St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
Borrego Springs CA
Founded April 23, 1975


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Rector Laura Brecht & Family

What a great blessing and joy it is to be called to be your rector. Lyle and I are very eager to get to know each of you and you us.

We come to you by way of Sewanee, TN where I attended seminary. But, it was a long and precious journey discerning my call to priesthood.

My path to Borrego Springs began in a rural community, outside Cincinnati, OH where I was raised in a large (five sisters and a brother), devout Catholic family. I went to college at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and there I grew to love hiking and camping and to care passionately for the environment. Leaving the mountains with tears streaming down my face I headed east, and went to graduate school at Harvard in urban planning.

During my career as an urban planner and environmental consultant, I noticed that my greatest joy was in caring for people. In my parish, I began visiting the sick and homebound, and then began to volunteer at a local hospital doing spiritual sup-port. This ministry gave me new life and I wanted to do it all the time. God opened the door, and I was called to be a chaplain at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a campus chaplain at Towson University. Serving in these ministries I felt the strong and undeniable pull on my heart to priesthood. I entered the official discernment process in the diocese of Maryland.

Our daughter Sarah presently lives in Boulder, CO where she went to college and works for an energy engineering and sustainable design consulting firm. Our daughter Emily just moved to Los Angeles from Washington, DC where she was working as a digital media consultant making films for the U.S. military services. Two of my sisters presently live near San Diego.

I am delighted to make Borrego Springs my new home!

Rector Laura Brecht 

2680 Country Club Dr  PO Box 691  Borrego Springs CA 92004-0691