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.

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