Our clergy, staff, and elected leadership bring a variety of gifts to further the viability and vitality of our parish.
The Rev'd. Eric Hillegas
Eric graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Political Science & Accounting. After brief stints in Public Affairs, Public Accounting, and Church Ministry, he landed on the North Shore of Massachusetts in the fall of 2001 and completed his Master of Divinity in 2005 at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2008 he completed a post-graduate Certificate in Anglican Leadership from the Episcopal Divinity School. Eric was ordained to the diaconate in June of 2008 and was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on January 10, 2009. He began serving at St. Chrysostom’s in October of 2010.
Eric’s current ministry includes traditional pastoral responsibilities, as well as a Diocesan partnership with the Episcopal Boston Chinese Ministry (EBCM) and service in the broader community. In partnership with EBCM, St. C’s houses an after school program and a community service center for Asian immigrant families. In the broader community, Eric served as Chairperson for the Quincy Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast from 2012-2015. He currently serves as President of Quincy’s InterChurch Council, an ecumenical collaborative of local Christian communities. Eric also provides weekly chaplaincy services at the Phoenix House, a residential facility offering intensive detoxification and stabilization services for men and women struggling with addiction.
In The Episcopal Diocese of MA, Eric served on the Board of Episcopal City Mission from 2011-2013 and he was a member of the Bishop Discernment Committee in 2013. He has been serving on the Diocesan Commission on Ministry since the fall of 2015. Eric and his wife Kendyll live in Quincy and have been married for eleven years. They have one daughter, Penelope, who was born in January of 2017.
Sue & Cliff Hersey
Directors of Worship
Sue and Cliff function as a team in working with the pastoral staff and vestry to help develop engaging worship experiences. Their role includes not only the selection of music but also an attentiveness to congregation's participation & focused engagement in prayer, the reading and hearing of Scripture and an understanding of the liturgical seasons of the year.
Sue is a trained musician, having received both her undergraduate (Music Education) and Master’s (Education) degrees from Eastern Nazarene College. Sue spent her working life in public education—mostly in the Quincy Pubic Schools. She retired from teaching in early 2015 after a career of over 35 years. During the same time, Sue served as pianist and organist for the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene, stepping down in 2012. At St. C’s, Sue leads the choir, develops special music selections from the congregation, and plays both the organ and the piano—but not at the same time.
Cliff also received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Nazarene College, and then went to Nazarene Theological Seminary in Missouri where he received the M.Div. degree in 1979. Having sensed a call to work in Christian higher education, Sue and Cliff returned to the Quincy area, where Cliff earned both the M.Ed and EdD. degrees from Boston University. Ordained to pastoral ministry in 1982, Cliff worked at ENC for 21 years as a faculty member and administrator, before moving in 2000 to Gordon College, where he continued his administrative career as Dean of Global Education and more recently returned to the classroom as Department Chair in Communication Arts. During this same time, Cliff has undertaken numerous volunteer ministry positions as an associate pastor, senior pastor, interim pastor and ministry director. At St. C’s, Cliff works with Father Eric in developing thoughtful liturgical worship experiences and special music events. Cliff also brings a particular focus on engaging artists in service to the liturgy and he preaches regularly.
Sue and Cliff have been married for 41 years and have two adult children. They have three (soon to be four) grandchildren. In 2015 they moved to Beverly, MA to be closer to Cliff’s work and to their family.
Ms. Liz Marshall
Liz is a cradle Episcopalian who grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, where she studied Religion, Education, and Peace & Justice Studies. During her time in college, she had the opportunity to do anthropological research in Nepal and Kenya on the ways that religious and family beliefs impact educational decisions for girls. After graduating college, she spent two years as a Fellow in the Life Together program. During her second year of Life Together (in July of 2015), she was placed as the Fellow at St. Chrysostom’s and realized her passion for working in the church.
Liz is now pursuing two Masters degrees in Divinity and Social Work at Boston University with a focus on trauma and healing practices. She is grateful to have the opportunity to continue exploring parish ministry here at St. C’s. As the Pastoral Assistant, some of Liz’s responsibilities include preaching, administrative duties, pastoral care, organizing Sunday School, and offering different Christian education and contemplative prayer opportunities. In her free time, Liz loves to sing, bake, write, and practice Pilates.