Upcoming Events

Sat, Mar 13, 8am
Labyrinth Walk
Our Labyrinth Walk 


Sat, Mar 13, 1pm
The Ordination of
Revd James H. Hobart
to the
Sacred Order of Priests

The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori presiding
Prayer Garden/Labyrinth

Sun, Mar 28
Palm Sunday

Wed, Mar 31
Stations of the Cross

Thu, Apr 1
Maundy Thursday

Fri, Apr 2
Good Friday

Sat, Apr 3
Holy Saturday
The Great Vigil of Easter

Our Clergy

The Reverend Shannon Leach, Rector

The Rev. Shannon Leach

Shannon is a life-long Episcopalian, raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where he attended the University of Utah and Westminster College. He graduated from Church of Divinity School of the Pacific in 1985. Shannon has served parishes in Berkeley, California, Salt Lake City and Princeton, New Jersey before being called to Christ Church in 1999. He finds his deepest meaning in the day-to-day demands called out in parish ministry. He especially enjoys parish administration, liturgical planning & implementation and spiritual direction. Shannon has a special devotion to St. Ignatius of Loyola and The Spiritual Exercises, which has helped to form his method of prayer and worship. He is married to JoAnn Zwart Leach. They have two grown sons, two cats and two dogs. Shannon enjoys walking & golfing in his free time.

The Reverend JoAnn Z. Leach (Retired)

The Rev. JoAnn Leach

JoAnn was born in Redlands, California and lived in Southern California until her mid-twenties. She was raised within the Dutch Reformed tradition and became an Episcopalian in her late 20’s. She attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara and majored in Psychology. JoAnn earned a Masters in Counseling at UCSB, and enjoyed working on university campuses in residential life, career planning and placement, counseling, and teaching.

JoAnn felt called to the Priesthood in her early 30’s and was sponsored by The Cathedral of St. Mark in the Diocese of Olympia. She attended the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley and met Shannon Leach (Rector at Grace) on her first day. They were married in 1984 and began serving together in the Diocese of Utah after receiving their M.Div’s in Divinity. Their life together in Utah was filled with many different positions depending on the needs of the Diocese but her love was being the Episcopal Chaplain for the University of Utah. Both of their boys were born in Utah: Tom and Andrew. They all moved to Princeton where JoAnn became the Episcopal Chaplain at Princeton University. The next move was to Christ Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon where JoAnn served as Associate Rector to Shannon.

JoAnn took some time off when they moved to Las Vegas but now serves half-time as Priest Associate at Grace. She loves leading Christian Education for all ages and serving within the liturgy as both presider, and preacher. She is involved in Nevadans for the Common Good, and faith formation for the Diocese and serves as Dean of the Southern Mission District. She is always interested in getting to know people better and is up for a cup of coffee whenever you have time. Her hobbies include traveling to see her boys, photography, going to interesting lectures, reading and swimming.

The Reverend Angela Anderson

The Rev. Angela Anderson

Angela was born in London, England, and was raised both in England and the United States (Massachusetts). She also lived in Montreal, Canada, where she met her future husband, Carl, in 1967. In 1969, she moved to California when Carl’s assignment ended in Canada.

She was raised an only child in a loving Roman Catholic family and grew up loving Jesus and the traditions of her faith. However, after loosing her father to cancer when she was 19, she gradually drifted away from her Catholic roots. In 1974, she married Carl and he remained her loving husband until his death 34 years later. When they married she also became a stepmom/friend to Carl’s three children and over the years she became a grandma to her stepchildren’s children and also their children.

In 1979, Angela returned to college to complete the education that was interrupted by her move to Canada. She enrolled in California State University, Fullerton, and completed a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English Language and Literature while working full-time as a technical writer/editor at Hughes Aircraft Company. Upon completion of her master’s degree she left her day job to undertake a PhD program on the 17th century Metaphysical Poets at the University of California, Riverside; after completing her course work she left the program without completing her dissertation. At that time she began teaching English Composition classes at several colleges and universities in the Orange County area.

Angela and Carl moved to Las Vegas in 1991 after Carl’s retirement from his work as a project manager in the aerospace industry. Angela accepted a position as a technical writer/editor in the scientific community of EG&G Energy Measurements (and its successor contractors) where she remained until her retirement in 2014. During this time the opportunity arose for Angela to take a special assignment working on a military program in Germany, and she and Carl spent a wonderful five years traveling extensively in Europe and even going to Egypt.

