Fr. Chuck Kramer grew up in Decatur, Illinois, the fifth of six children. He studied German and Journalism at Indiana University, studying in Germany for two years, living with German families all the while. He earned a Masters of Arts for Teaching at Indiana in 1987 before moving to New York City to attend General Theological Seminary. He graduated and was ordained in 1990. He served first at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Peekskill, New York, where he met and married Elizabeth Granados. They have two teenage sons now. After five years in Peekskill, he became rector of St. Mary's Church in Morganton, North Carolina. In 1997, they returned to New York where Fr. Kramer became rector of St. James'. He loves writing stories, writes a weekly column for the local paper, and also enjoys playing music (tuba) and hockey (right wing).