St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Holyoke, is a sacramental church with Jesus Christ as our center. We are called by God to be good stewards of our blessings and to spread God’s Word. We do this by responding to the needs of our parish, our community and our world through prayer, education, service, hope and love. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a member of the The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.
St. Paul’s Church strives to be open in spirit, deep in faith, rich in worship, and active in service.
Saint Paul’s is a Believe Out Loud Church
Faith is a journey that reveals the new and unexpected everyday. Just as Abraham set forth on a journey in response to God’s call, we are travelers on an unknown, wondrous and sometimes frightening path. Each of us is made in God’s image – beautiful and beloved, unique and whole.
The greatest commandment is love. We strive to love God with all our hearts, all our minds and all our souls and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Jesus teaches us to welcome all. We believe our churches and society should do the same. We work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality because God calls us to do justice and love kindness.
One day, all of us – regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity – will be treated as equals in our families, our churches and our communities.
For more information, contact Tammy Shafer through the parish office.
Meet Our Staff
Rev. Marisa Egerstrom
Our new priest-in-charge, Marisa Egerstrom, comes to us from Minnesota, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Boston. She began her ministry in 2011 in the camps of Occupy Wall Street as the founder of the Protest Chaplain movement. She spent four years at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Boston’s South End as the Christian Education coordinator. Marisa graduated from Harvard Divinity with her MDiv in 2016, was ordained to the diaconate in June of 2016 and to the priesthood in January of 2017. She has served in several roles with Life Together, the Episcopal Service Corps program in Boston, from 2010-2017, and led an economic reconciliation campaign in the Diocese of Massachusetts with Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation. She is also a spiritual director and former hospital chaplain.
Marisa has been writing a book on the history of American torture policy, and is finishing her PhD in American Studies at Harvard. Working among the families and young people of St. Stephens while researching national security policy led her to a passion for immigrants’ rights. Marisa’s continuing interests include developing trauma-sensitive education and worship practices for families and young people. Her master’s thesis proposed a theory of “moral harm diffusion” by which systematic injustices committed on behalf of a people (such as state torture or mass incarceration) injure the compassionate and relational capacities of even the most privileged citizens.
Marisa is thrilled to begin a new chapter of life, faith, and community with the people of St. Paul’s and Holyoke. Ella está aprendiendo español, y le encanta la gente y la cultura puertorriqueña. Marisa draws from a longtime love of psychology, religions and practices, particularly those of Buddhism and Judaism. Her other interests include biking, weaving, kayaking, yoga, baking, gardening, and a fascination with dams and moving water.
Parish Administrator & Secretary:
Ms. Guzman joined St. Paul’s staff in June 2019. A few of the long list of tasks she performs is facilitating our auditorium rentals, greeting visitors, handling requests by parishioners, maintaining and distributing various schedules and reports, composing and editing the weekly newsletter and Sunday bulletins, maintaining our master calendar as well as the parish records and register, and arranging and updating our website.
Sexton: Carlos Rivera
Carlos has been with St. Paul’s for more than fifteen years and is in charge of maintaining the buildings and grounds. He sees to St. Paul’s upkeep, both inside and outside, and assists the staff in preparing our spaces for programs and meetings.
Music Director: Deb Salli
Deb Salli has been a teacher, vocalist, guitarist, pianist, director, actress and church musician for over 30 years. She is currently teaching High School vocal music and piano, directing the school’s drama club, working with Springfield College’s student run theater group, acting as Senior Auditions Coordinator for the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Association Western District Festival, and leading worship music and the choir at St. Pauls. Deb is a huge fan of Broadway shows and tunes and loves her two pups, Ava and Ace!