Our staff


The Rev. Ryan Byers

RyanBaptismRyan joined Christ Church as pastor in November 2012. He and his wife, Alicia, live in Fort Thomas with their boys, Gus and Gabriel. We are so glad to have them!

Ryan previously served as Coordinator of Young Adult ministries at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. He has a special interest in helping the church reach out to young adults and has served in such roles since earning a Master’s of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2002. Besides family and ministry, Ryan’s interests include soccer, running, reading and University of Texas football, which we try not to hold against him.

Email Ryan Call or text him at 859-609-1743

Parish Administrator Sherri Spaulding

SherriSpauldingSherri joined the Christ Church staff in 2006 after working at Family Resource  Connections, a social service agency serving families in Bellevue and Southgate.  She and her husband Don  have grown children, Matthew and Katie.  Sherri is active in the City of Newport and neighborhood organizations and when not volunteering,  you can find her taking pictures, gardening, reading or running.  Sherri keeps everything running smoothly and is such a blessing to our church family.

Email Sherri  Call Sherri in the church office at 859-441-2565.

Traditional Music Director Toni Sheffer 

Toni Sheffer is director of the Northern Kentucky School of Music in Lakeside Park.She brings ToniShefferUseSmall a wealth of music experience to Christ Church, where she directs the choir and plays the organ during our 9 a.m. worship and plays piano with the praise band at 11 a.m. Interested in joining the choir? Toni would love to have you. The weekly practice is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Child care is available. Don’t worry if you  can’t make every practice! Email Toni.

Praise Band Director Max Gise 

Max Gise webMax Gise is a longtime professional musician in the Cincinnati area who teaches classes as well as performs in many venues. He leads the praise band during our 11 a.m. worship service and also plays jazz at many Christ Church events. You’ll occasionally find Max’ wife Anna and even his little boy Jack singing with him at church! Email Max.

Interim Illumination Youth Group Coordinator Alicia Taylor-Byers 

Alicia is a Christian Educator with a background in social workAlicia and a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to coordinating our Illumination Youth Group, she is raising two boys, ages 2 and 6, when they are not raising her. Alicia and Ryan moved to Fort Thomas in June 2013 when Ryan started as pastor at our church. In her spare time  time Alicia is a voracious reader, connoisseur of fine green tea, and enthusiastic spectator of frequent “pee-wee” sporting events.  Email Alicia