Canon Jane Gerdsen works to encourage new forms of Christian Community across the Diocese of Southern Ohio. From 2015-2018, she served as the chair of the Episcopal Church’s Advisory Group on Church Planting and Missional Initiatives. Jane is an International Coaching Federation trained coach and enjoys coaching individuals, churches, and mission teams, exploring new mission opportunities and navigating change in our churches and neighborhoods.

Jane is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Episcopal Divinity School. Prior to seminary, she was a Montessori teacher and worked as a Director of Religious Education. While in seminary, she interned with Ecclesia Ministries and was part of the Street Church community in Boston. After ordination she served for five years as the priest at the former St. Andrew’s, Dayton, before joining the bishop’s staff. She is an honorary canon of Christ Church Cathedral and also serves as the part-time priest-in-charge at All Saint’s, Pleasant Ridge.

In this position, Jane supports and oversees the following ministry areas:

  • Church Planting
  • Missional Engagement
  • Young Adult Ministries
  • Campus Ministry
  • Latino Ministry
  • Praxis Communities
  • Becoming Beloved Community Task Force