About Us

Clergy, Staff, & Vestry


RECTOR

The Rev. Sara Fischer

Sara lived in New York City and then New England before moving to Portland in 1986. She 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. She earned her M.Div. at the General Theological Seminary in 2003. 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 began her ordained ministry as an associate at Grace Memorial in Portland, subsequently serving as rector at St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukie, Oregon, 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 in 2015, thereby reuniting with her “Anglo-Catholic inner child.”

Sara is married to Mark Faust, who teaches electrical and computer engineering at Portland State University, and divides each week between Portland and Seattle. Mark and Sara enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, and hanging out with their son, Nathan, who attends Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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ASSOCIATE RECTOR

The Rev. Rob Rhodes

Father Rob has served for the past three years as Canon Missioner at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, where he worked with mission and outreach efforts in the Greater Cincinnati area as well as joining the other cathedral staff in preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. Prior to joining the Cathedral staff, Rob’s background includes leading several urban parishes in the Dioceses of Missouri, Louisiana, and Newark. Rob graduated in 2003 from General Seminary.

Father Rob’s passions include the deep structures of liturgy and how they relate to mission, intentional Christian communities, and understanding and rethinking our relationship to food and its production. He finds God’s presence in unexpected places — ordinary neighborhoods, coffee shops, street corners, and movie houses. He sees God’s hand in secular works and atheist philosophies. While committed to Anglican Christianity, he seeks out connections with other religious traditions, including that of non-Christians. His working class roots in St. Louis, Missouri, and his undergraduate work in fine arts taught him how to look closely and carefully for beauty and truth in the world around him. Rob’s wife, Debbi, is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. She is beginning her first year as a seminarian in the low-residency M.Div. program of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.


LAY PASTOR FOR CHILDREN’S FORMATION

Missy Trull, On leave Fall 2017

Missy 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. 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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INTERIM LAY PASTOR FOR CHILDREN’S FORMATION

Cindy Spencer

Cindy is delighted to support the Children and Family Ministries while Missy is away this fall/winter. She received her MDiv from Asbury Seminary in 1994, where she also focused her studies on Christian Education and Hebrew Scriptures. During her time in seminary, she discovered the Episcopal church and Godly Play. She has served several Methodist and Episcopal congregations over the past twenty-five years as Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries, has been a Godly Play teacher since 1992, and a teacher trainer for the Godly Play Foundation since 2002. She served on the Council for Lifelong Christian Formation from 2007-2015, and has presented at several conferences. Her passions include the welcome and inclusion in faith communities of children and families with disabilities, listening together with children for the still, small voice of God, finding God in the everydayness of family life, hiking, walking, knitting and sewing.

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ORGANIST/CHOIRMASTER

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.

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PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

Jessica Hoekstra

Jessica is a recent graduate of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology’s MA in Counseling Psychology program. After a year interning with Seattle Therapy Alliance, Jessica continues to work with a small caseload of clients in practice. She has spent the last several years working for a faith-based community development organization in Chicago, as program and communication support. She has been a regular participant in worship at the 5PM for the past two years. If she’s not here on a Sunday, she’s probably in the mountains.

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SUNDAY BUILDING HOST

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 9 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 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

Kela 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!

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ASSOCIATE FOR LITURGY

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 thirtysomething.

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MUSICIAN FOR 5PM

Casey Cross

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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SEXTON

John Gosselin

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ACCOUNTING OFFICE

Howard Henry, Treasurer

Howard Henry has been an Anglo-Catholic Episcopalian since 1970, and moved to the Seattle area (Bellevue) and St. Paul’s in late 1997. He serves at the altar almost every week, officiates at Solemn Evensong, served four years on the Vestry, served on the committee that wrote the Parish Profile leading to Mo. Sara’s hiring, walks with our team in the AIDS Walk, and for many years has also scheduled the lectors and counted collections. When he retired in 2015 he tried to begin a life of travel and leisure, but soon instead accepted a call to the ministry of Parish Treasurer. He has found that satisfyingly similar to his prior work, and feels privileged to serve his fellow parishioners by managing the finances of the parish we love.

