Clergy & Staff

Msgr. Richard Huneger

Monsignor Richard Huneger became the pastor of St. Joseph in 2014.


Education and Biographical Information:
1951-52  Kindergarten at Lincoln School, Aberdeen, SD
1952-60  Gr 1-8  St. Joseph School, Salem, OR
1960-68  Gr 9-12, College 13-16 at Mt. Angel Seminary
1968-72  Theology: M.A., S.T.L. at University of Innsbruck, Austria
1972-75  Religion Teacher, La Salle High School Milwaukie, OR
1975-83  Parochial Vicar, St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie, OR
1983-87  Pastor, Star of the Sea, Astoria, OR
1987–94 Director of Pastoral Services, Archdiocese of Portland
1994 – 2006  Pastor, St. Rose of Lima, Portland, Oregon
2010 – 2011 Sabbatical:  Angelicum, Rome
2006-2014  Pastor, St. John the Apostle, Oregon City, OR

For leisure, Monsignor Huneger enjoys reading (Theology, history, social commentary, philosophy, etc.), Languages (foreign), and Christian Art (Iconography)

503-581-1623  ext.216


fredwinParochial Vicar

Fr. Edwin L. Sanchez received his BA in Philosophy, Masters in Divinity, Masters in Theology, and graduate studies S.T.B – Bachelor of Sacred Theology at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California.  In his free time, Fr. Edwin enjoys listening to music, running, and traveling.

503-581-1623  ext. 214



Deacon Allen Vandecoevering

Messages for Deacon Allen can be left at the Parish Rectory by calling 503-581-1623




me cropped Director of Faith Formation
Christian Spencer

After graduating from Western Washington University with a BA in Geography/Social Studies (2003) and Franciscan University of Steubenville with a MA in Theology (2007) Christian served several parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle for 8 years in the areas of catechesis and evangelization.  Christian joined the staff of St. Joseph in June of 2015 and enjoys Eucharistic Adoration and the Holy Rosary.  Married and the father of 4, Christian enjoys spending time with family, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and encountering God within the beauty of His creation.   503-585-5095.

  • Call To Protect/Safe Environment Training
  • Children’s Faith Formation—English, Spanish and Vietnamese
  • Catechetical Trainer for Faith Formation Volunteers (All Programs)
  • Youth and Young Adult Education—English and Spanish
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word
  • Vacation Bible School


jamesthurman Adult Faith Formation Coordinator

James Thurman received his Bachelors in Philosophy and Masters in Theology from Mt. Angel Seminary.  In his free time, James enjoys spending time with family  hiking, camping, golfing, and reading.  James is a veteran from the U.S. Army serving our country for 5 years and has been serving St. Joseph Parish for 2 years in the areas of:

  • R.C.I.A. (Inquiry, Catechumenate, Mystagogia) Classes September through Easter.
  • Marriage Preparation (English) Two times per year for 7 weeks of classes
  • Adult Faith Formation Nights
  • Adult Bible Study Groups
  • Adult Confirmation Preparation
  • Annual Chesterton Dinner in November.
  • Natural Family Planning Instructions

503-581-1623  ext. 211

mariaelenaPastoral Associate for Hispanic for Hispanic Ministry

  • R.C.I.A. Spanish (Classes September through Easter)
  • Marriage Preparation Spanish
  • Baptismal Preparation Spanish
  • Facilitates off campus Spanish Mass

For Information on any Adult Spanish Faith Formation or all Hispanic Ministries including Choirs, Quinceañeras, and Volunteers contact Maria Elena Ruiz,   503-581-1623  ext. 227


sarahk Youth and Young Adult Coordinator

  • Youth and Young Adult Faith Formation (English and Spanish)
  • Youth Confirmation
  • Young Adult First Thursday Theology
  • Atrevidos en Cristo
  • Monthly Men’s and Women’s Nights
  • Young Adult Bible Study
  • Newman Club—Willamette University

Sarah Kresse has served as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator for St. Joseph Parish since August 2007.  She is oldest of 6 and has 13 nieces and nephews!  She attended the University of Washington and is a proud Husky.  While studying Wildlife Science and Conservation of Wildland Resources she was an active member of the University of Washington Newman Center.  After completing her undergraduate degree she served as an Americorps volunteer with the Oregon Dept of Forestry.  During this time she volunteered at Queen of Peace in their youth ministry program.  During this time she discerned that her heart was drawn to youth ministry…so she headed back to Seattle to earn a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education.  She was then blessed with the opportunity to serve as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator at St. Joseph’s – she oversees all faith formation, Sacramental preparation, retreats, trips, etc. for ALL youth grades 7-12 as well as young adults.

In between faith formation gatherings, retreats, and teaching group exercise classes she enjoys running and has completed 1 marathon,  35+ half marathons, a sprint triathlon, and  several fun runs with her family.  503-581-1623  ext. 233


Children’s Hispanic Faith Formation Coordinator
Nelly Rosales

Faith Formation Assistant
Matilda Vargas


Business Manager
Carolyn Burlison

Administrative Assistant
Jennifer McMillen

Isabel Rico

Kyle Sindlinger

Purchaser/Reception Coordinator
Deanna Lebaron