Welcome to Church to the Epiphany

STAFF

STAFF

 

Rev. John Chrysostom Kazibwe

Pastor, jkazibwe@epiphanychurch.org, ext. 17

BIo:

I was born and raised in Uganda. I had all my 14 years of Priestly formation in Uganda. Ordained a Priest of Masaka Diocese on August 2nd, 2003, my first appointment was in a Parish as a parochial Vicar for 9 months. I then worked as a Private Secretary for the Retired Bishop of my home Diocese for four years.

At the invitation of the Late Bp. Francis X. DiLorenzo, I came to Richmond Diocese in April 2008. I was assigned to three cluster parishes; (St. Catherine of Sienna in Clarksville, St. Paschal Baylon in South Boston and Church of the Good Shepherd in South Hill), as parochial Vicar for one year. I was then appointed Pastor of those three parishes and I served for four years. In July 2013, I was transferred to the Church of the Epiphany.

I  Am so grateful to God who called me to this ministry and who has accompanied me on this journey of Faith.

 

Rev. Msgr. Thomas Shreve, Assisting Priest 

 

Rev. Mr. Steve Haut

 Deacon,shaut@epiphanychurch.org

BIo:

I was born in Baltimore a long long time ago and lived there till completing College.  For 10 years I lived in North Carolina while going to graduate school. There I met my future love, Kathy at Duke University. We were married in 1978 at Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham and after the honeymoon moved to Richmond. I worked as a research chemist at Philip Morris for 31 years before retiring in 2010. We have been parishioners at Epiphany since 1984 except for a brief period attending St. Gabriel’s. During that time we both have been active in adult formation (Renewal, Welcome Home, sacramental formation and Cursillo). In 2008 I felt the call from the people of Epiphany to greater service and began the discernment process for the permanent diaconate. In 2012 I was ordained and was  assigned to our community. Kathy and I like to travel. Our most exciting trip was to Bangkok Thailand in 2016 to visit our son Alex who works there. Our daughter, Jessie, works at the Modlin Center at the University of Richmond. Aside from duties at Epiphany, I am the Spiritual Director for the Central Virginia region of the Cursillo movement.

 

Rev. Mr. Arthur Mendez

Deacon, arthurjgc@verison.net

Bio:

Deacon Arthur was born in Farmville in 1953 and raised in rural Cumberland County. He was blessed with Catholic parents who made sure he and his 6 sisters were at Mass weekly and received their sacraments. The area was deeply Protestant and he went to public school one of very few Catholics. At 16 he had a “Born again” experience in a Baptist tent revival. The demand that the Baptist Preacher either abandon Catholicism, or lose his salvation, made him study the reasons he was Catholic and gave him the sense that no matter what, he would always return to the faith. He never left the Church but mixed secular values with Church teachings for many years, picking and choosing what he would accept and what to set aside. He married twice for the wrong reasons and neither relationship lasted.

After 20 plus years of drifting he made a complete turnaround in 1995 and began to get his life straightened out with the help of God and good Spiritual direction. Seeking and receiving annulments he was able to marry the Baptist who took him to the Revival in 1969, she converted to Catholicism in 2003. Their shared faith is the center of their marriage. He made his Cursillo weekend in 2001 and served of several teams where he was encouraged to explore the Deaconate. With Kathie by his side he began his formation in 2009 and was ordained in 2013. His service at Epiphany has been a blessed time of growth. He and Kathie feel that the parishioners are their family. They are blessed to be part of this wonderful community.

 

Rev. Mr. Joe Nguyen

Deacon, joe.hxnguyen@yahoo.com

Bio:

I was born into the Buddhist family in 1950 in Viet Nam, and I also married a Buddhist sweet heart. However, the Lord God called us and we were baptized in 1974. He continues guiding and nurturing us through many ups and downs in life with love, care and protection. In 1986, my family joined the Church of the Epiphany where I found friendliness, peace, and love. My love for God and His mission of loving service have been slowly but surely growing in me. The Lord God further seeded His love into my heart and soul and wanted me to convey His love to others in serving and bringing joy and light to all. After a couple years of personal discernment, prayer, and especially, with a strong support from my wife Maria and my children, I entered the Formation in 2013.

Five years in the Diaconate Formation Program has further broadened my awareness and compassion, enlarges my sense of family and community, and opens my eyes and my heart to see all as sisters and brothers in God's love. The Epiphany community is my family, and my wife and I are blessed to be a part of it in serving.

 I seek to serve you, O Lord, and your children,

Take my whole life and reign it with grace,

Anoint me with your love and compassion,

A lowly servant, O Lord, a lowly servant I embrace.

 

Rev. Mr. Victor Valle 

Deacon, vica914@verizon.net

Bio:

I was born and raised in New York City along with my two brothers by our loving mother and father. I was raised in the Presbyterian church and converted to Catholicism in 2000. After my conversion, I was moved by the Spirit to become immediately involved in church ministries. My company moved its headquarters in NYC, where I worked, to Richmond in 2004 and so my wife, Cathy and I along with our two daughters relocated to Virginia. It wasn’t too long before we were involved in church ministries at Epiphany.

After years of others encouraging me to consider being a deacon, I prayerfully discerned the call after retiring. I entered formation in 2013 and was ordained in October of 2018. I love being involved in ministry and in trying to make the world a little better in my own way. I believe that we are blessed with the faith of Catholic Church and that we are all called by our Lord to service according to our gifts. That is why I say, “Being Catholic is not a spectator sport”.

