Our New Rector

Introducing.... Our New Rector

Dear St. James family—

 I am so pleased to be called to worship and serve with you as your next rector.  My wife Amy and I will plan to be with you by the end of June to join with you on our journey together on The Way. We are looking forward to reconnecting with the Desert Southwest and old friends, and to make new connections at St. James and in Las Cruces.

I am finishing my first assignment in Baton Rouge, LA, where I have been the curate (junior priest learning how to be a rector) at Trinity Episcopal Church, and chaplain at Trinity Episcopal Day School, a pre-K3 through 5th-grade parochial school. 

In 2014, I retired from Holloman AFB, where I was the Senior Intelligence Officer at the Remotely-Piloted Aircraft schoolhouse, to attend the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX.  I was ordained a deacon shortly after graduating in 2017 in Albuquerque, and a priest just before Christmas 2017.

Amy, my wife of 26 years, is an accountant with Carr Riggs & Ingraham in Albuquerque.  She started working for them while we were in Alamogordo and continues to telecommute for them while I was in seminary and during our time in Baton Rouge.

Our daughter Leigh Ann and her husband Bernd will come to visit from time to time.  They live in Hannover, Germany.  She is studying German for college entry-level proficiency and hopes to become a librarian and Bernd works for Airbus.  They met while he was stationed with the Luftwaffe at Holloman. 

We look forward to being with you soon and are very grateful for the welcome we have already received at St. James. 

 Blessings,

John+

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