Ronald D. Pogue
The Reverend Ronald D. Pogue arrived at Christ Church Cranbrook in October to begin his duties as Interim Rector.
He formerly served as Interim Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Ashland, Kentucky, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas. Fr. Pogue served as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston, Texas, and Canon Missioner at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas. Prior to ordination in the Episcopal Church, he was a United Methodist Pastor for 25 years.
Ron Pogue holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston, Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Chandler School of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry degree from the Houston Graduate School of Theology. He has been trained and certified as a mediator, in intentional interim ministry, and as a Professional Transitional Specialist by the Interim Ministry Network.
In describing his personal mission and values, Ron stated, “I am called to foster hope, lead change, inspire action, and glorify God in the service of the Gospel of Christ, for the building up of the Church, and for the sake of the world. The promises I made at my ordination provide a rule of life: listen to others, study and teach, work collaboratively, become who and what I am, and remain in intimate relationship with God.”
Ron and his wife, Gay, have been married for forty-four years. Gay recently retired after teaching ninth grade English for twenty-eight years and is a writer and artist. Gay is a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. She has been actively involved in Reading Camp in the Diocese of Lexington. They are the parents of two grown sons.
The Reverend Joyce M. Matthews has always enjoyed helping others. Her previous career was in Respiratory Therapy. She worked in hospitals, homecare and higher education. She believes her healthcare experience helped prepare her for priesthood.
Associate Priest for Outreach and Youth
The Reverend Beth Taylor comes to Christ Church Cranbrook from Evanston, IL where she graduated recently from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. Beth has a passion for preaching, vibrant worship, and welcoming all people (especially young people) to God’s table. Her previous career was in non-profit management in New York City, Denver and Chicago where she worked to unveil and address the unnecessary but painful reality of hunger in our neighborhoods. Beth and her husband Mark have two children, Gianni and Sofia. She is also a jazz and bluegrass singer, and an avid reader.
Associate Priest for Spiritual Formation
Jonathan Sams was born in Charleston, S.C., and grew up in Chicago. He attended the University of Chicago Laboratory School and Oberlin College, and obtained an M. Div. Degree from Nashotah House Seminary. He was ordained a priest in 1966 and served was an Assistant at the Church of the Ascension in Chicago until 1967, when he began an eleven year tenure as Chaplain of Lawrence Hall Youth Services in Chicago. In 1973 he moved to a farm in Northern Indiana and served as a retreat leader and consultant for youth programs across the United States and Canada. In 1981 he became Rector of St. Timothy’s Church in Griffith, Indiana, and served there until 1991, when he became Rector of St. Stephen’s in Troy, MI, where he served until retirement in September, 2011.
Father Sams has been married to Nancy Irey-Sams since 1999. They live in Troy and are the parents of six children: Jason, 32, works at Kohl’s, lives in Rochester Hills, MI, and is the father of Jayden, 8, and Teagan, 6; Caitlin Lester Sams, 26, and her husband, Michael, live in New York City, where she is pursuing an acting career; James, 24, lives at home and is employed at Kroger’s; David, 21, lives in Detroit and attends Wayne State University; Zachary, 21, attends Kettering University in Flint; Katie, 19, attends Michigan State University.
Jonathan is an associate of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist monastic community in Cambridge, MA, and participates frequently with a Lutheran monastery, St. Augustine’s House, in Oxford, MI. He fishes, hunts, plays the guitar, and writes about his experiences on his blog, http://www.theramblingrector.blogspot.com
Director of Communications
Peggy has been a member of CCC since 1984 when she and Lyle were married here. They have two sons, Mike and Jimmy who are also members at CCC. Peggy was a member of the Vestry from 2006 to 2009 and for the last year was Junior Warden. She worked as a volunteer training and scheduling the acolytes for many years in addition to other volunteer activities before coming on board as a member of the staff.
Prior to joining Christ Church Cranbrook, Kathy held various management, accounting, and finance positions. As Parish Administrator, she oversees all business aspects of the church. Kathy lives in Rochester with her husband, Dan, and has one child, Nick, who lives and works in the Metro-Detroit area.
