Rev. Talitha Arnold
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.
Director of Music
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 sung 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.
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).
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.
Elijah brings a wide range of skills to United Church of Santa Fe. Some of his various roles include: live sound technician, livestream operator, website management, & dog wrangler.
Director of Youth Ministries
Kate was baptized into the UCC in St. Louis and grew up in Lakewood, CO where she attended the Rocky Mountain Conference’s youth programs. She attended CU, Boulder and received a BA in English and a teaching certificate, then received an MA in Literacy & Curriculum Development (CU, Denver) and an MA in Literature (Middlebury College, VT). In her 20s, she began volunteering as a UCC camp counselor, eventually becoming the conference’s Senior High Youth Director.
Kate worked as a high school English teacher for twenty-three years in the Cherry Creek School District in Denver, teaching reading classes, women’s studies, dual credit courses, the AP program, the IB program, journalism, and Yearbook. She was the National English Honor Society advisor, worked with many student teachers, and coordinated IB’s Extended Essay program.
Kate also has experience in sales and marketing from her San Francisco days and when she worked at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, the Rocky Mountain Conference UCC outdoor ministries property in Colorado Springs.
Interests: Kate is an avid reader, loves to cook and bake, is slowly learning to be a better gardener, hikes and snowshoes, and is probably a little too brave when she attempts DIY home improvement projects – but knows there’s always YouTube when she gets really stuck. She is enrolled in the Continuing Education program and takes Oxford University’s online classes.
Dr. Jessie Wenchieh Lo
Dr. Jessie Wenchieh Lo is a pianist, organist, clarinetist, singer, and composer. She has performed in Austria, Belarus, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, Hong-Kong, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, San Marino, Taiwan, and in the United States. She is prize winner in many International Competitions, including First Prize and Chopin Prize at the 3rd European Piano Competition Citta del Vasto in Italy; Beethoven Prize from Wiener Beethoven Gesellschaft (Viennese Beethoven Association), and more.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Jessie Wenchieh Lo resided in Europe and now in the United States. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's of Arts degree from University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria; and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. She speaks several languages including English, Chinese Mandarin, Taiwanese, German, Italian, Spanish, and more. She has taught piano classes around the world including at Boston University and BU Tanglewood Institute. She currently teaches students in
her Santa Fe piano studio and online with students in different cities and time zones. Dr. Lo is National Dance Institute Music Director for Santa Fe Dance Barns starting Summer 2022..
Dr. Lo regularly performed as pianist, singer, clarinetist and organist at churches in many countries in Europe . She served in various positions, such as Music Director, Associate Music Director, Choir Conductor, Pianist, and Organist, in churches in Vienna, Boston, Tallahassee, and San Francisco Bay Area. She served as Music Director at Eden United Church of Christ in Hayward, California for 7 years before her family moved to Santa Fe permanently in 2021. She is happy to call Santa Fe home with her husband, who also has a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (in Classical Guitar), and her two loving, smart, and funny kids. She is actively dedicating her experience and expertise to the local community through performing and teaching. She looks forward to making new connections and creating music in this beautiful place.