Father Peter Sickels, 65, of northeast Davenport, joined the Christ Episcopal Church this spring.
The youngest of three children, Peter spent most of his youth in Pittsburgh. In 1980, Peter began taking some seminary courses in the Baptist faith. He then began helping in a small Episcopal mission church and the church’s bishop suggested he attend the Episcopal seminary. Peter attended Nashatoh House in Wisconsin from 1981 to 1984.
After he completed his time in the seminary, Peter took a position in Davenport as the assistant at Trinity Cathedral for a year. He then went to St. Paul’s Episcopal in Durant. He remained in that church for three or four years before returning to Trinity Cathedral. Peter served in Trinity Cathedral for 10 more years.
In 2000, Peter began serving as interim pastor in area Lutheran churches in Rock Island, Ill., Moline, Ill., and Muscatine. He served as a part-time pastor for eight years in Zion Lutheran in Princeton. During the past 10 years, Peter was also a part-time chaplain at Trinity Hospital in Bettendorf.
This year, Peter heard about the merger of two active, 150-year-old churches in Clinton to create Christ Episcopal Church. He heard they needed a priest and he wanted to return to a full-time position in the Episcopal church. Peter said he is also looking forward to serving in a church still regrouping from a merger and using his skills to help discover where the congregation goes from here.
“I’m real confident that the people who are still there have shown a lot of strength of character and faith; a lot of deep faith and a lot of commitment to the church,” Peter said. He feels this faith and commitment will serve the congregation well in the coming decade.
Peter started at the church April 10. Since then, he has enjoyed being at the church and hearing the people’s stories about the church and its history. He said this is an exciting time. Peter is looking forward to an upcoming mission trip in Colorado, as well as a large yard sale held by the church. The yard sale will be held on Aug. 26 and 27. Peter said the sale will give the church members an opportunity to empty some of the closets and begin fresh.