Staff


  • The Rev. hollis wright, rector

    Our rector (lead priest) Pastor Hollis joined us in March, 2009, with her husband, Chris Parsons. They have two grown children: Erin and her husband Mitch live and work in Los Angeles, and Zachary (a law student at Duke University) and his wife Vanessa. Ordained in 1997, she served as associate rector at Holy Nativity, Honolulu; rector at St. James, Kamuela, Big Island of Hawai`i; and church planter of St. Nicholas, Kapolei, Oahu. She holds a Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and an MBA and a BA with honors in Economics both from the University of Hawai`i.

  • the rev. ray mckechnie, associate pastor

    Pastor Ray McKechnie (pronounced mick-KECK-nee) joined our staff in 2013. He is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a full communion ecumenical partner with the Episcopal Church. Through an arrangement with our neighbors at American Lutheran Church, Ray is able to be our full-time Associate Pastor. Born and raised in Alaska. Pastor Ray received his bachelor degree in sign language interpreting from Idaho State University and his Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary. In his free time, Pastor Ray enjoys reading, photography, movies, concerts, hiking, camping, and being with family and friends, as well as spending time with his cat, Lucy (he insists that having just one cat does not qualify him as a "crazy cat lady"). He is also in charge of the middle school and high school youth group.


    Pastor Ray has accepted a call to Creator Lutheran Church in Clackamas, Oregon. HIs final Sunday at St. Matthew's is September 3. He is grateful for the wonderful ministry and relationships he has been privileged to be part of at St. Matthew's. St. Matthew's has been a huge blessing in the development of his pastoral gifts.

  • 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, camping, or just having fun around the house with her husband, five kids, and beloved Great Dane. 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.

  • 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 9:30 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, praise team director

    Shannon leads our energetic and gifted praise team at the 11:00 am service. She also 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.

  • john bayley

    John is our lead guitarist at the 11:00 am service and lead musician at the Saturday evening service. Originally from Guyana, John is a well-known music minister in the Grand Valley and has toured internationally over the years. He has studied at Oral Roberts University and currently oversees the ministry happening at The Healing Rooms of Grand Junction. John is available to be booked by your church or organization for music ministry concerts. Please contact the church office for more details.

  • assisting clergy

    Our volunteer assisting clergy includes:

    • 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
    • Vernon Hill is a retired Episcopal priest from California, who divides his time between St. Matthew's and Church of the Nativity.
    • 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.