Very Rev. Fr. Jon-Stephen Hedges
Very Reverend Father Jon-Stephen Hedges is the son of a naval officer, and as such spent his youth moving about. He considers Colorado "home", and came to Isla Vista in 1968. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural anthropology, and also completed a Masters in Orthodox Theology from St. Athanasius Academy. He serves as volunteer Chaplain with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, the Isla Vista Foot Patrol, and several other agencies, and is also Campus and Community Pastor for UCSB and the Isla Vista Community. In conjunction with his role as assistant pastor of St. Athanasius Church, he also serves in the following capacities: Board Certified Crisis Chaplain with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; Certified Trauma Responder (CTR); and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B). He has collaborated and consulted with several Santa Barbara County agencies on crisis, trauma and disaster issues; was deployed by Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina as a Disaster Mental Health worker; has helped develop the St. Brigid Fellowship; and has collaborated with Doctors Without Walls and many others to encourage his friends on the streets.
Father Jon-Stephen is married to Khouria Melissa Hedges and is the father of two grown children, and is the proud grandfather of three. His hobbies include hiking, fishing, and playing folk music.
"When we truly see the Lord, we will act in the world energized by what we receive at the Altar. We shall go forth in peace in the similitude of the Incarnation, acting as He would toward all people suffering in need. When we are there, it will be the intersection of Heaven and Earth. We will meet the Lord there on our own streets."