Meet Our Staff

Father JCP Sullivan

Parish Priest


Education: M.A Philosophy and Theology, the Josephenum

I was born in Columbus and grew up on the far Eastside near Reynoldsburg, in Saint Pius X Parish. After attending Columbus Public School and graduating from Walnut Ridge High School, my studies continued at The Ohio State University and Ohio Dominican College, where the Dominican Sisters were very influential in the discernment of my vocation to priestly ministry. After college, Bishop Griffin sent me to The Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. to study Theology in preparation for the Priesthood in the Diocese of Columbus.

I was ordained a Priest by Bishop Griffin in June 1991. My ministry experiences have included high school chaplain, Parochial Vicar, Catholic Chaplain at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, and Parish Priest. I have served on several diocesan boards and committees and been elected by the priests to represent them on the Diocesan priests’ Personnel Board. I have 20 years of experience as Parish Priest: at Saint Colman of Cloyne in Washington Court House, Saint Francis de Sales in Newark, and now at Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Dr. Christopher Urbiel

Organist/Choir Director

740-453-3301 ext. 122

Education: B. Music., Central Michigan University M.A. and D.M.A., University of Michigan

Christopher Urbiel is a native of the Detroit area and has served churches and cemeteries in Michigan and Ohio since graduating from high school. He plays the organ and directs the choir at St. Thomas Aquinas, while assisting with liturgical ministries. He serves the Diocese of Columbus Full-time as family Service Advisor of Holy Cross Cemetery in Pataskala. Christopher and his wife Sharon have been residents of central Ohio since 2014.

Keri Dailey

Administrative Assistant

(740) 453-3301 ext. 114

Education:A.A.B Zane State College

Keri Dailey is a native of the New Philadelphia area and a graduate of Zane State College, where she completed her Associate of Applied Business degree in Administration. She comes to us with extensive knowledge in computers, communication, and customer service. Keri and her husband Duke reside in Nashport, Ohio and have a daughter Sierra, who attends Bishop Fenwick.

Mike Morris

Director of Finance, Facilities, & Cemeteries

(740) 453-3301 ext. 121

Education: B.S. in Engineering from The Ohio State University and his MBA in Finance from Xavier University

Mr. Michael Morris is a native of the Zanesville area. Mr. Morris has served in technical and management positions with Honeywell, Schneider Electric, Johnson Controls and Constellation Energy. Mike is a 29-year member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church. He is married to Amy Morris; a Speech Pathologist in the Zanesville area and they have two daughters.

Rob Rodgers

Director of Faith Formation/Youth Ministry

(740) 453-3301 ext. 125

Education: B.A in Religious Studies and Earth Sciences from Laurentain University. Masters in Organizational Development and Leadership Sciences from Saint Joseph’s

Rob Rodgers immigrated to America in 2001 to serve as a Missionary for NET Ministries after a profound conversion to the Catholic faith while living in London, England. . Currently he works full-time at Genesis as the Director of Patient Support; before coming to America he had a long career in Hospitality management holding leadership positions at The Ritz’s London before leaving for America. Saint Thomas Aquinas has been his Parish since coming to Zanesville 18 years ago – he is married to Bernadette Rodgers for 17 years and they have 10 ten children.

Steve Harding


(740) 453-3301 ext 123

I have done some kind of maintenance work for 40 years, and lived in this area all my life. I'm married and have four grandchildren. I spend my leisure time with family, friends, and our dogs.

Jared Kelley

Custodial, Grounds & Cemetery Caretaker

(740) 453-3301 ext. 124

I was born in Newark and grew up attending Blessed Sacrament Parish, where I was an altar server and attended the school until 5th grade. I have worked for the Diocese of Columbus since 2012, taking care of St. Joseph and Mt. Calvary Cemeteries of Licking County before coming to Saint Thomas Aquinas. I enjoy spending my time with family, camping and all the outdoor activities that Ohio offers.

Benny Myers

Rectory Housekeeping

(740) 453-3301 ext. 127

Benny was born and raised in Coshocton, Ohio, and moved to the Zanesville area 16 years ago. He lives here in Zanesville with his dog and two cats. He has been a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church since 2019. Benny also works for Bishop Fenwick School as a Teacher’s Assistant, and the Grand Knight for our local Knights of Columbus #15824. He also volunteers as a CCD teacher and an Interpreter for the hearing impaired. His duties include cleaning in the Rectory and Church.