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Fr. J. Payton Wieland

Father Payton was ordained to the diaconate in 2013, and to the priesthood in 2014, in the Diocese of Quincy by Bishop Morales. He served his transitional diaconate and curacy at Christ Anglican Church (now St. Aidan’s) in O’Fallon, Illinois. Bishop Morales instituted him as vicar of St. Aidan’s in 2015. Active in diocesan leadership, Fr. Payton has served as Secretary of Synod, President of the Standing Committee, member and secretary of Diocesan Council, Ecclesiastical court, Commission on Ministry, and the Constitution and Canons Committee.

Fr. Payton is a 2012 graduate of Trinity School for Ministry, a seminary associated with the Anglican Church in North America. Prior to seminary, he also completed the four-year lay ministry program, Education for Ministry, offered through the University of the South (Sewanee). Fr. Payton holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil (structural) engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, as well as a master’s in engineering management from the same institution. In 2016, he retired after 30 years of service with the Boeing Company, as a Senior Manager and engineering department head. He shares his household with his German Shepherd Jaro, and Homily the cat, who tolerates their existence, barely.

Fr. Toby Karlowicz
Assisting Priest

Fr Toby assists at St Michael’s with teaching and pastoral care. He is an active researcher and writer
on Anglican theology, who has taught as an adjunct seminary professor and has served on various
theological committees of the Anglican Church in North America. Outside of church activities, he
also volunteers with a local Cub Scout pack. His wife Becky works for the OSF Healthcare System in
Peoria and serves on the board of the Anglican Church Camp of the Midwest.

Fr. Ben Sutton
Assisting Priest

Fr. Ben has his PhD in History, focused on Early Christian Languages and Literature and has been
ordained since 2020. He works as a Senior Product Manager for Daxko, a company that provides
software solutions for the fitness industry. His team provides Business Intelligence tools so that their
customers can do predictive analytics. Fr. Ben and his wife, Hannah, have three young children and
a rascally Great Pyrenees called Elsa. He enjoys basketball, powerlifting, bonfires, and is passionate
about pizza.

Dcn. Ryan Vaughan