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Clergy, Staff, & Vestry

Rector

The Rev. Sara Fischer

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Sara lived in New York City until she was 13, when part of her family moved to the Boston area where she lived until moving to Portland at 26. A city girl through and through, she grew up with a deep love of the ocean and the woods as places of retreat and refreshment. Sara grew up in a secular household and found the Episcopal Church in her mid-twenties. Baptized during the Easter Vigil at Emmanuel Church in Boston, soon afterwards she put down roots in Portland and became active as a lay leader and worship-lover at several parishes before entering the ordination process and attending the General Theological Seminary in 2000. It was thrilling to be back in the city—and neighborhood!—of her childhood but she found that she had become a Pacific Northwesterner at her core.Sara was ordained to the priesthood in 2003 and began her ministry as an associate at Grace Memorial in Portland, subsequently serving as rector at St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukie, and then as rector at St. David of Wales in Portland, where she had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help bring back to life a dying parish and help that parish live in to a new way of being together.
Before coming to St. Paul’s, Sara worked as Canon for Congregational Development at the Diocese of Oregon. She was thrilled at the opportunity to return to full-time parish ministry and deeply honored to have been called to St. Paul’s. She began serving at St. Paul’s in September, 2015.
In all of her parish work thus far, what Sara loves most is rejoicing over resurrection wherever it is to be found, hearing others’ faith stories, and helping church members connect more freely with the world beyond the church doors in search of opportunities to unveil the Kingdom of God.
Sara is married to Mark Faust, who teaches electrical and computer engineering at Portland State University. Mark and Sara enjoy hiking, camping, exploring their wonderful new city of Seattle, and hanging out with their son, Nathan, who attends Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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Lay Pastor for Children’s Formation

Missy Trull

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Missy Trull has been working with the children at St. Paul’s for over four years and reflects, “each year challenges my heart to enter deeper and more honestly into the mystery of God. The children’s theology is profound.” Missy graduated from SPU with a dual-degree in Literature and Creative Writing and then spent almost two years working at an in-patient treatment home for youth with mental and behavioral disorders. Missy’s time working at the treatment home clarified her desire to work with youth, children, and families during times of transition, crisis, and grief. She also realized the great need, particularly in mental health institutions, for spiritual companionship during these times of suffering. Godly Play immerses children and their families in a spirituality of Mystery, Wondering, and Play and Missy sees Godly Play as a great equalizer, a place where everyone can mutually participate in Mystery and wait for God. This is invaluable to the bonds that hold a family together, especially during difficult seasons. Missy is currently working on her MDIV with a specialization in Chaplaincy at Seattle U. and dreams of working on a psychiatric unit at a children’s hospital.

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Organist/Choirmaster

Gary James

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Gary James has served as organist/choirmaster at St. Paul’s, Seattle, since 1997. A native of Texas, he has worked on the West Coast since 1980. After graduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley, he was Composer-in-Residence at Linfield College in Oregon, where he taught from 1985 to 1989. 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, and at such locations as Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and the Riverside Church in New York City. His work has been performed at 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 the summer of 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.

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Parish Administrator

Jessica Hoekstra

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Jessica is a recent graduate of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology’s MA in Counseling Psychology program. This year, she is also interning at Seattle Therapy Alliance. She has spent the last few years working for a faith-based community development organization, as program and communication support.
She has been a regular participant in worship at the 5PM for the past year. Jessica also loves making things, baking bread, seeing a place for the first time, and reading a long novel.

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Sunday Building Host

Daryl Schlick

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Sunday Building Host, 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 9 a.m. Mass, often serving as a greeter. He is delighted to be the Sunday Building host, connecting with and supporting members of the Parish at all Sunday Masses. In his time away from St. Paul’s, Daryl spends time with Barbara Timms, his wife, who attends the 11;15 Mass, and their wire-haired daschund, Jacob. Daryl is the President of the Board of Directors of their condominium, and races a sailboat with the help of others.

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Director of Choristers

Shekela “Kela” Wanyama

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Shekela Wanyama, Director of Choristers, has a Master of Music from Temple University with a concentration in Choral Conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Minnesota. She is Choir Director for the Lakeside Middle School and has directed choirs in both public schools and churches. Kela is a member of the Washington chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and sings with Seattle Pro Musica. Kela insists that everyone can sing, and invites all kids to come and find out! The Choristers rehearse each Sunday through June from 10:10 – 11:05 a.m.

 

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Associate for Liturgy

Mark Taylor

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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 servers in rota after rota, trained numerous new servers, 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 a resource for Sunday to Sunday 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 thirtysomething, all within St. Paul’s beautiful and mysterious sacramental rhythms.

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Musician for 5PM

Casey Cross

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Casey Cross is a native of Oklahoma and received his masters degree in piano performance from the University of Washington. While completing his education, Casey also performed with big bands, jazz combos, musical theatre productions, and ballet companies. His Seattle credits include the University of Washington, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the 5th Avenue Theater, NOISE opera company, and St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Kent, WA. In addition to performance and accompanying, Casey is an avid improviser and amateur composer.

