Fr. Bob Ficks, Priest-in-Charge, NMVEC
I was born in Glendale, Ohio in 1944 and moved to Connecticut in 1954. Most of my life was spent in Connecticut. I attended college at Kenyon College in Gambier,Ohio and seminary at Berkley DivinitySchool at Yale. Before coming to Epiphany and Our Saviour in the Spring of 2012, I served parishes in Westport, Connecticut; Washington, Connecticut; and Millinocket, Maine. I am married, and my wife, Ann, and I have four children and four grandchildren.
It is a source of great joy to me to have been given the opportunity to serve in the Northern Miami Valley Episcopal Cluster. I hope my ministry here will be a time of mutual journeying and growth for me and those I serve as we seek to understand that to which our parishes are called within our own walls and in the wider world.
I pray that we will each come more fully to understand and live out in our lives the words of the collect for the second Sunday after Christmas:
O God, who didst wonderfully create, and yet more wonderfully restore, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, thy Son Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Jim Boian, Administrative Assistant, NMVEC
I was born in Dayton and lived there until October 2001
Married to my wonderful wife Karen since September 1977
Proud parents of two adult daughters, Sarah and Katherine, who have blessed us with 5 beloved grandchildren, Madeline, Gabrielle, Preston, Owen and Megan.
Karen and I attended the Champaign County fair in 2001 for the first time and that day we started planning to move here post-retirement. We were Spirit-led to purchase our current home within a month. We were both cradle Roman Catholics but could not find a church in the area that felt like home. We had all but given up when Karen received an invitation to come to Epiphany from Nancy Hardin and we began worshiping there in March of 2006. We were received into the Episcopal Church that November. At the next annual meeting, I began my service on the vestry until January 2012.
Worked 25+ years for the City of Dayton as a firefighter, retired in March 2006. Karen and I then began the process of building up our small homestead farm producing naturally raised food for ourselves and the families of our daughters.
I found that what I missed most from my job after retiring was the opportunity to serve. When I was asked if I would be interested in being the Cluster Admin Asst when LuAnn Channel retired, I was not looking for a job but realized that I wasn’t really being asked to fill a job, I was being given a service opportunity.
Karen and I have been welcomed and loved by the people of our wonderful cluster no matter which church building we are worshiping in.
This prayer attributed to St Francis, has guided me throughout my adult life
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.
Cindy Heffner, Senior Warden, Epiphany
My family’s roots are in the Episcopal Church. Although I may have wandered away when I was younger, no other Church feels like home to me. My faith formation started at Holy Trinity in Bellefontaine, but continues here at Epiphany.
I am a 1989 graduate of Ohio Northern University with a dual major in history and political science. I continued at Ohio Northern and in 1992 graduated from their Law School. I have focused on family law in my career and for the last eight years have been the Staff Attorney for the Logan County Child Support Enforcement Agency.
I am grateful to have most of my large family living in the surrounding area. It is family, friends and faith that always helped me through the rough spots. One of the true blessings of being part of a smaller congregation (cluster) is that there are so many opportunities to be involved. With the help of Father Tim (and now the support of Father Bob) we launched an adult Bible Study program. It has been a lot of work but I have gotten so much more back from those who attend than I ever thought possible. I would love to see more faith formation groups started in our parish.
I am thrilled to be your new Senior Warden and look forward to working together with each and every one of you as our journey continues!
Some favorite Bible Verses that get me through each day (they are posted on my desk at work):
May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2
…I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Matthew 6:34
And know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end. Isaiah 43:25
If you do not know what you are doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. James 1:5-6
…Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls… Jeremiah 6:16
See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble…Hebrews 12:15
Tom Kaplan, Junior Warden, Epiphany
Originally from Cleveland, we came to Urbana in 2009 via Virginia, Georgia, New Jersey and Virginia (again) before returning to Ohio. My wife, Joni, our son, Ben, and I have been blessed here with some of the best friends we’ve ever had and a wonderful church home at Epiphany.
Like Sam Zook and Cindy Heffner, Joni and I also attended Ohio Northern University. Ironically, Joni, Cindy and I all lived in the same dorm for two of our years at ONU. I began my career as an engineer and now, after 25+ years, happily find myself in the role of college professor, teaching business and entrepreneurship at Wittenberg University in Springfield.
