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Staff Contact Information and Biographies

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Church Office

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (After hour appointments are available)

Phone: 850-434-2551       FAX:  850-436-6449

Street Address and Mailing Address for Office:  1700 Conway Dr.,   Pensacola, FL 32503


Fr. Craig Smith, Administrator

Email Fr. Craig here  Phone: 850-434-2551 ext 101

Father Craig Smith grew up as an “Army Brat” to an American Father and a German mother.  He has two older sisters and with his family was able to do a great deal of traveling due to his fathers career as a soldier.  Father Craig went to a German high school and worked in a German factory before joining the United States Air Force for 10 years.  In the Air Force, Father Craig was a “Crew Chief” performing various forms of maintenance on F-111and F-15 aircraft.  Father ended his Air Force career in 1996 at Tyndall AFB in Panama City Florida to begin studies for the Priesthood.  Father Craig attended St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington Louisiana and St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach Florida.  Ordained in 2005 for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Father Craig has served at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Tallahassee, St. Mary Catholic Church in Ft. Walton Beach and as Pastor of Saint Louis Catholic Church in Tallahassee before assuming his responsibilities at Saint Paul Catholic Church. Father Craig presently serves as Diocesan Cursillo Spiritual Director and is on the Board of Trustees for Saint Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary as the Chair of the Physical Plant Committee.  

Deacon Richard Lurton

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Deacon Richard was born in Pensacola and is a 7th generation Pensacolian.  He converted to Catholicism at age 13, eventually finding his way to St. Paul Parish in 1990.  47 years ago he married another convert to Catholicism and has three children and six grandchildren.  After an interesting career in science he entered diaconate formation in 2000 and was ordained by Bishop Ricard to the permanent diaconate in 2005.  Deacon Richard enjoys jazz, genealogy, Pensacola history, and particularly enjoys spending time with the elderly and the homebound.

Deacon Bill Whibbs

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Deacon Bill Whibbs was raised in Pensacola and has been joyfully married to Rosemary for over 40 years.  They have four adult children and a few grandchildren. Deacon Bill enjoys exercise especially running.  He is also a Medical Doctor, and Florida Gator as he graduated from the University Of Florida College Of Medicine in 1974.  He served the Pensacola community for over 30 years in this capacity as a Family Practice Specialist.   Retired from his regular practice, Dr. Whibbs is serving as Medical Director for Health First Network where he enjoys and looks forward to the unique opportunity to serve all of the participants in the Pensacola community health care delivery system.

Deacon Bill carries forth this passionate attitude of service as one who cares deeply for God's people and desires to serve the Body of Christ as a servant leader, doing all he can to gently lead people to Jesus.


Brian Brown, Liturgical Music Minister

Email Brian here             Phone: 850-434-2551 ext.109

Brian has been the Liturgical Music Minister at St. Paul since 2014 and has worked with our liturgical music ministry since 2010 when he was the Minister of Strings and Orchestral Music. At the age of 13 Brian joined the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and in 2006 became Principal Violist. He served 10 years as Principal Violist of the Mobile and Northwest Florida Symphonies. He has performed in recitals and chamber music performances in many of the country’s most prominent venues - Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston and Severance Hall in Cleveland. Brian has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, members of the Lincoln Center Chamber Players as well as Orchestra of  St. Luke's. As an instructor Brian has served on the faculties of Northwest Florida State College and the Summer Trios Music Festival at Bryn Mawr College. Brian also taught secondary violin and viola at Yale University. Brian studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Yale University and the Juilliard School. Brian enjoys being on the ACTS Core Team and has co founded the "Friends of Saint Paul Music" - a group dedicated to providing free concerts promoting music to the glory of God.

