Cathedral Staff

Dominic Barrington DEAN

The Very Rev. Dominic Barrington (email) was installed as Dean of St. James Cathedral after twenty years of ordained ministry in the Church of England. During his theological training, he spent a year as an exchange student at an Episcopal seminary in Berkeley, California, from which sprung a deep-seated affection for The Episcopal Church. Learn more about Dominic.

 

The Rev. Canon Lisa Hackney-James (email) was ordained at St. James Cathedral in 2003 and returned to the Diocese of Chicago after nearly a decade of ministry in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She has pioneered a collaborative partnership between parishes and local public schools, supporting both academic excellence among the students, and racial reconciliation among their families. Learn more about Lisa.

Steven Balke CANON FOR OUTREACH AND PASTORAL CARE

The Rev. Canon Steven Balke (email) serves as Canon for Outreach and Pastoral Care at the Cathedral. Prior to ordained ministry, Steven was an educator at the Holman Learning Center at Eastern Michigan University and taught Social Studies in the Detroit Public Schools, where he supported the causes of social justice, racial reconciliation, and mental and emotional health care. Learn more about Steven.

Brenda Kilpatrick (email) grew up in Kenosha, WI. Her father was a Baptist minister, most of her family were Baptist, and she was baptized into the church at age 12. Being spiritually curious, she eventually made her way to the Episcopal church, where she was received as an adult. For the past twenty-three years she has divided her time between Chicago, where she lives with her partner of 23 years, and Milwaukee, WI. Brenda decided to return to school after starting a family, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree and then two master’s degrees while raising her children. After graduation, she accepted a full-time position in the Psychology department at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. Brenda has been with the college for twenty-two years.

Robert Black CANON FOR FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

Canon Robert Black (email) directs the administration, finances, communications, and operations of the Cathedral. He was formerly president and CEO of a non-profit media organization that produced weekly television programs about religion for national cable television. Learn more about Robert.

 

David Boeckh ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

David Boeckh (email) was appointed Associate Director of Music at St. James Cathedral in 2022. David recently completed his master's degree at Indiana University where he studied organ with Christopher Young with a minor in choral conducting. Originally from Seattle, David began playing the organ while his family was living in Berlin, Germany. David finished his undergraduate degree at Oberlin Conservatory as a student of James David Christie. Before coming to IU, David worked for two years as the Organ Scholar at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, where he assisted Bruce Neswick. Learn more about David.

Shaun Bond CATHEDRAL SEXTON

Shaun Bond has been working at the cathedral since 2014, having started as a volunteer with the meals ministry. He enjoys the working environment of St. James Commons, and finds it a great blessing to have the opportunity to work with such a wide range of wonderful people.

 

 

Stephen Buzard DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

Stephen Buzard (email) is the principal musician of the Cathedral, leading, managing, and coordinating the music program. Formerly acting organist and director of music at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City, Stephen is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and Yale University Institute of Sacred Music. He was named one of the top 20 organists under 30 by The Diapason magazine. Learn more about Stephen.

Briana Calhoun DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRIES

Briana Calhoun (email) joined the Cathedral staff in 2022. She brings with her 10 years as a music educator (PreK-8) in both public and private schools and 12 years in a wide variety of outdoor ministry roles. Her most recent role in outdoor ministry was as Spiritual Director at Camp Chicago, the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s summer camp. In addition to her education and outdoor ministry roles, Briana has served on the nursery staff and helped lead Sunday School at Church of Our Saviour, and was previously a youth group leader at her church back home in Fairfax, VA. Learn more about Briana.

 

Jocelyn Colao ASSOCIATE FOR ADMINISTRATION

Jocelyn Colao (email) serves as the Associate for Administration at the Cathedral and is a member of the Cathedral Choir. She brings over 10+ years of administrative experience to her position, with focuses on arts administration, non-profit administration, and parish administration, having served in the Episcopal Diocese of NJ before moving to the Chicago area. Learn more about Jocelyn.

Diamond Jenkins RECEPTIONIST

Diamond Jenkins (email) grew up in Chicago, IL and is a very positive woman. She has a Master's degree in Human Resource Management and previously worked at several churches before coming to St. James Cathedral. She is enjoying her time at St. James, learning new things, and meeting nice people. Diamond is grateful to be at St. James and is excited for the future.

 

Henry Leach HEAD SEXTON & CANON OF THE CATHEDRAL 

Henry Leach has worked for the Diocese and the Cathedral for 28 years and in 2018 was made a Canon of the Cathedral in honor of his 25th year. Henry maintains the building and grounds and supervises the sexton staff of the Cathedral. He enjoys old T.V. programs and 70s & 80s music.

 

Jacquelyn Lord CHEF

Jacquelyn Lord is a classically trained chef with over a decade of kitchen and catering experience. A summa cum laude graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, she is fluent in numerous culinary styles including French, Mediterranean, Italian, and classic American fare. Chef Jackie loves serving her community, elevating comfort food into truly memorable experiences, and spreading love one meal at a time. 

Christine Price ACCOUNTANT

Christine Price (email) processes disbursements, records financial activities, and prepares the financial statements for the Finance Commission and the Cathedral Chapter. She joined the Cathedral staff in June 2015 and enjoys working with the Summer in the City program and participating in various St. James activities and religious programs. Learn more about Christine.

 

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