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Parish Staff

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Parochial Administrator

Very Rev. Shoby M. Chettiyath JCL V.G.

Very Rev. Shoby M. Chettiyath celebrated 16 years of priesthood in 2022 and become the parochial administrator of St. Francis of Assisi in July 2022. Originally from India, Father Shoby, as he is known, did pastorial ministry in India and Brazil before immigrating to the United States in 2011 when he joined the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. In addition to being assigned to our parish he is also the Vicar General of the Diocese.

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Parish Vicar

Reverend Pompeyo Tan

Please welcome our Parochial Vicar Reverend Pompeyo Tan to St. Francis of Assisi's here in Nixa.


Office Manager

Amanda Floer

Amanda Floer works as St. Francis of Assisi's office manager.


Deacon & Director of Religious Education

Deacon Gary Steffes

Deacon Gary Steffes was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2013 in the Diocese of Jefferson City. After first serving at St. Pius X Parish, Moberly, he and his wife Joy moved to Nixa where Bishop Edward Rice assigned him to St. Francis on September 1, 2017. For more than three decades, Deacon Gary was Chief Financial Officer of Moberly Area Community College. He and Joy enjoy time with their three children and eight grandchildren.

RCIA Coordinator

Sophia Mitchell

I am thrilled to be leading the RCIA program this fall at St. Francis of Assisi's. Though I moved to Nixa in 2022, I am a local to the Springfield area and a proud graduate of Missouri State University where I double majored in broadcast journalism and Spanish.

Currently, I am pursuing a Master's in Theology (Augustine Institute). 


Music Director

Debbie Durham

Involved in music ministry since age nine, Debbie Durham has been a music leader in several parishes in Iowa and Missouri and has served as music director at St. Francis of Assisi (SFA) since its founding in 2004. Debbie holds a BS degree in Speech and Hearing Science and an MA degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa (UI). She grew up on a dairy farm in Bernard, IA, and worked in Iowa City, IA, as managing editor of a medical journal as well as various public relations positions for both the UI and UI Foundation for nearly 20 years. Since moving to Nixa in 2001, Debbie has volunteered for many community needs, including co-chairing bond issue campaigns for Nixa Public Schools and serving as a catechist and youth program director at SFA. Debbie, her husband, Paul, and their family are founding members of SFA parish.


Youth Minister

Jensen Liam

Jensen is a current student at MSU studying to get her degree in Psychology and Child and Family development. She began working for St. Francis just a few months ago but already loves it here. Her passion for working with youth and passion for the community, is a crucial part of her personality and she wouldn’t have it any other way.



Randy Sehie

Randy Sehie is a parishioner at St. Franis of Assisi Catholic Church. His son Andrew Sehie and Randy are both active parish members by providing stewardship assistance weekly for mass and facility needs. 

Volunteer Staff


Coordinator of Religious Education 

Rachel Lechner



All parishioners are encouraged to share their time and talents to support and grow our parish community.
The list of volunteers is countless, but to highlight a few:
RCIA Coordinator: Tracy King, Deacon Gary Steffes
Youth Director: Deacon Gary Steffes
Liturgical Decorating Coordinator: Debbie Harris
Technology Adminstrator: John Rispoli
Web Administrator: Janet Morehead
Advisory Councils made up of parishioners act as consulting bodies to our Pastor:
Parish Pastoral Council
Finance Council
Stewardship Council

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