When forming the Choir School Advisory Board, the goal was to ensure a diverse group representing a wide range of St. John’s parishioners. The Board includes active choir members, former choir parents, longtime parishioners, music educators, and avid supporters of St. John’s chorister program. The St. John’s Choir School Advisory Board meets monthly for discernment and planning.

Betsy Calhoun, ex officio
Elizabeth Crowe
Susan Cross
Tim Cross
Mark Greeley
Felisha Herbin
Jonathan Jackson
Debby McNamara
Mike Norris, ex officio
Mary Call Proctor
Greg Springer


Susan Cross became a member of St John’s on moving to Tallahassee in 1984 with husband Tim.  They have been choir members since the late 90’s, following their 2 now grown children who served as choristers from the ages of 6 & 5 till high school graduation. She is a retired pediatrician, having practiced full time from 1985-2017, primarily at Tallahassee Pediatrics.  Susan is grateful to St John’s for both the inspiration and the opportunities continue to serve.


We joined St. John’s in 1984 after arriving in Tallahassee from New England and a year in Switzerland. My two children joined the choristers – Nathan first as he was the oldest (maybe in 1989), and Lydia sat in the back of the choir room with our friend Pat during rehearsals. After a while Betsy invited Lydia to join the choristers, informing us that she knew all of the music, so why not? A few years after that, my wife joined the choir and Betsy approached me in the pew one Sunday and invited me to join the choir. I explained that I can’t sing, and she told me that everyone can learn to match pitch. It has been one of the thrills of my life to be in the choir and to sit next to a section leader and do my very best to match pitch….


Born into a military family, I lived in Charleston, Norfolk, Washington D.C., Annapolis, France, and Japan until I married and moved to Atlanta. I spent the next 27 years in management at BellSouth in Forecast Analytics, Human Resources, and Consumer Services where I retired as a Director of Consumer Services managing state operations with responsibility for 400 employees.

My second career was at Grace Mission Episcopal Church in Tallahassee where I spent 18 years before retiring as Director of Children and Family Ministries. I loved watching the children’s wonder, enthusiasm, and delight when they were exposed to new experiences that helped them grow in their self-esteem. Years ago, one highlight was their participation in the children’s opera Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten. When I’d hear them singing songs from Noye’s Fludde months and years after the performance instead of the latest rap songs, I realized how deeply their souls had been touched by this music. My hope is to offer this same growth opportunity to children through the St. John’s Choir School and am delighted to serve on this Choir School Board.


Jonathan Jackson has been a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church since moving to Tallahassee in 2018 to teach marketing at Florida State University. A lifelong fan of the arts, he has served on theatre, dance, and musical organization boards in the past. Jonathan sings in the choir at St. John’s and is a member of the board for the Tallahassee Bach Parley and Grace Mission.


Debby McNamara became a member of St. John’s in 2018 after her son, Nate, attended the Summer Choir Camp and announced that he was joining the choir! Six months later, Debby joined the choir as well. In addition to joyfully singing on a weekly basis, Debby is a member of the St. John’s Vestry, a Eucharistic Minister, and a Youth Commission member. She performs the altar guild functions for Compline, serves as the choir’s card minister, and volunteers annually with the Summer Choir Camp. When not at St. John’s, Debby works as a healthcare consultant.


Mary Call Proctor is a lifelong member of St. John’s. She is currently serving as a Stephen Minister, Chairman for the Gifts and Memorials Committee, Property Commission and most recently served on the Diocese Nominating Committee. In previous years she served on the Vestry, Sr. Warden, St. John’s Foundation, Diocese delegate and Diocese Council. As a community volunteer she is currently serving as an Ambassador for TMH Foundation.


Greg Springer teaches in the music education program at Florida State University. At St. John’s, he sings in the choir and formerly served on the Vestry as a chair for the Music and Worship Commission.