Staff

Fr. Paul Nesta, Priest

In addition to preaching and overseeing the ministries at St. Paul’s, Fr. Paul is known to have some pretty crazy ideas that are often met with rolled eyes. He is passionate about the welfare of La Porte and engaging the community with the good news of God in the person of Jesus. If you want to meet up with him, your best bet is to stop into Temple News Agency for a cup of coffee. Rumor has it they are considering building him his own office there.

If you were a Muppet, which one would you be and why?

My wife is convinced I would be Fozzie Bear, because at heart I’m a bit of a goofball. Unlike Fozzie Bear, though, I’m actually quite funny. Right, Cyndi?…Cyndi?

What is your favorite flavor of Pringles?

Original – Why reinvent greatness?

What is the worst gift you have ever received?

One of the more unique ones was a metal dish for chips and salsa in the shape of a gigantic cowboy hat.

When you were five years old, what did you want to be?

When I was five years old I wanted to be a firefighter, just like my dad.

What excites you most about your position at St. Paul’s?

The most exciting thing about being a priest is the chance to witness the transformation God is doing in the lives of people I encounter on a daily basis. There is nothing like engaging and equipping people to use their gifts and abilities in service to God and others.

Chrystal Ziegler, Parish Secretary

Chrystal manages all the activities and communications at St. Paul’s and does her best to keep Fr. Paul in line. If you want to know what’s really going on around the parish, reach out to Chrystal.

If you were a Muppet, which one would you be and why?

I think my husband nailed it when he compared me to Miss Piggy—“Sweet to the outside world, yells at Kermit a lot.” I’m still laughing at that one.

What is your favorite flavor of Pringles?

Cheddar Cheese—which, surprisingly ranks as the #1 flavor of all 29 flavors of Pringles. Yes, I looked it up.

What is the worst gift you have ever received?

I honestly can’t think of the worst gift I ever received. However, I can think of a gift that I asked for every year and never received, which was a trampoline. A few years ago my parents bought one for my daughter who never asked for it. In all honesty, I think it’s rather funny now. And Yes! I was the first one to jump on it.

When you were five years old, what did you want to be?

At five years old, I was in Kindergarten and I may have wanted to be a teacher at that time doing what my teachers did for me when I grew up. I also remember wanting to be a Marine Biologist. I wanted to swim with the dolphins and killer whales.

What excites you most about your position at St. Paul’s?

The thing that excites me most about my job at St. Paul’s are the opportunities I have to help people, which is a natural joy for my personality type (I’m a Number 2 on the Enneagram).

Trevis Young, Director of Music

When he’s not at St. Paul’s ensuring our worship displays the wonder of God, Trevis is probably assisting at Notre Dame, or rehearsing for an upcoming concert. His passion for excellence and love of music are just some of the reasons we’re blessed to have him a part of our team.

If you were a Muppet, which one would you be and why?

Either Dr. Teeth or Rowlf. The characters represent how I like to engage in music music so well, sometimes I like to be the leader (Dr. Teeth), and other times I just like to play along and have fun (Rowlf).

What is your favorite flavor of Pringles?

Salt & Vinegar: a truly superior flavor among chips. I’m not entirely sure why any other flavors exist.

What is the worst gift you have ever received?

When I finished high school, one gift I received was a book about going to college. The title didn’t interest me, and so it sat on the shelf and never got read–forgotten. The gentleman who gave it to me followed-up over a year later. He had actually hidden a check in-between the pages and was wondering why his checkbook wouldn’t balance! Since I had essentially forgotten about the book, I never found this surprise gift within a gift. It was rather embarrassing, but taught me a valuable lesson.

When you were five years old, what did you want to be?

A race-car driver: the sound of the engine, the cool look of the cars, and going fast, really fast!

What excites you most about your position at St. Paul’s?

I am delighted to play upon an historic organ, but also to lead a congregation who actually appreciates this instrument, and utilizes it within a rich liturgical practice. The worship at St. Paul’s is practiced in a manner that connects us with our Christian brothers and sisters from centuries past. I find it deeply reverent and deeply spiritual.