The Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe, D.D.

The Ninth Bishop of Iowa

Ordained April 5, 2003

The word “episcopal” pertains to a bishop.  The term derives from the Greek word episcupos, meaning “overseer.”  Thus, the Episcopal Church recognizes the authority of bishops.  The first bishops were Christ’s disciples who were the “overseers” of the churches in Rome, Corinth, and elsewhere.

Alan Scarfe was elected 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Iowa at a special diocesan convention in November 2002. He was ordained In Des Moines on Saturday, April 5, 2003 and seated at St. Paul’s Cathedral the following day. Prior to his election Bishop Scarfe served as rector of St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles. Bishop Scarfe earned a Master of Arts in Theology degree from Oxford University, Oxford, England in 1972. From 1973 through 1975 he completed post-graduate studies at the Romanian Orthodox Institute in Bucharest, Romania. He is a 1986 graduate of The General Theological Seminary. Scarfe was ordained to the priesthood in 1986. Prior to his call to the ministry, Scarfe was chief executive officer of Keston College USA, an independent research institution advocating freedom of religion in communist countries. He was a visiting lecturer at Wheaton College in Illinois. He and his wife Donna have four children. Scarfe was born in Bradford in Yorkshire in England. Click here for more information about Bishop Alan and the Diocese of Iowa.

Father Wayne Kamm

Priest Associate

Retiring after fourteen years as Rector of St. Michael’s Church in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, the Reverend Wayne Kamm became Priest Associate at Christ Church, Burlington, in January, 2000.  Since that time he has supplied various congregations in the Diocese, including two years as a permanent supply at St. John’s, Keokuk, and two times as permanent supply between rectors at Christ Church, Burlington. Prior to his ordination as a deacon and priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa in 1985, he had served various congregations for twenty-four years as an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church in Iowa.  He earned the B.A. degree in English and Philosophy at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, and the M. Div. degree at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. His service in the Diocese of Iowa includes having been a member of the Diocesan Board of Directors, the Diocesan Commission on Ministry, and one of the Search Committees for the election of a bishop.  While Rector of St. Michael’s in Mount Pleasant he was instrumental in the founding of the hospice program in Henry County, currently known as HCI Hospice Care Services. He continues to be interested in woodworking and is an enthusiastic supporter and participant in the annual Midwest Old Threshers’ Reunion in Mount Pleasant.  Both he and his wife, Mary, live in rural Salem and were involved in the effort to build a new library in that town.  He has two children and two step-children, five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Ministerial Leadership and Staff

Bishop Alan

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Rev. Carl Mann

Priest in Charge

The Rev. Fr. Carl D. Mann has served as Priest-in-charge of Christ Episcopal Church since April 2016, having served previously at St. Alban’s in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Fr. Carl is a 2006 Master of Divinity graduate from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, and was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Iowa, having previously been involved with a family trucking business for 23 years. Fr. Carl holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology and Religion from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and has served the Church in many capacities at the local and diocesan levels, including that toddler who always escaped from the nursery and ran down the aisle in search of his mother while yelling at the top of his lungs. Fr. Carl is married to Jane; the father of two, and grandfather of three…


Deacon George


Carl Moehlman

Organist and Director of Music

Carl Moehlman has served as organist and music director at Christ Episcopal Church for the past twenty years. Carl is an associate professor emeritus at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa where he taught organ, music theory, class piano, and continues to serve as college organist. He is a member of the Mt. Pleasant Chorale. Carl holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas, with further study at the University of Iowa. Carly and his wife, Dorothy, a retired music teacher, are parents of two sons, Michael and David, who are also music educators.

George Rogerson


Deacon George has served as Christ Episcopal Church's Deacon for this past thirteen years. As a member of Christ Episcopal Church for fifty-three years, he has played a vital role in the spiritual life of the Church. Prior to becoming ordained, Deacon George served various times on the Vestry including filling the role of Warden. Along with longtime dedication to serving the needs of the parishioners and the Church, Deacon George served in the United States Coast Guard from 1948 to 1954 in the Air and Sea Rescue team in Alaska. Following his service to the country, he was in the automotive industry in Burlington. George and his wife Rita raised eight children. He has also served on the school board for the Burlington Community School District and as trustee on Southeastern Community College's Board of Trustees. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking and spending time with his thirteen grandkids and six great grandkinds. 

Candice Schafer-Schmitz

Church Administrator

Candice Schafer-Schmitz has served as Christ Episcopal Church’s Administrative Assistant since 2002. Candice was born in Burlington and grew up the small farming community of Yarmouth Iowa, west of Mediapolis. Following graduation in 1977 she was married and had her daughter Brandi. Candice returned to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked at Burlington Medical Center’s Klein Unit. She left there in 1998 and became a member of Christ Episcopal Church as well as enrolled at Southeastern Community College. She earned her Associates of Arts and Associates of Applied Science in Chemical Dependency Counseling in May of 2001 and worked in Iowa City as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Fortunately for Christ Episcopal Church, she opted to leave her position and serve as a church administrative assistant at a wonderful parish. As a member she has participated on the Fellowship Committee. When not tending to the many needs of the church and parishioners, Candice enjoys spending time with her grandsons, Caden and Mauricio, her family and friends, coloring mandalas and having sushi.