Soon after their return to Las Vegas in late 2001, Carl was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and Carl died in April 2007. It was shortly after loosing Carl and facing some health issues of her own that Angela felt the call to return to church in an intentional way, and after finding Grace in the Desert in late 2009 she immediately became immersed in the community. During this period, she has served a term as a vestry member, directed Outreach activities with a particular interest in the work of Family Promise, and was involved with the ECW ministry. She also enrolled in the EfM (Education for Ministry) program from which she graduated in 2014. It was at this time that Angela began to feel that she was called to ordained ministry.

Angela was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood December 16, 2017. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and has a special interest in pastoral ministry and hospital/hospice chaplaincy.

The Reverend Jim Wallis

The Rev. Jim Wallis

Jim is professor emeritus of philosophy and religion at the College of Southern Nevada, and an adjunct professor of philosophy in the Philosophy Department at UNLV. Jim received his M.Div. degree with a special competence in Biblical Studies from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy and religion from the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Jim has written one book, Post-Holocaust Christianity, and is working on another on religious responses to the Holocaust. The focus of Jim’s research is in religious pluralism (theologies of religion), the interreligious dialogue, and Holocaust Studies. He has written many articles on these subjects and reads them at professional conferences and other venues. Jim co-taught a class on the history of Jewish-Christian relations with Rabbi Herschel Brooks, D.D. He taught a course with Rabbi Mel Hecht and Imam Dr. Aslam Abdullah called The Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The course included a trialog between the three participants. Jim also has experience in the Jewish-Christian Dialogue. This was when he was a college chaplain at the University of California, Irvine. His dialogue partner was Marlene Silverman, Jewish chaplain at the university. Jim received a fellowship to participate in the Seminar in Jerusalem, Israel. The National Conference of Christian and Jews, Inc., NY, NY, and the David Hartman Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, Jerusalem, Israel granted the fellowship. The purpose of the seminar was for Christian and Jewish scholars to study together each other’s texts to come to some mutual understanding of the texts’ meaning for both religions’ faith. Jim is a member of the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada. Each fall IFCSN offers a series of forums, 5 panel discussions on pertinent topics, with many religious traditions represented on the panels. Grace in the Desert has hosted some of these forums, and Jim has participated in these fall forums for several years .Recently Jim married Soon Bock Moon Holl. They were colleagues at CSN for many years.

The Reverend James C. (Jim) Cooke, Jr.

The Rev. Jim Cook

A lifelong Episcopalian, Jim grew up in Williamston, NC, graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and served as an Information Specialist in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Jackson, SC. The highlight of his Army career was marrying Bonnie, his best friend in high school. Jim and Bonnie have two grown daughters and a granddaughter. Upon graduation in 1967 from the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, Jim served parishes in his home Diocese of East Carolina and the Diocese of Maryland. He joined the staff of the Diocese of Maryland as Canon for Ministry, overseeing ordained and lay ministry programs, parish search processes and clergy deployment. He was called back to East Carolina as Rector of St. Anne’s Jacksonville where he officially retired from active parish ministry in 2001. Moving to Greenville, NC that same year, Jim served in various supply capacities in the greater Greenville area until he and Bonnie moved to Las Vegas in December, 2018. Particularly meaningful was serving as long-term Sunday and Pastoral Care Supply Priest at St. John’s in Grifton , NC, his mother’s home town, where he had often visited relatives as a child.

One of Jim’s primary interests is Creation Care. He sees the natural world as a gift from our Creator and believes that we have a spiritual and moral call to be caretakers of “this fragile earth, our island home.” He especially enjoys listening to music, viewing PBS mystery dramas, and participating in the liturgy at Grace in the Desert. As a favorite activity, Jim and Bonne love exploring our state and national parks, as well the unique desert landscape around Las Vegas.

