Staff

Would you like to know a bit more about us? These are the people behind the pulpit and behind the scenes that keep St. Chad’s running.

Father Jeremiah Griffin

Rector
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Fr. Jeremiah Griffin joins St. Chad’s after his service to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marfa, TX.  He was called to serve in the clergy after a career at the McDonald Observatory in Houston, TX.  While at the Observatory, Fr. Jeremiah worked as a grant writer and event planner, but what he most enjoyed was working with scientists to translate their research into articles for non-scientifically minded folks.

Fr. Jeremiah met his wife Meredith at the Kerrville Folk Music festival. She was about to finish college and go volunteer at clinics established by Mother Teresa in India. This was something that Fr. Jeremiah had also wanted to do, so he went with her. They spent about 3 months in India caring for people with AIDS, Leprosy, and Tuberculosis.  These experiences had a profound impact on Fr. Jeremiah and Meredith and proved to be life changing.

As a young married couple, they often hosted a small group for the college-aged members of their church. They wanted to integrate some sort of ministry into their new life together. They initially planned to use their home as a meeting place but soon the students were asking Fr. Jeremiah and Meredith for some kind of lesson – which they hadn’t counted on!  This led Fr. Jeremiah to begin an in-depth study of scripture and theology and he found that his prayer life deepened and he fell in love with this work.  It was during a long car ride with his brother, sister-in-law and Meredith that Fr. Jeremiah realized God was calling him to the clergy.  After serving as a hospital chaplain and Associate Curate, he became the Rector of St. Paul’s in January 2015.

In addition to being an avid hiker, camper and busy father of two, Fr. Jeremiah was once an apprentice swordsmith and knife maker. Throughout grad school, he lobbied for small farmers and ranchers at the Texas Legislature and worked nights as a “pedi-cab” (bicycle taxi) chauffeur in downtown Austin. We’re glad to have Fr. Jeremiah adding his leadership at St. Chad’s to his list of interests and gifts.

Mother Jan

Mother Jan Hosea

MA, Priest in Charge
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The Reverend Jan Hosea is a lifetime Episcopalian and started her life of service to others early. She began volunteering with the Red Cross in third grade and eventually became the Executive Director of the Red Cross in Wichita Falls, Texas—a blood donor program covering 32 counties. Through her Red Cross experience, fundraising became one of her obvious gifts.

Following her time in Texas, Jan, her husband Bruce, two kids and two cats move to Albuquerque. She converted the United Blood Services to an all-volunteer blood donor program in 1984. Within a few years she started her own fundraising consulting business, Jan Hosea and Associates (JHA), which now continues as Madden Hosea and Associates. While running JHA, she became the Director of Development at UNM School of Law and earned a Masters in Philanthropy and Development at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Following her time at UNM she spent almost six years as the Director of Major and Planned Gifts for the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation.

Starting in 2000, Jan began to feel the pull towards formalized ministry. During 2003 and 2004, she spent time at Presbyterian Hospital as a chaplain in training. She was accepted as a postulant by the School for Ministry for the Diocese in September 2006 and came to St. Chad’s in January 2007. She divided her time between the Cathedral and St. Chad’s up through 2012 after being ordained in October 2010. She is currently Priest in Charge at St. Chad’s Episcopal Church.

Mother Jan serves in the Diocese of the Rio Grande on the Congregational Life and Development (CLAD) team, as well as leading parishes on stewardship and vestry retreats. In 2015 she was elected to the Cathedral Chapter for the Diocese. In 2016 she is running for the Diocesan Disciplinary Board and is on the Full Life Foundation Board at La Vida Llena (LVL)—a organization that  provides financial support for those living at LVL who have run out of funds to stay there.

Mother Jan loves ministering to others, walking in the hills, making jewelry and relaxing with an adult coloring book.

Mother Jean Campbell

DD, Assisting Priest
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The Rev. Jean Campbell grew up in the Episcopal Church and has spent her adult life working in the church. From 1974 to 2009 she was a member of the Order of St. Helena, a religious community in the Episcopal Church. As a lay woman she served as a teacher, leader of retreats, spiritual director, and as a consultant in liturgical spirituality. Mother Jean taught Liturgical Studies at St. Nicholas Seminary in Ghana, West Africa. She has been active in the national church serving for many years as both a lay deputy and a clerical deputy to the General Convention from the Diocese of NY. She has been a member of the Standing Liturgical Commission,  the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, the North American Academy of Liturgy and  the Council of Associated Parishes. Mother Jean was ordained to the priesthood in 1990 and has worked as a member of a cluster ministry in Newburgh, NY; St. Mark’s Chelsea, NY as a part-time priest; Zion, Wappingers Falls, NY as a Youth minister; and from 2005 – 2015 she was the  Rector of Trinity Church, Fishkill, NY. She retired in July 2015 and moved to Rio Rancho in August 2015. She holds a MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame, and a DD from Seabury Theological Seminary. She has also studied at the General Theological Seminary in NYC.

Jamie Steele

Communications Director

Jamie and her family have been members of St. Chads since 2012. She became the Communications Director in the beginning of 2017. Jamie is very excited to take on the day-to-day coordination of all the business functions for St. Chads as well as spearheading online and community communication efforts. Jamie will also be serving as the Webmaster.

Leslea Lehoucq

Christian Formation Director
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Leslea Lehoucq has attended St. Chad’s with her family since December 2005 and became the Christian Formation Director for children and youth in the fall of 2015. Leslea has worked with children in many capacities through the years as Sunday school teacher, camp counselor, tutor and mother. She enjoys sharing the love of Christ with the children of St. Chad’s.