Clergy & Staff

Clergy and Staff: Maryjane Peck

The Rev. Maryjane Peck, Interim Rector

The Rev. Peck comes to us from Christ Episcopal Church Dearborn where she served as Curate since her ordination in 2012. She is licensed both as a Social Worker and as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  In addition to her work as a Curate she also worked part time for Senior Counseling Services providing in-home therapy to older adults coping with grief, losses, and life changes.  She served as executive director for over twenty years in the non-profit arena including Boys and Girls Republic in Farmington Hills.  Maryjane worked in Child Welfare for most of her social work career, seventeen years with the Michigan Department of Social Services including day care licensing, foster care, protective services, delinquency services, and residential services for youth.   For seven years she trained state, county, and private agency child welfare workers and presented workshops on the state and national levels.  She and her deceased husband were licensed foster parents for over eight years and adopted three children who now are adults.

Maryjane obtained her bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, a master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University, and a master’s in Divinity from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit in 2012.  She completed a four year program, “Sacred Arts and Training,” with Lynn Andrews in California in 1999.  She completed a two year Spiritual Director Internship Program at the Dominican Center for Religious Development in Detroit in 2011.  She recently completed Lombard Peace Center Trainings in Healthy Congregations, Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches, Mediation Skills Training and Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process.  Maryjane received interim training through the Interim Ministry Network.  She is also trained as a spiritual director and labyrinth facilitator.


Clergy and Staff: Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm

Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm, Director of Music

Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm joined the Christ Church staff in February 2016. As Director of Music, he brings not only his many talents, but a depth of experience within Detroit and Michigan and well beyond.  He received his Bachelor of Music in organ performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in organ performance from the University of Michigan. Formerly, he was Director of Music at Central United Methodist Church (Detroit) for 16 years, and also held various music staff positions in Episcopal, Lutheran, and Baptist churches. Since 2012, he has been the director of the Community Chorus of Detroit. In addition, he is a Senior Major Gift Officer at Wayne State University.


Clergy and Staff: Mrs. Dawn Esse

Mrs. Dawn Esse, Business Manager

Originally from New York, Dawn has been our church administrator since 2009. Prior to this job, she had worked at DTE, and held other accounting or controller positions in the private sector. She enjoys reading, downhill skiing, time with her dogs, and a clean desk.


Clergy and Staff: Richard Patrick Rubens

Richard Patrick Rubens, Facilities Maintenance Manager

Dick started at Christ Church in February 2017 as our Facilities Manager. He has been a Detroit Police Officer, Supervisor of Public Safety at Macomb County Community College, and Chief of Security for the Detroit Institute of Art. In each job, he was deeply involved in the community — as a block club organizer, or helping create the University-Cultural Center, or saving the fine homes which now make up the Inn on Ferry Street. He is a former Board Member, President, and Facility Services Manager of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant National Historic Landmark Museum, where he remains active as a Piquette Plant Docent. Dick is also a Board Member of the Woodward Avenue Restoration District, and is on the restoration team for the Detroit Boat Club. On the side, Dick is the Marketing Director Emeritus for the Alinosi Ice Cream and Chocolate Company, Detroit’s oldest family-held dairy. Dick is happy to share his deep knowledge of Detroit. Just ask!