Rev. Lee Walters
Rev. Lee Walters spent her childhood outside Atlanta, Georgia, where her family helped start Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in the living room. As a young teen she moved to Santa Monica, California, where she stayed, graduated from the then new University of California Santa Cruz, and began a teaching career in Morgan Hill. She returned to Atlanta to continue teaching and earned a counseling degree. While there, she attended Central Presbyterian Church and was inspired and delighted with the preaching of the Rev. Joanna Adams, who encouraged her to attend to a growing sense of call by attending New York City’s Union Theological Seminary. She was later ordained at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has since sojourned with the United Church of Christ, the Episcopalian Church, and through volunteer work, with the Roman Catholic Church.
Rev. Walters and her family lived and worked with adults with intellectual disabilities for many years. Her son is now an ER nurse in Colorado. Four years ago she retired to Santa Fe and began to attend Westminster.
Rev. Dr. Christine Vogel
Rev. Dr. Christine Vogel was born in New York City and grew up in Levittown, Long Island. She worked in consumer marketing research in New York and Chicago, where she and her husband Paul had relocated early in their marriage. They had two children, Brian and Adrienne; Brian was struck and killed by a car not long after September 11, 2001. Adrienne lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Rev. Dr. Vogel entered McCormick Theological Seminary in 1996, where she earned a Master of Divinity. She held her first position, an associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Illinois, for 6 years, then she was called to serve as chaplain at Alma College in Central Michigan. She returned to McCormick to accept a 3-year professorial position, the Mohr Professor of Ministry, to teach ministry and spiritual formation classes, and, for the next 7 years, to serve as the Dean of Students, Vice President of Students. During that time she earned her Doctor of Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary. She left McCormick in 2013 to pursue a certificate in Spiritual Formation from the Claret Center in Chicago’s Hyde Park, where she remained as its first Protestant staff member.
Rev. Dr. Vogel and her husband relocated to Santa Fe in May 2017. They began attending First Presbyterian Church, where she officiated at a number of weddings and funerals, taught numerous adult education classes, and served on the Adult Education/Formation Committee. During the summer of 2017, Christine also served as a spiritual companion at Ghost Ranch.
OUR OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Brian E. Roberge
Brian moved to Santa Fe from San Francisco and has made Santa Fe his new home since 2014. He joined the staff of Westminster at the beginning of June, 2015. He has two grown children and three grandchildren who all live in Maine. He currently lives with his dog, Mona, who also “runs” the office on a regular basis.
Brian has a long background of Administrative support in a variety of for profit and nonprofit organizations. In addition, he also was a United Church of Christ minister for 11 years in New England; served on the New England Board of Directors of Heifer International. In that position, he helped to take a plane load of animals to Belize and inspected the work of Heifer in Guatemala. He was also the Regional Director for Church World Service/CROP in Iowa.