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Rev. Talitha Arnold
Senior Minister

Talitha Arnold was called as the Minister of the United Church of Santa Fe in 1987, when the church was a 7-year-old new church start of the United Church of Christ. Since then, the congregation has tripled in membership and is known in Santa Fe for its vital worship, diverse music, outreach and advocacy, environmental ministry, and an engaging approach to the Christian faith for all ages.

A native of Arizona and a graduate of Pomona College and Yale Divinity School, Talitha was the Interim Associate University Chaplain for Yale and served congregations in Connecticut and Arizona before being called to United.

In Santa Fe, she’s served as President of Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity and on the city’s first Children and Youth Commission, the Interfaith Leadership Alliance, and the hospital Ethics Committee. On a national level, she is a founding member National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. In 2017, she was part of a 3-person delegation doing documentary work in the refugee
camps of Kurdistan, Iraq.

Her publications include Worship for Vital Congregations essays in the Feasting on the Word lectionary series and The Animal/Human Bond, along with articles for The Christian Century, NPR’s All Things Considered, The Santa Fe New Mexican, Albuquerque Journal, Tumbleweeds (for children and parents), and the UCC’s Still Speaking devotionals. She is currently working on A Desert Faith for a Desert Time. She has been a guest speaker for the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Santa Fe
Symphony, Santa Fe’s “Renesan” lecture series, San Diego County, Muslim Mental Health Institute, Saddleback Church, and numerous UCC settings.

Talitha’s leadership has been recognized with the United Church of Christ’s “Antoinette Brown Award” for outstanding women clergy,  Yale Divinity School’s “Outstanding Recent Alum,” a Lilly Endowment clergy grant, and Santa Fe’s Human Rights Award, and “Ten Who Made a Difference” award.

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Jacquelyn Helin, D.M.A
Music Director

United's Music Director and Pianist since 2005, Steinway Artist Jacquelyn Helin is committed to excellence and diversity in United's music. Known equally for her solo playing, her concerto appearances, and her chamber music collaborations, she made her New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall as winner of Artists International Piano Competition; she made her European debut in London's Wigmore Hall. She has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S. and played countless recitals in the U.S. and Europe. A featured artist in the nationally televised PBS documentary Virgil Thomson at 90, she made the world premiere recordings of many of Thomson's works. A founding faculty member of the New Mexico School for the Arts, Jacquelyn is a sought-after teacher. She holds a B.M. from The University of Oregon, an M.A. from Stanford University, and a DMA from The University of Texas at Austin, all in piano performance. 

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Bradley Ellingboe
Director of Choirs

Bradley Ellingboe has led a wide-ranging career in the world of singing, choral conducting, composition, and teaching. He has led festival choruses in 35 states and 14 foreign countries, and sund under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and Sir David Willcocks. He has over 160 pieces of choral music in print, and is the author or editor of four books. For his scholarly work on Edvard Grieg, he was awarded Sankt Olavs Medaljen (The Medal of Saint Olav) by the King of Norway in 1994. Ellingboe was Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at The University of New Mexico, retiring in 2015 after 30 years on the faculty. In addition to United Sanctuary and Festival Choirs, he is the Artistic Director of Coro Lux, an auditioned choir based in Albuquerque. 


Elijah Marquez
Media Coordinator

Elijah is a video production specialist and photographer. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2013 with a BA in Cinematic Arts focusing on screenwriting and production. He has worked on a large variety of video projects which include dozens of wedding films, short films, corporate videos, and Gofundme/Kickstarter campaigns. He discovered his passion for filmmaking and story telling through a creative broadcasting class in high school, and has since written, directed, and worked on over 25 short films. Elijah previously worked as the principal photographer for one of the larger real estate marketing companies in New Mexico. Following his time as a full time architectural photographer, he shifted into wedding and event photography/videography. Elijah loves to create captivating content, whether it be still or moving images. a


Lin Raymond
Office Administrator

With over forty years of church work experience, Lin brings a wide range of skills to United. He enjoys working on keyboards (both computer and piano).


Office Support & Door Greeter


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