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Ronald D. Pogue

Interim Rector

The Reverend Dr. Ronald D. Pogue arrived at Christ Church Cranbrook in October 2013 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.

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Joyce Matthews

Associate Rector

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.

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Jonathan Sams, Associate Priest for Spiritual FormationJonathan Sams

Associate Priest for Spiritual Formation

The Reverend 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

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Peggy Dahlberg, Director of Parish Programs, Youth & ChildrenPeggy Dahlberg

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.

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Kathy Doyle, Parish AdministratorKathy Doyle

Parish Administrator

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.

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Kris Forsyth

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.

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Patricia Hirvonen, Admin. Asst. to the RectorPat Hirvonen

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.

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Katy KnoerKaty Knoer

Coordinator of Ministries
Katy’s primary duties are in the areas of Outreach, Stewardship, and Hospitality. She, her husband Dietrich and their five children worship here at Christ Church Cranbrook after moving to our area from Winnetka, Illinois where they were active in that Christ Church. Katy is a lifelong Episcopalian, having grown up in St. James by the Sea parish in La Jolla, California. She holds degrees from Northwestern University and Dartmouth College. Katy is passionate about the mission of The Episcopal Church and especially in the areas for which she has been called to serve at Christ Church Cranbrook.

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Dave Kueber, Lead SextonDavid Kueber

Lead Sexton

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.

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Linda Luther

Bookkeeper

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.

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Jessica Neeper

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.

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390527_581637133174_617564387_nChristopher Reynolds

Associate Director of Music

Dr. Christopher Reynolds 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 within the Music Department. Dr. Reynolds  is also responsible for preparing the weekly service leaflets.

Prior to coming to Michigan, Christopher was the Organist & Choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Boonsboro, MD. Christopher also served as Interim Director of Music at Guardian Lutheran Church in Dearborn, MI, and served as Interim Organist at First Presbyterian in Birmingham, MI. Christopher is currently the Sub-Dean for the Detroit Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, as well as their newsletter editor.

Christopher earned 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. In 2012, Christopher earned the Choirmaster certification from the AGO.

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JeffreySmith

Jeffrey Smith

Interim Director of Music

Since 2009, Jeffrey Smith has served on the organ and church music faculty of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Based in London, he has served as organist to its oldest parish church, St Bartholomew-the-Great. He was previously Canon Director of Music at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, where he conducted its Choir of Men and Boys in an extensive liturgical program, devised tours and recordings, and directed a weekly concert series. Smith was Music Director at Saint Paul’s Parish, K Street, in Washington D.C. from 1992 to 2004. Before his time in Washington, D.C., Jeffrey Smith was the organist-choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral in Lexington, Kentucky.

In addition to his doctoral degree from Yale University, Smith holds degrees and diplomas from Northwestern University, the Royal College of Music, and Royal College of Organists. He won highest honors in receiving the Fellowship of the American Guild of Organists and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music in 2004. The Archbishop of Canterbury presented him with an Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians in 2011.

Dr. Smith grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and currently lives with his family in London, U.K., where his wife works as a journalist and his son is a chorister at Westminster Abbey. He will be living in the Emrich House and his schedule has been arranged so that he can return to London to visit his family every 5-6 weeks. His ministry at Christ Church Cranbrook will begin on August 1 and continue until June 30, 2015.

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Richard Waldbott, Jr.

Sexton

Richard started at Christ Church Cranbrook on February 25, 1985, after an illustrious ten year career at Montgomery Ward.

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Henry WilletteHenry Willette

Sexton

Henry has recently joined Christ Church Cranbrook as a Sexton. Prior to CCC, Henry was an engineering and business manager in the Detroit automotive community. Henry is married to a high school science teacher and has two grown children in university. Henry thinks Christ Church is a very special place and is happy to be part of the team.

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