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Leadership and Staff
Leadership and Staff
The Rev. Jeremiah Williamson
Fr. Jeremiah was called to serve as rector of Grace and St. Stephen’s in 2016. His path to the Episcopal Church reflects the journey that more and more people who come through our doors have experienced. Raised in the Pentecostal tradition, Jeremiah’s leadership abilities were affirmed and nurtured there where he led music; taught Sunday School and led youth events. He discovered the Anglican tradition while attending a Free Methodist church in college and went on receive his M. Div. from Drew Theological School. After finishing his M. Div., he completed a diploma in Anglican Studies at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and has a Contemporary Music degree from Greenville College. Jeremiah has served at Episcopal Churches since 2003, including St. Paul’s (Chatham, NJ), Grace (Madison, NJ), St. John’s (Youngstown, OH) and most recently was rector at St. Andrew’s in Toledo, Ohio. Fr. Jeremiah is a two-time Deputy to General Convention. He is the author of Praying the Scriptures: Litanies for Sunday Worship (Church Publishing, 2014) and a contributor to the book Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil: Stories about the Challenges of Young Pastor (James Ellis III, ed., Smythe & Helwys, 2015). He and his wife Jennifer, an ordained United Methodist pastor, have two sons Oscar and Isaiah. The family enjoys exploring the beauty of Colorado Springs’ open spaces, great films and music and Cleveland sports.
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The Rev. Brendan E. Williams, CSJC
Fr. Brendan was called to Grace and St. Stephen’s in 2016. He brings to his role as curate an abiding and deep passion for Christian formation, teaching, worship, and spiritual direction rooted in ancient church tradition. His work with our young adults, outreach to the community, and cultivation of contemplative practices is shaped by his conviction that the journey of Christian discipleship is, in its deepest iterations, principally a journey of practice. Fr. Brendan draws daily from a breadth of experiences in the spiritual life, including his ancestral background in Celtic Christian spirituality, and time spent in Eastern Orthodoxy before coming home to the Episcopal Church. He completed his studies for the priesthood at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, is founder and prior of the Benedictine Community of St. John Cassian and co-founder of the international Society for Eastern Rite Anglicanism (SERA). He is a great lover of liturgy and sacred music and in his spare time is a devoted hiker and traditional herbalist. He is also a writer, and holds an MFA in poetry from St. Mary’s College of California.
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The Rev. Linda Seracuse
Raised in the Episcopal Church in the time before women were ordained, Rev. Linda Seracuse’s path to the priesthood took many turns and more than 10 years to heed the call. She taught history, was involved in a project to raise awareness about the inequality of women in the state of Colorado when the issue was nascent in the minds of the public and politicians alike and was a successful entrepreneur and business executive. After serving in the traditional roles for women for many years including Altar Guild and Stephen’s Ministry, Rev. Linda pursued a master in divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology and received a Certificate of Theological Education from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. Today, Rev. Linda facilitates the Women’s Brown Bag Lunch and book study, is a member of the leadership team for The Faith-Seeking Journey and the pastoral care ministry, and is the chaplain for the Daughters of the King. She officiates and is homilist for the Public Service of Healing on Thursday at noon, and assists in the Sunday services as well. She enjoys spending time with her extended family, including 10 grandchildren.
Organist and Choirmaster
Deke has been organist and choirmaster at Grace and St. Stephen’s since 2006. His passion for the Anglican musical tradition is infused throughout all aspects of his roles as director of choirs of all ages, principal organist and overseer of the long-standing Taylor Memorial Concert Series. Deke holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and chamber music from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and recently completed the Artist Diploma program in Organ Performance at The University of Denver. Deke is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO) and has served as Dean of the Colorado Springs Chapter. An active recitalist, he maintains a busy performing schedule, and has been featured in national conferences of the Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and the Association of Anglican Musicians. In addition to his duties here, Deke serves as assistant conductor of the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble. When not rehearsing, directing or performing, Deke can be found with wife Joyce, and children Elle, Luke and Jane, hiking, skiing and cooking.
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Director of Children's Programs
To Helen’s way of thinking, we could all learn a lot from watching and listening to children about what it means to have faith. This philosophy is at the heart of Helen’s directorship of children’s programs here at Grace and St. Stephen’s—creating experiences for children that nurture, teach and share the pure, simple and unquestioning trust that God loves and cares for us all. Her creativity, energy and enthusiasm for working with children can be seen in Sunday School classes, the Children’s Garden, the Christmas Pageant, at the butterfly release on Pentecost and more. She grew up at Grace and St. Stephen’s, was married here and had her three children baptized and confirmed here. Helen currently is the assistant director of Get-Set Preschool at First Presbyterian Church where each day she finds more inspiration.
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Middle School Youth Minister
Born into a military family and a cradle Episcopalian, Bonnie has lived all over the country. She and her young family came to Grace and St. Stephen’s in 2011, when they were stationed at Peterson Air Force base. She joined the staff in 2015, working with our middle school youth. Her mission is both grounded and lifted by her own experiences growing up in the church where she found a role as a part of something much larger than herself, and was given the opportunity to be a leader in the church.
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Director of Parish Life
Raised at Grace and St. Stephen’s, Anna joined the staff in 2013. She’s the first point of contact for all aspects of community life, including membership, baptisms, weddings and funerals. Anna orchestrates annual parish events, such as the Easter morning celebration and annual picnic; she also coordinates and works day-to-day with the dozens of groups and individuals who use the building throughout the week. Behind the scenes, Anna supports a wide-range of operational tasks for the vestry and the finance office.
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After 20 years in Boston promoting start-up technology companies, Susan retired to Colorado Springs to be closer to family. She works part time at McWilliams House, the parish office, to keep her brain active. Susan's voice is likely to be the one you hear when you call the office; her face is the one to greet you if you visit; she also supports the rector and organizes communications, including the website and the monthly Tidings newsletter.
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