The Rev. Canon Leslie Nuñez Steffensen
Steffensen is canon to the Episcopal Church Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff.
After graduating from Officer Candidate School, Newport, RI and completing studies at the Navy and Marine Intelligence Training Center in 1989, she was on active duty for four years as a Naval Aviation Intelligence Officer. After active duty, she raised three children as a Navy spouse. Steffensen later served as a Volunteer for Mission with the Episcopal Church’s program for adult volunteers. She was the academic dean and instructor of theology and biblical studies at Msalato Theological College in Dodoma, Tanzania. She returned to the US and was administrative coordinator for the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. Most recently, she was assistant to the rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. She was the primary clergy for the Latino congregation, La Gracia.
For the Episcopal Church, she served on the Bishop for Armed Forces and Federal Ministries Chaplain Selection Committee; the Disciplinary Committee, Diocese of Virginia; and was co-editor for The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion (2012.)
She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, with a Master’s in Divinity (’12.) She did her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, graduating with a bachelor’s in international studies (’88.) She is a graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy (’85) and School Year Abroad, Spain (’84.)
Gerardo Mazariegos is the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries of The Episcopal Church. Mr. Mazariegos graduated from the New England Institute of Technology with an Associate’s degree in Business Management Technology at the same time while serving as a U.S. Navy Seabee attached to the 7th Naval Construction Regiment at Naval Station Newport, RI. His Navy career began as a culinary specialist assigned to USS Hue City (CG-66), USS Fletcher (DD-992), and USS Elliot (DD-967). Having received his enlisted surface warfare pin and an Honorable discharge, Mr. Mazariegos is a trusty shellback, completing a long seaworthy career!
Gerardo’s prior work experience includes executive-level support in several U.S. government agencies with more than ten years of experience acting as “gatekeeper” to CEOs and military members and staff. Mr. Mazariegos and his husband Fr. Paul Moberly, Assistant Rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, live in lovely Annandale, VA. They love spending time with friends, family, cooking, baking at home, traveling, and checking out the local restaurant vibes. Please welcome Mr. Mazariegos as he transitions into the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries team.