Marcy Edwards, Parish Administrator
Marcy was born in Florida and raised in Michigan where she received Christ at an early age. It was in her early years that she believed and began to stand on one of her favorite scriptures, 1 Peter 2:9 – “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” This scripture and Proverbs 31 are what she used to guide and shape her life.
Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Marcy and her family relocated to Columbus, Ohio in the year 2000. She is the wife of Michael Edwards and mother of two young adults, Marshaun and Montell Edwards.
Marcy graduated from Baker College in Michigan with her Associate in Business. Later, in her endeavor to understand God’s will and word more completely, she sought out and received her Bachelor of Biblical Studies.
Marcy has been afforded a 25-plus-year career in the legal field. She served 18 of those years at Vorys, one of the oldest law firms in Columbus, as a Coordinator and Sr. Supervisor. She also tenured with the Civil Rights Section at the State of Ohio, the UAW-GM Legal Services, and various other entities.
Marcy strives to keep the commandment, “Obey the voice of the Lord” as her continual benchmark. She firmly believes she is her brother’s keeper and a servant leader, thriving on helping others. She is enthusiastic about making genuine connections and hearing about others’ passions to ascertain, “how may I serve you”.
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, enjoying 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 others’ stories.
Karen Eckenroth, Director of Music Ministry
Dr. Karen Eckenroth began her service at St. Alban’s in 2014. 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 providing 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 an Associate Professor of Music at Otterbein College. She is Director of Vocal Activities and Opera Theatre, and she also teaches studio voice, as well as classes in Opera and Art Song Literature, Women in Music, and Vocal Diction and Pedagogy. She has been the 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.
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 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 whom 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 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, and 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.. She also served as an on-staff Spiritual Director.
In 2018, she was awarded The Living Faith Award by Wellstreams.
She was born in Mississippi and 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, and one great-grandchild. After 31 years of marriage, she became a widow in 2003.
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!