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Accounting Office

Howard Henry, Treasurer » email

Priests Associate

The Rev. Dr. Mary Jane Francis was born in New York City, raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, attended college and worked in the Boston area, spent six years working in Seattle at the UW, received a PhD in Epidemiologic Science from the University of Michigan, spent 21 years in Nashville, TN, and returned to Seattle in 1992.Mary Jane’s ordained ministry began in 1984, and on Easter Day, 2011 she celebrated 26 yrs. as a priest (although she officially retired in 2004). She has served congregations both in Tennessee and in the Seattle area, as well as serving as a ‘spiritual director’ (companioning people on their faith and life journeys) since she was in seminary. Since 1986 she has been an Associate of the Community of St. Mary (which follows a rule very similar to the rule of Benedict).


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 [T4SF], 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 [DSOMAT].


Her passions include adult Christian formation, Celtic spirituality, music (in just about any form), ballet, opera, native art, reading, and messing around in the kitchen.

Father Kerry Kirking was born in 1946 and was raised in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He received a BA in History at Pacific Lutheran University in 1968 and received an MA in Religion at Yale Divinity School in 1972. He was ordained Deacon October, 1994 (Diocese of Spokane) and priested in June 2001 (Diocese of Spokane). He served as Deacon-in-Charge, Holy Trinity Church, Spokane, 1995-1996 and as Deacon, St John’s Cathedral, Spokane, 1996-2001 where he also served as Assisting Priest from 2001 to 2008. He has had many careers between seminary and moving to Seattle: Head Start teacher (1972-1974), social worker (1974-1977), parole officer (1977-1986), business owner (1986-2008), all in Spokane. He moved to Seattle in 2008 to be part of St Paul’s Parish communityKerry has been married to Judy since 1975. They have two daughters, both living in Seattle. Kerry enjoys exercise, reading, periodic gardening, and has been known to play bagpipes . His greatest joys in life are wonderful family and friends; St Paul’s in all its aspects; social service and music. His greatest passions are social justice, celebrating Mass (either side of the altar!), and preaching

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 founding of 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. While there, his explorations lead him to once again fall in love with St. Augustine of Hippo, and his doctoral dissertation was on the relationship of beauty and worship in Augustine’s thought. 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 recently returned to the great pacific northwest, and he and his wife have made St. Paul’s their home since late 2013. 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. His academic interests include the structure of Holy Week, the development of early gregorian chant, and performativity in the liturgy. 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 (which has a picture of St. Paul’s baptistry on its cover).
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.

Father Charles Searls Ridge, D. Min. A postulant and candidate for Holy Orders under Bishop Bayne, in 1961, Fr. Chuck was ordained deacon at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, by Bishop Lewis, and moved immediately to Dover, DE, to be the assistant at Christ Church (founded 1703) with a particular ministry to college students at Wesley Junior College and (segregated) Delaware State College and to military personnel at Dover Air Force Base. Delaware churches and institutions were just beginning to desegregate.In 1964, he became rector of St. Andrew’s, Nogales, AZ (on the US – Mexican border). In 1970, he moved to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and was—simultaneously—vicar of the Iglesia Episcopal de la Epifanía, the pastor of the Union Church of Santo Domingo, and the director of a residence for twenty-two male university students.


Fourteen years of cross-cultural, bilingual ministry motivated him to want to better understand the relationship between religion and culture. To that end, in 1977 he returned to the USA as a full-time graduate student at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, where he earned the degree of Doctor of Ministry in the area of religion and culture.


Chuck “retired” in 2001, after serving as Rector of the Church of the Ascension (Magnolia). Three months before his retirement he began a year’s study of Appreciative Interim Ministry. He served as Interim Rector here at St. Paul’s for 2-1/2 years, during the prolonged search process between Fr. Morrie and Mother Melissa’s tenures. He has also been interim at St. Andrew’s, Tacoma, St. Margaret’s, Bellevue, and Emmanuel, Mercer Island.
His interest and love for Hispanic ministry—especially across-cultural ministry—continues. He served on the Board of Directors of VIA—Viviendo la Identidad Anglicana/Living the Christian Life in the Anglican Way—for five years, celebrated the weekly Spanish Eucharists at St. David’s, Shelton for about a year, and has taught Spanish for Liturgy at Diocesan House.
He is an Oblate at the (Roman Catholic) Benedictine Priory of St. Placid, Lacey, WA, and practices T’ai chi. He and his wife Courtney have lived in West Seattle since 1998, have a grown son and daughter, and one grandchild.
From Father Ridge: “Two things that I am so grateful for that I want to share with you are: 1) I realized my vocation to the priesthood my junior year in college and feel indescribably grateful that I have never once doubted it and 2) After 47 years of celebrating the Eucharist, day in and day out, every time is still a privilege and a thrill for me!”

