Clergy & Staff

J A Cerrato
The Reverend Dr. John A. Cerrato is our rector. He began his priestly ministry in Saint Martin’s Parish Church in 2014. He has previously served in the UK, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. His ministry among us includes pastoral oversight, communications 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 the cultivation of our worshipping and serving community. He is an alum of Harvard and Oxford and is also a writer and retreat leader. He and Mary live in the village of Chagrin Falls.

IMG_1277The 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.


Br Gary JerihaBrother Gary Jeriha, OFM, is our organist and interim choir director. From 2011-2021, Brother Gary was Organist, pianist and music director in Sacred Heart Parish in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also served as Liturgical musician at Saint Peter’s Church in Chicago, Illinois from 2000-2011. Prior to that, from 1993-1999, he was the Organist, pianist and music director in Sacred Heart Parish in St. Paul, Minnesota. His educational background includes a Master of Divinity from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois from 1988-1992, a Master of Arts in organ performance from Western Illinois University from 1978-1980 and a Bachelor of Arts from Western Illinois University from 1973-1976. In 2020-21 he was on sabbatical to concentrate on piano studies, both classical and jazz. Gary is a member of the Order of Friars Minor, the Franciscans, and now lives in community in Cleveland. He joined us at Saint Martin’s in October 2021. 

unnamedOur Executive Assistant to the Rector is Michele Baskette, who joined our staff as an assistant in the fall of 2018 and now serves as our primary church administrator and support to the ministry of the clergy. Michele brings much professional experience from the corporate world to her tasks. She and her husband Bob are active members of Saint Luke Antiochian Orthodox Church, Chagrin Falls.








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