The Rev. Dr. Matthew T. Seddon
The Reverend Dr. Matthew Thomas Seddon was officially installed as the 26th Rector of Christ Church on February 2, 2019. He has previously served as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church Austin, Texas and Vicar of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in West Valley, Utah. Both churches included worship services in English and Spanish. He has training in multicultural ministry, including work in and with the Anglican Church in Mexico. He has also served on the Diocese of Texas Commission on Hispanic Ministry, the World Mission Board, the Province VII Anti-Racism Committee, the West Jordan Domestic Violence Council and the Coalition for Religious Communities. He is a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists.
Fr. Matt has B.A., M.A. and PhD. degrees from The University of Chicago in Anthropology. He had a 20-year career as an archaeologist working in Peru, Bolivia and the American West before receiving a M.Div. degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.
In his “down” time, Fr. Matt is an avid reader (archaeology, geology, history, art and mystery novels). He labors hard to get to the mountains and desert when possible, and enjoys camping and fishing. He was a DJ for his campus radio station in college and still has an addiction to obscure alternative music.
Fr. Matt is married to Dr. Heather Stettler, who is an archaeologist and scientific writer, and has one daughter, Sadie Seddon-Stettler, who is attending the University of Chicago and majoring in Physics.
The Rev. Susan Dennen de Rodriguez
I was born in Boston and raised between Boston Massachusetts and Lexington, Kentucky. I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Latin American studies and a minor in economics. That same year I married Fernando Rodriguez Ortiz and moved to Mexico City. I joined Christ Church in 1984 and immediately joined the choir. After the birth of my two children, Fernando and Nathalie, I went back to school at the Seminario de San Andres. I also spent my final year in Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge Massachusetts. After graduation I was ordained to the diaconate at Christ Church in 1996. Later that year I began a new career as a teacher at Tec de Monterrey where I taught for more than 10 years. I have been the director of Christian Education at Christ Church since 2000. In 2002 I was ordained priest at Christ Church and have served as an assistant since then. I have been teaching World Religions at Instituto Educacional Olinca since 2011.