The Reverend Sherman Frederick

The Rev. Sherman Frederick

Sherm Frederick grew up in Glendale, AZ where Sundays were all about sports, not church. Sundays changed when he married the former Christina Secker of Angleton, TX, the daughter of an Episcopal priest. Sherm attended Arizona State University for two years, then joined the Navy where he edited the base newspaper during his Viet Nam era tour of duty in Guam. Returning from the service he enrolled in Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff majoring in journalism. He played championship tennis as singles, doubles and mixed doubles champion in Northern Arizona. In 1976, as a student intern, he covered night cops for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In 1980, he became editor of the Hawaii Tribune Herald in Hilo and held that position for 5 years. A three-year stint as publisher of the Alamogordo (NM) Daily News, lead him back to Las Vegas as the Editor of the Review-Journal. He subsequently became publisher of the newspaper and president of the Stephens Media Group, which included the Review-Journal and a collection of daily newspapers throughout the country. In June 2011, he formed a new company named Battle Born Media LLC and purchased the Ely Times and Eureka Sentinel from Stephens Media. as well as Mineral County Independent-News in Hawthorne from brothers Tony, Ted and Frank Hughes. He continues to expand his world with new acquisitions. He is active in a variety of charitable and civic groups in Las Vegas, including Rotary and St. Jude's Ranch for Children. Sherm and Christina were founding members of Grace in the Desert. He was ordained in 1994 and has served Grace as a priest since then. Sherm continues to write an opinion columns, but says he "never, ever" mixes politics with sermons. "Sermons are too important for that." He and Christina have numerous grandchildren and a couple of great grandkids.

The Reverend Deacon James Hobart

The Rev. James Hobart

James is a cradle Christian raised in the Episcopal faith and traditions.

Born in Japan of American parents, James grew up in the Knoxville, TN area and was baptized in 1955. He was confirmed by The Rt. Rev. John Van der Horst in 1967 at Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal in Knoxville, TN. That was when James felt something stir inside him for a greater calling.

During his youth, James continued going to church and became an Acolyte shortly after his confirmation. After leaving home to pursue a career in aviation, James continued worshiping in the Episcopal Church wherever he lived. He has served the church as Acolyte Master, Eucharistic Minister and Lector. He has served on the Vestry of two churches. James was ordainded to the Sacred order of Deacons June 30, 2018 and hopes give back to God from what God has given him, and to serve God and His church as a Deacon as long as he is able.

James resides in Las Vegas, NV with his wife, Laura, and they share the love two dachshunds, Ernie and Ruby. James is an Instructor/Pilot for a major airline and an avid amateur photographer

The Reverend Deacon Barbara Preas

The Rev. Barbara Preas

Barbara was born and raised in Milwaukee by two loving parents. Her brother Chuck and his wife Diane live in Frankfurt, Ky. Barb has four children from her first marriage: Paula, Jeff, Christine and Brad. Her husband Rhine has three children: Matt, Caroline and Sarah. Together they share 9 grandkids. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Stout in Menominee; Barb move back to Milwaukee; lived in Illinois, Indiana and California where she was a single mom of three teenagers at one time. She met Rhine Preas in Las Vegas and within a year she moved from California to Nevada and became Mrs. Rhine Preas. The Preas' have been married for more than 30 years.

In 1989, a flyer appeared in the Review Journal indicating that a new Episcopal church was forming in Summerlin. Rhine and Barb joined Grace and from the first day, both were “hooked”. He gave up basketball on Sunday mornings and they became deeply involved in the Church. In 1991, the parishioners at Grace called Mrs. Preas to be a Deacon. After consulting with Bishop Zabriski, and a great deal of prayer and soul searching, Barb began her studies. In 1994 she was ordained Deacon; at the same time that Sherman Frederick and John Zaiss were ordained as Priests. Barbara and Rhine have enjoyed being part of the many changes at Grace over the past twenty-seven years. Grace in the Desert continues to be a major force in both their lives and they are "thrilled at the growth they have seen."

The Reverend Deacon Barbara Lewis (Retired)

The Rev. Barbara Lewis

Born in Chicago, Barbara was the youngest of Reginald and Lillian Waddell’s 3 children. Reginald, Jr. and Clifton inherited a baby sister with whom they vied for their father’s attention. Barbara attended public schools and spent 3 years at Chicago Teacher's College. During the Korean War she was married to James Lewis, bearing her daughter Cynthia Ann (Love). She met and married her second husband, Douglas G. Lewis (no relation to James although both were medics during the Korean War). Barbara also welcomed her stepdaughter Gayle to the family. Barbara is the grandmother of four girls, and has one great grandson. Barbara and Douglas moved to Las Vegas from Michigan in 1993. She began attending Grace in the Desert in 1994 and was chosen from the congregation to pursue the Deaconate. She studied for the next few years and was ordained on June 22, 1997. “My experience as a deacon is fulfilling. I served as a hospice Chaplain and am a Deacon at Grace.” Her beloved husband Douglas died February 3, 2000. For 9 years The Reverend Barbara Lewis served as Diocesan Secretary working for The Very Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Rt. Rev. Dan Thomas Edwards, Bishop of Nevada. She retired November 1, 2010 and now volunteers in the parish office.

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