Episcopal Church

GRACE IN THE DESERT
Episcopal Church
CHURCH

Mountain Desert Views

2004 Spring Gate Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702.838.7444


Upcoming Events


Worship Service Schedule
Sat, 5pm
Sun, 8am & 10:30am
 

Prayer Shawl Ministry 
Sat, Oct 1, 9am
Parish Hall
 

First Sunday Breakfast
Sun, Oct 2
Parish Hall
 

Blessing of the Animals
Sun, Oct 2, 4pm
Portico
 

Super-Stock Event
Sat, Oct 8, 10-12 noon
Bring non-perishable
food items and no Ramen
Grace Parish Hall
 

The 52st Annual
Diocesan Convention

Oct 6-8
 

Reading with Grace
Thu, Oct 13, 7pm
Book Group 
Topics
Parish Hall
 

Combined Grace Breakfast
Men's and Women's

Sat, Oct 15, 9am
Parish Hall
 

Clergy


The Rev. Gae Chalker - Interim Rector


The Rev. Gae Chalker

Ordained to the priesthood in 1998, Mother Gae joined Grace in the Desert after serving churches in Hawaii, Arizona and Nevada. She is an avid follower of the life and teachings of Jesus. A contemplative, she loves to study with others and share the Gospel with children.

She was ordained at Christ Church Las Vegas in 1998 after receiving a Masters in Divinity from CDSP (our Episcopal seminary in Berkeley); and is a certified Spiritual Director (Haden Institute). She is a widow, a mom to three children and a cat, and a joy-filled grandmother.


The Rev. 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 Rev. 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 Rev. 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 Rev. Deacon Cammie Houpt


The Rev. Cammie Houpt

Cammie has come to us from the Diocese of Colorado where she was ordained a vocational deacon in 2008. Since that time she has served at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Centennial, CO and also at St. Gabriel the Archangel Episcopal Church in Cherry Hills Village.

Ms. Houpt wore many hats in those churches including establishing and managing a senior’s ministry for socialization, education and community service for active seniors over the age of 60.

She co-founded a non-profit organization to help house homeless families with children, severely handicapped individuals and others who tend to be underserved in the more traditional venues. She organized and managed pastoral care visits as well as the Eucharistic Visitor program. She was a diocesan -wide trainer for that program.

Cammie lived overseas for many years as a result of her husband’s job with the Mobil Oil Corp. She participated in the Church of England in Tripoli, Libya and Medan, North Sumatra. All three (3) of her daughters were born oversea: in Tripoli, Malta and Singapore.

Ms. Houpt returned to the US and began a career—“trying to teach math to inner-city high school kids”. It worked; she served that population for over 20 years. Cammie retired in 2009 pursue her duties as a deacon. She moved to Las Vegas in June 2020 to be near her daughter, son-in-law and 2 little grandsons. She has 7 other grandchildren spread across the US.

Deacon Cammie wasapproved and licensed to serve in the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada at Grace in the Desert Episcopal Church in April 2021. She joined us at a crucial time of transition and the Vestry is exceedingly grateful to God for her presence.

Announcements


Guided Labyrinth Walk 
8am
2nd and 4thSaturdays
of each month
 

Family Promise
Details
 

Weekly Recovery Meetings
Grace in the Desert

Details
 

Monday's 9am
Except major holidays
Parish Hall
 

Parish Calendar

Parish Location

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