We have a really wonderful staff at St. Stephen’s, in addition to exceptional lay leaders who keep our life as a community bounteous and beautiful. On this page, you’ll be introduced to our staff and given the opportunity to contact them. Please do!

The Reverend Karl Stevens became Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephen’s on January 1st, 2020. Karl has been ordained for sixteen years, and has spent most of his career working in campus ministry, first as Chaplain to Kenyon College, and then as the Missioner for Campus Ministry on the diocesan staff. His most recent posting was as Director for Children and Youth Formation at St. John’s, Worthington. Karl’s interests in the arts, practice of contemplative Christianity, and desire to work for social justice led him to accept a call at St. Stephen’s with great joy and excitement.

You can contact Karl by emailing rector@ststephens-columbus.org.

The Reverend Deacon Meribah Mansfield joined the staff of St. Stephen’s on Pentecost Sunday, 2020. After a long career serving as a library director in Columbus and Worthington, Meribah discerned a call to the diaconate and was ordained in 2012. She has served most recently at St. John’s, Columbus, where she worked with Franklinton Gardens and other neighborhood organizations, and helped strengthen St. John’s all ready very strong ties to the Franklinton community. She is currently one of the leaders of the diocese’s Becoming Beloved Community initiative.

Our Music Director and Choir Master, Dennis Davenport, is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Music at Otterbein University. A composer with a strong background in musical theater, Dennis leads a vigorous and gifted choir composed of student and non-student parishioners.

You can contact Dennis by emailing ddavenport@otterbein.edu.

Our campus minister, Daniel Buey, first became involved at St. Stephen’s when he was a PhD student at The Ohio State University. Daniel now teaches at OSU as a Lecturer in the Material Sciences Department. Since he’s come to St. Stephen’s, he’s helped to build the campus ministry community through weekly prayer and Bible Study, potlucks, retreats, and meet-ups for hikes in the forest.

You can contact Daniel by emailing campus-ministry@ststephens-columbus.org.

Our Director of Children and Youth Formation, Darien McCoy, is a recent alum of the Episcopal Service Corps, and is one of the lead counselors at Procter’s summer camp. Beginning in his position in May of 2020, Darien leads Children’s Church and will help grow our involvement with diocesan camping programs and retreats.

Liz Hecker, our Parish Administrator, has a strong background in office administration. She runs the nerve center of the parish, and is our go-to person on a host of projects and procedures. Liz is a talented singer who was active in the Columbus music scene for several decades. She now sings in the church choir.

You can contact Liz by emailing parishoffice@ststephens-columbus.org.

Our Sexton, James Marquart, is a landscape gardener by training, which makes him perfect for St. Stephen’s, which is a church of many plants. James maintains the buildings and creates a great a beauty in his careful tending to our indoor and outdoor gardens.