The Very Rev. Christopher D. Hofer has been the Rector of the Church of St. Jude, Wantagh, since July 15, 2004. During his tenure, St. Jude’s membership and attendance have tripled and Sunday School enrollment has quadrupled. Fr. Christopher utilizes his experiences from St. Jude and assists Diocesan Vestries through leading retreats on evangelism, church growth and mission development. He has a passion for spreading the Gospel in new and innovative ways to reach those who might have been blinded to it. Due to the significant growth at St. Jude, the parish was one of five parishes in the Episcopal Church chosen to be filmed for the documentary series, “Transforming Churches.” The series is available online at episcopalchurch.org.
Locally, he is the past-president of the Wantagh Clergy Council. Additionally, he is active in Diocesan affairs serving on the Diocesan Standing Committee, Dean of the South Nassau Deanery, SHE-CAP and anti-racism instructor, and Deputy, Alternate and member of the Secretariat to the General Convention. He served eight years as Secretary of Convention (and subsequently serving on Diocesan Council and Departments of Council as an ex officio member).
Prior to coming to Long Island, Fr. Christopher was Associate Missioner with the Episcopal West Side Shared Ministry in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served on the Board of Trustees for the Episcopal Community Services Foundation and Community Corners. Before attending the General Theological Seminary, he had a career in marketing and communications, serving as Marketing Director for United Ways in Akron and Canton, Ohio. He graduated summa cum laude, Communication Studies, from Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio.
Fr. Christopher lives in Wantagh with his husband, Kerry Brady, who is an Accounting Specialist at the Episcopal Church Center in New York, New York. They were legally married in 2011 after 17 years of being together. Both Fr. Christopher and Kerry love to travel having been in over 20 countries. They are proud pet owners of a cat, Assumpta, and a dog, Jude, both of whom were adopted at St. Jude’s Annual St. Francis Blessing of the Animals. Fr. Christopher spends his free time cooking, entertaining, working out and relaxing on the Rectory patio with Kerry.