Jim Hunter, Rector
In 1976, Jim earned a BA from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana and simultaneously was commissioned in the U.S. Navy as a Supply Corps Officer. While on Active duty in San Diego, California In 1978, Jim was called by the Lord to enter the ordained ministry to become a Navy Chaplain. In 1984, Jim graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia and began parish ministry in New Jersey. Ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in February 1985 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, and a priest in August 1985, at Holy Trinity Parish, Clemson, South Carolina where, by then, Jim was serving as the Curate. He maintained his affiliation with the Navy and in February 1989, returned to active duty to test his sense of calling as a Navy Chaplain. While on active duty, he served on the USS BIDDLE (CG-34), a guided missile cruiser, during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. During this time, Jim was awarded the literary prize named the Polly Bond Award of Excellence, first-place for his article entitled The Battle Hymn of the Republic. This article was published in the newspaper of the Diocese of Rochester, New York The Chronicle. In April 1991, Jim began serving with the Amphibious Navy at the Little Creek Naval Base in Virginia Beach, Virginia as the Chaplain of Amphibious Beach Group 2 with over 1,500 sailors and their families. In February 1992, due to the down-sizing of the Navy, Jim returned to parish life. Since then he has served parishes in Newton, North Carolina, Morgantown, North Carolina, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. On October 1, 2000 Jim joined Good News Jail & Prison Ministry as the Chaplain for the Charles County Detention Center in La Plata, Maryland. In 2007 Jim was given the additional responsibility as Chaplain of the Calvert County Detention Center. Jim also served as the part time Priest-In-Charge of All Faith Episcopal Church in Charlotte Hall, Maryland from March 2003 through the end of December 2007. In 2001 Jim married Jeannine Macomber. In December 2007 Jim was called to be the Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, starting January 1, 2008, where he lives with Jeannine and their cat, Callie. In June 2013 Jim began work on a Doctor of Ministry Degree in the area of Evangelism at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania.
Sam Stearns, Deacon
Sam Stearns has been serving at St. Mary’s since we opened the doors under our new name in 1989. He was ordained Deacon in 1997. Besides serving at the altar, Sam’s ministry is mainly in the areas of pastoral care and Bible study. His most recent weekly Bible discussion notes are included on this website. Anyone wishing to subscribe may email Sam at email@example.com.
Born & raised in central Kentucky, I grew up in the Roman Catholic faith. I married Mike in 1989 and we spent 18 years on the road driving semi-truck. When we came off the road over 9 years ago, I first started volunteering at St. Mary’s for the Food Pantry and grounds maintenance before becoming a member in August 2009. I started working part-time in the office in October 2009, while continuing to do volunteer work in the Food Pantry, Prayer Shawl Ministry and service at the altar. Mike passed away on New Year’s Eve, 2015. The love and support from my church family has helped me to continue on to serve God, my church and my community.
Anne Mallory, Senior Warden; Liaison for Christian Education
Born and raised in Westbury, New York. I am the granddaughter of an Episcopal Priest, Herald Swezy who served in the Diocese of New York for over 20 years. Our family attended the Church of the Advent until we relocated in Albuquerque in 1974. My husband Mike and I were married at St. Matthews in 1980 and our two sons Mark and Wyatt were also baptized there.
I am honored to be called once again by Father Jim to serve on the Vestry at St. Mary’s. I look forward to working with a new group of committed individuals to share new ideas for our Parish and the community we are part of. I have been an active member of St. Mary’s since our formation in 1989. As a parent of two boys I have been involved in Children’s Christian Education at St. Mary’s for over twenty-five years. My boys have since moved on and yet I continue to enjoy working with children and remain involved in ministries involving youth.
I have the opportunity to meet and get to know practically everyone who enters our doors during the 10:30 A.M. Eucharist as a Greeter and Usher on nearly every Sunday morning. If I do not get the chance to say hello in the Church I will most certainly catch up with you while serving coffee and refreshments as a hostess for the late Coffee Hour in Tarbell Community Hall. I have enjoyed serving in these ways at St. Mary’s since I am a notorious “people person”.
In 2007 I had the opportunity to serve on the “Search Committee” and was involved in the selection and eventual call to Father Jim Hunter. I am proud to have been a part of that process and I am honored that Father Jim has again called me to serve as Senior Warden as we share in our love for this Parish.
I have worked as a Project Assistant at Van H. Gilbert Architect PC for the past 20 years. I enjoy working with an Architecture Firm that is so dedicated to our community.
Jack Blenk, Junior Warden, Liaison for Buildings & Grounds, and Worship
I am a “cradle Episcopalian” and a member of the International Order of Saint Vincent. I have been an acolyte for over sixty (60) years, a lay reader, chalice bearer, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Vestry Member and Junior Warden. A former member of St. Paul’s, Doylestown, PA; Trinity Episcopal Church, Ambler, PA; St. Luke’s, Newtown, PA; Holy Nativity, Plano, TX; Christ Episcopal, Las Vegas, NV and the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Henderson, NV, where I served as Junior Warden until I moved to Albuquerque, NM and joined St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
While a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Ambler, PA, our church burned down due to an electrical fire in 1986 and I was asked to serve on the re-building committee. This necessitated collecting and coordinating the wishes of the parish, dealing with the Church Insurance Company and the designer and contractor during the long process of rebuilding our church building, which was famous for its stained glass windows, all of which were totally destroyed during the fire.
