Rector: Rev. Michele Quinn, TSSF
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Mother Michele is our rector. She has been at St. Joseph since Nov. 23, 2008. Her passion in the church is Liturgy and Faith Formation. It is the natural way she combines her education background with her love of the stories of scripture. Mother Michele has opened the doors of the church to our children and youth in new and exciting ways. She also brings with her an awareness of the mystery and awe of the world we live in – God’s world. Everyone from the youngest among us to the eldest is invited to participate in whatever ways are possible as we gather around God’s table. Our liturgy, she insists, is what we have to offer this world. Through our worship together we can renew and restore our relationship with God and each other. She is life profession to the Third Order of St. Francis (TSSF).
When Mother Michele is not at church you can find her planing her next trip to Italy, FaceTime-ing with her grandkids, kayaking on a local lake, taking photos, knitting or reading a good book.
Senior Warden: Sarah Ellis
My husband, Craig, and I both grew up in Louisiana. Our family moved to Colorado in ’79 and immediately feel in love with everything the front range has to offer.
I graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Music Business and over the years have served in several different churches as their Music Director. Currently, I sing in the choir at St. Joseph, am one of the parish’s lay Eucharistic Visitors, and serve on the Community Care Team.
It is my pleasure and good fortune to have found my church home among the wonderful, caring people that choose to worship at St. Joseph Episcopal Church in Lakewood, CO.
Junior Warden: Mike McCleary
I moved to Colorado in 1981 with my wife Marsha and our 9 month old son Tim. Our daughter Lauren came along two years later. We came to St. Joseph’s because it was close to home but stayed for all these years because of the people at St. Joseph’s. Coming to church and partaking in events became an important part of our family life. They say it takes a village to raise a child and St. Joseph’s was part of the village for our family.
This is my first stint as Junior Warden and this position of managing our church building and grounds. Prior to this, I have been the St. Joseph Treasurer three times for a total of eleven years. I have served on the Finance Committee for more years than I can remember. This is my second time being on the Vestry but it has been close to 30 years since the first time.
Marsha and I are both retired and enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren and travelling the US and beyond.
Introducing our new Music Minister - Alfred Born
I am your current Minister of Music here at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church. My entire career has been in some area or other of music. I graduated from Valparaiso University in northern Indiana with a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music, organ concentration. I also completed the requirements for the music degree in piano performance. I continued my music study at University of Illinois, studying piano with Malcolm Bilson and William Heiles. My teaching career began at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, and then at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, for almost 30 years. In 1998, my wife Christelle Menth accepted the principal piano teaching position at Colorado Christian University. Our daughter Sarah was just starting elementary school and enjoyed getting away from eastern Nebraska with all of its tornados when we moved here. She is currently finishing her graduate degree in microbiology at University of Colorado – the Anschutz campus in Aurora. As you might imagine with parents both professional musicians, she has grown up singing and playing several instruments, loving music, but ultimately choosing a career in science.
Nursery Supervisor: Patty Textor
Patty grew up in San Diego, CA and attended the University of Iowa where she received a B.A. in Liberals Arts (Psychology). After college she lived in Scottsdale, AZ for a year and a half before moving to Denver in 2003. She has two children; daughter, Laura and a son, Clinton. She also has two dogs, Belle and Prince. She enjoys figure skating and she also teaches it at The University of Denver. She us pursing an advanced degree in Special Education.