Christ Episcopal Church Clergy and Staff
The clergy and staff can be contact by email using the links below or by contacting the church office. The rector and parish administrator are full time and maintain regular hours, other staff are part time and their hours vary. The parish office is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The rector’s normal office hours are Tuesday through Friday.
The Reverend Peter Faass
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Rev. Peter came to Christ Church in September of 2006 as our priest-in-charge. He was instituted as our thirteenth rector in September of 2009. Born in the Netherlands, his family immigrated to the United States in 1957. Rev. Peter grew up in Connecticut. He attended the General Theological Seminary in New York City from which he graduated in 1999. He was ordained as a deacon in June of that year and then to the priesthood in December. After serving just over two years as a curate at Trinity Church in Torrington, CT, the Rev. Peter moved to New Hampshire where he served as the rector of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist for five years.
People often ask what they should call him; Reverend, Pastor, Father? His response: If you are under sixteen years of age you may call me any of those three, if you are older than sixteen any of those three or just plain Peter will do. Just don't call me late for dinner!
Rev. Peter loves liturgy, Bible study, cooking, hiking and reading. His favorite ice cream – for which he has a passion – is vanilla!
The Reverend Jim Greer
Father Greer first became an Adjunct Priest at Christ Church in 1984 after serving parishes in Texas, Indiana, and Michigan. He later became rector of St. John's in Ohio City and chaplain at the VA Medical Center at Wade Park. Fr. Greer retired from St. John's in 1996 and from the VA in 2002. He has since served as interim rector for parishes in Parma, Brecksville, and Willoughby.
Jim graduated from General Theological Seminary in 1958 with an STB (MDIV) and received his STM from Nashotah House in 1972. In 1996, he was given the Excellence in Chaplaincy Award by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC. In 2008, Jim celebrated his 50th anniversary in the priesthood at Christ Church, the Greer's home parish (when not supplying elsewhere).
For the past 25 years, Jim and his wife Karen (Christ Church's grounds supervisor) have lived just one block east of Shaker Square. Jim's special interests are Prayer Book studies and liturgical theology—as we pray, so we believe.
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The Reverend Melanie Sunderland
Rev. Melanie came to Christ Episcopal Church as an Adjunct Priest in Easter 2010. She currently serves as a full-time chaplain with The Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center and the Horvitz Palliative Medicine Unit and has been there for three years. A native of Utah, Rev. Melanie came to Cleveland in 2003 to serve as chaplain at Lutheran Hospital, a position she held for four years. From Utah to New Jersey to Ohio, she has lived in several areas of the country and many walks of life.
Rev. Melanie came to ministry later in life. She was a Health Educator prior to ministry, having received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from the University of Illinois in 1984 and a Master of Science degree in Human Sexuality from New York University in 1992. She obtained her Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia in 2001. She returned to Utah and served on the Ute Indian Reservation and in Salt Lake City. She is currently studying for certification as a Spiritual Director.
Director of Music & Organist
Will joined the staff at Christ Church in the Fall of 2012. He graduated with a degree in Sacred Music in 2012 from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he studied organ with Ken Cowan. During his last two years at Westminster, Will was the Junior Organ Scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, where he shared accompanying and rehearsal responsibilities for a large intergenerational program. At Trinity, Will got the opportunity to play for Evensong at the Association of Anglican Musicians' national convention in Philadelphia. He was also the Assistant Director of Music for the Episcopal Church at Princeton University. Other than music, will enjoys being outside. He is an avid rock climber but also enjoys kayaking, hiking, camping, biking, and running.
Director of Christian Formation
Leslie joined the staff at Christ Church as the Director of Christian Formation in the Summer of 2000, and is a life long Episcopalian. She loves her work, which brings together her passion for the spiritual life and the amazing lives of children! Leslie earned a Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has completed over 180 hours of training in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, becoming certified as a teacher for 3-6 year olds and for 6-9 year olds. Leslie lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband and their two children. When she isn't busy working in the atrium, she loves reading, walking with her dog, and spending time with family and friends. Dark chocolate, in all of its wonderful forms, is Leslie's not-so-private "secret passion."
Michelle comes to Christ Episcopal Church as Parish Administrator after more than twenty years serving in the national setting of the United Church of Christ in downtown Cleveland. As the Minister for Search and Call, she was responsible for the oversight of the denomination's Search and Call Process, including the preparation and distribution of clergy profiles. She brings a love for the Church and a passion for the social ministry of the Gospel to her work. A life-long member of the United Church of Christ, she currently holds membership at Archwood United Church of Christ in Cleveland, where she serves as Chair of the Personnel Committee and is a past Governing Body member and moderator. She lives in the Edgewater Park Neighborhood of Cleveland with her two cats, Lance and Samson, and has an adult son in graduate school in Florda.