Responding to God's gracious love with minds to think, hearts to love and hands to serve.

Rachel C. Kessler, Priest-in-charge

kessler-photo-2Rachel Kessler graduated from Kenyon College in 2004, majoring in English and Philosophy. After college, Rachel moved to Toronto, ON where she earned her Master’s of Divinity from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, in 2011. Rachel was ordained a deacon in 2011 and a priest in 2012 within the Anglican Church of Canada. She was appointed priest-in-charge of Harcourt Parish and chaplain at Kenyon College in the fall of 2015.

Since her ordination, Rachel has served as Assistant Curate (and subsequently Associate Priest) at Grace Church on-the-Hill in Toronto. At Grace Church, Rachel was responsible for Christian formation, outreach, and communications. In addition, Rachel served on the Doctrine and Worship Committee for the Diocese of Toronto and was a founding member of the Scholar-Priest Initiative in the Episcopal Church/Anglican Church of Canada.

Before attending seminary, Rachel earned a Master’s and a PhD from the Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto, specializing in Old English and Anglo-Latin literature. Rachel is married to Leeman, an actor and full-time dad to their infant daughter Amanda. In her free time, Rachel enjoys baking, books and movies, obscure board games, and hanging out with her border collie/lab/beagle mix Bilbo.

 
Sharon L. Stohrer, Music Director

Sharon Stohrer, Music DirectorSharon earned a B.A. in music (piano) from Kalamazoo College, an M.A.L.S. (arts) from Wesleyan University and an M.M. in vocal performance from Boston Conservatory. She has taught voice and the related areas of acting and stagecraft, lyric diction and vocal pedagogy for Kenyon College in Ohio; New York University; the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York; and Newberry College and Anderson University in South Carolina. Sharon has led workshops on overcoming performance anxiety for several schools and organizations and her book, The Singer’s Companion, was published by Routledge Press in 2006.

Sharon has worked as cantor and soloist for Episcopal and Roman Catholic parishes and as organist, choir director and children’s choir director for a variety of denominations. Relishing the role of equipping-musician, she enjoys helping congregations to grow musically, from starting new or ad hoc ensembles, to discovering anthems that involve children and adults and congregational singing, to inviting instrumentalists to share their gifts as solos or anthem accompaniments.

Sharon believes in that singing is prayer and encourages congregational singing at all times.

View Sharon's Web site.

 
Vestry
  • Abby Serfass, Senior Warden
  • Anna Duke Reach, Junior Warden
  • John Elliott, Treasurer
  • Bob Heasley, Assistant Treasurer
  • Kachen Kimmell, Clerk
  • Isak Davis, '19
  • Byron George
  • Jennifer Johnson
  • Chris Kern
  • Jessica Kotnour, '19
  • Perry Lentz
  • Elaine McCullough
  • Sarah Schumacher
 
Staff
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  • H. Logan, Parish Administrator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it