Father Corwin Stoppel Named Saugatuck's 2016 Citizen Of The Year
Father Corwin Stoppel is the recipient of Saugatuck’s 2016 Tony Vettori Citizen of the Year award.
Father Stoppel’s selection is the result of his involvement in his community; his academic credentials in the form of education and writings as well as his past 26 years of service as the rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Saugatuck.
Father Stoppel was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota, and is a graduate of Morningside College, the Divinity School of Duke University, and Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary.
Before moving to Saugatuck in 1990, he served as the rector of the Grand Centre Anglican Parish in Grand Centre, Alberta, Canada, and as the vicar at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marlinton, Virginia.
In addition to his work at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, he was an adjunct professor at Davenport University and Grand Valley State University.
He is the author of three books, as well as the writer of a weekly newspaper column for the past decade.
He has been a frequent speaker at Memorial and Veterans’ Day ceremonies for the past several years. Many of us are also familiar with the sight of him leading a wedding party in his kilt while playing the bagpipe.
Father Stoppel is married to the well known artist, Pat Dewey, whom he describes as his “partner and life and mischief” since 2000. Together, they are actively involved in the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, Chamber Music, the SCA and the Ox-Bow School of the Arts.
Father Stoppel states: “From the moment I first visited Saugatuck in the winter of 1990, I immediately knew that it was a wonderful and special place and still feel that way 26 years later.
“I can hardly wait to get up in the morning to see what will happen next and to connect with people. To shamelessly borrow lines from Midnight in Paris, ‘There is no place in the world like Saugatuck. There never has been, there never will be.’
“I believe it is the people who live here who make it that way and maintain it. To live in Saugatuck is a tremendous adventure, and I am fortunate to be part of it.”
A reception to honor Father Stoppel will be held May 17, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church Hall, 252 Grand Street, Saugatuck, MI.
Father Stoppel’s friends, neighbors and family are invited to attend.
The Citizen of the Year Award is named after former Saugatuck Mayor Tony Vettori who established the award.
The award is intended to recognize an outstanding City of Saugatuck resident who has demonstrated exceptional community service and extraordinary achievement in public service, sports, arts, music, science or an act of heroism while fostering community participation and involvement.