The Rev. Jean Beniste
Fr. Jean Beniste is a native of Jean Rabel, Haiti and was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. He spent seven years in a Roman Catholic Order as a missionary in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where he earned a degree in philosophy. In 2003, Fr. Jean was received into the Episcopal Church at Trinity Cathedral in Miami, Florida where he continued to discern a call to ordained ministry. He attended the Virginia Theological Seminary and in 2014 was ordained to the Priesthood by the Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, Bishop of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. Fr. Jean began his ordained ministry at St. Paul's Parish, K Street, in Washington, DC. In 2001, he married Monica Beniste who is originally from Mexico; she worked as the office manager at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Miami, and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Annandale, Virginia. Fr. Jean and Monica have two young daughters, Annelise and Solange. The family has a joyful spirit, they like meeting other people and making new friends; and they love to share their culture with others. Fr. Jean speaks Creole, French, Spanish and English fluently.
Fr. Jean has good working and personal relationships with staff and church members. He has a good well-grounded understanding of Liturgy, Christian Formation, Spiritual and Pastoral Care, Outreach and Evangelism (Mission), Youth Ministry, Bible Study, and Social Justice. His ability to speak several languages (French, Creole, Spanish and English) enables him to communicate with a large part of the community with confidence. He likes to work in multicultural setting community where he can use his language skill and multicultural abilities.
Fr. Jean believes that God calls and sends us out as disciples to be a community of Christians who are inspired, nurtured and equipped to become effective witnesses of Jesus Christ by reaching out to others with hands that serve, hearts that welcome and voices that carry the Good News of God’s redeeming God’s love to all. As a Missionary Priest-in-Charge at Holy Redeemer! He is able to endeavor and maintain our tradition as a community of faith, while bringing all people, races, and culture together. Together as one community, we will be able to respond to our mission as Christ calls us to be one body in Christ’s name.
As an immigrant living in a foreign country, he believes this call to serve as Missionary Priest-in-Charge at Holy Redeemer is a very important experience for his ministry in the diocese and in the Episcopal Church.
The Right Rev. Peter Eaton
Bishop of the Diocese of Southeast Florida
The Right Reverend Peter Eaton was consecrated on May 9, 2015, to be the bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. Most recently, Bishop Eaton was the Dean of Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver, CO, a position he held from 2002 to 2015. Bishop Eaton is an experienced parish pastor, teacher, and community leader, and has served congregations in Lancaster, PA, and Salt Lake City, UT, as well as in England and France. He was born in the US, and raised in this country, Barbados, Puerto Rico, and the UK. Having trained for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge (UK), he was ordained a deacon by his uncle, Bishop Paco Reus of Puerto Rico, and he was ordained a priest 1987 by Archbishop Robert Runcie in Canterbury Cathedral. He is married to Kate, who is the founder of Mishkhah, an organization devoted to helping congregations create new worshipping communities.