Clergy and Staff

The clergy of Christ Church share in preaching, teaching, leading worship services, and providing pastoral care. We also have staff with specific responsibilities over various ministries and programs here at Christ Church.

The Reverend Andrew Van Culin


Fr. Van Culin was installed as the 10th Rector of Christ Church on May 14, 2013.  As the Rector, Fr. Drew serves as the chief priest, pastor, teacher, and host of the Christ Church community, is the chief custodian and advocate of the vision of Christ Church, is entrusted with the administration, execution, and oversight of the programs and assets of Christ Church, and provides leadership, direction, and supervision to the Christ Church staff.

Scott Hanoian

Associate for Worship and Liturgy
Director of Music and Organist
Scott Hanoian joined Christ Church as the 8th Director of Music and Organist in 2007 and is responsible for continuing the tradition of musical excellence at Christ Church Grosse Pointe.  As the Director of Music, Mr. Hanoian directs the church's three liturgical choirs, the Choir of Men and Boys, the Choir of Men and Girls, the Christ Church Schola, as well as the Christ Church Chorale, and oversees the yearly concert series.  Mr. Hanoian is also an active organist, accompanist, continuo artist, conductor, choral adjudicator, and guest clinician.

The Reverend Maureen Martin

Associate for Parish Life and
Community Engagement
The Rev’d Maureen Martin joined Christ Church in February of 2022  as Associate for Parish Life and Community Engagement. Her leadership in our parish life includes those programs and initiatives that draw us together as a genuine community of welcome, affection,
and care. 

The Reverend Canon Ronald Spann

Assisting Priest, Director of the Christ Church  Spirituality Center
A licensed PRH educator (Personality and Human Relationships), Ron serves as spirituality faculty for CREDO, a clergy wellness initiative of the Episcopal Church. He is a facilitator and curriculum developer for the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence grant to Detroit’s Ecumenical Theological Seminary. Now retired from pastoral ministry, Ron served for five years as associate rector of Christ Church Cranbrook, and for 25 years as rector of the Church of the Messiah in Detroit. He is an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.

Joseph Daniel

Executive Assistant to the Rector

Joseph Daniel joined the Christ Church staff in December 2017. Though mostly known to the congregation as the Honorary Artist in Residence, Joseph has long had an aptitude for administrative work. In his role as Executive Assistant to the Rector, Joseph works closely with Fr. Drew on many projects and ministries of Christ Church. His primary duties include calendar oversight, volunteer liaison, project management, and staff relations.

Diane Ward

Associate for Finance and Administration
Diane Ward joined Christ Church as the Associate to the Rector for Finance and Administration in August 2014. Prior to joining the staff of Christ Church, Diane spent over 25 years working in many capacities with the American Red Cross Biomedical Services (Southeast Michigan Region), the last 10 as Chief Executive Officer.  In addition to years of exceptional experience in all aspects of administration from executive leadership, board development, financial management and development, organizational administration, and human resources management, Diane earned her Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University.

Jackson Merrill

 Assistant Director of Music and Organist
Jackson is a graduate student in organ performance at the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the Marilyn Mason Scholarship, the Patricia Barret Ludlow Memorial Scholarship in Organ, and the Chris Schroeder Graduate Fellowship. He came to Michigan from Hartford, Connecticut where he was Organist and Director of Music Ministries at Trinity Church, Music Director for The Choir School of Hartford, and Choral Director of Trinity Academy. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Jacksonville University where he was awarded such honors as the Harvey Scholl Prize in Piano and the Excellence in Performance Award. Recently, Jackson was honored by The Diapason (a publication designed for organists and organ builders) as a member of their "20 under 30 Class of 2021" which "recognizes young talents in the fields of organ and harpsichord performance, organ and harpsichord building, carillon, and church music.”

Call for 2023 Vestry Nominations

Every fall, the Rector and Vestry appoint a Nominating Committee to discern and call members of Christ Church to serve on the Vestry. This faithful work, however, is never done in isolation and is best done with your prayerful support and participation. To this end, we invite you tojoin us in this difficult, yet sacred, task. Considering those whom you know within our community, we ask you prayerfully to discern who may be called to serve on the Vestry. To help you in your discernment,and to help the Nominating Committee in our work together, we ask that you complete the Vestry Candidate Recommendation Form for any members of Christ Church whom you discern are called to serve on the Vestry at this time. Recommendations are invited until November 6.