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Clergy, Staff, & Vestry

Clergy, Staff, & Vestry


The Rev. Natalie Johnson

Natalie came to us as an intern late 2019 and  stepped into the role of pastor for Children and Families where they have put many gifts to use and already brought significant wisdom and energy to that ministry. Then, as our new Curate beginning summer 2020, Natalie’s responsibilities grew to include Christian formation for all ages, supporting the parish’s Daily Office ministry through presence and teaching, and sharing with the rector the work of preaching, presiding, and pastoral care. With their unique gift of continuity and stability for St. Paul’s pastoral leadership, Natalie was welcomed as our Interim Rector November, 2021.


Gary James

Gary James has served as organist/choirmaster at St. Paul’s since 1997. After graduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley, he was Composer-in-Residence at Linfield College in Oregon. He is a recipient of the Nicola de Lorenzo Prize and the ASCAP Raymond Hubble Award, and his compositions are published by ten publishers. His music has been performed throughout North America and in Europe, Asia, and Australia; including regional, national, and international gatherings of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and the American Society of University Composers. His music was sung at both the opening and closing Eucharists of the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City in 2015, and at the installation of the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on All Saints Day 2015.


Emily Tweedie

Emily and her husband, Marcus, first moved to Queen Anne in 2004, where she studied English Literature at Seattle Pacific University. She now fills most of her time raising her three kids. Emily brings an impressive array of administrative, publication, and social media experience.


Barbara Potgieter

Barbara Potgieter grew up in South Africa as an Anglican.  She moved to Seattle from New York a few years ago and immediately joined St Paul’s.  Her former careers have ranged from physicist, to computer systems design, to home schooling her three children, who are now all in college.  In previous parishes she has been responsible for children’s formation, and she very much enjoys teaching the children and teenagers at St. Paul’s.   Barbara loves opera, cooking, being outdoors, and shoes.


Daryl Schlick

Daryl Schlick is retired and has been a parishioner at St. Paul’s since 1995. During his time at St. Paul’s, Daryl has served on the Vestry, been Senior Warden for two years, a counter for many years, Treasurer for approximately five years, and co-chairman of the Renovation Committee when the Nave was renovated. He primarily attends the 8:30 a.m. Mass, often serving as a greeter. In his time away from St. Paul’s, Daryl spends time with Barbara Timms, his wife, who attends the 10:45 Mass, and their wire-haired dachshund, Jacob. Daryl is the President of the Board of Directors of their condominium and races a sailboat with the help of others.


Mark Taylor

Mark teaches theology at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, and previously served as Director of Worship for the school. At St. Paul’s, Mark has consistently served in all four of our Sunday liturgies, scheduled and trained servers, and consulted on liturgical matters for most of the clergy who have been at St. Paul’s since Mark and Debra arrived almost two decades ago. Mark’s role as the Associate for Liturgy is to steward the written customary for all Sunday liturgies, plan and execute liturgical training, and be a resource for questions about our worship practices. Mark finds in our Anglo-Catholic style of worship the perfect synthesis of the affective and embodied worship practices of the holiness churches of his childhood and youth and the attention to Word and preaching of the mainline Protestant churches he attended as a thirty-something.


We are blessed with a community of retired and bi-vocational clergy who regularly assist and preside during Sunday and weekday masses, provide occasional supply and pastoral coverage, as well as other support to the parish and its clergy as needed.

• The Rev. Mary Jane Francis

The Rev. Dr. Mary Jane Francis’ ordained ministry began in 1984, although she officially retired in 2004. She has served congregations both in Tennessee and in the Seattle area. Since 1986 she has been an Associate of the Community of St. Mary. Over the years she has chaired a Commission on Ministry, been a deputy to General Convention, been involved in developing diocesan norms and program designs around human sexuality, and chaired a Church Consultants Task Force. In the Diocese of Olympia she also has served as an itinerant priest, as the founding Convenor for the diocesan Team for Spiritual Formation, as a mentor/teacher/program designer for the Total Common Ministry Movement, and as Board Member, Faculty and an Interim Dean for the Diocesan School for Ministry and Theology. Her passions include adult Christian formation, Celtic spirituality, music, ballet, opera, native art, reading, and messing around in the kitchen.

• The Rev. Walter Knowles

Father Walter Knowles has been a priest in the Diocese of Olympia since 1980, where he was vicar of the congregations in Elma and Montesano, and then Associate Rector for liturgy and music at Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore for over twenty years. While at Redeemer, he held “day jobs” in high-tech, founding or participating in three startups. He left Redeemer in 2005 to do work in liturgical studies and religion and the arts at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He was pastoral associate and director of music at All Saints Episcopal Church in the Haight-Ashbury during his time in the San Francisco area. Fr. Knowles studied music and philosophy at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, did his MDiv at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, and received a PhD from the GTU. In addition to a number of published articles, in liturgical journals such as Worship, Studia Liturgica, and Le Maison Dieu, he was editor of an honorary volume for the Episcopal liturgist, Louis Weil, Drenched in Grace. Fr. Knowles was ordained deacon in 1977, in the Diocese of Calgary, Alberta, and priest a year later. He lives with his wife, Lorelette, in Kirkland, Washington.

