The Rev’d C. B. “Cricket” Park, Rector (and Chief Spiritual Officer)
Cricket Park’s real name is Ciritta, but she prefers her nickname. Amma Cricket comes to Redeemer from the Midwest, having grown up in Indiana and having spent her married life in Ohio. She was ordained to the diaconate in 1990 and to the priesthood in 2006, both in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
Cricket is a graduate of Purdue University and Bexley Hall Seminary. Her favorite “diploma”, however, comes from the Education for Ministry (EfM) program of the University of the South. Cricket is a long-time EfM mentor and champion of well-educated lay persons.
Prior to becoming Rector of Redeemer, Cricket was Associate Rector at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Dublin, Ohio. There she focused on liturgical planning, pastoral care, and adult formation. She also co-authored three Vacation Bible School programs, learned the fine art of puppetry, and began local evangelism ministries at Starbucks and Chinese restaurants.
In her pre-seminary life, she worked in the association management and meeting planning fields. She has been an advocate for people with disabilities since 1988 and of the LGBTQI community since 1990. In recognition of her advocacy within the meetings industry, Cricket was awarded the Author of the Year prize by the Professional Convention Management Association in 1998, and was named one of the Most Powerful Women in the Meetings Industry by Successful Meetings Magazine in 2000.
Cricket published sermons in Sermons that Work and in the Interchange (Diocese of Southern Ohio). You can follow her on Facebook (Cricket Park), Twitter (@Vicar Virtual), Instagram (park cricket), and LinkedIn.
Cricket’s husband, Steve, has put up with her for over 39 years. Their adult son, Kevin is married to Angela James. Both are engineers and live in Ohio. Steve and Cricket are also owned by three lovable and furry Shetland Sheepdogs.
The Rev’d Dr. David Schlafer has taught philosophy, theology, and preaching at theological seminaries of several denominations in the United States (four of them Episcopal). He has served as Sub Dean for Academic Affairs at Nashotah House, Interim Director of Studies in the College of Preachers at Washington National Cathedral, and as faculty member and advisor at the D. Min. in Preaching Program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.
He currently invests primary professional energy as an author, editor, preaching consultant, and conference leader, working with clergy, lay preachers, and sermon listeners in the US, Canada, and England. He has published eighteen books, including:
– Surviving the Sermon: A Guide to Preaching for Those Who Have to Listen
– Your Way with God’s Word: Discovering Your Distinctive Preaching Voice
– What Make’s This Day Different?: Preaching Grace on Special Occasions
– Playing with FIRE: Preaching Work as Kindling Art
– The Shattering Sound of Amazing Grace: Disquieting Tales from St. John’s Gospel
– Preaching What We Practice: Proclamation and Moral Discernment (with Timothy Sedgwick)
For ten years, he edited Sermons that Work, an annual anthology of Anglican preaching. He contributes to a variety of journals, both popular and professional, and also writes Scripture commentary materials for preachers in the liturgical tradition.
A philosophy professor in a previous (vocational) life, David now teaches preaching (and regularly enters the pulpit himself) in the cheerful conviction that preaching need be neither bad nor boring philosophy.
He is married to Dr. Margaret Tucker, a medical oncologist, who is Chief of the Genetic Epidemiology Branch, and Director of the Human Genetics Program in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute. Together, they delight in the exploits and achievements of two adult children: Kirk, an Air Force Surgeon stationed at the Air Force Academy; and Kristen, a disciple of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who lives on a houseboat in Oregon, and undertakes strategic peacemaking by nurturing young children in vigorous, healthy forms of play.
David and Peggy have been active parishioners at The Church of the Redeemer for over ten years. At the request and discretion of the rector, David volunteers part-time assistance to the parish in the areas of preaching, liturgical leadership, pastoral care, and adult education.
Geoffrey Silver, Director of Music Ministries
Bob Yates, Parish Assistant
Margaret Church, Bookkeeper