New faces in the neighborhood

Please join us in welcoming some new clergy to the Diocese of Southern Ohio:

The Rev. Sara Palmer

The Rev. Sara Palmer

Holy Trinity, Oxford, has called the Rev. Sara Palmer as rector. She previously served as assistant rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in High Point, NC. Sara grew up in the county of Surrey, England. She gained her B.A. with Honors in French and Latin from Bristol University and her Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from King Alfred’s Teachers’ Training College in Winchester. After two years, Sara left her job teaching French and German in a junior high/high school to train to become a missionary in South America. She attended Cliff Bible College, Sheffield, and the Lebanon Missionary College in Berwick-on-Tweed before a three-month orientation in Sevilla, Spain. She met and married her American husband, David Palmer in 1986 in Bolivia, where they planted a new congregation in Santa Cruz. They moved to the US in 1987. Sara served as Lay Hispanic Missioner for the Yadkin Valley Cluster, in Salisbury, NC, before attending Virginia Theological Seminary. Sara and David have a grown son, Steven. Sara began her ministry in the parish in July.


Duford, Don

The Rev. Dr. Donald Duford

The Northern Miami Valley Episcopal Cluster has called the Rev. Dr. Donald Duford as Priest in charge. Don has served a number of churches in Michigan and has held positions in churches and other organizations as spiritual director, chaplain, educator, administrator and counselor. He earned undergraduate degrees from Madonna University and the Graduate Theological Foundation, and a Doctor of Divinity from Sacred Heart Seminary. Further study and vocational experience include Natural/Family Systems, Conflict Management and Congregational Development and Growth. He is also a licensed professional counselor. Don and his wife, Kay, make their home in Marysville and began their ministry in the Cluster July 10.




Pfaff, David

The Rev. David Pfaff

Christ Church, Glendale, has called the Rev. David A. Pfaff as rector. David has been an Episcopal priest since 1993. After obtaining his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, he obtained his Master of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York City. He previously served as rector of St. Mark’s Church in Milwaukee, WI, followed by eight years as Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee and then service on the church-wide staff of The Church Pension Group. David and his wife, Emily Vaill Pfaff, have three children. His first Sunday with the parish will be August 7.


The Rev. Philip DeVaul

The Rev. Philip DeVaul

Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park, has called the Rev. Philip DeVaul as rector. A California native, Philip most recently served as rector of St. John the Divine in Orange County, CA. Throughout his life as a priest he has engaged in a broad spectrum of ministries and communities, leading worship in hospitals and house churches, in a jazz club, and in a traditional parish. He helped to start a successful church plant in Santa Monica, CA, and also served as chaplain, teacher and assisting priest at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and School in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Philip and his wife, Krista, have two children. The DeVaul family expects to relocate and get settled in Cincinnati in September, and Philip will begin his ministry in the parish in early October.