Clergy & Staff
The Rev. Dr. Larry Bradford, Interim Rector
Fr. Larry is a certified, professional interim priest who has worked in numerous churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and in churches in Michigan and Utah.
He was ordained a priest in 2001, graduating from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver.
When he is not on an interim assignment Fr. Larry enjoys making long train trips and has been a passenger on numerous Amtrak trains in the U.S., and regional trains in Austria, Italy, England, Germany, and the USSR. He is married, with four adult children, seven grandsons, one granddaughter, and five great-grandchildren.
The Reverend Marionette Bennett, Deacon
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 and is chair of the Community 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.
LeEtta Choi, Choir Director
LeEtta Choi, has been a church musician for over 30 years with positions at Bethany Lutheran and Augustana Lutheran. She has directed choirs with singers from 3 years old to 92 years old. She is excited to be part of the music ministry at St. Stephen’s and share her love of song and music. LeEtta has a BS in music education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and an MA in vocal performance from the University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign, IL. Ms. Choi is currently the President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Choristers Guild.
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.