Clergy & Staff
The Rev. Jimmy Bartz
307-733-2603 Ext. 106
Jimmy serves as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Prior to coming to Jackson, he was the founder and priest at Thad’s, an emergent Episcopal Church in the Santa Monica, California, in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He has also served as the Campus Missioner at the University of Texas in Austin, at All Saints’ in Austin, Texas, and All Saints’ Parish in Beverly Hills, California. He is a graduate the University of Texas at Austin and Virginia Theological Seminary. Presently, he serves as the Chair of the Board of the Episcopal Evangelism Society, and in years past has worked with Red Bull High Performance teaching athletes spiritual disciplines, with Naval Special Warfare working to create systems for character development within special operations teams, and was a speaker at TEDx, Venice Beach.
Married to Cindy and dad to Jas and Jade, the Bartz family loves to spend time outside mountaineering, skiing, fly-fishing, hunting and surfing. Jimmy is currently writing a book on the spirituality of risk.
The Rev. Brian Nystrom
307-733-2603 Ext. 112
Brian grew up in Iowa and has lived in Jackson Hole since 1980. He has three grown children, Adam, Jack, and Lucy, who are the light of his life. An avid bicyclist and skier, he has been a member of St. John's since 2001, and was ordained a priest in December of 2016. After a lifetime of work in the construction industry he looks forward to serving the people of St. John's for many years to come.
The Rev. Suzanne Harris
Suzanne grew up in the New York area and served several churches in New Jersey before moving to Jackson in l992 with her husband George to “recycle” themselves. She felt spiritually moved by the landscape, sky and the fact that there are more animals than people in Wyoming. Suzanne loves her family (8 grandchildren, including one in heaven) dogs, music, reading, gardening and friends.
The Rev. Mary Erickson
Director of the Children and Youth Community
307-733-2603 Ext. 109
David, an Ohio native, received a B.S. in Mathematics and French from Hillsdale College. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in French from Indiana University, where he specialized in 17th-century French Literature and History. While completing his graduate studies, he taught a variety of French language and English literature courses at the university level. David is a literature and mathematics teacher at the Jackson Hole Classical Academy. He has been playing piano and organ for church services since he was a teenager and has enjoyed singing in several church choirs through the years. Here in Jackson, David enjoys hiking, bicycling, camping, and snowshoeing in all the beautiful national parks and forests.
Kirsten moved to Jackson, Wyoming, from Texas the summer of 2012. Here she discovered her life's callings, motherhood and music. She has performed as lead vocalist for local bands, Calle Mambo and The Electric Bliss, back up vocalist for Zac Brown Band and various local bands. She has been a member of Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir since 2013 and performed with them in Carnegie Hall. Her own experiences serve as a testament to how the power of music can change peoples’ lives. After graduating from Trinity University with a BA in Spanish and International Studies, Kirsten served as Development Coordinator for the Autism Treatment Center of Texas, and later became a Spanish teacher at St. Anthony Catholic High School. She taught Early Literacy ELL students at Teton Literacy Center before becoming a mother to her children, Colton and Coral. She stays busy in the community and uses music as a daily expression of learning, loving and leading.
Director of Operations
307-733-2603 Ext. 101
Robyn was raised in a rural community in Virginia surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In her mid-twenties, she moved to a small southern suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, where she spent the next twenty years raising her three daughters and working and volunteering in an inter-denominational church as the Administrative Director in their media department. In 2011, her heart stirred for a change and to get back to the mountains. She went big and moved West to Jackson Hole and the majesty of the Tetons! She now lives in Star Valley Ranch with her husband, Jim. She enjoys hiking and exploring the hills that surround her, photography, cooking, and spending as much time as she can with her daughters and two amazing granddaughters.
307-733-2603 Ext. 104
Pam moved to Jackson in 1984 after graduating from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, with a B.S. in Forestry. After briefly working for the Forest Service in Jackson, she went back to her true passion, dancing. Pam taught and danced at Dancers' Workshop for 18 years. She then received her Pilates Certification from The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO and opened The Pilates Place studio in 2001. In October 2014, she began working at St. John's as the Parish Life Coordinator. The daughter of a Lutheran pastor, she feels her dad would love that she now works for the church! She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, skiing, hiking, biking and doing all that this incredible place has to offer.
