Parish Staff

Dan Kirby - Pastor

I was born in Des Moines on February 21, 1966 to Robert and Marie Kirby, I am the youngest of five. I attended St. Anthony grade School and graduated from Dowling high School in 1984.

I graduated from Conception Seminary College in 1990 with a degree in Religion. I attended Kenrick Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, MO. where I received my MDIV in Theology in 1994. I was ordained a priest on June 24th, 1994 at St. Ambrose Cathedral.

My first assignment was associate pastor of Queen of Apostles in Council Bluffs. After two and half years I was appointed pastor of St. Mary’s & Holy Cross in Elkhart, where I served for a year and a half. In 1998 I was appointed pastor of St. Patrick’s in Neola and St. Columbanus in Weston. After four years of service in these parishes I returned to Queen of Apostles in Council Bluffs as pastor. During my nine and half years in Council Bluffs I was a part of combining the three west end parishes into one parish named Corpus Christi.

It was in Council Bluffs that I was also active with St. Alberts School and served as the director of Seminarians for the diocese.

In 2012 I received a sabbatical where I attended a program at the North American College in Rome. For the last six years I have had the privilege of pastoring St. Joseph’s in Winterset and St. Patrick’s at the Irish Settlement.

I look forward to the opportunity to pastor at St. John’s in Norwalk and the pastoral care of Our Lady of the Assumption Shrine in Churchville.

David L. Miller – Deacon

Born January 5, 1946

Attended Immaculate Conception grade school, Wapsie Valley High School.  Served four years in the U.S. Navy, Communication Technician.  Married June 18, 1966, two sons and five grandchildren.  B.S. degree Business Management 1989. John Deere supervisor 13+ years, self-employed flooring contractor 20 yrs. Attended Conception Seminary College from 2002-2006.

Ordained August 19, 2006 and assigned to St. John the Apostle.  Currently oversee obtaining and preparing meals for the less fortunate at Connection Café, here at St. John the Apostle.  Hospice volunteer 2006-current, facilitator of Men’s group for men who have lost a spouse.  Currently serving on the Diaconate Council and Core Team Member, helping to guide candidates thru the education stage of the Diaconate training.

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Kathy Ballard—Accountant
Kathy came to St. Johns in November 2000.

Kathy’s duties include payroll, accounts payable (payments for services used by the church), budgets, finance council information dissemination, assists the Altar/Rosary Treasurer, performs Church of Assumption accounting duties and other finance related activities.

Kathy graduated from Simpson College with a degree in Accounting.  She is a CPA.  Kathy operates an independent business helping small businesses with their accounting needs.

Kathy is married to Doug and has 2 kids (Doug, Jr. and Kaila).

Alayne Pieper – Secretary Receptionist

Alayne is an Ottumwa native who completed the RCIA program in 1986 before marrying Melvin, also from Ottumwa. She has had the privilege of living all over the country and working in a variety of positions. In 2014, after 28 years, she and her family returned to Iowa and live on an acreage south of Norwalk.  Alayne has two grown children, Victoria and Ethan, a schnauzer named Leo (her third child) and three rescue cats. Alayne enjoys cooking, decorating, landscaping, playing cards and board games, reviewing restaurants, and traveling. She is excited to be part of the St. John community and the opportunity to meet more of her church family, and grow in her Catholic faith.

Contact Alayne at or 981-4855.


Patty Rooney – RCIA Coordinator

Patty and her husband Ted have three daughters and five grandchildren. They became members of the SJA community in 2002.  Patty received her BSE from what is now known as Truman State University in 1977 and taught high school English.  Following the birth of their children, she began free lance writing and was published in a weekly column as well as co-authoring a book with her husband about arthritis.  Her writings began to become spiritual in nature and she became interested in religious studies.  In her previous parish, St. Mary’s in Pella, IA, she was a catechist and involved in religious education curriculum development, coordinated the Confirmation program, facilitated Baptismal Preparation classes and lead daily Scripture and Communion services.  She received her Masters of Pastoral Studies from St. Ambrose University in 2004 and became involved in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) at St. John’s the fall of that year.  The following fall, she became coordinator of the program and has continued that position to the present time.  In the fall of 2013, Patty became a staff member, overseeing and presenting opportunities for adults of the parish seeking to continue and enhance their personal faith journeys.  She is a resource person, facilitates many courses, Scripture Study, arranges for guest speakers and offers a range of small group discussions on various subjects and topics, through DIFF (Drop In Faith Formation).
















Tim Mineart – Office Manager

Tim came to SJA in November of 2000.  He is in charge of Tithing, Money Count Team, Year End Tithing Statements, Vital Record Keeping, Parish Database, Hall & Room Rentals and Facility Usage, General Building Duties, Cleaning Personnel Supervisor, Cemetery Records, Coffee & Donuts Organizer, Annual Diocesan Appeal Contact, FOCCUS Administrator, Employee Benefits Contact, Maintains Parish Website, as well as general office functions.  Tim is a 1983 graduate of Norwalk High School and has a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Upper Iowa.  Tim is currently enrolled at Villanova University studying for his Masters Degree in Church Management. Tim is married to (Deb) and has three kids (Nick, Maggie, Tommy) and three step kids (Mandy, Katie, Sara).

Contact Tim at or at 515-981-4855.


Glen Soyer – Facilities Coordinator

Glenn and his wife Jane have three sons, (Adam, Travis, Nathan) and five grandchildren. Glenn has a BA in Biology from Mankato State University, a MS in Environmental Health from the University of Cincinnati and a teaching certificate through Simpson College.

Glenn worked for thirteen years as a manufacturing planner and a health/safety engineer for the General Electric Company. In 1985 he and his wife started Iowa Environmental Services, a consulting company, concerned mainly with asbestos, lead, mold and noise. In 2004 Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance hired Glenn as a Certified Industrial Hygienist to develop health and safety programs for their clients. He retired from there in December 2014.

Glenn’s duties include building maintenance, building sanitation, cleaning, overseeing vendor contracts, and general coordination of day to day operations.

Contact Glen at or 515-981-4855.



Melissa Hill – Faith Formation Director

Melissa lives in Des Moines with her husband, Jimmy Garcia, and her children Bradley and Maggie, along with their dog, Annabelle. Before coming to work at St. John, she was the Director of Religious Education at St. Anthony in Des Moines. She earned a BA in Human Services at Grandview College and has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Melissa loves to spend time with her family, playing cards, games, or being outside. She also enjoys walking, reading, and knitting. She is excited to be on the staff here at St. John the Apostle, and looks forward to serving the families of this parish.

She would love to hear your ideas or input for Faith Formation at all ages. Contact her at or 515-981-4855.




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St. John The Apostle Catholic Church

720 Orchard Hills Dr

Norwalk, Iowa 50211-9669


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