The Rev. Seth Dietrich – Rector 

Fr. Seth was born and raised in Austin, TX.  He graduated from Wheaton College in the suburbs of Chicago.  After college he fell in love with the Episcopal Church through the beauty of the liturgy, the hospitality of the people, and the room to ask hard questions about God and the Christian faith.  After discerning a call to the priesthood at St. Luke’s in Madison, WI, he went to Virginia Theological Seminary near Washington D.C.  At VTS, Fr. Seth rediscovered the richness of the Bible, freed from the literal interpretations of his childhood.  He also encountered a God who draws near to the vulnerable and those on the margins.  He came to Christ Church as the assistant priest in 2007, and has been the rector since 2011.

More than anything else, Fr. Seth enjoys time with his wife, Maggie and his two children, Ella and Isaiah, and he is grateful for the ways they help him discover God’s presence in the everyday mess of life.  He is learning to cook.  He thinks camping and fishing are forms of prayer, and his family tries to canoe in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota as often as possible.  He reads fiction and nonfiction when he is not binging on Netflix. He has been surprised by how much joy can be found in Milwaukee’s winter, and he has learned to lean on others in the midst of a cold, slow spring.


The Rev. Kate Byrd – Associate Rector 

Mother Kate is a native of VA where she was born and raised in Arlington. She graduated from a small liberal arts college in Ashland, VA (Randolph Macon College) with a bachelors in Sociology; and then from Virginia Theological Seminary (in Alexandria, VA) with a Masters in Divinity. Before graduating from seminary Mother Kate spent a year of discernment in Omaha, NE, in the Episcopal Service Corps. It was here that she clearly heard God calling her to serve God’s people through ministry by sharing the good news of a loving and grace filled God to all God’s children.

After graduating seminary in 2013, Mother Kate held her first position as a new priest at Christ Church Cathedral, in Lexington, KY. There she served as the Associate for Youth & Young Adults. This is her second call as an ordained person, and she and her family moved to Milwaukee in November of 2017.

A woman of many hobbies, Mother Kate enjoys running, yoga, knitting, quilting, and most especially time with her husband Drew, infant daughter Libbie, and two dogs (Tuffy and Sissy). The Byrd family is fond of activities outdoors with their pups, a good brunch, or a great movie. New to Milwaukee the Byrd’s are excited to learn more about the area, the winter activities, and people who live here.


The Rev. Deacon Nancy Hills