Church Staff


John S. Paddock




I became Rector of Christ Church in AuguJohn S Paddock | Rector | @daytonchristepiscopal.comst, 1999, and am committed to ministry in the city. Born in Rochester, NY, I attended public schools in Athens, Sedalia, and Columbus, Ohio. I spent my senior year of high school as an exchange student in Stockholm, Sweden. Higher education includes a B.A. from the University of Rochester, Master of Divinity from The Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton. My thesis title: Reframing the Dialogue on Racism in America in a Parish Setting.

I have served parishes in Whitehall, Ohio; Greenville, Ohio, Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Bath, Maine. My wife Ann and I have eight children. Over the years we’ve have had over seventy foster children live in our home. Our commitment to the city includes having our residence in Dayton and sending our children to Dayton Public Schools. (Our children range in age from 42 to 13 — six adoptions figure in there).

I have two consuming passions. The first is to seek ways to reframe Christianity in ways that speak to comtemporary people. This entails being open to new knowledge and discoveries in every area of human endeavor. And it requires openness to God’s Spirit as she leads us into God’s future. My second passion is to reach out to the poor, the disenfranchised, the weak, and the victims of the powers that be: racism, empire, sexism, homophobia, and all other forms of discrimination and injustice.

I do take time away from Church and work to be with my family. I love to travel . . . especially to the Alps to ski with my son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren who live in Switzerland. We have a son serving aboard an aircraft carrier with the US Navy. His wife and three children are in Las Vegas. We have three adult daughters, two in Dayton and one in Boston. Other leisure pursuits include enjoying music and reading and photography.

I am often asked how I should be addressed. I was baptized “John.” That works for me. Some of the children at church call me “Father John.” That works, too. I’m not a particularly formal person, so I’m easy on the forms of address. So do what’s comfortable for you.

I would love to hear your story. Call or email me to set up a time.

Kris Sexton

CityHeart Director

Kris Sexton is President and Executive Director of the CityHeart Corporation. CityHeart started as an outreach ministry of Christ Church. In January, 2016, it began life as a separate non-profit corporation. CityHeart rents space on the lower level of the church building and is still strongly supported by church funds and volunteers. Click here to go to their website. CityHeart’s phone number is 937-223-CITY (2489).

Yun Kim

Organist and Music Director


Yun Kim by Tina Gutierrez 28Hi, I’m Yun (pronounced as yoon) who has been serving Christ Church since 2000.  It is my great privilege and pleasure to play our beautiful organ every Sunday, as well as working with many talented musicians in our parish, especially our dedicated choir members.  I believe that music in worship is another form of prayer which expresses adoration for our loving God.  I encourage anyone at any musical skill level to contact me if you are interested in serving in our music ministry.    


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Kim Williams



Kim is an employee Delano Sherley & Associates, Inc. which provides on site bookkeeping.  She is generally at Christ Church on Wednesday each week.

Mr. Cotton


Mr. Cotton is an employee of Goodwill Industries which provides our janitorial services. He is a dedicated worker who is always willing to be helpful.


Emily Joyce

Parish Administrator


Emily Joyce is a life-long member of Christ Episcopal Church and is honored to serve it’s Parish Administrator. With a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Wright State University, Emily is a Licensed Social Worker. She has previously worked in a local addiction treatment center; participated in a year of service with the Episcopal Service Corp in Los Angeles, California working for a non-profit that specializes in employment services for homeless and low-income individuals; and most recently completed two years with AmeriCorps VISTA at Wright State University where she created and implemented educational programs for at-risk college students.

Being both a staff member and parishioner, Emily knows just how special Christ Church is and the unique position it has to serve its community in the heart of the city.