As Anglicans, we see the Church composed of two orders (parts of the body of Christ). Clergy and Laity. The clergy are those set aside to shepherd and lead, teach and equip the the congregation spiritually. The laity are the primary ministers of the Church taking the Gospel into the world in their daily lives and bringing others to Jesus.
Our VICAR (Head Pastor)
The Rev. Sean S. Templeton, MDIV
Father Sean is the founding vicar of Lakewood Anglican Mission. He is originally from Huron (a small town on the coast in northern Ohio). He grew up in the Faith at Christ Episcopal Church in the same town where he felt a call to ordained ministry from an early age. He was blessed with godly priests both at Christ Church and at St. Matthews in Ashland Ohio.
He attended Ashland University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science, History, and Philosophy. He was awarded the Howard O. Rowe Award for the Best Senior Thesis in the Honors Program in 2005 on Anglican theologian Richard Hooker, was a member of the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs and the Phi Sigma Tau Society of Philosophy.
After college he attended Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry and then graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. He was ordained a Deacon in 2007 and as a priest in 2008 by the Rt. Rev. Francis Lyons (Bishop of Bolivia) and the Rt. Rev. Roger Ames (Bishop in the Church of Nigeria, and the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes, ret.) He served as curate (assistant) in Indiana and Ohio. He served at St. Barnabas Anglican Church (Bay Village, OH) and Christ Church Westshore (Avon Lake, OH) as Assistant Rector. In 2014 Fr. Sean and a group of seven acted on God’s call to start a faithful orthodox Anglican congregation starting Lakewood Anglican. God has blessed and continues to grow us. Fr Sean is married to the talented and wonderful Leah and resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
Honorary Assisting Priest
The Rev. Joshua G. Ajayi, MA
The Reverend Joshua Gbenga Ajayi hails from Ifisin Ekiti in Ido Osi Local Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria. He is a well-known Anglican Priest ordained fifteen years ago in the Diocese of Lagos West by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Awelewa Adebiyi (retired).
He has a Diploma in Business Administration and Management from Ondo State Polytechnic, Owo, Nigeria, a diploma in Theology from Ezekiel College of Theology, Ekpoma, Nigeria and a Diploma in Religious Studies from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Nigeria.He also possesses a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, a BA in Theology from West Africa Theological Seminary, Lagos, Nigeria and Master in Religious Studies from Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye, Nigeria with special bias in Christian Theology. He is a Ph.D Student in Religious Studies of Olabisi Onabanjo University about to defend his dissertation.
He has served in various Anglican Parishes in the Diocese of Lagos West since his ordination as a Curate, Assisting Priest, and a Vicar. He served two terms as Synod Representative to the Diocesan Board, Diocese of Lagos West, Archdeaconry Evangelist and Youth Chaplain. He is an Evangelist, teacher and preacher of the Gospel of Salvation with signs and wonders following his ministry. Fr. Joshua is often described as a “prayer machine.” He will not stand to see anyone under satanic torment and oppression.
Presently, Fr. Joshua is a CPE student at the Cleveland Clinic and also an Assisting Priest at Lakewood Anglican Mission. Joshua is happily married to a loving and ever-radiant wife, Mabel and blessed with two boys and three girls. He loves travelling, reading, praying and playing football.
The Rev. Mark J. Hottel, MAR.BS
Deacon Mark serves our parish (the people in the geographic area around our church, both Christian and non- Christian) collecting their prayers and leading the church into the world in search of the poor and to proclaim the gospel . He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Grove City College in 2010 which he uses in a full time manufacturing oversight position. He received a Master's of Arts in Religion from Trinity School for Ministry with an emphasis in Biblical Studies in 2015. In the years prior to his ordination to the deaconate in 2018 he has participated in refugee ministry, taught Bible studies and theology classes, lead outreach to foreign exchange students, and pursued prayer ministry. Dcn. Mark and his wife Alicia have two young children making theirs a busy house.