Our Ministry Team

St. Martin's is so lucky to have such a wonderful Ministry Team. Rev. M.E. Eccles takes care of our spiritual needs in a caring way. Kathy Isaacks keeps the office running smoothly, and our sextons take great care of our building and grounds.  

The Very Rev. M.E. Eccles


A priest since 2007, Rev. M.E. started at St. Martin’s on All Saints’ Day 2013.  He's also served the larger church as a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Chicago, warden of the Diocesan Council, and a volunteer and Deputy at several General Conventions of the National Episcopal Church. M.E’s primary interests are the full inclusion of diverse populations in the church and beyond, animal welfare and environmental conservation.  An intersection of his passion for pastoral care and the church is helping the disenfranchised find their place in church, be that at an individual or national level. M.E. is trans male and married to Kathleen Erin Eccles; they are the loving animal parents of two wonderful dogs. 


Kathleen Isaacks​

Communication and Operations Manager

Kathleen (Kathy) Isaacks, has several years of experience serving the church in many ways.  Her first position after moving to Illinois in 2006 was where she learned the "mechanics" of the Episcopal church.  In 2014 she became the Communications & Operations Manager at St. Martin's.


A cradle United Methodist, she has served the church in numerous ways.  Kathy is currently an active member of Trinity UMC in Mt. Prospect and lives in Des Plaines with her husband, Hank, their cat Sammie, and a lovable dog, Zena.  They have two grown children - a daughter, son-in-law & granddaughter in Seattle, WA (and a huge dog who owns them); and a son in Phoenix, AZ.

An avid quilter, she is involved in her local quilt guild and a couple of small local quilt groups as well.




Music Director and Organist


  • provide service music in coordination with the Rector for regular and special worship services

  • service music includes preludes, offertories, postludes, music for Communion, and other music as needed

  • work with Rector in planning weekly hymns and seasonal music

  • report to the Rector, who has final say on musical choices

  • regular Sunday worship that includes music is at 10:00 am

  • seasonal services: Ash Wednesday, Holy Week & Easter, Christmas Eve & Day and other services as determined by Rector

  • lead congregational singing from the organ and/or piano

  • potentially direct and accompany Seasonal Choir

  • make purchases/claiming expenses with Rector approval and within music budget

  • advise on upkeep and tuning for organ

  • attend Annual Meeting (usually in January)

  • provide music for weddings and funerals or secure a substitute organist, if not available



  • part-time salaried position (8-12 hours per week)

  • show prior experience as a church organist

  • provide music for organ and piano drawn from a variety of genres and periods

  • demonstrate the ability to improvise in various styles of music

  • demonstrate familiarity with Episcopal music tradition

  • be sensitive to the appropriate tone and mood of services throughout the liturgical year

  • be comfortable playing various styles of music, from liturgical/traditional to more contemporary

  • value sacred music as an important element of worship rather than an opportunity to perform



submit a resume and cover letter to rev.m.e.eccles@gmail.com

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The door to Strauss-Betker Hall is handicap accessible. All bathrooms are not only handicap accessible but large enough to turn a wheelchair around within. There is a wheelchair lift to the sanctuary that contains handicap accessible seating in the center with chairs, spaces for wheelchairs and a moveable baptismal font if needed to provide full access. if you have any questions about handicap accessibility, please feel free to contact Amanda Vandervort.


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Des Plaines, IL 60016


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