Welcome

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable, or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rake or could afford to lose a few pounds. You’re welcome if you are Old Fairborn, New Fairborn, Not Fairborn, or just passing by.

We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woke up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury or haven’t been in church since your cousin’s wedding.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit moms, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like ‘organized religion.’ We’ve been there too! (And as many will attest, we aren’t all that organized.)

If you blew all your money on the horses, you’re welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, ‘work too hard,’ don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma’s in town and wants to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on Route 4 and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts… and you!

-This is adapted from St Clement’s Church, Leigh-on-sea, Essex, England. Although borrowed, the sentiment fits us well.

Who We Are

Staff & Vestry

Pastoral Care

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Who We Are

St. Christopher’s is the church which was not supposed to be. Another parish in the region was bursting at the seams in 1956. Someone suggested that that congregation should split and form a new one in Fairborn where many of the newer members were living. A vote was taken: 52-48. But the results were mistakenly reported. The actual vote was 52 against splitting and 48 in favor.

So the new parish was begun. The man who made the mistake later became Bishop of Erie, Pennsylvania. When it was pointed out to him, he famously replied, “You can’t block the Holy Spirit!”

St. Christopher was chosen as the name for the parish, because Christopher is the patron saint of travelers. Because so many of the members were or are members of the Air Force, they were constantly travelling—flying around the globe.

St. Christopher’s is a progressive Christian Church in the Episcopal tradition where open and questioning minds are welcome right along with those who are very firm and settled in their faith. We proclaim the abundant life that is the way of Jesus. We are people from around the world: Latin America, Africa, Asia, even from the USA. We have one of the most internationally diverse congregations in the area.

We speak Japanese.              私たちは日本語を話します

We speak Korean.                우리는한국어로말한다

We speak Tagalog.                Nagsasalita kami ng Tagalog

We speak Yoruba.                   A sọ Yoruba

We speak Hindi.                    हमबोलेमानकहिन्दी

We speak German.               Wir sprechen Deutsch

We speak French.                 On parle Français

We speak Spanish.                Nosotros hablamos Español

We speak Swedish.                Vi talar Svenska

We speak Kinyarwanda.     Twebwe kuvugana Kinyarwanda

We speak Italian.                    Parliamo Italiano

We speak ASL.                       

 Oh, yeah, and we speak English.

Staff & Vestry

The Rev. Dr. John Paddock
Priest in Charge

The Rev. Dr. John Paddock began his ministry at St. Christopher’s in early October, 2018. He helps people to frame, focus, and thrive in the light of God’s love.

He has served in churches in Whitehall, Greenville, and Dayton, Ohio, as well as Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and Bath, Maine. He is excited to be at St. Christopher’s to work alongside people in and beyond the parish to grow into the fullness of God’s dream for each person and for the communities we serve.

Kay Mitchell
Parish Secretary

Kay Mitchell directs the day to day activities of the office and volunteers. Please contact me if you have any questions, comments or need assistance. I am here to help.

Melody Kelley
Director of Music

Melody Kelley directs St. Christopher’s Choir which provides accompaniment for hymns, service music, music at the Communion and special music at the Offertory. New members with a love of music are encouraged to join the choir at any time.

The choir practices Thursday evenings at 7PM in the church.

Senior Warden (through January 2022)
Hayward Learn

Junior Warden (through January 2021)
Mike Volkmer

Member-at-Large (through January 2020)
Iyabo Eguaroje
Cindy Feltz (Vestry Secretary)
Andrea Haberecht

Member-at-Large (through January 2021)
Lauren Faller
David Manship
Ed Smith

Member-at-Large (through January 2022)
Millie Roach

Treasurer (Non-Voting, Indefinite Term)
Robin Jones

Pastoral Care

With the love of Jesus in our hearts and the knowledge that God is always with us in life and in death, we support people as they go through life’s transitions and challenges including birth, illness, marriage, questions of gender and sexual orientation, jobs gained and jobs lost, legal troubles, retirement, and death. Lay people and clergy are available to you whether you are a member or not. We visit in hospitals, homes, and nursing homes. We offer counseling, confession and absolution, hand-holding, prayer or just conversation over a cup of coffee or tea. We share in questions of faith and doubt, truth, justice, and love.

To make an appointment or express a need, call or email the St. Christopher office. In case of an emergency or death, please call The Rev. John Paddock at 937-470-7123.

If you want to know more about the Episcopal Church or more about the community we serve, here a few links to get you started.

The Episcopal Church

Diocese of Southern Ohio

City of Fairborn, Ohio

Fairborn FISH Food Pantry

Museum of the U.S Air Force

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