Our New Rector

    June 10, 2019 | Articles

    Working in the church is a second career for Fr. John Tober.  He retired from the USAF after a 26-year career as an intelligence officer working at various echelons and commands, and with a variety of aircraft and ground forces.

    After retiring, John attended seminary at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX, earning an MDiv to complement his undergraduate degree in English Lit.  Upon graduation, John was ordained a deacon in the Diocese of the Rio Grande, then began his first call as a curate in Baton Rouge, LA, and was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Louisiana.

    After completing his curacy, John was fortunate to be called back to the Diocese of the Rio Grande and installed as the 12th rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Las Cruces in 2019.

    In 1993, John married Amy LaTour of Green Bay, WI, and almost a year later, they were blessed with the birth of their only child, also named Amy.  Amy the senior works as an accountant.  Amy the junior lives and works near Hannover, Germany, with her husband Bernd.

    The Tobers enjoy hiking and biking, they both read a lot and take care of their dog Luna, a rescue greyhound.  When they have opportunity, they like to travel and explore the Land of Enchantment.  John also volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force, where he serves as an emergency services officer and as wing chaplain for the New Mexico wing.

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