Our clergy

The Reverend Geoffrey F. Ward, Rector

Fr.Ward@StChristopherswi.org

 

 

 Fr. Geoffrey Ward began his ministry at St. Christopher’s in February of 2017. Prior to St. Christopher’s, he led St. Francis in Eagle River, WI, and a needs-based ministry- Caritas of Eagle River.  Prior to that he was priest associate at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, CT.


Fr. Ward previously held executive positions in the financial services industry, including management of the Pension Resource Center, a MetLife company responsible for more than 17,000 qualified retirement plans. As a 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.

 

A graduate of Nicolet High School, Fr. Geoffrey holds a bachelor’s degree from Viterbo University, Master of Fine Arts from Trinity University, and Master of Theological Studies from Seabury Western. His interests include fishing, boating, swimming, cross-country skiing and cheering on the Brewers, Packers, and Bucks. He and wife Valerie have six children, four grandchildren, and two Yorkies, Banjo and Susanna.

 

 

associate clergy

Rev. Dr. John T. Allen (left)

FatherJohnTAllen@gmail.com


Fr. John earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Fullerton, a Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Fr. John was ordained a Deacon in 1968 and a Priest in 1971. His ministry areas of service include parish priest (Alabama, Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin), missionary (Kenya), and Board-Certified Chaplain at Froedtert Hospital. As a Priest in this Diocese since 2000 he has served St. John’s (Spanish ministry); St. Mark’s, South Milwaukee; and St. James. Having retired from full-time parochial ministry, Fr. John generously volunteers as Priest Associate to our faith community. Fr. John is married to Marilyn, has three adult children, six grandchildren, and one Irish wolfhound named Mollie   


Deacon Kevin Stewart (Right)

Stewart@DioMil.Org



As Diocesan Missioner for Community Engagement, Deacon Kevin Stewart  (right) spends much of his time developing and nurturing trusting relationships with those in the Milwaukee community, many not worshipping in our churches on Sunday mornings. He identifies opportunities for engagement and invites them to join in service. Previously in the secular world, he was Vice-President of Operations for Ways to Work, a national network of loan programs provided to qualified non-credit worthy low-income parents to help them overcome barriers to maintaining employment. Ordained as a vocational deacon in 2007, he has served in leadership roles in several local parishes before joining St. Christopher’s this year to assist with liturgical duties. In Racine he helped develop and lead Racine’s largest meal program and “drop-in” center for our sisters and brothers homeless, near homeless, alone, or lonely. In 2016 Deacon Kevin launched Collars on the Corners, a street ministry of presence and prayer with colleague Deacon Jim Banach from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Clergy and laity from various traditions have joined them.




music ministry

C. Christian Rich, M.M., Music Director

CRich@StChristophersWi.Org



Upon completing graduate studies in music and liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, Christian Rich was appointed Director of Liturgy and Music and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Franklin, Wisconsin where he served for 36 years. Upon his retirement in 2014, Christian was named a Professor Emeritus. 

 

He has been Music Director and Organist here at St. Christopher's since August of 2016.



Trish Juranitch, Parish Administrator (center) lives in River Hills with her husband Bob and their son Raymond. Her older children, Jackson and Laura, live in Minnesota.  A lifelong member of St. Christopher’s, Trish has been active in the Children's Education programs, Nursery and Vestry. Trish earned a BA  in Ibero-American Studies and a BBA in Marketing and Finance from Southern Methodist University, and a MBA from the University of Illinois – Chicago. After working in banking in Chicago, she served as Vice President of Cedarburg Lumber for 17 years.


Jeanne Ada Nielsen, Admin Associate (left)  performs a wide variety of tasks that help keep office operations running smoothly. She generously donates time to the parish office, maintaining the pew supplies, assisting with Blessing Bag production, volunteering each Sunday in the Nursery, helping with service bulletins, and setting up children’s worship bags. Amazingly she walks to the church almost every day regardless of the weather bringing a positive, cheerful and uplifting presence to the parish office. 


