Clergy & Staff

The Reverend Kate Bradsen 

rector@ststephensaurora.org

Kate’s thirteen years of ordained ministry experience focused on building faith communities, reaching those beyond the church’s walls, and helping churches and people live into their baptismal ministry. Before arriving at St. Stephen’s, Kate served as vicar of a diverse, urban congregation in Tucson, Arizona. She helped co-founded Casa Mariposa, a faith-based community in Tucson that offers hospitality to recent immigrants and asylum seekers. She has also worked as an assistant rector at a large congregation, and taught at an Episcopal middle school for low income students. Raised in the Episcopal church, Kate seeks the sacred in silence and nature and loves hearing about other people’s spiritual journeys.

Kate is married to Carol Bradsen. They have three daughters: Lowry, age 4, and 2-year-old twins, Susanna and Elizabeth. Their family loves to be outside, dance, and eat great food together.  

Kate is a fluent Spanish speaker. She enjoys preaching and strives to deliver sermons that are relevant and meaningful for people in their daily lives and work.

Kate is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.A. in Psychology) and Episcopal Divinity School (Master of Divinity degree with a focus on pastoral care). She recently received a pastoral study grant from the Louisville Institute to research the spiritual practices that inform innovative models of lay leadership in Episcopal churches.

The Reverend Marionette Bennett, Deacon

deacon@ststephensaurora.org

Marionette, a cradle Episcopalian, was ordained a Deacon at The Cathedral Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Denver in November 1996.  Since that time she has served here at St. Stephen's.  She serves liturgically at all services, and visits those in hospitals or with limited mobility providing communion and fellowship.

Marionette’s passion is being the voice for those whose cries go unheard, she works tirelessly on the Outreach Committee. Her second passion is for one of the Church’s most precious resources – youth and children.  She helps them with special activities/events and when they lead the Sunday Worship.  In the wider Church she is a member of the Commission on Ministry and has served on the Diaconate Council.


Gwen Blumenschein, Organist

Gwen Blumenschein, MM, AAGO, has served as Organist and Music Director in churches since the age of 15. She received her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan with additional studies in Germany and at the Royal School of Church Music overseas summer course. In 2005, Gwen prepared 40 children from St. Jude Catholic Church in Lakewood to sing for the Pope as part of the International Children’s Choir program, Pueri Cantores. Gwen currently serves on the Executive Board of the Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter American Guild of Organists and has been a member of Choristers Guild and the Handbell Musicians of America. Gwen lives in Lakewood with husband Gary, a retired dentist and their two rescue dogs, Tuxedo and Westin. She is most excellent and we appreciate her. 

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