Julie Butler, Director of Marriage Ministry

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I was born and raised along the Gulf Coast by my wonderful and very active Catholic parents.  I have called Pensacola my home since 1999.  I graduated from Florida State University in 1991 with a degree in Biological Sciences and then again in 1993 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  I worked at Shands Hospital in Gainesville for six years while maintaining my Seminole pride!  From 2005 to 2015 I worked as the Secretary of our beloved St. Paul Catholic School.  It was a joy.  My children attended St. Paul from Kindergarten through 8th grade.  My husband Shane and I share the love of four sons ages 17 to 21 and we enjoy every moment we have with them.  I am excited to be a part of the marriage ministry here at St. Paul and to prepare couples for this beautiful sacrament.  It is a joy to see some of my past St. Paul students entering this vocation.  They grow up so fast!


Jo Chambers, Angel Gift Shop Manager

Email Jo here          Phone: 850-434-2551 ext.115

Born and raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH, Jo is big sister to 3 brothers.  Jo  graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor degree of science with a major in retail and minor in business management. She has more than 20 years of retail management experience. Jo is married to Andy and they have 4 children, all of whom attended St. Paul School.  

Her ministry focus is to provide parishioners and guests with beautiful and educational items that will help inspire their love of the Catholic faith and share it with others. Jo says, "A major blessing in my life is the beautiful volunteers that help me make this ministry possible everyday!"  In  her spare time Jo enjoys photography, she also works part time as a newborn photographer, watching and traveling with her kids sports teams, and searching for items requested by her gift shop customers

Kevin Dion, Facilities Manager

Email Kevin here          Phone: 850-221-6805

Kevin grew up in Revere, MA. a small city north of Boston.  He has been married to the love his life, Patty, for 24 years. They have three sons and will soon be blessed with 2 more grandchildren, bringing the total to 12!.  Kevin has worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years and has owned and operated his own construction company.  He has also managed housekeeping, laundry and maintenance services for multiple Healthcare facilities. Kevin has been heavily involved in all of our building campaign projects and ensures that the facility is at its best.

Kevin enjoys playing the guitar and listening to any kind of music, making anything with his hands and cooking, especially making new recipes for his family after Sunday Mass.  Kevin is a big New England Patriots and Red Sox’s fan.  After falling away from the Catholic faith, Kevin is very happy and feels blessed to be back, especially here at Saint Paul Catholic Church. 

Abbie Kane, Director of Faith Formation

Email Abbie here      Phone: 850-434-2551 ext 102


Abbie is proud to be a native Pensacolian. She was blessed to be raised in the Catholic Faith and to receive a Catholic education at Little Flower Catholic School and Pensacola Catholic High School. She received a Bachelors in Religion from The Florida State University. After college, she served in campus ministry for two years for the Catholic Center at Northeastern University in Boston with the Brotherhood of Hope. She is very happy to be back in her beautiful hometown (yay no snow)!  Abbie is very passionate about leading people to Christ and helping them experience His love and mercy. As the Director of Faith Formation, she coordinates religious education for Pre-K through 5th grade, sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion, and RCIA for Children.  Abbie loves spending time with her family and friends, going to adoration, cooking, and baking!  


Fr. Joe Fowler, in residence

Email Fr. Joe here     Phone: 850-434-2551 ext 112 

Father Joe Fowler grew up in Ft. Myers, Florida. He graduated from the Florida State University with a degree in history prior to entering the seminary in January of 1997. He studied Theology and Canon Law in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University and returned to Pensacola to serve our diocese in 2003. He has served at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, St. Paul’s, St. Joseph’s and Pensacola Catholic High School. In 2010, Fr. Joe was called back to the Vatican to serve on the faculty of the Pontifical North American College, America’s seminary in Rome. 



Lara Schuler, Principal

Email  Lara here         SPCS Phone: 435-6435

Lara has served as Principal of St. Paul Catholic School since July of 2014. Born in Illinois, and raised in St. Louis, MO, she comes to us with over 20 years working in Catholic education as a teacher and catechist. She has worked with wonderful people in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Diocese of Kansas City, Diocese of Galveston-Houston, and the Diocese of Birmingham. She graduated with a bachelors from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO and has a masters from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. 
Lara has brought new life to our church community. There is an excitement in the air and a newfound pride in our school. Be sure to visit our school website for more information.   Lara and her husband, Bill, have been married 25 years and have a grown son who is living in Dallas, TX. They truly enjoy being members of St. Paul Catholic Church.


