Jeff Haugaard joined St. Paul’s parish in October, 2015, moving from Albany, New York, where he had been the Founding Director of The Honors College at the University at Albany for nine years.
Father Haugaard came to ordained ministry later in life. After five years of part-time seminary study, he was ordained a deacon by Gladstone Adams, Bishop of Central New York, in May 2015 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Albany, NY. On November 21, 2015, Bishop Adams ordained Fr. Haugaard a priest at St. Paul’s in Waterloo.
Before ordained ministry, Fr. Haugaard was a professor for 25 years. A clinical psychologist, Fr. Haugaard was a member of the faculty in the Department of Human Development at Cornell University for 16 years before moving to the University at Albany in 2006 to found The Honors College.
Fr. Haugaard has a bachelors degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz (majors in psychology and political science), a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Santa Clara, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Virginia. In 2014, he received a Certificate in Anglican Studies from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
Fr. Haugaard is the author of three books focused on child and adolescent psychopathology and the editor of three others. He has published numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of child abuse, the adoption of special-needs children, and problematic romantic relationships among adolescents.
He notes that he particularly enjoys interacting with the members of the St. Paul’s parish and leading the Sunday Worship Service and other services. The biggest challenge for him so far: creating a meaningful sermon each week.
“I have been delighted with the warm and enthusiastic welcome that I have received by the members of the St. Paul’s parish,” Father Haugaard recently noted, “everyone has been very friendly, and I have been impressed with the dedication to this parish that all of its members have.” His hope is that families, couples, and individuals in the Waterloo and surrounding areas who have never been part of a parish, or who have been away from a parish for a while, will “give St. Paul’s a chance” by visiting for a Sunday Service.