Clergy and Leadership

Our Clergy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Priest in Charge – Rev. Richard R. Hogue Jr.

Richard Hogue Jr. was born in the Chicago area and was baptized and raised as an Episcopalian. At seven years old his family moved to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. Richard graduated from Wabash College in Indiana with a BA in religion in 2009, then went to work as a volunteer in a medical clinic in a garbage dump slum in Mthatha, South Africa through the Young Adult Service Corps of the Episcopal Church.

After returning to the USA, Richard worked in the Hoboken Homeless Shelter as a Newark ACTS intern. Between 2011-2013, he worked as a missioner at St. John’s, Union City, and All Saints, Hoboken, and as a development officer for the Jubilee Center of Hoboken before discerning his call towards ordained ministry. He completed his MDiv at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA, in May of 2016 and was ordained a priest on September 24th later that year, in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. Richard then began his work as vicar at Christ Church the next day.

Eager to learn and grow in his ministry here and in his role as Jersey City Area Ministries Missioner (working with the three Jersey City Episcopal churches: Grace van Vorst, Incarnation, and St. Paul’s Bergen), he began his work with both roles with their leaders in earnest in mid-November 2016. Richard is recently married to Maura Schmitz. He is excited about the opportunities that the Christ Church community and Harrison at large hold.

Richard’s main focus is what shapes the gospel for Christ Church and Harrison, and what that means for the ministry of the congregation. As the ordained minister and leader of this Christian community, it is his responsibility to be a pastor, teacher, and lead evangelist for the community. As a leader, he works towards these goals as well as acceptance of all of God’s people with the fellow disciples of Christ Church.

His life outside the church involves walks with Tigger, their family dog. He also enjoys watching the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago Bulls. He is a Star Trek fan, DS9 being his favorite, as well as a Star Wars fan. Richard also enjoys board games like Settler of Catan and Axis and Allies.

Ecumenical Associate – Rev. Paul Gulya, ANCC

Fr. Paul Gulya was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 1981 for the Diocese of Bridgeport (CT). He is a graduate of Mt. St Mary’s University, Emmitsburg MD and holds a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology Degrees. After several years of active ministry, Fr. Gulya took a leave from active ministry. Fr. Paul continued to work for various parishes within the diocese serving as a liturgist, music director, organist and choir director.

After transitioning from active ministry, Fr. Gulya developed a secular career in the newspaper industry where he advanced from advertising sales to senior management positions for the Hartford Courant, Boston Herald and New York Daily News. Currently, Fr. Gulya has developed a successful career in Real Estate and maintains an active business in Jersey City.

Paul and his spouse Tony are committed to their extended families and the care of their dogs. They enjoy entertaining and sharing time with good friends.

Fr. Paul help establish the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Harrison in 2013 and was instrumental in fostering an ecumenical relationship with Christ & Trinity Churches. He is very involved in our Out Reach to Turning Point Community Services, Inc. and The Hoboken and Fulton Street Shelters.

Lay Leadership

Minister of Music – Spike Enzweiler

Spike Enzweiler is a native of northern Kentucky and a graduate of Oberlin College.  He has been an organist and choir member for various churches since 2006. Spike has worked, among other things, as a cashier, ESL teacher, street musician, and granola chef, and is now interning at the Hoboken Shelter.  His interests include walking, reading, animals, and baseball.