• The Rev. Laura Stephenson, Associate Pastor

    Our Associate Pastor Laura Stephenson is a Colorado native and joined us in January 2018. She loves to read, listen to Beastie Boys, walk, and laugh. She hails from the chaplaincy and missionary worlds, having served in varied settings from Indonesia to Oregon. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with certificates in Community Leadership and a minor in Geography. She holds a Master of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California with certificates in Evangelism and Justice and one in Sacred Dance. 

  • the rev. rich paul, deacon

    Our new deacon, Rich Paul, was recently ordained to the order of deacons in June 2017 after completing an extensive diaconal minister formation education program through the Diocese of Colorado. Originally from Pennsylvania, Deacon Rich is a gradute of the US Military Academy (West Point) with a bachelor degree in aerospace engineeing and also has a master's in early childhood education from Old Dominion University. He is married to Amy, who has a dermatology practice, and they have 4 children. They moved to Grand Junction in 2009 after their retirement from the Army. Deacon Rich serves the community through substitute teaching for School District 51 and volunteering with Mesa County Search & Rescue. He also manages the St. Matthew's Shoe Drive ministry which distributes shoes for children in need to local elementary schools .

  • becky vroman, director of children's ministries

    Becky brings her love of children and families into her role as director of children's ministries at St. Matthew's. Some of Becky's duties include overseeing and staffing the nursery as well as developing curriculum for our Sunday School program. Born and raised in Grand Junction, Becky loves living and playing here, whether it's hiking, running, or just having fun around the house with her husband, five kids, and beloved Black Lab. When she's not busy with family and kids, she is an avid reader, counting Nora Ephron and Maya Angelou as having a profound impact on her life.

  • justin day, director of middle school/high school youth ministries

    Justin was born in Moab, Utah and lived in several states growing up, mostly California, Iowa, and South Dakota. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry & Theology from Eugene Bible College (now New Hope Christian College) in Oregon and an advanced certificate in Bible from the Institute of Theology By Extension. Justin and his wife, Nicki Inman, were received into the Episcopal Church together in 2016. He is known for his gregarious personality and humor (which all of us love, not just the teens), Justin enjoys being active, including playing basketball, working out, golfing, fishing, and spending time at home with his family.

  • beth fisher, parish administrator

    Beth handles many of the day to day office duties, predominantly as bookkeeper. If you have a question about the finances or the budget, she's your gal! Beth is usually available weekday afternoons. During tax season, she fills her days crunching numbers over at Tax Time.

  • desiree bougeaux, administrative assistant

    Desiree is our front desk person and handles some of the office work flow including creating our worship bulletins and announcements inserts, our Evangel newsletter, and a bunch of other things. Chances are if you call the church Desiree will be the one you talk to first.

  • richard morgan, music director

    Richard chooses the music for our 10:00 service and leads our choir. Born and raised in Tennessee, Richard holds a MA in musicology and doctorate in music (tuba performance) from the University of North Texas. Additionally, Richard enjoys playing in the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and the Centennial Band. He maintains an active teaching studio. Before he and his wife Kathy retired to Grand Junction five years ago, Richard taught at Texas A&M University - Kingsville.

  • shannon castaneda

    Shannon teaches the music during Sunday School, is part of the choir, and occasionally provides piano accompaniment at the 8:00 am service. Before coming to St. Matthew's, Shannon was on the music staff at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Sacramento, CA and still provides musical and ministerial consultation to them on occasion. She has extensive musical ministry experience spanning 30 years. Shannon holds a bachelor degree in religious studies from California State University at Sacramento and additional training in worship arts through the Willow Creek Association.

  • assisting clergy

    Our volunteer assisting clergy includes:

    • Tom Lee is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and is enjoying retirement. He and his wife, Kay, are active members in the choir. He occasionally presides for St. Matthew's
    • Lee Wyman, an ordained American Baptist pastor who works as a hospice chaplain, provides pastoral care as needed, and guest preaches on occasion
    • Nick Mayer, a retired Episcopal priest from Texas who teaches an engaging Tuesday morning Bible study
    • Bob Engels, a retired Episcopal priest who had served Church of the Nativity for several years, leads our Wednesday morning healing service, provides pastoral care, and assists with worship as needed
    • Judy Schneider is a retired deacon who still occasionally assists in worship and offers trainings to altar assistants as needed.
    • Nancy Angle is a retired deacon who still occasionally assists in worship and altar assistant trainings