The Rev. Julia G. Rusling
Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Mother Julia+ recently moved to Bucktown with her husband, Dan Lee, college aged son, Andrew, and Popeye (best dog ever!). Dan and Julia met at Yale Divinity School, joyously celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary this past year, and are both delighted to be in New Orleans. Dan works as Section Chief for Nuclear Medicine at Ochsner, and, when he has a bit of free time, loves woodworking and cooking (he is an amazing chef!).
Julia+ has served parishes throughout the east coast, including in Rochester, Atlanta, and most recently as interim Rector at St. George’s Episcopal Church in NOLA. A trained spiritual director and yoga instructor, Julia also developed a ministry, Anam Cara, through which she offered spiritual direction, yoga, and retreats, all shaped around the particular needs of individuals and communities. Racial healing is also an important component of her ministry, and she has worked with the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, in Atlanta, where she served on the Bishop’s Advisory Board, worked to develop contemplative days for racial healing, and served on the faculty of justice pilgrimages developed for clergy throughout the national church.
In addition to pastoral work, Julia takes great joy in swimming, laughing with friends, getting on the yoga mat, savoring her husband’s great cooking (especially because she herself is domestically challenged), going for long walks along the Lake (Popeye loves this too), and reading (possibly way too much reading….).
She is absolutely delighted to be joining our St. Augustine’s family.
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.