Erin Sullivan Erin Sullivan has been a Wilmington resident for 20 years, deeply committed to family, faith, and community involvement. She arrived in Wilmington in 2003 and has been a part of the St. John's School community since 2007. Erin and her husband, Dustin, celebrated their wedding at St John's in 2007. Erin's career includes extensive experience in ASL interpreting, interior design, and real estate. She excels in connecting people and improving spaces. Her passion for special needs children led her to ASL interpreting, while her design skills enhanced homes. Erin also ventured into real estate, helping clients find their ideal homes. Erin is deeply committed to her community. She actively participates in St. John's, where she and her sons attend regularly. Erin's dedication to education extends to volunteering at St. Mark Catholic School, where she supports young students. Erin enjoys an active lifestyle, running on Wilmington's picturesque trails, and spending weekends boating with her family along the beautiful coastline.
Susan Holland Whenever I have peace about something I know in my heart and soul to proceed. I’m sure that comes with age and many times not heeding that fact! When Pastor Eric called asking if I would consider the nomination for St. John’s Vestry, the more he spoke and explained, I felt peace (and excitement). As a native North Carolinian, growing up in Charlotte, I always attended church but never felt a part of the church. I left home right after high school and joined the Navy for a six-year enlistment. Some of the best, developing years of my youth. Returning home I married my high school sweetheart, and travelled the US as our engineering business grew. We both allowed the influx of fast money to get the best of us and divorced, amicably after 20 years of marriage. Again, we never felt part of a church even though we attended regularly. I went on to get my NC Real Estate Brokers License and enjoyed many years buying and selling real estate. Feeling unsettled, unfulfilled and not finding my true purpose, I decided to follow a childhood dream to become an elementary school teacher. What an adventure! While teaching at an inner-city school I started volunteering at an inter-city Methodist Church. Then I started attending…regularly and then joining. I really felt a part of the Church, working in the kitchen, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, attending Bible study classes and joining committees. Yes, God had his hand on me and looking back, He was certainly guiding me to this present day here in Wilmington and to St. John’s. After many visits to other Wilmington churches, I’m so happy and fulfilled He led me to St. John’s. When you have the peace of the Lord, you know you are right where you need to be, doing what you are destined to do, in step with His mighty plan.
Ron Puhger I was born and raised in San Diego, CA and attended Chapman University, graduating with a B.A. in sociology. After graduation, I traveled internationally having the good fortune of visiting 60 countries. When I settled down, I started a construction company in the San Francisco Bay Area. I worked in the construction industry for over 30 years and in addition to owning my company, I’ve enjoyed work as a superintendent for several other contractors prior to retirement. A highlight of my spiritual life was attending a wonderful church in the Bay Area who rallied many folks to build houses for the victims of hurricane Katrina. This work led to other construction projects by our church, most notably a school for children in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco, who have many challenges to getting a good education. My wife Jeannie and I moved to Wilmington in the summer of 2021 from California. After visiting several churches, we settled at St. John’s within a few months. We have been delighted to find a welcoming community joining together to worship and do life together. We have attended Alpha, Story Night, Night of Belonging, Foundations and currently lead a small group. We have 4 children ranging from 32-40, and 9 grandchildren.
Shelton Converse I’m interested in Vestry because I have a desire to help maintain the physical structures that enable us to enjoy worship, spread the word of God, enrich and support people in times of need and be a welcoming place for all to gather.
My wife, Lauren, and I were introduced to St. John’s Church through the preschool, when our oldest son, John, enrolled in 2017. Currently, our youngest son, Knowles, is in the Pre-K program. After visiting the church for several Sundays we decided to officially join St. John’s in 2021. It has been a great church for our family.
I’m a Raleigh native, where Lauren and I met. Having spent our first anniversary in Wilmington, we felt drawn to the Port City and eventually moved here in 2014. Lauren is a nurse at ED North and I work for a home builder, managing the architectural and structural plans. My interests and activities include history, historic architecture, music, being outdoors, and taking our chocolate lab, Penny, on walks.