Staff & Vestry


The Rev. Jan Smith Wood

Jan is a native Californian who came to Ohio, and to Grace, Sandusky, in 2011.  Her mother was also born in California.  Coming to Ohio, Jan returns to an unknown land – her father was born in Toledo and her grandmother graduated from Fremont (Ohio) High School.  Before coming to this new old home, she served as Director of Religious Education (Christ Church, Winnetka, Illinois), Canon Educator (Diocese of El Camino Real), and Dean of Students (Church Divinity School of the Pacific.  She attended Universidad de Las Americas (Cholula, Puebla, Mexico) and was graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Her M.Div. with distinction is from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

What I most value about Grace Episcopal Church: 

This is a community of people who sincerely try to live out, real time, our belief that “God loves you. No exceptions.” 

What I bring to our common life as this branch of the Jesus Movement:

Authenticity and a deep commitment to finding our way to “yes” – yes to the Holy Spirit, yes to the people of God, yes to the ways in which we are newly imagining our role and mission now and into God’s future.  


Randy Ruthsatz

Randy has been involved at Grace throughout his entire life.  He was baptized and confirmed at Grace and is currently in charge of the music program.  Randy received his undergraduate degree from Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio where he double majored in business and music (organ performance).  He also holds the degree of MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University that enabled him to secure his first professional position with one of the “Big Eight” accounting firms in Cleveland.  Randy presently owns an accounting firm in Sandusky.


What I value most about Grace Episcopal Church:

Grace has given me the culture to grow both musically and spiritually.  Grace Church has been a safe place to try new things and encourage the arts for displaying artwork and performing music.  Grace is continuing to evolve into a venue for community service to the arts.


What I bring to our common life as this branch of the Jesus Movement:

My experience and training as a musician is very important in my personal mission of helping Grace in the journey to recognize God through music.  Being able to participate in choirs, festivals, trainings and conventions helps me understand the importance and interconnectedness of music to our lives and to God which I hope I can convey to our church.


Parish Administrator

Debbie Chase

What incredible luck brought Debbie Chase to Grace Church.  As a “mature” student attending BGSU Firelands College she one day happened to come across a notice on a bulletin board that Grace was looking for a secretary.  The stars aligned and the rest is history.  Debbie has been at Grace for over five years and everyone couldn’t be happier.  As our Parish Administrator Debbie keeps on top of what’s happening at Grace and is indispensable to us.  When not working Debbie enjoys reading and crocheting and spending time with her husband Lester, daughter Tia, and kitty MoMo. 

What I most value about Grace Episcopal Church: 

This is a beautiful Church (both physically and in the spiritual sense). The parishioners treasure Grace and all it has to offer. They make me feel cherished as a part of this community.

What I bring to our common life as this branch of the Jesus Movement:

I feel that I am one of many who bring a sense of continuity to Grace.  People stop by during the week and always see me in the office behind my desk (I really need to move around more!!).  If they have a problem or a question, I try help them with it.  I’ve even had people call with non-church related questions they think I can help them with!  I am here for them. I have become a constant here and I think both the parishioners, and especially myself, feel comfortable because of that.



Tim Morrow

Tim is a lifelong resident of Erie County.  He grew up on the Cedar Point Chaussee and now resides in Huron.  He has been the Sexton and dedicated staff member of Grace for over 20 years.  Tim is charged with overseeing the maintenance and operatioin of the church buildings and grounds.  We are thankful for his decades of service and commitment

What I most value about Grace Episcopal Church:

I not only value the rich history of Grace, but the history of the building as well. The building was added to the Nationial Register of Historic Places in 1982 and I am proud to be the steward of its preservation.

What I bring to our common life as this branch of the Jesus Movement:

I believe that beautification, continued maintenance and preservation of our church is vital to welcoming our parishioners to their house of worship each week. I am proud to be part of this and am happy to greet the faithful each week.

Assistant Sexton

Elaine Howey

Elaine has been with Grace for over five years. She keeps our church clean and beautiful.



Don Hanck

Don serves as our Church Treasurer and is a native Sandusky resident who is a Principal with Barnes Wendling CPAs. Don is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Ohio.  He has over 35 years of public accounting experience in the local area. Don has a passion for nonprofit organizations, including serving many local church and non-profit groups. He is the Treasurer of the Sandusky State Theatre. He is a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sandusky and has served as the treasurer of their foundation for 20 years and as past treasurer and council member for the Church.

What he values most about Grace Episcopal Church:

The blessing of serving a vibrant Christian community with a focus on outreach and mission.

What he brings to our common life as this branch of the Jesus Movement:

Along with the God given talents relating to his position as Treasurer including knowledge and experience in accounting, finance and taxes, he also brings his passion and enthusiasm to further the stewardship opportunities of our Church.


Grace Church Vestry

Class of 2021


    Barby Gravengaard (Sr. Warden)

    Terrin Schnee (Clerk)

    Tom Cassidy (Bruce Miller finishing Tom's term)                                                  



Class of 2022 

   Katie Crum

   Jeff Fowler (Jr. Warden)

   Ellen Mettert (Member-at-Large)





Class of 2023

  Laura Bates

  Jim Hart

  Steve Rankin



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