The Rev. Seth Dietrich – Rector
Fr. Seth was born and raised in Austin, TX. He graduated from Wheaton College in the suburbs of Chicago. After college he fell in love with the Episcopal Church through the beauty of the liturgy, the hospitality of the people, and the room to ask hard questions about God and the Christian faith. After discerning a call to the priesthood at St. Luke’s in Madison, WI, he went to Virginia Theological Seminary near Washington D.C. At VTS, Fr. Seth rediscovered the richness of the Bible, freed from the literal interpretations of his childhood. He also encountered a God who draws near to the vulnerable and those on the margins. He came to Christ Church as the assistant priest in 2007, and has been the rector since 2011.
More than anything else, Fr. Seth enjoys time with his wife, Maggie and his two children, Ella and Isaiah, and he is grateful for the ways they help him discover God’s presence in the everyday mess of life. He is learning to cook. He thinks camping and fishing are forms of prayer, and his family tries to canoe in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota as often as possible. He reads fiction and nonfiction when he is not binging on Netflix. He has been surprised by how much joy can be found in Milwaukee’s winter, and he has learned to lean on others in the midst of a cold, slow spring.
The Rev. Kate Byrd – Associate Rector
Mother Kate is a native of VA where she was born and raised in Arlington. She graduated from a small liberal arts college in Ashland, VA (Randolph Macon College) with a bachelors in Sociology; and then from Virginia Theological Seminary (in Alexandria, VA) with a Masters in Divinity. Before graduating from seminary Mother Kate spent a year of discernment in Omaha, NE, in the Episcopal Service Corps. It was here that she clearly heard God calling her to serve God’s people through ministry by sharing the good news of a loving and grace filled God to all God’s children.
After graduating seminary in 2013, Mother Kate held her first position as a new priest at Christ Church Cathedral, in Lexington, KY. There she served as the Associate for Youth & Young Adults. This is her second call as an ordained person, and she and her family moved to Milwaukee in November of 2017.
A woman of many hobbies, Mother Kate enjoys running, yoga, knitting, quilting, and most especially time with her husband Drew, infant daughter Libbie, and two dogs (Tuffy and Sissy). The Byrd family is fond of activities outdoors with their pups, a good brunch, or a great movie. New to Milwaukee the Byrd’s are excited to learn more about the area, the winter activities, and people who live here.
The Rev. Deacon Nancy Hills
Pamela Eversfield - Office Administrator
Having been a full-time teacher of elementary school students for thirty-seven years, Pam finds being a part-time parish office administrator a new type of challenge.
Pam and her family have been parishioners of Christ Church for thirty years. She now enjoys learning the workings of the parish office from the other side of the administrator desk. Pam also continues active in Altar Guild, the Handbell Choir, and as a Sunday School 4th/5th grade teacher.
Scott R. Riedel- Director of Music and Organist
Scott is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Architecture and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He began in 2004 as the Organist-Choirmaster at Christ Church, Episcopal, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, and he is also a guest lecturer at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois.
Scott has had the pleasure of serving on many church music committees and boards, including the American Guild of Organists, The Royal School of Church Music, and The Association of Lutheran Musicians. He is a member of the British Institute of Organ Studies, and the Acoustical Society of America.
Scott also had the opportunity to present lectures on worship space acoustics, organ design and purchase to the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, American Guild of Organists (various chapters and regions), Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, American Institute of Architects, and the Lectures in Church Music at Concordia University.
Jean Heffernan- Children and Youth Missioner
Jean began her career in Illinois as a public school teacher. She has two masters degrees in education including a K-12 reading specialist certification. Prior to joining the staff, Jean served as a co-chair of the Outreach committee. In addition to working with families and their birth-12th grade children at Christ Church, she is also a Safeguarding God’s Children trainer for the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. Outside of church, in 2014, Jean co-founded a Milwaukee non-profit that connects parents with young children to service opportunities called Kids Impact Community.
Chris Manger - Building and Grounds Supervisor
Chris been a member of Christ Church since his family moved here in 1966. As a child, Chris attended Sunday School, served as an acolyte and earned the “God and Country” Boy Scout badge with the help of Father George. Although he works for American Airlines in Chicago, in 1996, Chris returned to live in Glendale with his family and became a regular member again.
Since then, Chris has been a Middle School Sunday School teacher, been on the Vestry and a Eucharistic Minister. Currently, Chris assists with acolyte training and scheduling. Chris enjoys working on the Building and Grounds committee and looks forward to tending and improving our worship space and buildings which mean so much to us.
Karol Rehm - Director of Handbells
Karol has degrees in piano and organ performance and one in elementary vocal music education, she has been organist, choir director, hand bell director and children’s music director for about 43 years. Karol loves the tradition and dignity of the Episcopal Church.
Karol resides in Mequon with her husband Tom. They have been married for 45 years and have two married children and four grandsons. Karol’s avocation is riding her horse to music.