PARISH STAFF

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The Rev. Elisabeth Sinclair - Rector

I am originally from Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A., but I have had the privilege of living in and visiting many other parts of the world. When I was young, my parents were missionaries in Mali, W. Africa, so part of my heart is African.

 

I have an undergraduate degree in English Literature & Writing and a minor in French—from Bethel University. I completed a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from Columbia Bible University and a Secondary Education of Language Arts certificate (grades 6-12) from Carroll University. I completed my Master of Divinity degree through Bethel Seminary and a year of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. I am a nationally Board Certified Chaplain and a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains. I have 1.5 years of training as a Spiritual Director and hope to continue growing these skills in the next few years, during which time I also hope to become fluent in Spanish.

 

I have worked a variety of jobs in my life, including Starbucks barista, high school English teacher Children’s Ministry director, hospital & hospice chaplain, and priest. My vocation is grounded in Isaiah 61, in which Isaiah understands his mission to be one of restoration and hope.

 

I married late in life (at age 41) and thank God for the gift of my husband Bryan, who is the very best partner, a generous human being, and an Episcopal priest. We have a small dog Yuki, whom we love.

 

I enjoy eating my husband’s cooking and going on adventures with him, trying new foods, traveling, walking outside in beauty, sitting in coffee shops, spending time with girlfriends, studying the Bible and exploring spiritual practices in small groups, and interacting with my nieces and nephew.

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The Rev. Germán Fernando Sotres Cervantes - Associate Priest

I was born in Puerto Jaibo de Tampico, Tamaulipas, when Gustavo Díaz Ordaz was president of Mexico and Lyndon Johnson of the United States.

 

My uncle, a Pentecostal pastor, took me to his church. I started browsing the Bible.

 

I studied at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT). There they taught me that everything must be measured and valued. Afterward, I worked for a construction company making pipes for Pemex.

 

One day my aunt took me to the Templo de Cristo Anglican Church in Tampico. There I met Father Benito, now a retired bishop of the Southeast Diocese, and Father Francisco, who became the Primate Bishop of this Province. I was received into the Anglican Communion.

 

I did my ministerial studies at the San Andrés Seminary and the Comunidad Teológica de México. I received the laying on of hands from Bishop Carlos Touché on January 16, 2016, here at Christ Church and have since served as the primary pastor for the Spanish-speaking service.

 

I like the inclusivity, multiculturalism, and fervent desire to praise God that I find at Christ Church. I am impressed by the church’s social commitment to the Community of Santa Juliana.

 

I hope to have a deeper knowledge of God and Christian ethics and to serve this faith community well. Some life dreams are to help improve conditions for all diocesan clergy, especially the provision of healthcare, and to reclaim the British Chapel for Anglican worship.

 

I like the music of Madonna, Mocedades, and Vivaldi. Some favorite movies are Star Wars, Star Trek, and Alien. I like eating enchiladas suizas and pancita, and I enjoy travelling. I hope my legacy may be respect for human rights.

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The Rev. Susan Dennen de Rodriguez - Associate Priest

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 was director of Christian Education at Christ Church for almost two decades.

 

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.