Covenant Lutheran Church
It is a privilege for me to serve the community of St. Paris with the folks of Covenant Lutheran Church, as their interim pastor. Ordained into the ministry in 1982, I have had the honor of serving Lutheran churches in Pickerington, Mansfield, Bowling Green, and New Rochester, all in Ohio. Included in there also was a time as director of Camp Mowana (part of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio) in Mansfield, Ohio. I retired from full time ministry in 2012 and as an interim still enjoy the excitement of serving the Lord. My wife Ginger and I have three (3) grown, married children and nine (9) grandchildren to spoil and love! I have been a life long auto enthusiast and enjoy building, restoring, and racing automobiles. When not attending to family and church matters, I can most likely be found in the garage. All of life is a faith journey, and I pray that you experience God's grace-filled moments every day.
Director of Music
I am known as Ed Mason. I was born in the great year of 1956 and have lived in the northeastern portion of the Miami Valley all of my life. I am the oldest of four born to Ronald and Constance Mason (Ronnie and Connie… has a catchy tone to it!) I attended St. Paris-Johnson School in first grade. As the Graham Local Schools were finalized, I attended Graham North from second grade through sixth grade, Graham Junior High as a seventh and eighth grade student, and Graham High School from grades 9-12. During the spring of my second grade year, I had an epiphany or realization that I loved the educational environment and announced to my mother as I returned home one spring day, “Mom, I’m going to be a school teacher!” From that point on, I never thought of other options. Upon graduation from high school, I continued my education at Bowling Green State University majoring in elementary and special education. I received my bachelor’s degree in 1978 and began my teaching career in the fall of the same year. I began my career as a special education teacher with seventh graders at Graham Junior High School. At year three, I elected to move to another assignment, seventh grade language arts. I must admit, this is my favorite area and I was thrilled to be granted the opportunity to teach regular education students and my favorite subjects, reading, writing/grammar, and spelling. For the next 25 years I was blessed to teach in this area and for approximately 4 years, I taught language arts and math. During this time period, I enrolled at the University of Dayton for post graduate work in educational leadership and administration. For the remaining ten years, I elected to move to American History and teach eighth graders. Along with this assignment, I also was Dean of Students where I executed administrative duties: discipline, bus discipline for K-8, and acting principal whenever the principal was away from his duties. Before the Dean of Students position was created, I held the Lead Teacher position for approximately ten years. I was involved as an educator with Graham Local Schools for my entire career of 35 years.
In June of 1989, I became a husband, step-father, and grandfather in one ceremony as I wed my soul mate, Jacqueline. She, too, was an educator as she served the Graham community as an elementary music teacher for 30 years besides being the Director of Music at Covenant Lutheran Church. On October 10, 2007, Jackie entered the church triumphant after a four year battle of cancer. She was the matriarch of the family and my best friend. I continually miss her; however, we both had/have a strong faith and I know she is praising God alongside the angels. She once stated to me that she couldn’t wait to sit with Johann Sebastian Bach, but added, I’ll probably have to sit beside Elvis! Definitely her sense of humor! (Apologies to those Elvis fans!)
While being a full time educator, many other opportunities were afforded me. From 1990-2004 and from 2013-present, I have been a part-time employee of the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office working as a dispatcher/911 operator, assistant records clerk, and clerk of foreclosure sales under three of the last four elected Sheriffs. From 1988-1996, I was appointed and then elected to the St. Paris village council. In 1995, during the fall general election, I was a candidate for Mayor of the village. I was elected and served as Mayor for the next 5 years. While holding these positions and a full time career, I also worked for a local flower shop, owned by friends and a local funeral business, also owned by friends. I am obviously a person who needs to be busy! I enjoy working with people and enjoy the realm of public service. Did I mention I possess a CDL with a school bus endorsement? Yes, I did that too!
Upon my wife’s death, I did not want the music of the church to slowly dissipate, so I became a co-director of music with another musician of the church. I now hold the position of Music Director of Covenant Lutheran Church. This would amuse my wife, as she always stated, “He knows enough to be dangerous!” That is probably the closest truth ever spoken! But I must emphasize, the music is what makes my faith soar! As an anonymous writer once stated, “Music is the voice of angels, I will go further and say that music is the voice of God Himself.” Amen! Amen!
God be with you till we meet again!
During my 38 year membership of Covenant Lutheran Church I have held many roles: church treasurer; council secretary; taught Sunday school; and am currently the church secretary. As secretary it is my responsibility to prepare the weekly worship bulletins and a monthly newsletter called the “Covenant Cryer” with articles submitted from our pastor, council, and members. I am an active member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) and God’s Work Our Hands community project group.
I have been a resident of St. Paris since 1973 and am the mother of two daughters, Tiffany and Annette, and the grandmother of five: Michael, Nathan, Joseph, Ryan, and Grace. My leisure time is filled with crocheting, antiquing, and enjoying the grandkids.
I retired from the Department of Defense (Wright-Patterson AFB) after serving 37 years in Accounting and Finance. I am an active volunteer with the Life Care Alliance Senior Dining Center which provides weekly meals to seniors in the St. Paris area.