The Rev'd Jeffrey L. Hamblin, Priest-In-Charge
Born in Indiana, now a resident of Bay Ridge Brooklyn, Father Jeff has lived and served internationally, bringing to his ministry and congregants the benefit of his many and varied experiences. While in medical school, Father Jeff served as a priest in the Caribbean, and has also served in Great Britain.
Christ Church is able to take advantage of another of Father Jeff’s talents in that he is fluent in Spanish, which has led to an outreach program to the Spanish community. Services in Spanish are occasionally held as requested by the community.
A Wednesday evening Eucharist, where the congregation gathers briefly to refuel spiritually for the remainder of the week, has also been initiated by Father Jeff.
A “tentmaker priest,” Father Jeff, also known as Dr. Jeff, is a psychiatrist, who serves as Unit Chief for Inpatient Adolescent Girls at Kings County Hospital Center, and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate. Not surprisingly, he brings his counseling skills to the parish. Father Jeff also serves on the Board of Trustees of the American University of the Caribbean, the Medical School on St. Maarten.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we find out that Father Jeff is an animal lover. He has two Jack Russell terriers -- Margaret Anne, called “Maggie” and Tobias, called “Toby.” You can catch him walking them in the streets of Bay Ridge.
Music, one of Father Jeff’s many passions, is an important element of the Christ Church experience. In addition to Father Jeff singing the Eucharist in his strong tenor voice, he has retained Mark Janas as the Music Director.