Our Ordained Clergy

Fr Bruce Jackson 2016

Rev. Bruce Jackson

Rector

Father Jackson accepted the call to be the next Rector at St. John the Baptist in 2011. Before that, he served on the pastoral staff of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Scottsdale for four years.

Fr. Jackson has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from St. John’s University, New York. He practiced law in New York and Washington, D.C. for more than 20 years, and was a law professor.

In 2002, he and his wife, Barbara, moved to the valley, and he spent three years as Executive Vice-President of the Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc., before embarking on the call and study for ordained ministry.

From 2005 to 2007, he served as Director of a faith based, non-profit service organization called VICap Faith in Action, in Phoenix. He then accepted the call to serve at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

He spent three years in liturgical study, spiritual development and training at Trinity Cathedral of the Diocese of Arizona before being called to St. John the Baptist and ordained into the Episcopal priesthood.

He and Barbara have two sons and two grandsons.

Chuck Milhoan 2016

Rev. Chuck Milhoan

Deacon

Ordained as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church on January 24, 2009, Chuck Milhoan is not new to the Episcopal Church. Baptized at less than 4 months of age, confirmed at age 11, married at age 26, all in the Episcopal Church, Chuck has a lifelong relationship with the Episcopal Church. Chuck and his wife, Stacy, and their children, Todd and Sarah, have been part of the St. John the Baptist community since 1983.

Chuck graduated from Glendale High School in Glendale, Arizona and completed automotive technician training at Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, Wyoming in 1969. He worked in a variety of positions in the automotive field including the operation of private post-secondary education institutions for automotive training before making the transition to the computer world in 1990.

His hobbies include computers, home repair/refurbishing and golf when he gets an opportunity.

The diaconate is a serving ministry. The church is the visible sign of Jesus Christ in the world and as Christ was a servant to all, so should the church be a Servant Church. We recognize that some persons are called to be deacons, to bring before the body of Christ, the church, opportunities for mission and to encourage the means for training and for responding to those opportunities. Chuck believes that we are all called by God to be servants and we should listen for that unique call, seek discernment for opportunities to serve others and then take action.

Words to live by: Matthew 25:37-40
Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."

The Way to live by: John 14:6
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except thru me.

A Choice to live by:
Whatever we do in this life we get to choose. We can choose to listen to the Holy Spirit. We can choose to serve. We can choose to care.

A Prayer to live by:
Lord, help me to be a blessing to someone else today.

Kim Crecca 2016

Rev. Kim Crecca

Deacon

Kim and her husband, Bob, moved to Goodyear, Arizona in the summer of 2011 gratefully leaving behind the cold winters of Chicago. They have an adult daughter who lives in San Diego. Kim and her husband are vegetarians and have become avid hikers now that they live in Arizona. They both feel closest to God when surrounded by nature.

Although coming from a very diverse religious background in her early years, Kim has been attending The Episcopal Church for most of her adult life. This rich religious past has been a real blessing in her life, providing multiple viewpoints that have helped her develop and grow spiritually.

Kim is involved in lots of church activities to varying degrees, but one particular ministry is near and dear to her heart: prison ministry. Since 2012, she has been part of a team that leads Episcopal worship services at the Perryville Women’s Prison. She is also the Convener of the Diocesan Prison Ministry Program, whose purpose is to help churches in our diocese embrace those affected by incarceration through a variety of outreach opportunities. Kim is always thrilled to share the joy she has received from this ministry with others.

After being ordained a deacon in 2016, Kim joined the clergy and staff at St. John the Baptist. According to Kim, “I’m so happy to be serving alongside Rev. Jackson, Rev. Milhoan, and the wonderful members of St. John the Baptist. As a deacon, it is my distinct pleasure to encourage us to live into our baptismal covenant. I’m looking forward to discovering new ministry opportunities as we seek to serve Christ in this community, the nation and the world.”

We will, with God’s help!