March 21, 2022
Dear Beloved in Christ,
I am writing with news about some changes at Cathedral Ridge. The Rev. Kim Seidman has been called as Rector to St. Timothy’s, Centennial and will leaving her position as Vicar and Executive Director. I am grateful for Kim’s service and leadership over these last difficult years. Her creativity and imagination helped us chart a path for Cathedral Ridge as a Camp and Retreat Center. She cultivated leadership on the staff and on the board as well; she has also built relationships throughout the Episcopal Church in Colorado and beyond. Her dedication helped Cathedral Ridge to not only survive this pandemic, but also to refocus and re-imagine our ministry possibilities by considering what a “Good Samaritan” model of ministry offers in the Camp and Retreat center context. We have been blessed by her leadership.
While transitions are never easy, I am pleased to announce that the Rev. Linda Brown, Deacon, and her spouse Jesse Brown have accepted my call to serve as Interim Executive Co-Directors. The Brown’s love of Cathedral Ridge, their experience both inside and outside the church, and their willingness to live into their ministries as deacon and lay minister position them well to help us navigate this coming camp season, while we begin our search for a new Executive Director.
I am both excited and hopeful about the future of Cathedral Ridge. The board has made great strides in developing a path for our future and working towards financial stability. We have a full complement of youth and family camps for this coming summer. We are creating space and opportunity for people to grow in their faith. We are equipping people for ministry leadership and providing respite for the weary. We are building relationships that empower us to do the reconciling, healing, and restorative work of the Gospel.
All of you who have supported and continue to support Cathedral Ridge play a huge role in making this work possible. I am grateful for your commitment, and I ask your prayers: prayers of thanksgiving for the Rev. Kim Seidman’s past leadership and for the Brown’s willingness to serve in this liminal space; and prayers for faithful discernment as we launch our search.
Bishop Kym Lucas
A Word from The Rev. Linda Brown: As a deacon, I am called to come alongside the people of the church and those of the wider world, encouraging all to see Christ in one other and to build relationships mutually grounded in God’s love. In this unique time as we all seek to emerge from the weariness of our pandemic “cocoons,” I can’t think of a better place in which to open ourselves up to God’s infinite love than at Cathedral Ridge. Here together, we can connect in life-giving ways with God, with one another, and with all that God’s creation can teach us. I believe that my call at this time is to be part of this ministry of emergence with you in the midst of God’s cathedral of trees. Come and see.
The Rev. Linda Brown has served as a deacon in the Episcopal Church in Colorado for 10 years, first at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Broomfield and then at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Denver. Her ministries have focused on engaging parishioners with addressing the needs of their communities including homelessness, food insecurity, domestic violence, and systemic racism. Her academic training and experience is in the biological sciences, arising from a deep love of nature since she was a youth. Over the past several years Deacon Linda has served as program director/chaplain for science camps held at Cathedral Ridge. She and her husband, Jesse, live in Arvada and are both Benedictine Oblates. They enjoy hiking in the mountains and have a love for spiritual pilgrimages.
A Word from Jesse Brown: In discerning a call to the ministry of Cathedral Ridge my starting point is that I love Cathedral Ridge. Every time I am there, I experience the beauty and wonder of the place. I also take seriously the call to ministry for every layperson. I feel my ministry at Cathedral Ridge will be in helping everyone who comes to experience the beauty and wonder of the place in their own way. I envision this ministry taking many forms, at times it will be in an administrative role, at other times a spiritual director role, or just embodying Benedictine hospitality to the guests and staff.
Jesse Brown is a retired CPA with 30 years of experience in public accounting. He has worked with many small businesses and not-for-profit entities in Virginia, New Mexico and Colorado during his accounting career. This finance background has also led to being treasurer and other leadership roles in various small not-for-profit organizations. His spiritual journey has led him to the ministry of Spiritual Direction and with his wife, Linda, becoming Benedictine Oblates of Benet Hill Monastery. He has a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors. Linda and Jesse enjoy hiking in the beautiful Colorado mountains and share a love for spiritual pilgrimages.