The Rev. Sarah Shofstall will begin as Interim Rector of Christ Church on September 3. The Rev. Shofstall joined the Trinity Cathedral clergy staff on July 1, 2018 as priest associate where she oversaw adult formation, liturgy, pastoral care and other Cathedral ministries. Previous to Trinity, the Rev. Shofstall served as Rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Bay Village from 2012 until 2018. Before St. Barnabas, she served as Canon of the Ordinary for the Diocese of Western Massachusetts and rector of Grace Episcopal Church (Amherst, MA). While Canon of the Ordinary, she served as Transition Officer, assisting congregations seeking new clergy leadership.
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 The 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.