 

Tracy Brookmire

Director of Religious Education, tbrookmire@epiphanychurch.org, ext.18

Bio:

I am employed as the Director of Religious Education at Epiphany and have been in this position since Sept. 2011.  Prior to my current position, I was the Family Life Minister, a part-time position coordinating the family activities at Epiphany since 2002. I have been married to my wonderful husband Tom for 34 years and we have 4 grown children, Lauren, Ryan, Lindsey and Kari, one son-in-law Alex and granddaughter Nova. I am a Cradle Catholic, born in Missoula Montana and grew up in Fairfax, VA. 

I received my undergraduate degrees from Virginia Tech in Management and Marketing. I earned my Master’s Degree in Theology from Saint Leo University in 2016 and was commissioned as a Diocesan Lay Ecclesial Minister in June 2017 by Bishop DiLorenzo. I am passionate about making Epiphany a welcoming enthusiastic parish where people from all backgrounds can grow in faith and connect with other Catholic families. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling and gardening.

 

Susan Crudup

Business Administrator, susancrudup@epiphanychurch.org, ext.16

Bio:

My family joined Church of the Epiphany in 1981, and it has been my pleasure to call Epiphany “home” since my childhood. My career began in Business Banking with SunTrust Bank where I learned a great deal about lending and financial management. Later, I moved on to a challenging position in IT project management with Capital One, and in 2002, when the opportunity presented itself to join the Epiphany staff as the Business Administrator, I saw it as a calling to work closely with faithful people doing the Lord’s work. It is an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with the management our parish’s resources.

 

Maggie Curtis

Youth Minister, mcurtis@epiphanychurch.org , ext. 19

I grew up a cradle Catholic right here in Midlothian, Virginia. My family were parishioners at a Church in Chesterfield where I was very active in youth group during high school. When I graduated from Cosby high school in 2009 I started to help with Life Teen at my previous parish while in college. From 2012-2014 I was a missionary with NET Ministries where I got to travel the country with fellow young adults putting on retreats for high school and middle school youth. In 2016 I married my best friend Joe. Two weeks after the wedding we put everything that could fit into his Jeep and moved across country to Arizona where I worked as a youth minister.

In 2017 we had our daughter, Ritsie, and made the decision to move all the way back to Virginia so that we could be near family. We are so happy to be back in RVA and call Epiphany our parish. I am passionate about this amazing faith and sharing it with teens from all different backgrounds and personalities. 

 

Laura Miller

Christian Formation Registrar, lmiller@epiphanychurch.org, ext.11

Bio:

I was raised Catholic in Baton Rouge, LA and graduated from The University of Southwestern Louisiana, (now ULL) home of the Ragin Cajuns! I am a military wife and mother of 2 young adult daughters. My family have been members of many parishes in the United States and Europe.  In 2009 we moved to Richmond and chose Epiphany as our church home. After volunteering with Christian Formation, teaching and as the Christian Formation representative for the Parish Council I had the opportunity to work at Epiphany. I love my job and the people I meet each day.

 

Sherry Neese

Community Life Coordinator, sherryneese@epiphanychurch.org, ext. 23

Bio:

I came to work as Community Life Coordinator for Church of the Epiphany in November of 2017. Prior to my move to Richmond, I was born and Raised in Mobile Alabama (Roll Tide), where I lived for 28 years. I graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2014 with a degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a Minor in Sociology. I am 1 of 11 children and grew up singing with all my siblings in our Father's church. I played music for a living with my oldest brother for 10 years before moving to Richmond to live with my sister. Taking this job has been such a blessing to my life and I am forever grateful to Epiphany for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of their family.

 

Brenda Rogers

Receptionist, brogers@epiphanychurch.org, ext.10

Bio:

"Good Morning/ Afternoon- Church of the Epiphany- this is Brenda." I have been saying that phrase for over 30 years. I was employed by Msgr. Shreve in September of 1987, to work a few hours, two days a week. Now as a Receptionist, I am in the office 4 days a week, answering phones and assisting Fr. John, Msgr. Shreve and other staff members. The best part of my job, and it gives such pleasure, is to greet, assist and see YOU, our parishioners.

 

Patricia Schrock

Director of Music, pschrock@epiphanychurch.org, ext. 15

Bio:

I am from the Midwest and was born and raised in Millersburg, Indiana. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Goshen College and Master of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and did post-graduate work at Arizona State University. Music has always been a part of my life. Since December 2006 I have served as the Director of Music at Epiphany. My work days are spent planning liturgies, accompanying and directing various choirs, training cantors, playing numerous Masses and overseeing the Liturgy and Worship Committees. The choirs are the heart and soul of the music ministry.  Choir members are dedicated, willing to learn, always strive to create beauty to energize the liturgy and are very caring towards one another. We are always open to welcoming new people who wish to be a part of this ministry.

 

Laurie Weeda

Human Concerns Coordinator, lweeda@epiphanychurch.org, ext.16

Bio:

I am one of 7 siblings, who grew up in St. Jude the Apostle Parish in South Holland, Illinois. At Northern Illinois University I met my husband, Randy, and earned my math teaching degree. We came to Midlothian in 1992 and, gratefully, found our church home at Epiphany. In 2008, after teaching math for 22 years, including stints at St. Benedict School and Bailey Bridge Middle School, I retired. We are fortunate to have our three children, their spouses and four grandchildren nearby!

It is so much fun to spend time playing and cooking with the “grands.” I have served in many ministries, including Christian Formation, Human Concerns, Pastoral Council and in Liturgy, as a Eucharistic Minister. I joined the Staff as Coordinator of Human Concerns in 2014. It is a privilege and blessing to be able to offer outreach opportunities to the parish and serve the Lord in this capacity.