Clergy and Staff

St. Michael's clergy

The Rev. David Benedict Hedges, n/BSG

The Rev. David Benedict Hedges, n/BSG

Priest and Rector

On July 3, 2016, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church announced that the Rev. David Hedges, Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sycamore, IL, had accepted the call to be the next Rector of our spiritual home On 14 August, Father Dave celebrated his first Sunday at St. Michael’s by officiating at the Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM, and at the sung Solemn High Mass at 9:30 AM.

 

Hedges received his Bachelor of Arts in History from San Francisco State University in 2002 and his Master of Divinity from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 2005. He was ordained Deacon at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, in 2005, and ordained a priest at St. James Cathedral, Chicago, six months later. He was Curate at St. Mary’s, Crystal Lake, IL (2005-2007), then Rector of St. Peter’s (2007-present). He is passionate about the liturgy, sacramental pastoral care, and about the work of inviting into the church those who are not yet its members. He is excited by St. Michael’s because of its balanced blend of Catholic liturgy and social action, as well as the presence of the parochial school community.

 

Brother Dave is a member of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory, a religious community of men in the Episcopal Church, whose members, lay and ordained, follow a common rule of life and serve the church on parochial, diocesan, and national levels. Their Rule includes prayer, service, stewardship, and individual renewal among other matters. Brothers aim to follow St. Gregory the Great as “servants of the servants of God,” whether in church or in society. Dave was thrilled to discover the sign at the back of St. Michael’s saying Soli Deo Gloria, the very motto of the Brotherhood! On July 22nd, Dave became a Novice Brother, and is be properly addressed as Brother Dave for short.

 

Br. Dave’s wife, Carly Flagg, serves the Tucson community as an American Sign Language Interpreter. She has an MA in ASL-English Interpretation from Gallaudet University, and a BA in Early Childhood Education from Smith College, and taught ASL-English Interpretation at the university level for sixteen years. Other graduate work includes study in Counseling and Developmental Psychology. Their daughter Zoe, age 12, is enrolled at St. Michael’s School. She has been a Girl Scout for six years and has earned her Bronze Award for efforts in increasing community literacy. She also enjoys horseback riding, drawing, and theatre.

Assisting Clergy

The Reverend Dr. Clare Yarborough - School Chaplain

The Reverend Dr.
Clare Yarborough

Priest Associate
and School Chaplain

The Reverend Jorge Sotelo

The Reverend
Jorge Sotelo
Priest Associate,
Mass in Spanish

The Reverend Peter Cheney

The Reverend
Peter Cheney
Assisting Clergy

The Reverend Jeffrey Reed

The Reverend
Jeffrey Reed
Assisting Clergy

The Rev. Ben Garren

The Reverend
Ben Garren
Assisting Clergy

The Rev. Ellen Morell

The Reverend
Ellen Morell
Assisting Clergy

The Reverend Deacon Michael Meyers

The Reverend Deacon
Michael Meyers
Assisting Clergy

 

St. Michael's Staff

Nancy Vernon - Parish Secretary

Nancy Vernon
Parish Secretary

Douglas Leightenheimer - Director of Music / Organist

Dr. Douglas Leightenheimer
Director of Music
and Organist

Karen Funk Blocher - Bookkeeper and Webmaster

Karen Funk Blocher
Bookkeeper and

Communications Director

Pat Miller - Assistant Bookkeeper

Pat Miller
Assistant Bookkeeper

SAINT MICHAEL’S PARISH DAY SCHOOL
(Kindergarten – Grade 8)

Margaret Delk Moore - Head of School

Margaret Delk Moore
Head of School

Inquiries and Admissions:
(520) 722-8478