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.


Claire Wachter
Director of Programming





Susan Schuette
Director of Finance


Heather Michel
Director of Communications
Heather joined the staff in March of 2018. Heather has a heart for helping others and is passionate about making the world a better place. She has over 15 years of experience in social services and administrative work.   She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Mercyhurst University.  She is married to Scott, and has two daughters, Maelyn and Maya and a dog named Benson.  Heather and her family, can often be found on the shores of Lake Erie searching for beach glass and other treasures.

Kate Thiem
Director of Music




Bishop’s Committee

Dorene Sommers – Bishop’s Warden
Cindy Willis
Jim Steele
MJ Radock
Susan Schuette
Kathie Gregory
Dorene Sommers

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