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Our Staff

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Nicholas Barber

Business Manager

814-833-1761 ext. 100

Nick is originally from Oil City, PA, but was confirmed here at St. Paul's in 2003 and has been working here since 2015. He enjoys playing hockey and golf, reading history, and boating and fishing on Lake Erie. He graduated in 2011 from Penn State Behrend. Nick met his wife, Marit, at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh and they were married in 2019. His favorite things about St. Paul's are the friendships he's made and all the support he's received over the years.

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Nancy Dahlquist

Director of Child Development Center

814-833-1761 ext. 124

Nancy began working at St. Paul's in June of 2019. She was born and raised in Erie and attended both Gannon and Mercyhurst Universities. Nancy's family includes four children and three grandchildren whom she loves to spend time with and who are the light of her life. She also enjoys reading, crafting, and gardening. Prior to working at St. Paul's, she was a teacher in Early Childhood for 25+ years and a director at three Star-4 facilities. In her free time, Nancy enjoys animal documentaries and learning about real crimes involving serial offenders. Her favorite thing about St. Paul's is the support and cooperative community.

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Julie Deitz

Director of Pre-School

814-833-1761 ext. 115

Julie has lived in Erie all her life. She attended Gannon University and received a degree in elementary and early childhood education. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks, yoga, going to sporting events, and spending time with her family.  Julie says that working at St. Paul’s has been the "best job, besides being a mom to her 4 children, that she has ever had."  She loves working with the children and staff and appreciates the caring atmosphere here at St. Paul’s.   

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Debbie Dravecz

Director of Communications & Administration

814-833-1761 ext. 100

Debbie has been a member of St. Paul's since 2010. Raised in the Lehigh Valley, PA, she moved to Erie in 2007. In her free time, Debbie enjoys reading, spending time collecting beach glass along the shores of Lake Erie, and hanging out with friends and family. Her favorite thing about St. Paul's is the community.

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Mark Helms

Maintenance Manager

814-833-1761

In November 2022, we welcomed Mark to the St. Paul's team. He oversees the property maintenance of our campus.

Andrew Rainbow

Director of Music & Worship Ministries

814-833-1761 ext. 107

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Erik Young

Pastor

814-833-1761 ext. 103

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Rev. Erik Young graduated from Judson College (now University, in Elgin, IL) in 1988 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Youth Leadership. He continued his education at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, earning a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in 1996. Following graduation, he was ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, accepting his first call that same year in Southern California. He would go on to serve a total of three congregations there over the next almost-two decades. Pastor Erik and his family moved to Erie in 2015 (yes, on purpose!) as Senior Pastor for a local sister congregation, joining St. Paul's in May of 2023. Additionally, Pastor Erik serves our country through the US Navy Reserve as a Captain (CAPT) in the Chaplain Corps.

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