Church Personnel

Interim Priest
Rev. Benjamin Webb

Ben (or Father Ben if you prefer) is an Iowa native and Iowa State undergraduate with MA degrees in Divinity as well as Philosophy and Theology from the GraduateTheological Union in Berkeley, California. He served a long fruitful tenure as Rector of St. Luke’s in Cedar Falls, and since then has been appointed by Bishop Scarfe to serve as Interim Priest in six varied Episcopal congregations, including some of our largest churches located in university towns – comparable to St. John’s – as they transitioned from one Rector to another. Ben also serves one of our newest small churches - All Saints, Indianola - as part-time priest.
His experience with churches in transition has provided him with some specialized skills and insights that he brings to St. John's to prepare the congregation for its next phase of life together. Above all Ben enjoys working collaboratively with others who are trying to create a healthy, mission oriented parish that is both spiritually mature and socially engaged.

Ben can be reached by email at: or by phone at 515/292-6655


Secretary and Office Administrator
Jeannie Garcia

Jeannie coordinates many of our parish activities and can be reached during the work week by phone at 292-6655 or fax at 515-292-1941
or by email at
Phone: 292-6655

Christian Formation Program Coordinator
Amy Mellies

Amy Mellies has been the Directory of Christian Formation since January 2014.  Amy is a 2004 graduation of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Leisure, Youth and Human Services.  After college she worked for AAA as a Travel Sales Agent. 
Amy and her family have lived in Ames for almost 10 years and has been attending St. John's for the past six. She has been involved in teaching Godly Play, bell choir, as well as planning and attending other parish events.
Amy can be reached by email at: or by phone at 515- 292- 6655

Music Director
Dr. Miriam Zach

Dr. Miriam Zach, Ph.D., Director of Music/Organist at St. John’s By the Campus, musicologist and author, is a native of Iowa. In 2016 she was honored to be named Charles and Mary Sukup Endowed Artist in Organ at Iowa State University where she is a professor of organ, harpsichord, music history, and honors music & health courses. For more than twenty years, while she took care of her aging parents, she taught music at the University of Florida in Gainesville where she was named Professor of the Year 2000-2001. She is Founder/Creative Director of the annual International Festival of Women Composers (, and continues as a member of the Alachua Consort ( that specializes in Baroque music. Her CD Hidden Treasures: 300 Years of Organ Music by Women Composers was recorded in 1998 in Princeton University Chapel, where she sang in the Chapel choir. Her book For the Birds: Women Composers Music History Speller (2nd edition 2015) is available from Her solo organ performances can be heard on National Public Radio's Pipedreams (2007, 2010, 2013). After completing degrees at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, she taught piano in Germany at the Universität Bielefeld, sang in the Kantorei St. Nicolai in Lemgo, and was organist for the British Army of the Rhine-Church of England. She has traveled widely in Europe and North America, touring with her husband Dr. Mikesch Muecke, Associate Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University, with whom she edited the book Resonance: Essays on the Intersection of Music and Architecture (2007), taught in Rome, Italy (Spring 2011), Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice (Fall 2013), and teaches Architecture and Music courses at Iowa State University. 

Phone: 515 -292- 6655

David Moore

David Moore is a recent Iowa State University graduate. He has many years of experience in both participating and leading youth events such as New Beginnings and Happening in the Diocese. David lives and works in Ames. He has been a lifetime Episcopalian yet has always enjoyed learning more about other religions.
You can always count on David cheering on the Cyclones in Football and Basketball.  David's email is: or he can be reached by phone at:  563-726-3278