While continuing his work in finance and developing the ministry of all the baptized, his special emphases are social action ministries, community engagement, and diocesan liaisons.. Deacon John is also employed by the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa as operations manager with specific roles as coordinator of the annual convention of the diocese and data base management. Prior to coming on to St. Paul's staff, he owned Doherty's flowers from 1980 until 2008. He is married and the father of two children, and grandfather of two.  John is an avid runner. 

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The Rev. Zeb Treloar

Assisting Priest

Office: (515) 288-7297

Father Zeb Treloar is the assisting priest at the Cathedral. He officially joined the staff on September 1, 2019 although he had been serving here since his ordination as a priest. He was ordained a deacon on Sep. 29, 2018 and a priest on May 25, 2019.

Zeb is also a chaplain at a residential facility, where he helps people in times of medical crisis and reminds patients, families, and staff of the Divine presence in their midst. This fits well with his desire to be a pastoral presence and to help all people find God's call on their lives.  Before ordination, Zeb helped co-found Breaking Bread, a young adult ministry of the Diocese of Iowa, which shares the Eucharist outside of parish buildings, in places like bars, parks, and the Iowa State Fair. He continues to help with this ministry.  Zeb enjoys spending time with his husband and pets. He also loves getting together for coffee. 

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Mark Babcock

Cathedral Organist

Office: (641) 628-5102
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Mark A. Babcock, a native of Iowa, received a Bachelor's degree in music education from Central College, Pella, Iowa. He holds a Master's degree in choral conducting and organ performance from the prestigous Westminster Choir College - Princeton, New Jersey. While in Princeton, Professor Babcock sang in the Westminster Choir which performs regularly with the New Jersey Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has worked with great musical leaders such as Joseph Flummerfelt, Joan Lippincott, Robert Shaw, and Riccardo Mutti. In addition, he has pursued doctoral studies in organ and choral conducting at the University of Iowa.  

Professor Babcock has taught vocal music at Union Middle and High Schools, La Porte City, Iowa, was the Director of Music/Organist at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, taught at Kirkwood Community College, and directed the Cedar Rapids Symphony Discovery Children’s Chorus.

Currently, Professor Babcock, Associate Professor of Music, is in his seventeenth year of teaching at Central College. He is the Chair of the Music Department and the Director of Choral Activities. As the director of the Central College A Cappella Choir, he led the choir on a prestigious tour of Italy in the spring of 2009, Washington, D.C and the National Cathedral in 2010, Brazil in 2013, and the East Coast and St. John the Divine NYC in 2014. His duties at Central include private organ instruction; courses in church music, music education, and music theory; and directing three auditioned choirs. He was awarded the M. Joan Farver Endowed Professor of Music at Central College in 2011.  

Professor Babcock is active in the church music and music education fields in addition to his work at Central College. He has been the Dean of the Central Iowa Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, was the chair for the AGO Region VI Convention held in June of 2011, was elected to the AGO National Council as Councillor for Conventions in the summer of 2012, is on the Board of the Iowa Choral Director’s Association as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Music and Worship, is the ICDA 2015 Summer Symposium Chair, and is the Cathedral Organist at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Des Moines. He provides choral and organ consultation, festival leadership, and music training in a variety of settings. 

As a recognized organ recitalist, he was honored by Iowa State University as the 2005 “Organist of Iowa.”  His organ performances demonstrate the versatility and virtuosity that draw audiences to the “King of Instruments.” In addition, he regularly collaborates with other instrumentalists and shares his mastery of organ improvisation.

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John Zickefoose


Office: (515) 288-7297

John Zickefoose was born in Waterloo.  After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with degrees in Theatre and English, he moved to New York City and worked in a variety of positions for the American Telephone & Telegraph Company.  Additionally, he successfully appeared in a variety of Manhattan cabarets in his original one-man show Tin-Pan-Thology:  A Collection of Songs from the Turn of the (last) Century

Returning to Iowa in 2001, he worked for an environmental company before coming to work at St. Paul’s in 2009, where he also sings with the Cathedral Choir.  On weekends he works as a docent at Terrace Hill, Iowa’s National Historic Governor’s residence.  He also performs:  Tin-Pan-Thology has been performed both at Terrace Hill, and at the Des Moines Women’s Club; additionally, he has acted with several local theatre companies, including Stage West, the Repertory Theatre of Iowa, and The Iowa Shakespeare Experience.

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Jovan Sankovic



Jovan is a long time part-time employee of the church. He is present on Sunday and many special services or activities. He works two evenings as well as Sundays.  He is instrumental to the hospitality and functioning of the Cathedral.