Dean announces new staff hires
Dean Barkley Thompson is pleased to announce that Marcia Quintanilla will join the Cathedral staff as Minister for Youth in mid-June. Marcia is a leader in youth ministry throughout the Diocese of Texas and the Episcopal Church nationally, having served as a camp co-director at Camp Allen, an adult mentor at the national Episcopal Youth Event, and on the design team for the Young Adult Festival at last summer’s General Convention. Additionally, she presently serves as the secretary to the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Texas. Marcia previously served as youth director at San Mateo Episcopal Church and on staff at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Dean Thompson says, “Everyone at the Cathedral who interviewed Marcia, including parents of Cathedral youth, were impressed by her deep faith and her understanding of the challenges and questions youth bring to the church. She is dynamic, creative, and fun. That Marcia is bi-cultural and speaks fluent English and Spanish will be a huge asset to our youth program. I couldn’t be more excited about Marcia joining the Cathedral as Minister for Youth."
Marcia adds, “I am excited to be Christ Church Cathedral’s new Minister for Youth. Forming, counseling, and encouraging young people has always been an important part of my life, and I look forward to being a bridge-builder between the diverse communities at Christ Church Cathedral.”
Marcia and Youth Minister Jeremy Bradley will overlap for one month in the summer before Jeremy moves to Virginia to enroll in the Virginia Theological Seminary. In August, Marcia will meet with youth parents to imagine together the shape youth ministry at the Cathedral should take.
Dean Thompson also announces that, effective mid-June, CUSE Director Christy Orman will become Minister for Young Adults as well, a position also previously held by Jeremy Bradley. In addition to being CUSE Director, Christy will shepherd the 20s and 30s ministry, planning programs for young adults and serving as liaison to the Young Adult Council. Dean Thompson says, “Christy has been active in the 20s and 30s ministry for several years, and her leadership will further the good work Jeremy Bradley has done with our young adults. Young adult ministry at the Cathedral will continue to thrive with Christy at the helm.”
Christy adds, “I’m excited to lead this ministry alongside the 20s and 30s Council to continue empowering our young adults to connect among each other in the wider Cathedral community. I’m thrilled to be starting my fifth year serving ministries at Christ Church Cathedral surrounded by an engaged and compassionate community.”