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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Mrs. Shelly Banks

Chief Operating Officer

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Ms. Mary Ellen Christy

St. Chrysostom's Day School Founding Headmistress





Ms. Judy Caraher

St. Chrysostom's Day School Headmistress



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.

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The Rev. Jihan B. Murray-Smith

Deacon | Director of Youth Ministries

Jihan B. Murray-Smith is an ordained deacon who ministers to Day School students as Chaplain and to St. Chrysostom’s families. Deacon Jihan and Deacon Larry will share in ministry at the parish. A Chicago native. Jihan has been serving on the North and South Sides, at Church of the Atonement in Edgewater, and at our parish partner Messiah & St. Bartholomew Church in the Avalon Park neighborhood. Jihan brings extensive experience working with children and youth in public, private, and parochial school settings. For two summers, she was spiritual and counseling director of Camp Chicago for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago where she planned and implemented programs for 125 campers ages 6–16 and supervised a staff of 22. Jihan is a graduate of Fisk University and is now pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at Bexley Seabury seminary in Hyde Park/Woodlawn.



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.


Mr. Will Bouvel

Director of Children's Ministries

Will Bouvel and his husband Fred recently 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. Will is also been coordinating the Day School Children’s Chapel with Youth Ministries Director Mart Phillips on an interim basis. 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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Ms. 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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Mr. 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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Della Hernandez

Parish Accountant



Jessica Figueroa

Administrative Assistant



Mr. Roger D. Stanley

Associate Organist

Roger has served as our Associate Organist since 1997. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and attended graduate school at Northwestern University, and considers it an honor and pleasure to assist Richard and accompany the choir on our amazing Fisk organ.



Mr. Don Junious



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