Staff
Intentional Interim Minister

Edwin R. Allen, Jr.

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Ed appreciates the numerous rewards experienced through the people God places in his life and is honored to serve as interim minister with The Canfield Christian Church. 

Ed’s service through full time ministry began in 1976 when serving the Fayette Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fayette, OH. In 1979 the Christian Church in Ohio called him to organize a New Disciples of Christ Congregation – New Hope Christian Church, in Holland, OH. 

Prior to retiring in 2015, Ed’s career included over 30 years of service and leadership with three Church Related, Multi-site Health and Human Services corporations, primarily serving Older Adults.  

Ed earned his BA from Ball State University and a Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University - Brite Divinity School. 

Ed and Sandy, his wife of 36 years, enjoy their family and volunteer service opportunities. Ed’s involvement with community organizations includes volunteering with Severance Hall and The Cleveland Orchestra; SCORE, Senior Corps of Retired Executives; Rotary; and The Christian Church in Ohio.


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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