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.
Diocese of Iowa
Bishop Scarfe and his wife Donna have four children.
Fr. Troy Beecham
Dean of the Cathedral
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.
Rev. John Doherty
Office: (515) 288-7297
Deacon John Doherty has been the Deacon Coordinator of Finance and Ministry at St. Paul's for the past eight years. He was ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa in 2007. He serves on the Commission on Ministry, and One World One Church. His special emphases are outreach ministries, our companion diocese, and Education for Ministry (EfM), which he is currently co-mentors at St. Paul's with Rev. Jean McCarthy. Deacon John is employed by the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, too. He is the Database Manager and Convention Coordinator of the annual convention of the diocese, where his job is to update and maintain the database of the member churches, the leadership, and organizations in the diocese. Prior to coming on to St. Paul's staff, he owned Doherty's flowers from 1980 until 2008.
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 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.
Cathedral Organist Emeritus
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Canon Musician David Raymond served as organist at the Cathedral from 1988 until 2016. He presided over the design and installation of the 68-rank Casavant organ. He continues to oversee the care of the organ, and of the Mary Belle Windsor Memorial Carillon. He is a past Dean of the South Central Alaska (Anchorage) and Central Iowa (Des Moines) Chapters of the American Guild of Organists. He began his piano studies at age five, and organ at age thirteen, with Edna Scotten Billings, Organist/Choirmaster at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City. He studied at Baker University and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas. His principal teachers were Lester Groom and Douglas Brown (Baker University), and James Moeser (University of Kansas). Mr. Raymond has also studied summers with Harold Gleason, Catherine Crozier, Anton Heiller, and Alec Wyton. He has performed on many of the great organs in the U.S., including Grace Cathedral (San Francisco), the Air Force Academy Chapel, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (New York), and the Mormon Tabernacle.
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Dr. Rebecca Gruber
Rebecca Gruber, DMA, invites you to lift your voice and sing in the choir! Dr. Gruber is Choirmaster of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, a post she has held for thirteen years. She conducts the Cathedral Choir, administers the Cathedral Arts Series, and prepares choral evensong services with the professional choir in residence, the Howells Scholars. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Nebraska. She holds a Master of Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology and a Master of Music in choral conducting from Southern Methodist University. Her undergraduate degree in voice/music education is from Simpson College. Dr. Gruber is Artistic Director & Conductor of the Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus and a Certified Kindermusik Educator.