The St. Augustine's community is grateful for the leadership, hard work, and dedication of our clergy, vestry, staff, and the countless volunteers who share their time and talents without reservation.
The Rev. Brad St. Romain
Fr. Brad grew up in River Ridge and attended Jesuit High School before earning his undergraduate degree at LSU. After managing small businesses in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Fr. Brad was hired by Raytheon Marine Company as Regional Sales Manager and later became National Sales Manager. From 1989 to 1994, Fr. Brad and his family lived in South and Central Florida and relocated to Mandeville in 1994 where his call to ordained ministry became apparent. In the fall of 2000, Fr. Brad entered Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained as a Deacon by Bishop Charles Jenkins in December 2002 and ordained as a Priest in November of 2003 in Texas where he served several parishes as Priest in Charge, Associate Rector, and Rector. Fr. Brad returned to the area in late 2017 and has served as Supply Priest in the Diocese of Louisiana and in the Diocese of Mississippi while working as a Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator. His experience in Hospice work began in 2002 and remains an important part of his pastoral care ministry.
Fr. Brad has three adult daughters and two grandchildren, all of who remain his greatest love and reside out of state. His father, brothers, and numerous nieces and nephews, and other family members live in the area, and he enjoys getting together with them as often as possible. Living on the water in Slidell, boating, fishing, and just about any water-related activities are Fr. Brad's main hobbies.
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.
The Vestry is the governing board of the church, made up of individual church members elected by the congregation at the annual meeting held in April. The Vestry works in partnership with the rector as leaders at St. Augustine's.