The Very Rev. William A. J. Heine, Jr., M.Div.
Father A. J. has served as Rector of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Metairie since July of 2006.
Fr. A. J. was born and raised in the New Orleans area and then attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee where he received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration. After several years in Memphis working in sales and marketing, he returned to Louisiana to enter private business as a health insurance broker. It was at this time of spiritual growth and service in lay ministries that AJ realized a calling to work with people. During the discernment for ministry he served as Vice President for Marketing & Membership for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.
At Seabury-Western Seminary, Evanston, IL he received a masters of divinity degree. A. J. won the Charles Palmerston Anderson Scholar Award in his Middler year for the highest GPA. As a senior, A. J. received the Henry Hoover Leadership Award.
A. J. was ordained to the priesthood on July 5, 2003, following assignment to St. James as a curate where he served as Chaplain for St. James Day School in addition to staff assignments of teaching, pastoral care, and Young Adult Ministry. He also serves as Dean of the Jefferson Deanery and Chair of the Board of Advisors of Episcopal Community Services of LA. He enjoys reading, movies, camping and kayak fishing in the Louisiana marsh. A.J. has two children, Emily and Gus.
Associate for Music Ministry
Chase Ludeau, a native to Lafayette, LA, has been playing the piano and singing for over twenty years. He holds two bachelor degrees from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in classical piano performance and pedagogy, with minor areas of study in vocal performance and dance. He is also a certified piano teacher through the Music Teacher's National Association.
As an eclectic and diverse musician, Chase regularly accompanies himself vocally in a variety of styles as well as performs with classical chamber groups, choirs, jazz ensembles, and many soloists. With a huge passion for the stage, Chase has musically directed several shows, some of those titles include: Singin' in the Rain, Mary Poppins, The Taffetas, Beauty and the Beast, and Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat.
Away from the stage, Chase also has many years of experience in religious and sacred music. Although he has had a wide range of exposure to many different denominations, Chase is currently the music director of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Metairie. At St. Augustine's Church, he directs, accompanies, and cantors for both the adult choir and children's choir.
Presently, Chase resides in New Orleans, where he plans to expand and develop his career as a performing artist, music director, and instructor.
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