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 joined St. Chad’s in January 2017, after serving as Vicar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marfa, TX. Before this, he served as a curate for two years at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Galveston, Texas.
He’s an avid outdoorsman, who enjoys hiking, camping, fly-fishing, and has a passion for creation-care and wise ecological stewardship. Years of study on these topics frequently surface in his ministry, teaching, and community involvement. For example, he now leads quarterly hike/Eucharist services around the Albuquerque area. Find more info here: https://www.facebook.com/holyhikesriogrande/.

In addition to his work at St. Chad’s, Fr. Jeremiah serves on the board of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light in the role of Vice-President and on the Commission on Ministry for the Baptized for the Diocese of the Rio Grande.

Ordained in 2013, Fr. Jeremiah holds a Masters in Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas and a Masters in Political Science from Texas State University in San Marcos. Prior to ordination, he worked as a grant writer/event planner for the McDonald Observatory, based in Austin, Texas, where he most enjoyed working with scientists to translate their research into articles for the non-scientifically minded. He also worked as a lobbying assistant, representing ranchers and farmers to the Texas Legislature.

Fr. Jeremiah met his wife Meredith at the Kerrville Folk Music festival. She was finishing up college and about to go volunteer at clinics established by Mother Teresa in India. This was something that Fr. Jeremiah had read about and also wanted to do, so he went with her. They spent about 3 months there caring for people with AIDS, Leprosy, and Tuberculosis. Needless to say, the experience had a profound impact on both of them and led them into their current work, attempting to serve God with all that they do. Meredith and Jeremiah have two kids, ages 7 and 5. Together, they all have a love for Albuquerque and are excited to see what great things God has in store for the future of this community.

Mark Brasington

Communications Director
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Mark comes to us from St. John’s Cathedral in Albuquerque where he serves as Verger, Subdeacon, Acolyte, Chalice-bearer and Director of the Cathedral Altar Guild. A native of northwest Pennsylvania, Mark relocated to the Santa Fe and Albuquerque area after completing his studies in Indiana. He is also a lifelong organist and pianist, with a passion for great church music, church history and for the liturgical life of the church.

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.

Ellen Liu

Organist/ Pianist
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Ellen Liu has joined St. Chads since November of 2014 as the pianist and organist.  In August, 2016, she became the music director for St. Chads. Ellen has grown up from a Presbyterian background in Taiwan where her father is a pastor for the churches. Hymns and anthems have accompanied her ever since she has memories. She also started to play piano for church services at age of ten. It is a privilege for her to be part of St. Chad’s family, especially using the gift God has given to her in music. She enjoys a lot in music ministries at St. Chads and welcomes more music lovers to join the worship team.

 

Julia Manganaro

Choir Director
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Julia Manganaro is a native New Mexican who firmly believes that music is community. She has her masters in choral conducting and a BA in music education. As choirs all over the country might be dying out, the choir at St. Chads is growing and thriving. Helping the congregation in worship while encouraging musical literacy among the church is what choir is all about at St Chads. Julia also likes to give multi-generational opportunities in music. When she isn’t teaching elementary music or choir, you can usually find her chasing around her twin three-year-olds.