Rachael Kirk, Parish Secretary

Email Rachael here    Phone 850-434-2551 ext 100

Growing up I spent a lot of time traveling back and forth between Parkland (read: South Florida) and San Juan Capistrano (read: Los Angeles), as my parents lived at opposite ends of the country. So I consider both wonderful places to be my “home”! In the fall of 2010, I moved to Tallahassee and graduated from THE Florida State University in 2014 (GO NOLES!!!!), where I studied Criminology and Religion (separate degrees). While in college, I had a major conversion and really fell in love with the Catholic faith, so I decided to take a year off after graduating and serve with the Brotherhood of Hope (a Catholic religious community) in their campus ministry at Rutgers University in New Jersey.  This experience really kindled in me a passion for youth and college ministry and deepened my desire to share the faith with others. I am beyond excited to be working at St. Paul as the Parish Secretary and look forward to serving all of you! Feel free to stop by the parish office and say hi! :)

Christine Mayeaux, Youth Minister

Email Christine here          Phone: 850-434-2551 ext.104

Christine joyfully oversees all of our middle school and high school youth ministry including religious education for middle schoolers who do not attend Catholic schools, and our Confirmation program.

Born and raised in good 'ol Milton Florida, Christine went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Theology and Catechetics with a concentration in Youth Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, in OH. She loves spending time with people and getting to know their stories and continuing to educate herself in new things. She enjoys working with the youth because of their excitement and passion for all that they encounter. They inspire her daily in her own faith journey. Her hobbies include running, sunshine, and eating anything served in a tortilla.

Donnie Plombon, Director of Operations

Email Donnie here          Phone:850-434-2551 ext. 103

Donnie has been our Director of Leadership Development since October 28, 2013. He takes great pride in supporting our team of disciples to best serve this parish.  Prior to coming to St.Paul, he spent six years on the Bishop's staff serving in the Office of Stewardship and Development. Donnie is a retired naval officer and has resided in Pensacola since 2000. He remains an avid sportsman, hunter and fisherman. He is married to Robin and they have two sons, Nick and Justin.

Debbie Ridder, Community Manager

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Debbie was born in Spain to a Spanish mother and American father.  She's been blessed to travel the world as a Navy "brat" and a military spouse. She is married to Sam, a retired USMC officer and they have 5 children. After 27 years, Debbie retired from nursing and came to her dream job here at St.Paul.

As the Church Community Manager Debbie will assist with maintaining the parish website and social media accounts, providing digital gateways in to our parish community. She enjoys assisting with the RCIA program, singing in the choir, teen girl's Abide, Coffee and Donuts Sunday and her own ministry, Baby Love. Her other passions include; running, biking, crafts and decor.

Sherry Vo, Events Manager

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Sherry grew up in Mobile, AL and attended St. Dominic's Parish with her loving mother.  She graduated from the University of South Alabama with degree in psychology & biology. (double majored).  Before coming to St. Paul, Sherry spent 7 years working professionally in the beer (beverage) industry for both Anheuser Busch and MillerCoors Brewing Company.  

Sherry states:  2016 has been an incredible year filled with so many blessings from God.  Not only am I cancer free, I  have an amazing job where I get to work with amazing people, and to top it off, I have the greatest mother in the world.  It is because of her unconditional love and guidance that I am the woman I am today.  God is GREAT!


OJ Wicker

Real name is Orval Jay Wicker, but I like to go by OJ Wicker. I am  the 7th of 8 siblings and was born in New Orleans La. and moved to Pensacola Fl. in 1993. I love to travel and do all outdoor activities and also I really enjoy working here at ST Paul Catholic Church and School with everyone.