Staff & Leadership

The clergy of Christ Church share in preaching, teaching, leading worship services, and providing pastoral care. We also have staff with specific responsibilities over various ministries and programs here at Christ Church. For a listing of current open positions please visit our Career Opportunities page.

The Rev. Drew Van Culin

Rector

Fr. Van Culin was installed as the 10th Rector of Christ Church on May 14, 2013.  As the Rector, Fr. Drew serves as the chief priest, pastor, teacher, and host of the Christ Church community, is the chief custodian and advocate of the vision of Christ Church, is entrusted with the administration, execution, and oversight of the programs and assets of Christ Church, and provides leadership, direction, and supervision to the Christ Church staff.

313-885-4841, ext. 106

The Rev. Vicki Hesse

Associate for Parish Life and Christian Formation

Rev. Vicki joined the leadership team of Christ Church as the Associate for Parish Life and Christian Formation in November, 2015.  As the Associate Priest, Vicki will work closely with Fr. Drew to oversee and develop our ministries of care and support among the members of Christ Church, to strengthen our community, and nurture our faith as disciples of Christ.

313-885-4841, ext. 116

The Rev. Areeta Bridgemohan

Christ Church Curate

Areeta joins the ministry team after earning of her Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Seminary at the University of Toronto and her ordination to the Deaconate by Bishop Gibbs.  In addition to her responsibilities as a priest (preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and leading worship, etc.), Areeta will lead our outreach ministries and serve as a chaplain to our children and youth and to their families. 

313-885-4841, ext. 121

The Rev. Canon Ronald Spann

Assisting Priest and Director of the Christ Church Spirituality Center

A licensed PRH educator (Personality and Human Relationships), Ron serves as spirituality faculty for CREDO, a clergy wellness initiative of the Episcopal Church. He is a facilitator and curriculum developer for the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence grant to Detroit’s Ecumenical Theological Seminary. Now retired from pastoral ministry, Ron served for five years as associate rector of Christ Church Cranbrook, and for 25 years as rector of the Church of the Messiah in Detroit. He is an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.

313-885-4841, ext. 113

Scott Hanoian

Associate for Worship and Liturgy, Director of Music and Organist

Scott Hanoian joined Christ Church as the 8th Director of Music and Organist in 2007 and is responsible for continuing the tradition of musical excellence at Christ Church Grosse Pointe.  As the Director of Music, Mr. Hanoian directs the church's three liturgical choirs, the Choir of Men and Boys, the Choir of Men and Girls, the Christ Church Schola, as well as the Christ Church Chorale, and oversees the yearly concert series.  Mr. Hanoian is also an active organist, accompanist, continuo artist, conductor, choral adjudicator, and guest clinician.

313-885-4841, ext. 102

Dexter (Tripp) Kennedy

Assistant Organist

Praised by The American Organist for his “prestigious technique and grand style musicality”, Dexter Kennedy is the Assistant Organist of Christ Church Grosse Pointe. As the winner of the Grand Prix de Interprétation at the 24th Concours International d’Orgue de Chartres, he has established himself internationally as one of the leading organists of his generation. In addition to concertizing and to his work at Christ Church, he is on the music faculty of the College of Wooster as Adjunct Instructor of Organ.

313-885-4841, ext. 102

Diane Ward

Associate for Finance and Administration

Following a her retirement as CEO of the Red Cross of Southeast Michigan (Blood Division), Diane joined the Christ Church leadership team as the Associate for Finance and Administration.  In her capacity as the Associate, Diane oversees all matters pertaining to the business administration of the Church ensuring sound stewardship and effective management.   

313-885-4841, ext. 111

Rick DiLoreto

Director of Communications & Marketing

Rick joined joined the team in 2015 after serving as the Director of Communications at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield.  A graduate of the Wayne State University, and native of Detroit, Rick brings a fresh vision for Christ church marketing and will work with the ministry team to develop, coordinate, and implement a marketing strategy for the comprehensive ministry of Christ Church.

313-885-4841, ext. 115

Robert J. Szadek

Director of Facilities

Rob joined Christ Church in 2015 with more than 20 years of experience in facility management.  In addition to his professional experience, Rob has an Associates of Science degree, and professional certifications in Refrigeration, Telecommunications, Chemical Cleaning, Emergency Response, and a Level 4 Boiler License. Rob and his family live in Warren, Michigan.

313-885-4841, ext. 109

Maryann DeAngelo

Parish Secretary

MaryAnn joined the staff of Christ Church in 2000.  As the Executive Assistant to the Rector, MaryAnn’s primary responsibilities include administrative support for the Rector, daily running of the parish office, coordination of weddings, funerals, baptisms, administration of the church calendar, database input and maintenance, Columbarium transactions and altar flower memorials.

313-885-4841, ext. 107

James Gray

Worship and Events Coordinator

Technically, James joined the Christ Church staff over 30 years ago as a member of the Christ Church choir.  Over the years, his passion for Christ Church and the worship we share has grown, and in 2014 he joined the staff as Worship Coordinator.  As Worship Coordinator, James is responsible for all worship publications, coordinating worship volunteers, and providing support to our worship ministries. 

313-885-4841, ext. 103

Peggy Karson

Accountant

Born and raised in Grosse Pointe and graduate of MSU School of Business, Peggy has over 20 years experience as an accountant, which includes owning her own business.  She enjoys interacting with the parishioners and considers them long-time friends.

313-885-4841, ext. 110

Christ Church Vestry

The Vestry is called to embody, articulate, and advocate for the vision within the parish and community, and to develop, and be chief stewards of, the resources needed to sustain and expand the ministry of Christ Church. Operationally, the Vestry delegates the administration of Church resources to the Rector and staff of Christ Church.

Career Opportunities

Below are the current open positions at Christ Church Grosse Pointe


Director of Children and Family Ministries

The Rector of Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, seeks to appoint a creative and strategic thinking individual to join the Church’s staff as the Director of Children and Family Ministries. The new Director will join a program staff of 6, and a total staff of 15, who, together, work to support the broad ministry of Christ Church.