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.

The Rev. Ralph R. Carskadden died Sept. 13, 2011 after battling cancer. He was 71. A Requiem Mass took place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, followed by a reception at Diocesan House. Both of these events were hosted by St. Paul’s, Seattle. A Northwest native, Carskadden was born in Seattle on June 25, 1940, raised in that city and on north Whidbey Island. Baptized into Christ at 6 months old, he grew up into the faith as a Lutheran. During his senior year at Wittenberg University in Ohio, he found a home in the Episcopal Church and was confirmed by the bishop of Southern Ohio on “Low Sunday” 1962. That summer he became a postulant in the Diocese of Olympia and traveled to New Haven, Conn. to the Berkeley Divinity School, graduating in 1965. He then moved to New York, where he was a caseworker with the welfare department as well as a paid alto in the Men and Boys Choir at Trinity, Wall Street.


Carskadden cherished a long association with Peter Hallock and the Compline Choir, with whom he traveled to Russia, Scandinavia and England.
“A piece of my soul is connected to the art, music and spirituality of Russian Orthodoxy,” Carskadden once explained. He traveled several times to Russia as a member of the St. Petersburg, Russia, Seattle Sister Churches program, and helped raise support for the Children’s Hospice in St. Petersburg.
A founding member of the diocesan Dismantling Racism Training Team, Carskadden was instrumental in facilitating conversation on race relations, working with congregations to eradicate the sin of racism and encouraging them to move toward being more inclusive, diverse and welcoming. Home was a sacred place to him, and together with his long-time partner, Steven Iverson, Carskadden lovingly and painstakingly restored their 1910 Craftsman house on Beacon Hill. Jacob, their Scottish terrier, was a constant companion.
A well-respected liturgical consultant to a wide variety of churches and organizations, Carskadden taught the Introduction to Christian Worship course in the Diocesan School of Ministry and Theology and served on the Advisory Board of the Summer Liturgy Institute at Seattle University. He served a three-year term on the City of Seattle Arts Commission and also on the board of the Association of Diocesan Liturgy and Music Commissions of the Episcopal Church. As a craftsman he worked in textiles, clay and iconography.


In August 1967, Carskadden returned to the Pacific Northwest and was ordained deacon, and the following year, priest, by Bishop Ivol Curtis. He served on staff at Christ Church, Tacoma; St. Paul’s, Seattle; Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Mich.; and for three years was canon liturgist at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Detroit. In 1976 he became an associate at All Souls’, San Diego, and in 1979 was elected its rector.


He returned again to Seattle at the end of 1986 to work on a degree in art at the University of Washington, and in 1988 became part-time on the staff at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, where Dean Fred Northup appointed him canon liturgist. When that position was terminated, he finished his degree and became priest-in-charge at St. Clement’s, Seattle. After two years, he was elected rector of what he affectionately called “that wonderful, multi-racial congregation” until his retirement. Later, he served again at the appointment of Bishop Greg Rickel as priest-in-charge of St. Mark’s Cathedral, where he guided the congregation on a process of discovery and self-examination through the creation of textiles, vestments and altar cloths, made by weaving together pieces of fabric and yarn donated by the congregation and larger community. He found his spiritual home at St. Paul’s, Seattle, where he was a priest associate.


Carskadden, a beloved pastor, consultant, craftsman and artist, is deeply missed.

If we are to grasp the message of
the gospels;
If we are to understand the
teachings of Jesus;
If we are to be faithful disciples,
then we must realize what
we are called to be:
Called to act counter to the
prevailing culture which
surrounds us.
-The Rev. Ralph Carskadden (from Peter Hallock, ©1994, on the Compline Choir website)

Father Morrie Hauge (1937-2014), was Rector of St. Paul’s from 1994-2002. He held assistant to the rector positions at Christ, Church, Tacoma, at Christ Church, Grosse Point, Michigan, and at St. Mary’s Church, Eugene, Oregon. He was also Interim Rector at St. George’s Parish in Lake City, Priest-in-Charge at All Saints in South Tacoma, and Priest-in-Charge at Holy Spirit, Vashon Island.Father Hauge was involved with leadership training since the 1960s when he became a member of the TACS (Training and Consultation) network in the Diocese of Olympia and had expertise in the relationship between Jungian Psychology and Christian Theology.
Father Hauge also had an interest in Celtic Holy Places, making pilgrimages to Lindesfarne, Iona, Whithorn, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and St. Andrew’s.
Fr. Morrie is survived by his partner, Scott Martin, who is a member of St. Paul’s.

Vestry

Senior Warden

Mark Taylor

Junior Warden

Valerie Legler

Members at large

Lynn Adams
Stephen Growdon
Merica Halstrom
Kevin Meadows
Mallory Paxton
Helen Roll
Kit Warfield