Father Rick Wilson
The Rev. Rick Wilson is the Rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew. For three years he served as Dean of the Tucson Corridor Deanery. He began at St. Matthews as Priest-in-Charge under Special Circumstances five months before his call to be Rector in July 2009. Within the Diocese of Arizona, he has been on the Standing Committee, the Arizona Board of Examining Chaplains, the Church Assistance Committee, the Advisory Committe for Canon of the Ordinary Search, and the Diocesan Creation Care Council.
Previous to his holy orders being received into the Episcopal Church, he was employed as a Fund Development professional with Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Bridgepointe (dual affiliate of Easter Seals and Goodwill) and Volunteers of America of Kentucky and Tennessee. Achievements within the fundraising community include serving as president of the Tucson Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and having earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) status. He received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Early Church History emphasis) and Master of Divinity at the University of St. Mary of the Lake.
Fr. Rick has also served as the Faith Respondent on Stewardship for several of the Best Skills, Best Churches program presentations. This program is specially designed to meet the needs of communities of faith with courses engaging, practice-oriented learning experiences. It is offered through the Nonprofit Management Institute at the Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Nonprofit Innovation and Philanthropy.
Deacon Kim Crecca
Rev. Kim Crecca is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal church and is currently serving at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthews in Tucson. She is heavily involved in ministering to those affected by incarceration and raising awareness about the adverse effects of mass incarceration. From 2012 through 2018, she was part of a team that continues to lead Episcopal worship services at the Perryville Women’s Prison in Goodyear. Since 2014, she has been the Convener of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona’s Prison Ministry Program whose purpose is to help Episcopal and other churches in the state of Arizona embrace and assist those affected by incarceration through a variety of outreach opportunities. In addition, she is involved in Camp Genesis at Chapel Rock, a program that provides a safe and fun camping experience for children who have one or more parent currently incarcerated. She also coordinates the Perryville art shows held 4 times a year. Rev. Crecca is committed to sharing information about the human costs and collateral consequences of incarceration and how the church can better serve those that Jesus called “the least of these”. She is always thrilled to share the joy she has received from this ministry with others.