The Rev. Christopher Ballard, Class of 2012 and former Associate Director of the Desmond Tutu Center, has been called as Rector of Trinity-St. John’s, Hewlett, N.Y. He is currently the Associate Rector at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, a parish known for its diversity as well as its ongoing partnership with Occupy Sandy to help bring relief to neighbors devastated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Ballard’s ministry for St. Luke and St. Matthew included assisting in the training and management of 60,000 volunteers for Sandy Relief.
Ballard’s skills and experience have made him an administrative leader for the Diocese of Long Island, most recently negotiating the sale of the site of The Church of the Redeemer in Brooklyn, after managing the merger of the congregation with St. Luke and St. Matthew, where he shared the project management of its 1.5 million dollar renovation after a devastating fire in December 2012. In addition, Ballard was a founding board member of Episcopal Response to AIDS, serves as a trustee of the Estate Belonging to the Diocese of Long Island, and has been involved with many charitable organizations.
He will begin his ministry in February, taking up residency in the Rectory with his spouse of 15 years, Seale “Brother” Ballenger, and their French bulldog, Maddie.