The Rev. Walter "Wes" Smedley, IV

Rector, St. Chrysostom's Church & Day School

Prior to his 2013 installment as Rector of St. Chrysostom’s Church, Rev. Smedley and his family lived in northern Virginia just a few miles from Washington, D.C. where he served as Rector of The Church of the Holy Cross for eight years. Before this he served as the Assistant Minister at Christ Church in Philadelphia for four years under the Rector, Timothy B. Safford.

During his time in Philadelphia Rev. Smedley met his wife, Lori, and was married in Christ Church in the 11 AM Sunday service. They have three daughters: Eleanor, Naomi, and Louisa

Rev. Smedley grew up in Haverford, Pennsylvania, an outlying Philadelphia suburb, where he and his family attended The Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr. His father’s side of the family includes many generations of religious Quakers, and Quaker sensibilities inform his understanding of Christian vocation, faith, and practice.

After attending Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, earning a B.A. in English Literature, Rev. Smedley taught high school courses for two years at the Concord-Assabet Residential School outside of Boston. He next attended Earlham School of Religion where he completed the Quaker and Brethren graduate school’s Theological Reflection Year. In 2002, Rev. Smedley graduated from Yale Divinity School & Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University and was awarded Yale’s award for excellence in preaching.

During Rev. Smedley’s early career as a deacon, he worked extensively with Philadelphia’s homeless community and ran an after-school program in South Philly. While in Virginia Rev. Smedley served on the Standing Committee for the Diocese of Virginia, working with Bishops Peter Lee and Shannon Johnston. His international experience includes attending Jerusalem’s St. George’s College, working to establish an Episcopal public health mission in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and currently partnering with two mission parishes in Chiapas, Mexico.

Rev. Smedley and the St. Chrysostom’s community are at work engaging in partnerships with other Chicago churches and organizations to come alongside Chicago’s most vulnerable people and neighborhoods. He also serves as a member of the Diocese of Chicago’s Trustees of the Endowment Board.

While Rev. Smedley and his family stay connected with their East Coast roots, they have fully made Chicago their home and love it here.


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The Rev. Peggy Lo

Assistant Priest

The Rev. Peggy Lo is a recent graduate of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale Divinity School, where she received prizes in recognition of her preaching and ecclesiastical leadership. She was ordained to the diaconate in the Diocese of California in June, and her ordination is sponsored by Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Prior to attending seminary, she had a career in nonprofit administration and then in translation. For six years, she worked for the Public Interest Network as a campus organizer, central recruitment administrator, budget administrator and online organizer. This took her to Amherst, Boston, and then Denver. Then for nine years, she worked for the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation as a translator and editor of Buddhist lectures, and she also helped design workshops based on them. In seminary, she did field placements in New York, first with the Episcopal Churches in Harlem through the Church of the Heavenly Rest, and then with the Congregation of Saint Saviour at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. She graduated from Stanford University with an AB in Psychology and minor in Asian American Studies.



The Rev. Sam Portaro


Sam Portaro is a retired priest of the Episcopal Church. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (AB), Virginia Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Princeton Seminary (DMin). Ordained in 1975, he served as Vicar of the Church of the Epiphany in Newton, NC; Episcopal Chaplain to the College of William & Mary and Associate Rector of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA, from 1976 until 1982; and Episcopal Chaplain & Director of Brent House at The University of Chicago, 1982-2004. From 2005 to 2017 he served on conference faculty and wrote for CREDO, the Education & Wellness division of the Church Pension Group. Author of eight books, numerous essays and articles, he conducts Quiet Days, retreats and has served as a consultant, educator and preacher nationwide and in England, and is a Trustee of the Pullman Educational Foundation in Chicago. He lives in the neighborhood with his spouse, Christopher Dionesotes, with whom he enjoys cooking, music, theater, movies, reading, and the endless cultural and culinary bounty of our beautiful city.



The Rev. Larry A. Green


Larry, our deacon for more than eight years, focuses on Christian formation and community outreach. He can help you identify which of our many programs are the best match for your talents and your heart, his acumen having been honed as the current president of the Chicago-based legal search firm LAGLAW.



Shelly Banks

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church and Day School (St. Chrys), Shelly served in executive-level leadership roles in State of Illinois and Cook County government for more than 20 years. Through her roles in management, audit, technology, contract management, policy analysis, organizational development, and business process improvement, Shelly has gained the skills to effectively serve St. Chrys’ as its COO. Shelly holds a Master's degree in Management Information Systems, a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, and holds a Certified Public Accountant designation. Shelly, her husband, Ron, and their son Miles are also parishioners at St. Chrys’.


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Mary Ellen Christy

St. Chrysostom's Day School Founding Headmistress





Judy Caraher

St. Chrysostom's Day School Headmistress



Will Bouvel

Seminarian Intern | Director of Children's Ministries

Will Bouvel and his husband Fred returned to Chicago—and to St. Chrysostom’s—after three years living in London. There, Will assisted with children’s formation programs at an Anglican parish elementary school and with a class of 14 children active in the parish’s Godly Play program. At St. Chrysostom’s, Will’s part-time position includes directing the Sunday School program, nursery, and Vacation Bible School. A former choir member at St. Chrys and soloist with the Royal Academy of Music, Will continues his work as a professional singer while discerning a call to ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.

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Fran Caan

Director of Advancement

Fran Caan assists outreach and administration for the capital campaign. A consultant for small nonprofits, Fran brings expertise in directing annual and capital campaigns, major gift and planned giving programs, stewardship events, and board cultivation and training. She is a trustee of the Chicago Council on Planned Giving, co-chairs its membership committee. Fran also serves on the Board of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club and is a member/volunteer for the Chicago chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She founded the ETHS Educational Foundation in 2007 and served there as its executive director, overseeing programs that brought in more than $1million annually and by 2016 had established a $3.6 million endowment. Fran earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from North Park University.

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Richard Barrick Hoskins

Director of Music, Organist & Carillonneur

Richard has been our Director of Music and our Organist and Cariolloneur for more than twenty-five years. Under his direction the sixteen-voice professional choir has become well-known for the beauty of its singing and the breadth of its repertoire, including choral music from the 15th century to the present, sung by some of the finest choral singers in the city. Richard is a professor of Organ and Church music at Carthage College and previously taught at Northern Illinois University. He has also served as organist for the Lyric Opera, the Chicago Symphony Brass and the Grant Park Symphony, among others. For more on Richard and the music of St. Chrysostom’s, click on the Worship tab above.



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Tom Colao

Assistant to the Director of Music

Thomas Colao enjoys a diverse musical career as an organist, conductor, and classical singer. He currently holds the post of Assistant to the Director of Music at St. Chrysostom’s Church in Chicago, where he helps to lead all aspects of the church’s renowned sacred music program, including overseeing the Children’s Chorister program, assisting in the direction of the professional Choir of St. Chrysostom’s Church, as well as the volunteer St. Chrysostom’s Singers, and playing the church’s landmark organ, Fisk Op. 123, in worship services and recital programs. Prior to this appointment, he spent eight seasons as Director of Music & Organist at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Princeton, New Jersey. As a professional choral artist, he has appeared on the rosters of the Grammy®-nominated Kinnara Ensemble, which performs in Princeton and Atlanta, and the Salt Lake City choral ensemble Brevitas. Mr. Colao also currently serves as Assistant Conductor for the Northwest Choral Society, and is accompanist for the choirs of Hoffman Estates High School as well as the Allegro Community Chorus in Palatine.



Nancy Motomochi

Parish Accountant



Jessica Figueroa

Administrative Assistant