A Message from our new Director of Children's Formation
Introducing Church of the Redeemer's Director of Children's Formation
Hi, y’all, I’m Hannah Teetor, the new Director of Children’s Formation at Church of the Redeemer. I wanted to share a little bit about myself so that you can get to know me while we are apart. I grew up at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Anderson Township and was baptized there on Pentecost when I was four years old. That same summer, I joined my dad for Family Camp at Procter Camp & Conference Center. Pretty much from that moment on, I felt that Procter was a second home to me. I formed amazing friendships and found awesome mentors in counselors and directors, so I felt like it was always part of my plan to return to Procter on staff. So, I did! And worked there for five summers and in 2017 served as the Assistant Director, providing joyful camp ministry to kids and families. In 2015, I joined Brendan’s Crossing, an intentional community in the Diocese of Southern Ohio – there I became the “intern of all things” at Calvary Episcopal Church, primarily working at their family service. Soon after graduating from Emory University, I joined the staff at Christ Church Cathedral as the Director of Children’s Formation and Family Ministry in 2017. Early on in my time there, I became a part of the Noon Service, a worship experience centered around open conversation and a fresh expression of the Church. The loving kindness of these communities allowed me to grow as a child of God and build my faith with compassion and vulnerability.
As you can see, my lifelong connection to The Episcopal Church has been incredibly formative to my faith and to me as a person. Looking to our future, even in the current uncertainty, my faith helps me see the bright spots. We can set our sights on relationships, on upholding our core values in all that we do. There are ways we can connect authentically, virtually, and build up the kingdom of God while staying safe and healthy. In my new position, I am part of the Family Ministry Team, working alongside Brad Gough and Tommy Kirk. Together, we are called to serve Church of the Redeemer families in all stages of life and at all ages. Right now, we are brainstorming a way for me to meet you all in a thoughtful and socially distant way. In the meantime, I would love to hear from you. Tell me a way the Church has changed your life – maybe that’s a fun memory from Procter, a wonderful person you’ve met, an event you remember that brought the community together. Sharing our stories with each other is vitally important to more wholly knowing each other, especially now. My hope is that when you send along your story, you’ll include a photo of you and your family – that way I can put a name to a face! In times like these, community and relationships are life savers to keep us connected, supported, and loved. I feel blessed to join the community of Church of the Redeemer and can’t wait to hear your stories!