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The Vestry

From the Latin word vestire, meaning to clothe, or to put on. Originally the word referred to the room where the priest would vest. In the early days the local lay leaders would gather with the priest as he vested to discuss the affairs of the parish. Later, the word came to refer to the leaders instead of the room. The vestry is the governing board of a local Episcopal parish and consists of the rector, the wardens, and lay members. In many parishes, the rectors, wardens and the treasurer form an executive committee and will often meet separately from the whole vestry between vestry meetings. Unlike some denominations, the Episcopal Church uses a representative form of government modeled after the U.S. goverment's structure. The vestry is the group elected by the individual members to make the basic decisions about the church budget and manage the temporal affairs of the parish.

The Vestry


The Rev. Peter Faass, Rector

Mischelle Lohr ('17), Senior Warden

Katie Ong-Landini ('15), Junior Warden

Deb Schelling, Treasurer

Sue Galicz, Clerk

Valeie Channer ('16)

Brad Forward ('16)


*Class year indicates the year a term expires.

Natalia Perkins, Youth Member ('15)

Jessee McKenney ('17)

Kate Metyk ('16)

Nancy Morrow ('15)

Lem Stewart ('15)

Martha Towns ('15)




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Mischelle Lohr ('17)

Senior Warden
Mischelle has attended Christ Episcopal Church for seven years and was received into the Episcopal Church six years ago. Though a Christian for most of her adult life, Mischelle is relatively new to the Episcopal expression of faith and she embraces it wholeheartedly. She grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania and attended Edinboro University where she received a B. A. in Psychology. She relocated to Chicago where she worked in special education and as a governess. She currently works as a nanny and thinks she has the best job in the world. At CEC she is the current Senior Warden, teaches the middle school youth, serves as a chalice bearer, and is on the Altar Guild.



Katie Ong-Landini ('15)

Junior Warden

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Deb Schelling


Deb began serving as treasurer for Christ Church in 2013. She has been a member of Christ Church since 1992 when she and her family moved to Shaker Heights. Deb completed level one and two training in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and she is certified as a teacher for 3-6 year old and 9-12 year old children. She is presently a catechist in the Good Shepherd Atrium. She has participated in the Community Meal and Family Promise programs and yearly Cookie Walk. Deb is currently assisting the Shaker Arts Council with their At Home with the Arts (Aha) program series. Past volunteer positions include membership on the Board of Directors at Early Childhood Enrichment Center in Shaker Heights as well as treasurer for East Side Welcome Wagon. Deb earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Purdue University and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado. She was most recently employed as a research assistant in the Genetics Department at Case Western Reserve University.


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Valerie Channer ('16)

Valerie came to Cleveland from Jamaica over 45 years ago. She first worked as a nanny for a Beachwood family then continued her career for care giving by earning her LPN degree from St. Vincent Charity Hospital.  After a lifetime of nursing at St. Vincent's, Valerie retired.  Christ Church welcomed Valerie in 2011. She enjoys family and friends and returns to Jamaica every few years for visits.


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Brad Forward ('16)

Brad graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1995 and received a Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University in 1999. From 1999 to 2007, Brad was a police officer in Arizona, achieving the rank of Detective. In January, 2008, he returned home with his wife to Shaker Heights to join Brown-Forward as a fourth generation Funeral Director in the oldest continuing family owned business in the state of Ohio. Brad and his wife are parents of two little girls, Sydney (born March, 2010) and Ava Rose (born January, 2013). Brad is an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights and currently serves on the church Vestry. He enjoys athletics, weight lifting and continues to play competitive recreational baseball and ice hockey.


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Natalia Perkins ('15)

Natalia serves on vestry as the youth representative.


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Jessee McKenney, MD ('17)

Jesse McKenney moved to Cleveland (Shaker Heights) from Menlo Park, California in July 2012 with his wife Amy and three children Madeleine (9), Hannah Jane (7), and Ennis (4). They have been attending Christ Episcopal for a year and a half. Jesse (and Amy) are both pathologists and work for the Cleveland Clinic.


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Kate Metyk ('16)

Kate serves on vestry.


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Nancy Morrow ('15)

Nancy is a lifelong Episcopalian. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, where she taught Sunday School. Nancy transferred to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cleveland, where she taught Sunday School and was a leader of youth programs. She transferred to Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights, in May, 1991. She has taught Sunday School, is a member of the Altar Guild, and serves as a volunteer with the Community Meal Program and the parish office. In January, 2012, Nancy was elected to the Vestry for Christ Episcopal Church. In September, 2012, Nancy became chairman of the Altar Guild.

During the summer Nancy volunteers with a group that provides lunch for children in her community for over five years. She is a member of the Warrensville Heights Senior Police Academy.


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Lem Stewart ('15)

Dr. Lemuel E. Stewart, III joined the Vestry of Christ Church in 2012. Dr. Stewart is currently a full time faculty member in Counseling and Psychological Services at Cuyahoga Community College. In this role he provides academic, career and personal counseling to the students of Tri-C. Prior to this position Dr. Stewart served as a Donor Relations Officer with The Cleveland Foundation, and as the Director, Administrative Operations for the Hitchcock Center for Women, Inc. Dr. Stewart has extensive experience in the non-profit sector and has held leadership positions with several organizations in the community. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, a Master of Science in Social Administration Degree and a Doctorate in Psychology. Along with his career and educational achievements, he has numerous community affiliations. Dr. Stewart is an American Marshall Memorial Fellow class of 2003, a graduate of Leadership Cleveland class of 2005, member of Blacks in Management Inc., Christ Episcopal Church, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Dr. Stewart spends the majority of his free time with his two daughters aged 11 and 8 years old. He also has a passion for antique cars and golf.


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Martha Towns ('15)

Martha Towns thinks it was karma that she and her husband Ed joined Christ Church in 1959. They learned that their former parish, St. Martin’s in Chagrin Falls, was a mission of Christ Church back in the 50s when her father became the first rector of that parish. She had always thought St. Paul’s grew the mission. Martha is in her third year on the vestry. She is a lector, usher along with Ed, baker of communion bread ( with Nat Cooke) and proof-reader for the Sunday bulletin. She has co-chaired the Cookie Walk since its beginning and is now trying to establish Christ Church Hosts. In 2103 she was project manager for the South Entrance project. She says that Christ Church felt like home the first time she and Ed walked in.



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