Staff and Missioners

Staff and Missioners

  • The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, IX Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio

    The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, IX Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio


    Assistant: Ann Sabo

    Responsibilities include: Episcopal duties, Commission on Ministry; Community of Deacons; Diocesan Altar Guild; Diocesan Council (President); Episcopal Church Women; Episcopal Community Services Foundation (trustee, ex-officio); Faith in Life; Liturgy and Music Commission; Marriage (requests for second); Standing Committee; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (Trustee); Church-wide: House of Bishops Theology Committtee; Forward Movement, Bexley Hall Seminary, National Association of Episcopal Schools, Kenyon College (board member)

  • The Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands, Canon for Formation and Transitions

    The Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands, Canon for Formation and Transitions

    (513) 421.0311 ext. 102


    The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. She has twenty-five years of leadership experience in parish and diocesan ministry, including vocational discernment and mentoring, congregation and clergy transitions, formation and leadership development, and mediation and conflict transformation. She has served as the rector of two parishes; as a chaplain and teacher at a boy’s boarding preparatory school where she taught Bible, Ethics, and senior electives in religion; and currently serves as the Canon for Formation and Transitions on the executive staff of Bishop Thomas Breidenthal in Southern Ohio. She is certified in Transitional Ministry through the Interim Ministry Network.

    Lynn has been married for 35 years to the Rev. Frank A. Edmands, also an Episcopal priest. They live in Fort Thomas, KY with their two dogs, Sophie Lorraine and Ruby Lucille. She loves her diocesan work with congregations and clergy and enjoys singing, art, sewing, travel, reading, and spending time with family.

  • David Dreisbach, Director of Communications

    David Dreisbach, Director of Communications

    (513) 421.0311 Ext. 150, (513) 632.6023 (D), (513) 545.0184 (C)


  • The Rev. Jack Koepke, Canon to the Ordinary

    The Rev. Jack Koepke, Canon to the Ordinary

    (513) 421.0311 ext. 104


    Jack was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a “cradle” Episcopalian. He graduated Hobart College in Geneva, New York, and the Yale University Divinity School, after which he was ordained a Deacon and Priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. He served on the staff of Fox Chapel Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh for three years before being called to serve as the Canon for Pastoral Development in the Diocese of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo.

    In 1986, he was called to be the Rector of the Church of Our Saviour in Silver Spring, Maryland (a suburb of Washington D.C.) where he served for eleven years. Then, in 1997, he was called to be the Rector St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio. In 2011, he was appointed to be Canon to the Ordinary. Jack’s main responsibility is to assist and advise the Bishop, and to represent the Bishop on various boards and committees within the Church and in the community. Jack’s ministry also centers on congregational development, strategic planning, and leadership development.

    Jack and his wife, Nanci, have been married 39 years. Nanci is on the staff of the Lange School, a preschool and Kindergarten in the Oakwood City School system. They have two daughters, Erin, who lives in Washington, D.C. and is employed by Meridian International as a Program Director; and Lauren, who lives in Cincinnati and is a Speech and Language Therapist in the Forest Hills School District.

  • David Robinson, Chief Financial Officer

    David Robinson, Chief Financial Officer

    (513) 421.0311 ext. 114


    Responsibilities include: Oversight of all diocesan financial operation including; diocesan budget; accounting operations; Mission share review requests; church loan administration, endowments; diocesan property management; investments; records retention; Treasurer’s workshops; Church insurance; diocesan administrator for Church Pension Group, corporate secretary to Church Foundation, 412 Sycamore Inc., and Trustees of the Diocese; liaison to Budget Committee, Advisory Committee on Compensation and Resources, Stewardship, Finance Committee. Church-wide: Conference of Diocesan Executives.

  • The Rev. Jane Gerdsen, Ministry Developer for Fresh Expressions

    The Rev. Jane Gerdsen, Ministry Developer for Fresh Expressions


    The Rev. Jane Gerdsen serves as Missioner for Fresh Expressions and Praxis Communities for the Diocese of Southern Ohio. She is also currently the chair of the Episcopal Church’s Advisory Group on Church Planting.

    Jane is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Episcopal Divinity School. Prior to seminary, she was a Montessori teacher and worked as a Director of Religious Education.  While in seminary, Jane interned with Ecclesia Ministries and was part of the Street Church community in Boston. She then served for five years as the priest of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio.


  • The Rev. Jason Leo, Missioner for Congregational Vitality

    The Rev. Jason Leo, Missioner for Congregational Vitality

    (513) 379.2240


    Jason has served as Missioner for Congregational Vitality since January 2016. Previously he served as the rector of Calvary Church, Clifton from 2000 to 2015, and was vicar of Trinity, London from 1998 to 2000. Jason began his ministry in Southern Ohio as the Director of the Summer Camping program and Youth Ministries in 1994.


  • Aaron Wright, Pioneer Missioner for Intentional Community

    Aaron Wright, Pioneer Missioner for Intentional Community

    (513) 607.3329


    Aaron began working for the diocese in June 2014 as Program Director for Brendan’s Crossing. He is a graduate of Belmont University and Miami University. Prior to working with the diocese, Aaron served Vineyard Cincinnati for twelve years as a pastor, church planter and multi-site director focusing on young adults, outreach, mission and starting new communities.

    Aaron and his wife Brooke have led and lived in various forms of Christian Community for most of their married life and they have three sons, Mac, Te and Oliver. They are passionate orphan advocates, founders of the ONE17 Foundation, and in this next season will be pioneering a new intentional community with the missional focus of “calling the church and the world to act on behalf of orphans.”

