clergy

Staff

Janet Lewis, Parish Administrator

We welcome back Janet Lewis who will serve as administrator from for several months beginning June 14, 2019 to give us adequate time to welcome and train a new person. You may contact email her HERE.

 Kayla Aspeslagh, Children's/Youth Minister

 

Kayla is a native Coloradan who graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Education and Theatre. Her passion for youth led her to serve 12 years as a Director of Youth and Family Ministry.  In 2016 she joined the admissions team at Trinity Lutheran Seminary here in Columbus. In the fall of 2019, she began the Master of Divinity program at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

In her free time Kayla enjoys exploring the metro parks and the city, visual and performing arts, playing board games, reading in a tree hammock, and hanging with friends. Some of her favorite things include her family, peanut butter, sunshine, and hearing other’s stories.

She is passionate about children and youth and helping them explore their faith as it relates to the world around them. Kayla feels it is so important for all ages to hear they are loved unconditionally (especially in our messy world), and share the message of God’s amazing love and grace with others. Email Kayla HERE

Karen Eckenroth, Director of Music Ministry

Dr. Karen Eckenroth, began her service to St. Alban’s in 2011. Karen’s ministry with us is to provide music that supports and enriches our worship. She does so at both the early (8:00 am) service and at the later (10:15 am) service. During the later service Karen directs and supports the choir of St. Alban’s. While small in number of participants, our choir is skilled, enthusiastic and dedicated to provide vocal music each Sunday for most of the calendar year.  (Shameless plug and invitation: please join the choir! Karen and other choir members are eager for more voices to join them.) We are privileged to have her skill as a director of vocalists and her ability as an organist and pianist to enrich our worship. In addition, Karen’s leadership helps us benefit from “special” music during the high feast days of Christmas and Easter along with providing music for both comfort and celebration of life during funerals and memorial services.

In her “other life,” Karen is Associate Professor of Music at Otterbein College.  She is Director of Vocal Activities and Opera Theatre & she also teaches studio voice and classes in Opera and Art Song Literature, Women in Music, and Vocal Diction and Pedagogy. She has also been conductor of both the Otterbein Vocal Ensemble and the Otterbein Women’s Chorale. As a singer, she has performed with many orchestras and she has an impressive solo repertoire including works by Beethoven, Poulenc, Mendelssohn, and Verdi among others. Opera credits include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro along with several other works. In October of 2007, she premiered Twilight, a cycle of three songs on the poems of Christina Rossetti which was written for her by New York composer Richard Pearson Thomas.

She received her Bachelor and Masters degrees in vocal performance and pedagogy from The Pennsylvania State University and her Doctor of Musical Arts in voice and choral conducting from The University of Arizona where she studied voice with Elizabeth Mosher and Paula Fan and conducting with Maurice Skones. EMAIL HER HERE

Ernestine Dixon Ujah, Lay Pastoral Associate

Ernestine Ujah is a long-time member of St. Alban’s and has worked on the St. Alban’s staff since 2015.  She is a social worker who retired after 30 years of public service working to protect elderly people from abuse, neglect and/or exploitation. She also worked with Ohio counties to help lower error rates and improve overall service by training in counties where federal guidelines were not being followed.

Her current duties at St. Alban’s include overseeing a “walk-in” ministry that provides financial and spiritual support to St. Alban’s and the Columbus community at large.  In addition, she serves in a leadership role with our Pastoral Care team.  Her pastoral care duties include attending to the spiritual needs of parishioners who are able to attend church services as well as those unable to attend.  Our Pastoral Care team offers in home communion, prayers, encouragement for joyous occasions, and current news and updates about the parish.

In 2012, Ernestine felt a call to another path in her faith life.  She realized Spiritual Direction (the Art of Listening) is something for which she had a gift.  She realized people trusted her with their stories while she felt blessed to hold them in her heart and pray for them.  After praying about God calling her to Spiritual Direction, she enrolled in a three-year ecumenical program with Wellstreams, offered through The Spirituality Network in Columbus.  She graduated in 2015 with training in Spiritual Direction.  She also served as an on staff Spiritual Director.

In 2018, she was awarded the The Living Faith Award presented by Wellstreams.

She was born in Mississippi and also lived in Chicago before moving with her husband, Chuks Ujah, to Columbus in 1972.  She graduated from Ohio Dominican with a degree in Social Work.  She and Chuks have one son, three grandchildren & one great grandchild.  After 31 years of marriage, she became a widow in 2003.

In life outside of work, Ernestine writes:   “I love Jesus, solitude, time with family and friends, music, cooking, gardening, travel (before COVID-19), writing prayers and poetry, looking for Christ in everyone and sharing the love of Christ with all. Email Ernestine  HERE

Jim Stanley, Financial Administrator

Beginning his service with St. Alban's early in 2019, Jim brought to us a strong financial background with over 30 years of experience starting as a Plant Accountant promoted to a management position as a Controller. Prior to his retirement, he was the Division Controller with Columbus McKinnon Industries in Chattanooga, TN.

Jim is happily married to his wife Sara and enjoys his long-haired dachshund Schrader. Sara and Jim live in Blacklick in a House Divided as Sara is an avid Alabama fan and Jim roots for the Buckeyes. They both enjoy golfing as they are members of the Gahanna Senior Golf League but Jim readily admits that Sara is the better golfer. They are avid campers and have a permanent camper in the Hocking Hills area. They spend most weekends there with the grand kids enjoying the campfires and all of the adventures – swimming, hiking, and exploring the beautiful nature. Enjoying the retired life with 8 grand kids and 3 great grand kids.

Feel free to direct questions about parish finances or your own pledges to Jim. His email address is:

EMAIL HIM HERE

Wallee Rodgers, St. Alban's Church Dog

Wallee the beagle enjoys spending time at St. Alban's with his human Fr. Devin. You may see him in the office, at church activities, or taking strolls with Fr. Devin around Bexley. He's an excellent neighborhood evangelist and an all around good boy. If you give him a treat, he'll love you forever!

Stoker Lewis, St. Alban's Church Dog

Stoker is a wise, old soul who enjoys spending his time relaxing in the office and helping his human Janet Lewis. In addition to going to the dog park, Stoker also taking walks around Bexley. If you see him in the office be sure to give him a gentle pat and say hello!