Father Gary Beckman, 57, became pastor of St. Wenceslaus on July 1, 2013. A Burlington native, he attended Catholic schools there. He studied at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, followed by Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., and graduated from St. Ambrose University with a degree in criminal justice. After working in law enforcement, he studied theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and completed theology studies at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. On June 4, 1995, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Franklin at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Fr. Beckman was parochial vicar at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bettendorf from 1995-98 and Holy Family in Davenport from 1998-2000. He served as pastor of Assumption & St. Patrick in Charlotte and Ss. Mary & Joseph in Sugar Creek from 2000-04. He was sacramental minister of St. Joseph in DeWitt from 2000-01, and was pastor of St. John in Houghton and St. James in St. Paul from 2004-13.
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Ellen is a recent addition to the St. Wenceslaus staff. Born and raised in Midland, Michigan, she was homeschooled through high school. After attending college in Alma, Michigan, Ellen moved to Iowa City in 2015 and has been a member of St. Wenceslaus with her husband, Jacob, since then. Ellen coordinates activities and events for the parish youth.
Kelsey Steffen and her husband Thomas joined St. Wenceslaus parish in 2013. They have loved the family atmosphere the parish exudes and welcomed their own son Peter to the parish in November 2015. Kelsey is a former middle school teacher, now stay at home mom. She has been cantering for many years, and in her younger years was a four-year All State singer. She is looking forward to reviving the St. Wenceslaus choir and would love to have parishioners of any age and talent join. As St. Augustine said, "He who sings, prays twice!"