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

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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, Associate Rector
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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 St. John’s Cathedral and St. Chad’s up through 2012 after being ordained in October 2010. She is currently the Associate Rector 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.

Deacon Patty Soukup

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A native of Albuquerque, Deacon Patty Soukup has lived in New Mexico her entire life. She earned both a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of New Mexico. She was employed by the State of New Mexico for 25 years, and after retiring from state government in 2013, she was hired by the diocesan office in a full-time capacity as the special projects coordinator/contracts administrator and book keeper.

Deacon Patty has served at the altar for 40 years in various liturgical capacities at several parishes in Albuquerque, and she became a fellow of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church in 2005. She attended the Diocesan School for Ministry and was ordained a deacon in 2006, and she has served in this capacity at St. Mary’s, the Cathedral of St. John, and St. Mark’s. She was appointed as Canon Liturgist for the diocese by Bishop Vono in 2012, and she was appointed as Convener of Deacons for the diocese by Bishop Vono in 2014.

In addition to providing and coordinating pastoral care within the parishes, Deacon Patty has been involved in Stephen Ministry and nursing home ministry. She has also coordinated outreach efforts in the northern part of the diocese for Rio Grande Borderland Ministries.

She and her husband Mike have been married for 30 years. They devote a great deal of time to caring for their numerous cats, and they actively support local animal rescue organizations.

Mark Brasington

Communications Director
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Mark comes to us from St. John’s Cathedral in Albuquerque where he serves as Sub-deacon, 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 Divinity Degree 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. Mark 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.

Ellen Liu

Music Director
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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.