• The Rev. Jay Rozendaal

Father Jay Rozendaal was sponsored in the ordination process by St. Paul’s, and was ordained in 2003. He was Associate Director of the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary, and Priest Associate at St. Ignatius of Antioch in New York City until 2006. After returning to the Northwest he served as Vicar of Christ Episcopal Church in Blaine for two and half years. Father Rozendaal lives with his partner, David Kisling, in Bellingham where he teaches voice and opera at Western Washington University. He is also a pianist on the music staff at Seattle Opera.



Laura Griffin — Senior Warden

I have been attending St. Paul’s since I moved to Seattle in 2009, and there is so much I appreciate and love about this welcoming and inspiring community. I served on the vestry previously, from 2012-2015. I often serve in the Sunday morning liturgies, and I love to bring my son Benedict to St. Paul’s with me whenever I can make it work. I work as an accountant, and vegan cooking (especially baking), traveling, engaging with the arts, and playing games with my family and friends are some of my favorite ways to spend my time.


Howard Henry – Junior Warden

A high church Anglo-Catholic Episcopalian since 1970, I arrived in the Seattle area over 23 years ago. I fell in love with St. Paul’s quickly, and became deeply involved in numerous ways almost from the beginning: serving at the altar, helping lead Evensong each Saturday, coordinating the lectors, counting the collections, leading our contingent in the AIDS Walk, serving on the Profile Committee in 2014, and more. In addition, I served on the Vestry in 2000-2003, as we began our transition from Fr. Hauge, and again in 2015, as we completed our transition to Mo. Sara. Most recently, I served between 2016 and 2019 as our Treasurer.


Steve Aday

I attend both the 8:30 and 10:45 masses, often as liturgical server and lector. I am also active in life at St. Paul’s outside of Sundays as a member of the Community Development Commission and Food & Faith. You may see me frequently in LQA as I live nearby, at SIFF Uptown, the Cornish Playhouse, or Caffe Ladro with my spouse Moira (an Argentine who is the namesake of a character created by an American novelist who wrote in French) and the dog Iris, a rat terrier mix who is the namesake of a favorite songwriter.


Kierstin Brown

I’ve called St. Paul’s my spiritual home since the fall of 2015. I currently coordinate Nacho Theology and am an active participant of Wednesday night church. During the week I am a Student Support Counselor coaching social-emotional learners in Seattle Public Schools. In my free time you can find me cooking for my friends, reading books, attending hip-hop yoga classes (it is as fun as it sounds) and eating noodles around the city.


Kristi Growdon

I have been a member of St. Paul’s since 1991, when Stephen and I moved up to Seattle. I grew up in the Episcopal church in Southern California.

We have always been early Sunday service parishioners, where we brought our three Rottweilers; Rocky, Ozzy, and Lulu. I served on past vestry and search committees at St. Paul’s and am a proud communion bread baker.

Besides Stephen, my loves are Lulu, Golf, and Washington red wines.


Beth Hayes

A Tallis Concert in Seattle was my introduction to St. Paul’s. As it turns out I was sitting next to the husband of one of our choristers. When I mentioned how great it would be to hear such music in a worship setting, he suggested St. Paul’s. I came for the music—and stayed for the liturgy and community. During the week I spend time teaching Old Testament courses, mentoring students, and organizing conference sessions. As a counterbalance, I enjoy spending time with my husband, traveling, and distance running.


Heidi McElrath

I’m a late-arriving Episcopalian, who joined St Paul’s in 2012 after graduating from college. Just a year later, I left Seattle and spent the next three years enjoying Anglican Communion around the world—from Guwahati, India to Stratford-upon-Avon, England—before returning to St Paul’s, where I sing in the 9am choir. I am a writer, a reader, a giggler, and I love Shakespeare more than is truly reasonable.


Barbara Potgieter

I grew up in South Africa as an Anglican where “high church” is very much the norm.  I moved to Seattle from New York 4.5 years ago and immediately joined St Paul’s based the recommendation of my NY rector. My former careers have ranged from physicist, to computer systems design, to home schooling my three children, who are now all in college.  I have been involved in children’s Christian formation for about 20 years, and became a part of St Paul’s children’s formation as soon as I joined the parish. I have been treasurer of St Paul’s since early 2019, and am also a part of our anti-racism commission and neighborhood outreach.  I love music, vegan cooking, cats, being outdoors, and shoes (with high heels, of course).



Laura Schafer

I have been coming to St. Paul’s since 1996 although, as my work required a lot of travel, I was not a consistent member until 2006. At that time, I was so moved by the REAL involvement of the church in the neighborhood and each member’s neighborhoods and its very welcoming of all people, that I changed my membership from my “home” parish in SW Florida for the first time since I was baptized. I have served on the Vestry (as Property Manager); been a Lector;  served on discernment committee; participated in Dinners for 8; was a counter; w/others, folded/stuffed the programs for Sunday’s services and cleaned the pews; and was a Greeter – amazing and rewarding job!