Katherine Wagner

Katherine Wagner

Katherine Wagner 150 150 Diocese of Southern Ohio Annual Convention
Katherine Wagner

St. Mark’s, Dayton

Nominee for Diocesan Council

I am a cradle Episcopalian, raised at Grace Church in Kirkwood MO. In 2006 my family joined St. Mark’s Dayton, a small, socially-committed parish, and I have been actively involved ever since: serving several terms on the Vestry, most recently as Junior Warden; as a member of the Altar Guild and Stewardship Committees; teaching Sunday School to the teens and ‘tweens since 2010; and on the newly-created Communications Team, where I am primarily responsible for social media, the weekly Constant Contact newsletter, and behind the camera for our online worship. I have been a Deanery rep, a member of St. Mark’s Diocesan Convention delegation for 10 years, and along with other DSO representatives, participated in Dayton’s 2020 Reverse Pride Parade. I am involved with the Dayton area community, coordinating events with local Catholic and Episcopal churches, and participating in the Marches for Science, Keeping Families Together, and Women’s Reproductive Rights. In addition to my volunteer activities, I have been the Parish Administrator at St. Mark’s since 2010, responsible for bookkeeping, facilities management, renters, event scheduling, and coordination with the State of Ohio as needed, among other duties.

Serving on Diocesan Council can be a good way to enact change in our community. I have said for years that our society – families, schools, churches, cities –need to change; to have greater participation of, and more respect for, people of different colors, genders, nationalities, religions, and ages. Between the pandemic, LGBTQ+ issues, and searching for a new Bishop, the next few years will be challenging for us all. I feel I’m being called at this time of my life to stop just talking about it how things should be, and be part of making them happen.