Jaime Jackson, Admin Associate (right) lives in Glendale with her dog, Peppa. While Jaime's family has been active in the St. Christopher's community, she comes to us now as a part of of our admin team after living in Los Angeles for 9 years. Jaime has a MS in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, and a BS in Psychology. Her company,The Motivation Method, LLC helps all size businesses increase their bottom line by improving company culture and leadership. She has published research on the topic of organization development and coaching in the workplace. Her previous clients can be found in the US, Costa Rica, France, and China. Prior to that Jaime spent the bulk of her career working in mental health and social services. 


Christian education

Hannah Pillsbury, Christian Youth Formation Director (left) 

Hannah’s held many roles within St. Christopher’s including Vestry, Sr. Warden, Treasurer and more. In her current role, she oversees planning and implementing the Church’s youth curriculum. Hannah is instrumental in facilitating our children's literacy initiative at our mission in the inner city of Milwaukee. 


Kate Ehlke, Certified Nanny (right)

Kate has 20 years of experience working with children and has worked as a professional nanny since 2009. She has cared for children ranging in age from infancy to 14 years. She also has a fine arts background and enjoys doing hands on activities. Kate lives in Milwaukee with her husband, three children and miniature poodle. When Kate isn’t chasing kiddos she can be found outside working in her garden or creating something in her art studio. She feels blessed to have been a part of St. Christopher’s since 2011.  


building & Grounds

Mike Schneider, Building & Grounds Supervisor (left)

As Building and Grounds Supervisor, Mike Schneider manages nearly all aspects of church maintenance, cleaning and repairs. He is skilled in numerous trades and, when unable himself to perform repairs or make needed improvements, Mike finds, schedules and collaborates with other professional contractors. When Mike isn’t taking care of St Christopher’s building and grounds, he is working at University School of Milwaukee. Mike is the Facilities Supervisor for their 400,000 sq. ft facility. Mike has worked at St. Christopher’s since 2008.


Lauro Robles, Custodian (right)

Lauro Robles is the Custodian at St. Christopher’s. Lauro ensures the facilities are cleaned and sanitized in a condition of operating excellence, cleanliness and safety. His dedication, professionalism, and outgoing warm is second to none. Lauro is the Custodial Supervisor at University School of Milwaukee and has worked there for 28 years. Lauro joined the team at St. Christopher’s in 2019. 

vestry

The governance of the church is maintained through a balance of executive administration by the Rector, and a governing body called the Vestry. The basic responsibilities of the Vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances. Vestry Members are elected by the Parish at the annual meeting. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. The Senior Warden leads the Parish between Rectors and is the primary support for the rector. The Junior Warden primary focus is on the buildings and grounds.  

 

The Rev. Geoffrey Ward, Rector

Kenneth "Kip" Jacobs, Senior Warden

Patrick Keily, Junior Warden

Laura Thurow, Treasurer

 

Rotating 3 Year Positions:


Class of 2021                     Class of 2023

                     Nels Harvey                        Ann Deuser                     

     Will Piper                            Bruce Holmes

Kathy Schwab, Clerk                              



 

 

mission & outreach

 Our Mission and Outreach is a robust priority for our faith family

 

We are proud to have various teams supporting City on a Hill with Monthly Free Health Clinics, Literacy Initiative, Assembly and Distribution of Blessing Bags, Stocking Drive, and Holiday Family Meal and Tote. 

 

For decades we have worked closely with The Gathering, serving meals and connecting with the community. 

getting involved

Our community has many fun ways to connect with other faith-based people! 

 

Examples of our committees include: 

 

Men's & Women's Night Out

Sheepshead

Reading Group

Flower Ministry

Altar Guild

Acolytes

Lector

Usher/Greeter

Community Garden

Choir

Fellowship Team

Inner City Ministry

 

We are always excited to add more and welcome your spearheading a new group!