Administrative and Support Staff

  • Angela Byrd, Bookkeeper/Accountant

    Angela Byrd, Bookkeeper/Accountant

    (513) 421.0311 ext. 127


    Angela has worked for the Diocese of Southern Ohio since January 2012. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati. Her work background includes being a Revenue Agent for the IRS, many years working in general accounting, operations and medical billing.

    Her responsibilities include: Payroll; benefits administration (Pension, medical, life); finance; office administration (financial report distribution, treasurer changes, diocesan budget requests and church audit submissions); other general accounting.


  • Susan Byrnside, Bookkeeper/Accountant

    Susan Byrnside, Bookkeeper/Accountant

    (513) 421.0311 ext. 112


    Susan has been a member of the diocesan staff since September 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky. Susan is married to Allen Byrnside; they have 2 daughters, Kayla and Caroline.

    Her responsibilities include: Mission share (calculation, billing, deposits, accounting and report generation); church loan administration, electronic payment reconciliation (summer camp, workshops, grants and donations); investments accounting; endowment management; audit preparation; other general accounting

  • Sherri Martin, Executive Assistant to the Canons

    Sherri Martin, Executive Assistant to the Canons

    (513) 421.0311 ext. 105


    Sherri joined the Diocese in January 2017. She has 20+ years in the administrative and human resources fields in various industries including advertising and marketing, healthcare and consumer goods.

    Sherri and her husband, Dave, have been married 25 years. They have one son, Daniel, who attends Western Kentucky University. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, reading and watching (most) sporting events with her family.

  • Julie Murray, Associate Director of Communications

    Julie Murray, Associate Director of Communications

    (513) 421.0311 ext. 110; (513) 632.6011 (D) (513) 266.8396 (M)


    Julie has been a member of the diocesan staff since 2003. She has previously served as receptionist and information specialist, bishop’s assistant and communications specialist for the diocese. She was named Associate Director of Communications and editor of Connections in 2013.

    Julie is a lifelong Episcopalian and Cincinnati resident. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the University of Cincinnati. Julie is married to John Murray; they have 2 grown children, Matt and Megan. Empty nesters, Julie and John live in western Cincinnati with their adorable dogs Molly and Angel, and are active members of St. James, Westwood.

    Her responsibilities include: Editor of Connections and  e-Connections; mission initiatives (communication); online registration forms; website updates; publications; photography.

  • Bob Penders, Property Manager

  • Patti Perkins, Bookkeeper/Accountant

    Patti Perkins, Bookkeeper/Accountant

    (513) 421.0311 ext. 111


    Patti has been a member of the diocesan staff since December 2007. Patti and her husband James have two sons, David and Matthew. Patti also has four wonderful grandchildren; Erik, Riley, Trevor and Hannah. The grandchildren keep Patti very busy running from game to game. All are involved in sports.

    Before joining the diocesan staff, Patti worked for twenty-three years in the accounting department for a manufacturing company. Her responsibilities included payables, receivables, HR, payroll, insurance, and any other duties that needed to be handled.

    Patti’s responsibilities include: Check requests and accounts payable processing; budget management, bank/cash balance management, grant accounting, special project research, audit reports; other general accounting.

  • Ann Sabo, Executive Assistant to the Bishop

    Ann Sabo, Executive Assistant to the Bishop

    (513) 421.0311 ext. 103


    Ann Sabo joined the staff in November 2015 and is just as excited to be here one year later as the day she started. Ann provides administrative support to Bishop Breidenthal and is currently assisting in the areas of CoM and Transitions. Ann has enjoyed a long career in the executive administrative field for more than 20 years in the Computer Software, Paper, and Home Building industries.

    Ann is married, a mother of 4 and grandmother of 2 (both born this year!).  She lives in Loveland, OH and enjoys travel, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.


  • Tammie Vanoss, Digital Communications/Data/IT

    Tammie Vanoss, Digital Communications/Data/IT

    (513) 421.0311 ext. 113


    Tammie has been a member of the diocesan staff since 2015. She hopes to bring her excitement for creative communication to churches as they explore the new technology frontier by assisting them with IT needs and website creation.

    Tammie is a cradle Episcopalian who attended many Episcopal churches growing up during multiple moves stateside and overseas. She began database programming as a Department of Energy contractor at the Fernald site and moved on to develop software for companies such as Toyota, Dr. Pepper, P&G, and Eli Lilly. After becoming a mom, Tammie began freelance web development and loved every moment of staying at home with her daughter. Tammie is married to Jon Boss II; they are the parents of middle schooler, Geneva. The Boss family, along with a plethora of dogs and cats, live in Wyoming and attend Ascension & Holy Trinity.

  • Erick Williams, Receptionist

    Erick Williams, Receptionist

    (513) 421.0311


    Erick Williams has worked for the diocese since July 2004. Coming to the diocese from the cathedral staff, he started off as a maintenance worker but with his friendly voice and welcoming demeanor, he was approached about becoming the receptionist in early 2006. He has been known as the “Voice of the Diocese” ever since. During his tenure, Erick has worked alongside three bishops, several cathedral deans and loads of clergy. A people person, he loves talking and communicating with everyone who calls and visits. If you are ever feeling down and out, call Diocesan House – and Erick’s warm and friendly voice will perk you right up!

    Erick has been married to his wife Tina for 31 years. They have one daughter, Ericka. Erick enjoys roller skating and working around his home.

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