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.  

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