The Reverend Dr. John A. Cerrato began his ministry in Saint Martin’s Parish Church in October 2014. He has previously served in parishes in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. He is with us as Priest-in-Charge for four years, a role that includes the responsibilities of a rector. By 2017 both parish and priest will discern together permanent tenure. His ministry among us includes pastoral oversight, facilitating communication and organizational initiatives. He is a past rector and dean, as well as a teacher. He is the principal celebrant and often the preacher in our services of worship. He sees his focus in our parish as Christian formation and education. He is an alum of Harvard and Oxford and is also a writer and retreat leader. He lives in the village of Chagrin Falls.
The Reverend Gary A. McElroy shares in the pastoral care ministry and liturgical leadership of Saint Martin’s, also worshipping with us when not serving as a supply priest in other parishes for the diocese. Gary is a professional counselor, a vocation he undertook until retirement. He is an alum of Columbia University, Berkley Divinity School at Yale and the University of Illinois. He studied in Oxford on a fellowship and has worked as a college chaplain. He is a past chairperson of the Diocesan Commission for Racial Understanding. In 2014 Gary celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Anna Risch began serving as our seminarian intern in February 2017. Anna is an alum of Baldwin Wallace University, where she majored in English and Music. She has served in the Episcopal Service Corps and is an active participant in Education for Ministry. She is currently a student in Bexley Seabury Seminary, Chicago. She is an ordinand in the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. Her focus in our parish is liturgy, preaching and youth ministry.
“Leading the church’s song at Saint Martin’s” is the way Sandra Tittle, Director of Music Ministries, describes her role at Saint Martin’s. Sandy believes that music for worship should spring from the people; consequently, she involves as many parishioners as possible in the music making—singing in the Chancel Choir, ringing handbells, and playing instruments. With undergraduate degrees in piano performance and music education and a masters degree in organ performance, Sandy has found great joy in planning and preparing music for worship during the past 17 years at Saint Martin’s. Sandy plays the organ and directs the choral and instrumental classical music in the worship of our congregation and occasionally arranges for visiting musicians. For much of her career Sandy taught music and also served as College Organist at Hiram College, a post from which she recently retired.
Carol Botzman is our Parish Administrator. She serves among us during the business week in a part time capacity. She works with finance and the overall management of the church. Her office is located in the ministry wing of the building. Carol has a strong background in the insurance field. She and husband Andy live in Solon.
Alfred KanagaRaj assists in the parish offices where he produces the three weekly service leaflets. He is an alum of the School of Sacred Music at the Union Theological Seminary in NYC. Alfred, as a full-time Director of Music and Organist, directed multi-choir programs in churches in the states of New York and West Virginia. Twice he was invited to direct 50 voice choirs in India. He was the musician in Saint Martin’s Church from 1977-1996. He and Gladys live in Bainbridge Township.
Connie Schaaf is our Sexton, with custodial oversight of the buildings and grounds. She is also with us on a part time basis.