Clergy

The Rev. Dr. Brian K. Wilbert, a native of Elyria, Ohio, is a graduate of Kenyon College and Bexley Hall, which is part of the Colgate Rochester Divinity School. In 2002 he received a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2012 BKW Headshot_2_1Congregational Development from the Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Ordained in 1985, he served as Curate of St. Michael’s Church in Toledo Ohio (1985-1988) and Rector of Grace Church in Ravenna, Ohio (1988-1996) before his call to be Rector of Christ Church.

Fr. Brian is particularly interested in worship, liturgy, and music and has been a violinist and church musician since he was a child. In addition to parish responsibilities, he shares leadership in the Diocese of Ohio. He has served as Secretary of Convention since 2005, was elected to the Standing Committee in 2012 and in 2013 was appointed Diocesan Archivist, a role which has him spending one day a week at the diocesan headquarters (Trinity Commons) in Cleveland.  He is also an active member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and a member of Integrity.  In his spare time his interests include teaching an Introduction to World Religion Course at Lorain County Community College, genealogy, history, and tinkering with a 1923 Model T. Ford.

The Rector of all Oberlin and parts adjacent lives in the church rectory in Oberlin along with his spouse Yorki Encalada and their Jack Russell Terrier, “Viktor”.

The Rev. Nancy Roth, a native of New York, is a graduate of Oberlin College and the General Theological Seminary. Ordained in 1981, she served as Christian Education Consultant atNancy Roth _2 Trinity Church, Wall Street, in New York City and as Program Coordinator at Holy Cross Monastery. Her ministry as a resource person in the area of spirituality draws on her background in the arts, particularly music and dance, and on her concern for environmental issues. She travels widely as a retreat conductor and workshop leader, and is the author of many books, including The Breath of God, An Invitation to Christian Yoga, Organic Prayer, Meditations for Choir Members, Praying: a Book for Children, and a series of meditations on hymn texts: A Closer WalkAwake, my SoulNew Every Morning, and Praise my Soul. She and her husband co-edited We Sing of God: a Hymnal for Children and she has contributed hymn texts to Chatter with the Angels: an Illustrated Songbook for Children.

The Roths live in Oberlin, OH, where she serves Christ Church as Assisting Priest and is an Affiliate Scholar at Oberlin College. The Roths have two grown children: Christopher, an organic gardener, environmentalist and writer, and Michael, a professional violinist. For information on Reverend Roth’s workshop’s, retreats, and writings please visit here web site at http://www.revnancyroth.org/.

The Rev. Jane Trager, has a Master’s Degree in Tudor/Stuart History from the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y., and has been at Christ Church since the mid-1980’s. For many years she was a reporter with Deacon Jane TragerThe Chronicle-Telegram; and is in her 14th year with the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility as a Program Specialist working with drug addicts and alcoholics. Deacon Jane was ordained to the diaconate in 2010 thanks to the support of the Rev. Brian Wilbert and the congregation of Christ Church.

Jane loves her Kindle, books on ships and the sea, mysteries, and novels written by young and not so young Indian authors. She has lived for many years in Elyria with her dearest friend Amy, and is now joined by Amy’s brother, David, and Amy’s youngest daughter (and Jane’s youngest goddaughter) Mona, and Mona’s husband, Erik. Mona has recently returned from the Peace Corps, having been stationed in Guatemala where she met Erik, and is now working at as economic development officer for Lorain County.