The Rev. Shawn Clerkin
Fr. Shawn Clerkin began his vicar appointment at St. Stephen’s June 1, 2018. He has an MDiv in Anglican Studies from Bexley Hall Seminary, with additional studies through the Lessac Summer Institute at the Claremont Colleges, CA, and the Oxford (England) Summer Theology Programme. Fr. Shawn has served as an lay/clergy leader at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Erie, associate clergy at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Erie, and as vicar of St. Mary’s Lawrence Park, Erie. His full-time employment is with Gannon University where he is Director of the Liberal Studies Program, Co-Director of the School of and the Arts, and Program Director of Visual and Performing Arts at Gannon University. Fr. Shawn earned an MFA in Theatre/Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and BA in Theatre/Communication Arts from Gannon University. Fr. Shawn will celebrate his 30th anniversary at Gannon March 1, 2019. Previously, he taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and Mercyhurst University. He has performed with the Erie Playhouse for more than three decades, including the roles of Guido Contini (NINE), Jean Valjean (LES MISERABLES), King Arthur (SPAMALOT). He is the co-founder of the Shakespeare Summer Nights outdoor Shakespeare festival each summer in downtown Erie, for which he has directed A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, OTHELLO, ROMEO AND JULIET, and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, among favorites. Fr. Shawn has been awarded the Bruce Morton Wright Artist of the Year by Erie Arts and Culture.
Missy grew up in Erie, attending St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Lawrence Park. She has been an active member of the diocese, participating in Summer Camp, Youth & Young Adult Communion, Episcopal Youth Event, and much more. She continues to work with the diocese on the Formation Advisory Board. Missy attended Penn State University, graduating with a degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education. After working in child care for two years, she attended Virginia Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Theological Studies, focusing in Christian Formation. Working in christian formation blends her passion for life-long learning and building the Kingdom of God.
Sunny Saunders was born and raised in Erie. After receiving a B.Music from Houghton College and a M.Music from Miami University, she played as an orchestral violinist in Cincinnati, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Atlanta. She retired 3 years ago and moved back to Erie where she teaches music at the Neighborhood Art House.
Associate of Parish Life
Dorene Sommers – Bishop’s Warden