Rite 13/J2A Coordinator
Kris serves as the Rite 13/J2A Coordinator (youth programs for 6th grade through high school). She is passionate about developing creative worship and formational experiences which involve and engage ALL ages. Before coming to Christ Church Cranbrook, she served as Director of Children and Youth Ministry at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Grand Blanc, Michigan. She was also a director, board member and Christian formation leader at two diocesan camps. Kris served as Diocesan Youth Ministries Coordinator for Eastern Michigan, and led groups to Episcopal Youth Events, Acolyte Festival and General Convention. She has been a Safeguarding God’s Children trainer, and is trained as a Godly Play teacher. Kris is joined by her husband, Greg, and daughters, Kate and Leigha.
Administrative Assistant to the Rector
Pat has been at Christ Church Cranbrook since January 1995. She enjoys the variety of opportunities that her job provides, especially interacting with the clergy, staff, and parishioners. This experience has been a great blessing in her life.
Dave has been employed at Christ Church Cranbrook since January 2006 beginning as a Sexton and eventually taking the position of Lead Sexton in 2008. He skillfully cares for the maintenance of the church and the church housing.
Linda joined the staff of CCC in May, 2010. She assists Kathy with various financial tasks. Prior to working at CCC, she spent 18 years working in financial positions for Presbyterian churches in the area. She is married and has 2 grown sons. One is married and lives in Grand Rapids with his wife and daughter. The other lives in Glendale, California and works in the film industry.
Director for Children’s Ministries
Christ Church Cranbrook has been home to Jessica for many years. She served as an acolyte in her teens. Jessica received a degree in Interior Design from Michigan State University. She and her husband were married at CCC and both children, Aiden and Ellie, were baptized here. Her daughter Ellie was baby Jesus in the Festival of gifts in 2004. She has been a Sunday school teacher for 9 years in the 3rd and 4th grade. She has led Bible studies for women. It is with great joy that Jessica serves the children and their families at Christ Church Cranbrook.
John RepulskiDirector of Music and Organist
John Repulski, director of music, has been at Christ Church Cranbrook since 2003. At CCC, he oversees the entire music program, directs the Christ Church Cranbrook Choir, the Cranbrook Ringers Handbell Ensemble, C3 Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Boys & Girls Choir, Artistic Director of the Music At Christ Church Cranbrook concert series, as well as serves as principal organist at all services.
John is secretary for the Standing Comission for Liturgy and Music of the ECUSA. He has also served as Dean of the Detroit Chapter of the America Guild of Organists, and as a regional coordinator for the Leadership Program for Musicians Serving Small Parishes. He is an active member of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Prior to coming to CCC, John served at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor, MI. He also was organist at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral and Historic St. Paul Lutheran Church, both in Denver. He holds music degrees from Indiana University, Butler University, and Illinois Wesleyan.
Associate Director of Music and OrganistCommunications Assistant
Dr. Christopher Reynolds, Associate Director of Music and Organist, has been at Christ Church Cranbrook since December 2009. At CCC, he accompanies the Parish Choir, provides service music for all services, and other duties in the Music Department. Dr. Reynolds also serves as Communications Assistant, where he is responsible for preparing the weekly service and announcement leaflets.
Prior to coming to Michgian, Christopher was the Organist & Choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Boonsboro, MD. He also served as Music Director for the Shenandoah University Collegiate chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and also served as President for the Shenandoah University Collegiate chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Christopher just completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance and Church Music at the University of Michigan, studying with world renowned organist, Dr. Marilyn Mason. He also completed both a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, with a Performance Certificate in Organ, and a Master of Music in Organ Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Former teachers include: David Kelley, Dr. Steven Cooksey and Dr. W. Dudley Oakes (organ); Dr. Byron Jones (voice); and Dr. Karen Keating (choral conducting).
Professional affiliations include: American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of Organists, Association of Anglican Musicians, Organ Historical Society, Royal School of Church Music and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Life Loyal member).
Richard started at Christ Church Cranbrook on February 25, 1985, after an illustrious ten year career at Montgomery Ward.