The Rev. R. Derrick Fetz, a 2000 graduate of Urbana High School, will serve as the next dean of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo, New York (www.spcbuffalo.org), beginning in September. The Vestry, the top leadership body at the local level, unanimously elected Fetz after a series of interviews with prospective candidates conducted by an interview team.
Fetz has been rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, since 2011.
Prior to leading St. Andrew’s, Fetz served in the Diocese of Southern Ohio as a ministry development specialist and Vicar and Church Planter at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church outside Cincinnati. He began his ministry as priest following his 2007 ordination by serving three congregations in the foothills of the Appalachian mountain range in eastern Ohio.
After being raised at the Urbana United Methodist Church, Fetz found his way to The Episcopal Church in high school and was sponsored for ordination by Urbana’s Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. Fetz received a Master of Divinity degree from Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois after majoring in Public Relations with minors in Political Science and Religion at Otterbein College in Westerville.
Fetz is married to Jamie. Mari, their daughter, will be entering pre-K.
Fetz comes to Urbana to visit his parents Rob and Sheila Fetz among other family members and friends.
Submitted by The Rev. R. Derrick Fetz.