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 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 for adults struggling with alcohol or drugs at Gavin Quincy. This 64-bed healthcare facility focuses on stabilizing individuals, enhancing their motivation to change, and linking them to continued treatment and collateral services.
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.
The Rev'd. Eric Litman
Eric has been an assisting priest at St. Chrysostom’s since the summer of 2017. He serves at mass on Sundays and assists with the pastoral ministry of the parish. Eric enjoys working with families and children around issues of spiritual formation. Before arriving at St. C’s Eric was the assistant rector at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, MA. He also works as an environmental scientist consulting on issues involving environmental chemistry and conservation. Eric is involved in a variety of interfaith organizations, including Kids 4 Peace, that work to build solidarity among religious communities. Eric lives with his wife Emily and their two children Myles and Fiona in Cambridge.
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 42 years and have two adult children. They have four grandchildren. In 2015 they moved to Beverly, MA to be closer to Cliff’s work and to their family.