307-733-2603 Ext. 103
Born and raised in the North Georgia mountains, Haley and her family moved to Jackson after experiencing an inspirational 90-minute massage in the Tetons. She is an avid marketing professional and an event planner at heart that excels in details. She maintains multiple projects simultaneously, but isn't multitasking proven unsuccessful now?!
Her specialties consist of excellent written and verbal communications, a knack for team-leadership, adaptability, decision-making (well, sometimes!), stress tolerance (namaste), collaboration (two heads are better than one), and web content management. Her passions include baking, Pilates, music, reading and travel. She and her husband, Chris, have been lucky enough to call Jackson home for nearly 10 years, and enjoy raising their two kiddos in this amazing community.
Administrative Assistant to the Pastoral Staff
307-733-2603 Ext. 107
Liz graduated from Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition. After devoting a year to nutrition counseling, she took a position as a Legislative Assistant to State Representative Jennifer Mann in Allentown, PA. She worked in politics and volunteered on many political campaigns throughout Pennsylvania. When she got the call to work on a sailboat in France, Liz decided to take some time to travel. From France to Wyoming, Liz settled in Jackson and met her husband Derek at Friess Associates. They have two children, Greer and Tell, and are avid outdoor enthusiasts. Oftentimes, Liz recalls her family adventures in the Wind River Range or the Sawtooths of Idaho. When the snow falls, it doesn't stop them from winter camping, too! Liz and her family have been members of St. John's since 2012.
Browse ‘N Buy Manager
Born and raised in Colorado, Lonnie has been in the retail/customer service industry most of his professional life. Lonnie and his wife Michelle enjoy raising their daughter and two sons together. He is passionate about family, the outdoors, and is involved in the Boy Scouts of America.
Bright Beginnings Preschool Director
Julie has been teaching at Bright Beginnings for over three years. She has a degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education and has years of experience working with children and their families as a former children’s librarian and early childhood educator. Julie especially loves to incorporate lots of literacy, music, and play into the preschool. She spends her spare time in the outdoors hiking, cross-country skiing & exploring with her husband, John, and sons, Jack and James. She is a voracious reader who enjoys reading across many genres, but has a super-soft spot for children’s books.
Brandi and her husband, Fred, both graduated from Jackson Hole High School. They have five grown children: Heather, Lindsey, Kyle, Casandra, and Mackenzie. Their blended family has brought them twelve grandchildren. Brandi ran her own daycare in Jackson for ten years and spent four years working at another large center in town. Brandi has been working at Bright Beginnings for three years. She loves watching children grow and is proud to be a part of their journey. She enjoys camping, fishing, and spending time with her family, especially her dog Sparky.
Maddy is from Nashville, TN. She moved to Jackson last November and worked for the mountain over the winter and then started teaching at Bright Beginnings in May. She graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in May 2018 with a degree in Psychology. Maddy has plans to attend graduate school in the next few years to become a behavior analyst in school settings. She has always loved working with kids and enjoys watching young children grow in these crucial stages of their lives. Maddy shares “my time at Bright Beginnings has already been such a rewarding experience and I cannot wait to continue to teach and support these amazing kids!” When she is not in the classroom, you can find Maddy biking around town, hiking, camping, or on the river. Maddy also loves to play piano and create art!
Sallie moved to Jackson about a year ago from Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended North Carolina State University and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Upon moving to Jackson, Sallie worked at a residential facility in Wilson, WY for eight months, and transitioned to teaching at Bright Beginnings. She states, “being a part of a child’s major development phase is a huge reward for me and I am so thankful I get to encourage growth, daily social skills, and interactive play with our BBEP kids!” In the future, she hopes to return to graduate school and receive a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling or Play Therapy. In the meantime, Sallie plans to soak up every moment of living here by snowboarding, hiking, camping, kayaking, and meeting new people, especially ones with cute dogs!
Emily is from New Canaan, Connecticut and moved to Jackson last November. She graduated from Sewanee with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology. In psychology, she focused on early childhood development and education. She enjoys reading, being on the water, hiking, camping and skiing.