Staff
Pastor

Ben Secaur

Rev. Ben Secaur grew up in Kent, Ohio in a family of four, all of whom were very active in their home congregation, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). After graduating from Kent State University, he attended Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky where he met his wife, Kristin Wickless from Jacksonville, Florida. The two married and lived in Central Kentucky for about ten years, raising two daughters, Samantha (14) and Lilac (11).

Ben served as Student Pastor to Old Grassy Christian Church (DoC) while in seminary honing his preaching skills and developing a love for pastoral care. After graduation and ordination he enjoyed a full time pastorate at North Middletown Christian Church (DoC) for four years before taking an opportunity to serve togetherwith his wife as Co-Pastors of Campbellsburg Christian Church (DoC). 

About four years later, the couple took a break from active ministry to better attend the changing needs of their family and instead enjoyed a life of voluntary simplicity on their five-acre homestead. Ben and his family moved back to his hometown of Kent in 2013 to be closer to family and to allow Kristin to return to school for a nursing degree. She now serves in the NICU at Akron Childrens' Hospital. Ben is a bus driver for Kent City Schools and looks forward to returning to pastoral ministry with a local congregation.


Office Administrator

Joann Detwiler

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Working for the church is a unique opportunity for Joann. She's has gotten to know and work with so many good people. It has also given her a chance to interact with the community and offer help in different ways!


Music Director

Sally Ifill

Music Director Sally Appel Ifill has a lifetime experience in Canfield, at Canfield Christian, and in musical performance, teaching and direction.

Following  an early interest in musical theatre, she earned a BFA in Theatre at Kent State University, and continued that interest in New York City and Los Angeles before returning to the area. She later earned her teaching credentials and Masters degree in teaching the gifted and talented, at Youngstown State University. She taught for 26 years until her recent retirement. She and her husband Steve have been married for 40 years and have two daughters.

She appreciates the many friends and extended “family” she has made through her continuing service as Canfield Christian's Music Director.


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