Staff & Vestry

Interim Rector

The Rev. Dr. Brian Wilbert

Fr. Brian has been a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio for over 60 years! He grew up at St. Andrew’s, Elyria and attended Harcourt Parish, Gambier during his four years as a student at Kenyon College. After his ordinations as a transitional deacon (1985) and priest (1986) he served St. Michael’s in the Hills, Toledo (1985-1988), Grace Church, Ravenna (1988 -1996), Christ Church, Oberlin (1996-2019) and St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights (2019-2020). He has served our Diocese and the wider Episcopal Church as a member of Diocesan Council (two separate terms), Standing Committee (three separate terms) as Alternate Deputy to three General Conventions (2000, 2012, 2018) as Deputy to two General Conventions (2009, 2015), as a member of the Kenyon Summer Conference planning Committee (1982 - 2012), as co-chair of the Episcopal Transition Committee (2004), and as Diocesan Archivist since 2013. Fr. Brian and his spouse, Yorki Encalada Egusquiza (Lecturer in the Hispanic Studies Department and Director of La Casa Hispanica at Oberlin College) and their six year old Jack Russell Terrier “Sancho Panza” just celebrated the first anniversary of own a century old Victorian home in Oberlin. Fr. Brian feels it to be a privilege to be asked to serve as Interim Rector at historic Grace Church and began sharing ministry with the people of Grace Church on November 1st, 2020.

What I value most about Grace Church: I have known about Grace Church since I first passed it with my parents when we got lost trying to find Cedar Point during my childhood. I recognized the famous sign “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You.” As Diocesan Archivist I have appreciated getting to know the parish history and my favorite (but not original) saying about history is that it is a prologue to the future. Grace Church, Sandusky has a rich heritage which involves worship, formation, and outreach to the community. This heritage is a solid foundation on which to build the next chapter of ministry shared with a new Rector.

What I bring to our common life as this branch of the Jesus Movement: I bring a thirty-five year history as a priest, pastor, preacher, and teacher, and a sixty year history as a child of God. I love the Episcopal Church with all of its diversity of membership and variety of worship and ways to serve in Christ’s name. I hope to help the membership of Grace Church to live, learn, laugh, and continue to love God, love our neighbors and change the world during this time of transition between settled rectors.




Organist/Choirmaster

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 almost 10 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 family and her pets.

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.




Sexton

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.

 




Treasurer

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 (Scott Fais finishing Steve's term)

 

                               




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