William Ubbes

St. Patrick’s, Lebanon

Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:

I am a lifelong Episcopalian and have been a member of St. Patrick’s Lebanon for 25 years. I have served St. Patrick’s as a vestryman, junior warden, chorister, lay reader, convention delegate, leader of the brass ensemble, and acolyte wrangler. I developed and presented adult education classes on the history, theology, and polity of Anglicanism. At the Diocesan level, I am a graduate of the Southern Ohio Lay Leadership Initiative (SOLLI) and also served as SOLLI coordinator. I have served on Diocesan Council, and currently serve on the Procter Center Board of Directors, where I lead the Programming and Special Events committee. Through my experiences with my parish and the Diocese, I am consistently amazed and humbled to see how people find their inner gifts and express them outwardly.

Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?

My daughter Allegra was both a Procter camper and counselor, and also served as youth director at Calvary Clifton. Because of her experiences and my own I am dedicated to preserving and enhancing the mission and service of Procter Center. The value of the Procter experience to youth formation in the Diocese is immeasurable, and I would like to see this experience extended to a wider audience both with the Diocese and to the community at large. One of my goals is to develop Christian formation programming organic to Procter Center, to include recurring classes and one-time special events to enhance faith and leadership in the DSO, so that Procter Center would become not just a venue that hosts events sponsored by others, but would also offer formation programming and events would take place both at Procter Center and other hosting locations around the diocese. Procter is a blessing to this Diocese and to the community and like all blessings becomes greater if shared.