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 that time, the congregation has tripled in membership and is known in Santa Fe for its vital worship, diverse music, outreach and advocacy, environmental ministry, and its 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 served on the city’s first Children and Youth Commission, as President of Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity and the Interfaith Leadership Alliance and the hospital Ethics Committee. On a national level, she is a founding member the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and co-led its Faith Communities Task Force for 10 years (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, The Animal/Human Bond and Dedicated Lives, and 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 book 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, 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, Santa Fe’s Human Rights Award, Yale Divinity School’s “Outstanding Recent Alum,” a Lilly Endowment clergy grant, and Santa Fe’s “Ten Who Made a Difference” award.
Jacquelyn Helin, D.M.A.
Jacquelyn Helin has been United’s Pianist and Music Director since 2005. A classically trained Steinway Artist, Jacquelyn supports multiple kinds of sacred music in worship, from Gospel to Spirituals to Global. She also directs the 8:30 Early Choir that rehearses every Sunday morning at 7:45 and sings twice a month. As a pianist, Jacquelyn has played in such venues as New York’s 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Recital Hall, Washington DC’s Hirshhorn and Smithsonian, and London’s Wigmore Hall. She has also appeared as concerto soloist with many symphony orchestras throughout the U.S.
Director of Choirs
Bradley Ellingboe has led a wide-ranging career in the world of singing, choral conductor, composing, and teaching. He has led festival choruses in 38 states and 12 foreign countries, and sung under such conductors as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and Sir David Willcocks. He has over 130 pieces of choral music in print, including his Requiem for chorus and orchestra, which made its Carnegie Hall debut with the composer conducting in 2010. 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.
Videographer/Youth Ministry/Administrative Assistant
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
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).