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Clergy and Staff

The Rev. Geoffrey F. Ward


Fr. Ward comes to St. Christopher’s most recently from St. Francis in Eagle River, WI. There, he led the congregation to full union status with the convention of The Diocese of Fond du Lac, seeded a needs-based ministry – Caritas of Eagle River, and established significant Ecumenical partner relations. Prior to that, Fr. Ward was priest associate at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Hartford, CT. There he assisted the Dean in most matters of the Cathedral, and was intrinsically involved with their Urban feeding ministries. For the past decade his role was known as a ‘tent-maker priest, (named so after St. Paul, who earned a living as a tent maker) holding a secular position while being a non-stipendiary resource to the church. His executive experience includes management of the Pension Resource Center(sm), a MetLife company responsible for more than 17,000 qualified retirement plans. As subject matter expert on ERISA regulatory matters; he collaborated with MetLife's government affairs group and was an active participant on committees and discussion panels for a number of industry trade organizations; holding professional designations CFP, CLU, ChFC, and AIF. Now fully retired from secular work, he accepted the call as Rector of St. Christopher’s in February 2017. A graduate of Nicolet High School, Fr. Ward also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Viterbo University, Master of Fine Arts Degree from Trinity University, and Master of Theological Studies from Seabury Western. His interests include fishing, boating, swimming, cross country skiing, and is an avid Brewers, Packers, and Bucks fan. He and wife Valerie have six children, three grandchildren, and two Yorkies who think they are children – Banjo and Susanna.

C. Christian Rich, M.M.

Music Director

Indiana native, Charles Christian Rich received a Master Degree in Music and Liturgy from the University of Notre Dame in 1978 and was immediately appointed Director of Liturgy and Music and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin where he served for 36 years. In addition to his duties as seminary organist, Christian directed the seminary’s three vocal ensembles, which sang regularly for chapel services and taught courses in liturgy. Upon his retirement in 2014, Christian was named a Professor Emeritus. He has served on the boards for Early Music Now and the Milwaukee Choral Artists and is a member of the Milwaukee Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In addition, he served as organist and choir director for the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee for 25 years.

Michael Schneider

Building and Grounds Superintendent

Mike, who has years of experience in plant supervision and heating and air conditioning servicing, coordinates St. Christopher's physical

plant maintenance and event management. Mike works full time in the facilities department at the University School of Milwaukee.

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