Clergy and Staff
The Rev. Geoffrey Ward
The Rev. Geoffrey Ward comes to St. Christopher’s most recently from Eagle River, WI, where he served as ‘church planter’ of a new mission church – St. Francis. 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 Eagle River, 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 is known as a ‘tent-maker’, (named so after St. Paul, who earned a living as a tent maker). In that capacity he held a secular position and has been a non-stipendiary resource to the church. His executive experience includes management of the Pension Resource Centersm, a MetLife company responsible for more than 17,000 qualified retirement plans. As subject matter expert on ERISA regulatory matters; he collaborated with the firm’s gov’t affairs group and was an active participant on committees and discussion panels for a number of industry trade organizations; holding professional designations Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, Accredited Investment Fiduciary, and Certified Financial Planner. Now fully retired from secular work, he has accepted the call for Rector of St. Christopher’s.
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. Other interests include fishing, canoeing, scouting, cross country skiing, and of course our home town teams – The Brewers, Packers, and Bucks. He and wife Valerie have six children, two grandchildren, and two yorkies who think they are children – Banjo and Susanna.
“My wife Valerie and I are humbled by the call from St. Christopher’s, and very excited about the future together. We greet our coming ministry in The North Shore with great Joy and Gratitude.”
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Gust Olson III
Gust Olson III, a native of Iowa, earned his PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto in 1980. He and his family lived in Canada for 31 years, where he taught Russian language & literature at the University of Alberta, and managed the professional journal, Canadian Slavonic Papers. He moved to Milwaukee in 2003 with wife Hope, now professor emerita in the School of Information Studies at UWM. He is an active member at St. James' Episcopal Church in central city Milwaukee, where he especially enjoys playing the cello in the ensemble, Joyful Noise. He is a deputy to Diocesan Convention, and has been a member of the Diocesan Executive Council.
C. Christian Rich, M.M.
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.
Christian Formation Director
Katie Madlung was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI . She now lives in the North Shore area with her husband and eight-year-old son. Katie graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BS in Early Childhood Education, and recently went back to UWM to get her post-baccalaureate in Early Childhood Special Education. She now teaches in the Shorewood School District as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher. In addition, this is going to be her fourth year working as the Sunday school coordinator. This has been an extremely rewarding experience for her. She is looking forward to planning and implementing the second year of the Ark, Knitters, and Weavers curriculum, Spark Activate Faith. In addition, she is excited about the possibility of taking on a new curriculum for the oldest group of children known as the Journeyers. Katie brings a love of creativity, art, organization, and most of all children to this position. She is sure great rewards will continue to come from working with such a wonderful community of children and their parents.
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.