About our Church
We are an inclusive, welcoming community of members from different spiritual backgrounds brought together through the Episcopal Church.
The Reverend Ernest "Ernie" M. Galaz serves as our Rector and we have several staff members that support our daily activities.
The vestry members are the lay leaders of the Church who work with the Rector to manage the Church and plan for its future.
Christ Church is a robust, vibrant parish that spans generations. Founded in 1854 by a group of civic leaders, our parish has a legacy of community engagement that continues to this day.
We have a long-standing tradition of diversity and inclusion:
Our first African American member was baptized in October 1891. Maud Ridley Ortiga was the granddaughter of slaves who escaped from Virginia and settled in Media.
In 1949, Christ Church declared it ministered “to all classes of people,” making “no restriction concerning race or color, asking only faithful adherence to the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Episcopal Church of any who would become members.”
On June 7, 2016, the Vestry unanimously voted to approve the celebration of same sex marriages at Christ Church.
Our parishioners bring a variety of faith and cultural backgrounds to our community. Our members include cradle Episcopalians, former Catholics, interfaith families, immigrants, lifelong Media residents, young, old, singles, and families. Christ Episcopal Church is the spiritual home that brings us all together.
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Reverend Ernest M. Galaz, Rector
Christ Church welcomed Fr. Ernie to be our full time rector in September 2018.
Prior to Christ Church, Ernie was the Rector of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Nogales, Arizona for five years. St. Andrews is a growing and active pastoral-sized church on the Arizona-Mexico border. While serving St. Andrews, Ernie was active in the Arizona Diocese, including serving on the Arizona Diocese’s Bishop Search Committee. He also served for a time on the Board of Episcopal Community Services of Arizona, and the Board of Southern Arizona Interfaith.
Before arriving at St. Andrews Nogales, Ernie was a Ministry Intern and Curate at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Tucson, Arizona from 2011-2013. There, he prepared for seminary equivalency exams and Holy Orders under the supervision of St. Andrew’s Vicar, Reverend Kate Bradsen.
Ernie took up his path of priesthood after a long career as an educator. He has a B.A. in Elementary Education from The University of Arizona, and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Prescott College. From 1985 through 2012, he held successive positions as an elementary and middle school teacher, a middle school assistant principal, and then an elementary school principal. As a school principal, Ernie oversaw a learning community with hundreds of students, teachers and other staff, and a sizeable budget.
Ernie has a deep love for the study of theology, and is also steeped in contemplative prayer and practices. He presently is nearing completion of a course of study with Father Richard Rohr, through which Ernie finds he can “deepen contemplative practice and ways of seeing to ground my action in the world from a place of love and acceptance.”
Ernie describes his vision of spirituality and leadership as “living into the belovedness for which God created me in Christ. “ He calls others to do the same, and “strive[s] to be a servant leader—engaging, equipping and empowering others to live into their belovedness and become servant leaders themselves.”
Ernie has two grown children, one of whom lives in Philadelphia. He and his wife Elizabeth enjoy exploring Media, especially nearby hiking spots like Ridley Creek State Park.
Reverend Randy Williamson, Priest Associate
Members of the vestry serve in specific roles and are elected by the parish for three year terms. Questions or comments can be addressed to vestry members through the "Contact Us" page.
Rector's Warden – Mary Ellen Maatman
Finance Chair – Kurt Brunner
Stewardship – Leslie Bullitt
Preschool Liaison – Heather Comerford
Accounting Warden – John Donaphon
Secretary of the Vestry – Maggie Dunn
Property – Steve Falcone
Parish Life – Karen Mason
Spiritual Life – Susan Mayer
Christian Education – Robert Miller
Hospitality - Jim Ross
Outreach – Marianne Spiotta