I am inspired, usually in the car, by Christian music. One of my favorite songs is Live Like That by the Sidewalk Prophets. While I do not claim to bear any resemblance to this standard, I’d like to think of it as a great aspiration:
Am I proof that You are who you say You are
That grace can really change a heart
Do I live like Your love is true
People pass and even if they don’t know my name
Is there evidence that I’ve been changed
When they see me, do they see You
I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You
If love is who I am
Then this is where I’ll stand
Never holding back
I want to live like that
I want to live like that
Todd Boeck, Senior Warden, Our Saviour
I was born in Greene County, Ohio in 1962 and grew up on the family dairy farm near Jamestown with my two brothers. I graduated from Ohio State in 1984 and worked in agribusiness for 15 years before moving to Honda of America in 1999. Through Honda, we spent 18 months in Takanezawa, Japan.
I am married to Amy and we have two children, Sophie and Will. I look forward to continuing Our Saviour’s mission to serve our community and God.
Jim Westfall, Junior Warden, Our Saviour
Born March 17, 1946 in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. I served in the Air National Guard for six years, and married to Gloria in 1967. We have three children…Heidi, Jim Jr, and Julie and three grandchildren…Kyle, Drew, and Emily Grace. I joined Church of Our Saviour in 1958 and have served as Junior Warden since 2004. I began serving as Sexton in 2003. I would like to see membership and community outreach grow in the years ahead.
I was born in Columbus, Ohio but grew up first in Indianapolis, then in New York, three little towns on the Hudson, Tarrytown, Peekskill and Ossining.
We moved to Urbana when I was in high school and I graduated from Urbana High and then on to Nursing School at Mount Carmel in Columbus. I married Chuck “Nice Guy” Miller, 51 years ago. When having pre-marital counseling my Methodist Minister said, “you need to become Episcopalian, because Chuck would not be happy as a Methodist”; (he was a cradle Episcopalian). So we did!
We have two daughters, Laura and Jennifer, and helped raise a couple of nearly ours. We have 5 grandchildren; Seth, Lyndsey, Levi, Monica and Sarah, and some we consider grandchildren Allison, and Amber. We have 3 great grandchildren: Slayde, Lucas and Skyler.
I have been a member of Epiphany since the late 1960’s.
I worked at Mercy Memorial Hospital for 33 years in a variety of positions, from staff nurse to Director of Nursing, Then I worked at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, then Heartland of Bellefontaine, and retired in 2006, but continue to do some consulting on Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1992 I attended Cursillo at Proctor Center and that weekend deepened my faith, and encouraged both Chuck and I to become active in Kairos a prison ministry.
God’s grace continues to amaze me every day.
Sam Zook, Parish Musician, Our Saviour
I was born in West Liberty, Ohio and graduated from West Liberty High School in 1958. My College years were spent at a variety of schools. I have an AB degree from Urbana Junior College, and a BS degree from Ohio Northern University. I also studied carillon at Michigan State University, and earned a Masters of Church Music from New York University. I taught Elementary Science and Math in Urbana for thirty years, and after retirement served as the Environmental Education Director for a Presbyterian camp and conference center.
I have been a church organist since the age of 14, and was carillonneur and Sub Organist for Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus for 25 years. I am now serving as organist at Our Savior Mechanicsburg and enjoy the opportunity of making music for that wonderful congregation.
I was an organ student of Wilber Held, William Haller, and Bill Osborne. I am a member of the American Guild of Organists, and have earned their Choir Master, Service Playing, Colleague, and Associate Certificates. I enjoy being an Episcopalian and hope for many more years to serve the Lord.
Sharon McCall, Parish Musician, Epiphany
I was born and raised on a farm near Kingscreek being number four in a sibling group of six. We were a musical family that worked, played, and prayed together.
I graduated West Liberty-Salem HS, Urbana University and Methesco Seminary’s Organ School . I started playing piano after the sixth grade and accompanied the Jr. High Choir in the seventh grade in the old Salem School . My first performance was accompanying the Church Youth Choir for the Hallelujah Chorus. I started playing the organ when I was in the tenth grade.
It has been my privilege to play the Organ at Epiphany since 9/10/06 . I currently play for two services each Sunday; one at the Westville United Methodist Church at 9:30 and the second at Epiphany at 11:15 . I enjoy both services even though they are both very different.
My husband and I had three boys who are now married with a total of eight grandchildren. We adopted five beautiful children June 29, 2009 . Earl passed away to cancer April 24, 2011 . The children keep me going and I praise God for them.
I retired as Clerk of Courts for the Champaign County Municipal Court November 30, 2011 .
My favorite scripture is I Chronicles 4:10, the Prayer of Jabez which says, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request.