I am a professional engineer doing mostly civil and environmental design and construction projects across the country and I currently work for the University of New Mexico Hospitals managing hospital construction and medical facility renovations.
I am divorced have two (2) daughters and four (4) grandchildren.
Darren Wood; Liaison for Pastoral Care, Christian Education, and Worship
Currently I am working as a salesman for a door hardware wholesaler here in Albuquerque. I have been in this trade off and on for many years. I have live here in Albuquerque almost my entire life. I graduated UNM in 2004, right after I met my then future wife Kristen. Kristen and I were married at St. Mary’s back in 2007, but I never really went to church much other than the occasional Christmas service. That is until in 2012 when, after a term of unemployment, I decided to get baptize and start praising God for all my blessings in my life. I was baptized on Easter Sunday that year, and have been attending regularly ever since. Throughout these last years, I have grown in my understanding of what it means to be a Christian by leaps and bounds, but at the same time realizing that there is so much more to learn and do. I consider St. Mary’s my church now, and wish to help the parish continue to flourish, and get more people to experience the love and joy from learning the word of God as I do.
Michael Erwin; Liaison for Stewardship, Administration and Finance, & Communications
I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was baptized in an Episcopal Church there. However, a move to a small town in Nebraska resulted in my attending another church while growing up. While attending college, through a close friend, I was reintroduced to the Episcopal faith and was confirmed in 1972. I have attended several Episcopal Churches in Nebraska, Idaho and around New Mexico, and have meet many wonderful people and enjoyed the church community; however, I felt a real warmth the very first time I attended St. Mary’s and am proud to consider it home.
My professional career in Trust Banking and as a Chief Financial Officer in Public Education here in New Mexico, has afforded me the opportunity to learn a great deal about Finance, Procurement, Investments and many other areas in the management of a business. The “Prudent Man Rule” has guided me in being a frugal and conservative business man.
My son Mike, and I enjoy the outdoors were we enjoy hiking, backpacking, fishing and getting away to our place in the mountains of Southern Colorado.
I am very happy and honored to serve on the Vestry of St. Mary’s and look forward to working with others to help guide St. Mary’s as we face the challenges of today’s world.
Kelly Patterson; Liaison for Hospitality, Membership Development, and Evangelism
I was born here in Albuquerque, New Mexico and grew up in the Catholic Church. My family attended St. Charles Borromeo and I spent the majority of my elementary school years there. I married Stephen in June of 2000 and we started attending St. Mary’s in April of 2003. Our son Nathan is currently a sophomore at Eldorado High School. He was baptized at St. Mary’s on Pentecost Sunday in 2003 and currently serves as an acolyte.
I have two older children that live in the Houston area. My son Kyle and his wife Amy and my daughter Amy and her husband Cody who are about to give me my first grandchild!!
My husband Stephen passed away in January of this year and I joined the Vestry right afterwards. Having my wonderful church family here at St. Mary’s, and having the opportunity to become more involved, has been a great sense of purpose and comfort for me. I am honored to be a member of St. Mary’s and to be able to serve on the Vestry.
Tim O’Brien; Liaison for Outreach & Mission
I was born in Ely, England to an English mum and an American USAF officer. My baptism was recorded in the Anglican Church in Littleport, England. I spent my early years on different Air Force Bases around the country, and in Germany until my dad retired here in Albuquerque and taught math for Albuquerque Public School System. I graduated from high school and college here in Albuquerque. My mother and I regularly attended services at St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Albuquerque, where I took my catechism classes, and I became a member of the Episcopal Church. I am married to my wonderful wife Kris. Together we have five amazing children: Robbie, Kallie, Daniel, Ian, and Austin. Kris and I just became grandparents for the first time to Tavin Robert O’Brien, handsomest baby ever! I currently work as an outside sales representative for an industrial supply organization here in the state. I have been attending St. Mary’s for almost five years now and I have met many wonderful people here. I look forward to more people joining our congregation.
It’s an honor and privilege to be on the Vestry again. I am looking forward to working with such a dedicated group.
As a child, I remember both of my parents taking their turns at various leadership and administrative roles in our tiny Episcopal congregation. That left an impression on me – and now I have the opportunity to serve in whatever way God calls. Such opportunities keep me connected to my past and are ways I can pay forward the rich legacy of spiritual support I received growing up in the Episcopal Church.
I’m a native New Mexican and have made Albuquerque my home since 1980. Tomm and I have two grown daughters who have blessed us with wonderful sons-in-law and six granddaughters. My career has been in the insurance business, and I am an Account Executive at HUB International working with large commercial clients. It’s a satisfying profession and I’m proud to be part of a great company.
Beryl Zimmerman (bottom person)
I am a cradle Episcopalian and was raised at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church where I was baptized and confirmed. My wife, Julie, and I have been married for 22 years and have raised our children at St. Mary’s; all three were acolytes, took confirmation classes and were confirmed at St. Mary’s and also attended Camp Stoney every summer. Our oldest daughter was married here and my grandmother is buried in the Columbarium. My oldest grandson was also baptized at St. Mary’s and my youngest grandson is soon to be baptized here. St. Mary’s has been our family church and we feel a deep sense of our roots at this church. We are involved with coffee hour once a month, my wife serves at the altar frequently and is also a past vestry member.
I am a Native New Mexican but I spent a good deal of time in the summers in Racine, Wisconsin where my parents were born and raised. I have worked at Sandia National Laboratories for most of my career. I played softball as a young adult and I love to watch baseball. I also enjoying fishing, gardening, and restoring classic vehicles.