Featured Parishioner ESTEBAN CABALLERO!

Written by Betsy Taylor Calender

Happy Spring (and “almost” summer) to our Friends & Family of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.

Please allow me to introduce to you one of our newest members of the church, Esteban Caballero.

Esteban is a fairly new member of our church, only attending since the Fall of 2019. That means he has been mostly a Covid-19 virtual attendee. But a very devoted one at that. After our former leader of the Wednesday evening prayer group left, Esteban stepped up and volunteered to lead it. He has been doing a superb job with it since March heading the weekly zoom meetings.

Esteban has lived in Montgomery Village since he was 7 years old, and is currently engaged to be married to his fiancé, Sally, with a wedding date later this year in October. His family moved here from Texas when he was only 5, so not a “native” Montgomery County resident, but certainly been here a long time.

For those of you who have Apple products, Esteban is an online sales manager in Gaithersburg.

It comes as no surprise to me that I continue to hear a common theme from those highlighted parishioners I’ve interviewed over the last couple of years for these stories. That theme is “family” oriented.  And Esteban also conveys how much he loves the family atmosphere and community spirit within our small congregation. He sees that people are truly engaged in others’ lives from something as simple as announcing birthdays; deliveries to shut-ins; and to the accomplishments of our youth in their school or personal lives. He also commented on how he LOVES the fact that there are so many women in leadership positions in the church.

Just returning from a weekend at Shenandoah National Park where he enjoyed the outdoors with hiking & kayaking, he says there are no other vacation plans set for the rest of this year just yet.

When he was a child, he wanted to grow up to be a professional soccer player because he loves the sport.

When I asked the question that I like to ask concerning “advice you would give to your 18-year-old self”, I guess I failed to recognize that he’s not much older than 18, but I still loved his answer. Only being 7 years from that age, he has already learned that you don’t have to have your life figured out by age 22. And that you need to not be so hard on yourself when you don’t have a lot of things figured out because most people don’t. Great insight Esteban!

Favorite Motivation Quote: “We are not called to do great things, only small things with great love.” Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta