Jon brings a rich spirit to Thad's as our Lead Minister. He came to us from All Saints Pasadena as Senior Associate for Education and Formation for the last 3 years. Prior to All Saints, Jon served for 4 years as Priest Associate at St. James, South Pasadena where he developed education programming and ministries for adults, youth, and children and where he was chaplain for the Day School. At St. James he also composed music used in an alternative liturgy and worship community which he and others designed called “Sacramentum.” Before being ordained to the priesthood, Jon was the director of At-Risk Youth Mentoring for Care Corps International in Pasadena. His first masters degree is in Cross Cultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary with a concentration in Urban Mission. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA where he received the St. Georges College Jerusalem Prize, given to a student who has demonstrated commitment to interfaith dialogue.
As an avid endurance athlete, Jon has completed two marathons and numerous triathlons including an Ironman race in 2008. Jon enjoys yoga, reading, writing, hiking and any opportunity to be outdoors. Jon’s most recent endurance race has been successful treatment for a rare Sarcoma cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. A native of West Michigan, Jon has two young sons, Caleb and Josiah.
Ordained a deacon in June 2018, Sarah is thrilled to stay on to serve Thad's as the Associate for Community Formation. Her path has been a circuitous one, but she credits the unique and authentic Thad's community as instrumental in helping her see her way home to ordained ministry. She's driven by questions around what the next generation of church looks like in our modern, interconnected world and is grateful for the chance to wrestle together toward answers with a community like Thad's.
Sarah holds masters degrees in theology from The University of Chicago Divinity School and from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., in addition to a certificate in Anglican Studies from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. Her favorite ways to spend her spare time include reading and writing, enjoying the sunshine, seeing live music and baseball, cooking, and talking theology. Hailing from the Shenandoah Valley and harboring a deep love for Chicago where she lived for 6 years, she feels she's found her home in Los Angeles.
You can reach her for all things Thad's-related at [email protected].
Heather is married to Morgan Simpson and has three children, Levi (11), Lincoln (7) & Summer (22 months) which she considers her biggest joys.
Brandy Curry generously serves our community as Teen Youth Leader Volunteer. Growing up in Thousand Oaks, CA in an interfaith household she was part of the Calvary Community Youth Leadership team and enjoyed working with children from the start. Brandy is currently on faculty at Campbell Hall Episcopal School in North Hollywood where she teaches dance, and where her young daughter attends school.
A graduate of the University of Redlands with a double major in Writing and Dance, Brandy enjoys yoga, hiking, skiing, and traveling the world. She volunteers at Hope Gardens and the March of Dimes, and participates in other philanthropic and charity events throughout the year. Brandy’s warmth and energy can be seen on Sundays at Thad’s where she is bound to greet you with a hug and her radiant smile.