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Kevin Crispin-Alfieri, Bookkeeper

Kevin and his husband, AJ, have made St. Paul’s their parish home for about three years now. Kevin and AJ moved to Seattle’s First Hill from the Bay Area where they were active parishioners at Trinity Cathedral in San José, St. Mark’s in Berkeley, and All Saints’ in San Francisco. Kevin served on the vestries of all three parishes. He also served as verger at Trinity and at St. Mark’s. During his time in the Bay Area Kevin worked as support staff the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and at the Graduate Theological Union where he encountered fund-based accounting and reporting. Kevin has also worked in business operations in the high tech sector in the Bay Area and as a business consultant during part of his time here in Seattle.

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ASSISTING PRIESTS

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. Robert Gallagher, OA

Fr. Gallagher has served as the vicar of inner city parishes in Philadelphia and Trenton and on the staff of an industrial mission. Bob has also worked in the field of parish development as a consultant, trainer, diocesan staff officer, seminary instructor, and writer. In addition to his theology degree Bob has a Masters in Organization Development and has worked as a consultant with affordable housing, domestic abuse, and social service organizations. He was the founder of the Church Development Institute, the oldest and largest parish development training program in the church. Bob is a Professed Member of the Order of the Ascension. He was ordained a priest in 1971. Bob has also served as a priest associate at Trinity Church and St. Clements Church in Seattle.

• The Rev. Kerry Kirking

Father Kerry Kirking 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 in the Diocese of Spokane and priested in 2001 in the Diocese of Spokane. He served as Deacon-in-Charge, Holy Trinity Church, Spokane, and as Deacon, St John’s Cathedral, Spokane, where he also served as Assisting Priest from 2001 to 2008. He moved to Seattle in 2008 to be part of St Paul’s Parish community. Kerry 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.

• 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. Charles Searls Ridge

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 with a particular ministry to college students at Wesley Junior College and Delaware State College and to military personnel at Dover Air Force Base. In 1964, he became rector of St. Andrew’s, Nogales, AZ. 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. Chuck retired in 2001, after serving as Rector of the Church of the Ascension (Magnolia). He served as Interim Rector at St. Paul’s for 2-1/2 years. 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.

• 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.

• The Reverend Ralph Carskadden–a Memorial

The Rev. Ralph R. Carskadden died in 2011 after battling cancer. A founding member of the diocesan Dismantling Racism Training Team, Fr. Ralph was instrumental in facilitating conversation on race relations. Fr. Ralph 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 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. 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. In 1988, he became part-time staff at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle. He later became priest-in-charge at St. Clement’s, Seattle, and after two years, elected rector. Later, he served again at the appointment of Bishop Greg Rickel as priest-in-charge of St. Mark’s Cathedral. He found his spiritual home at St. Paul’s, Seattle, where he was a priest associate.

• The Reverend Morrie Hauge–a Memorial

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.


Vestry

 

Mark Taylor — Senior Warden

Coming up on 20 years at St. Paul’s, I love our holy words, music, silence, gestures, postures, and people; playing with fire and smoke; telling parables to 3-5 year olds; reading a budget. (One Christmas Eve, I also unclogged a toilet in the women’s bathroom.) I teach adults theology during the week and try to spend as much time with wife Debra as possible.

 

Valerie Legler — Junior Warden

Our family has been part of St. Paul’s since 2006. Our son was three when we came. Now, he serves at the altar. It’s been a great journey so far with these wonderful people. When not at St. Paul’s, I substitute teach, volunteer at school and Boy Scouts. I love to travel. I enjoy a good book, hiking, yoga, and making jewelry.

 

Lynn Adams

I remember when St. Paul’s had a bazaar for which the women crocheted and knitted all year long. I remembers my awe at the sweep of my first Easter Vigil. Decades-long friendships, new people with fresh creativity, and the sheer abundance of life at St. Paul’s keep me coming back for more.

 

Stephen Growdon

My wife, Kristi, and I have been a part of St. Paul’s for more than 20 years. We are notable for usually being accompanied by a friendly Rottweiler at 7:30AM on Sundays. During the week I teach high school Social Studies, run distances, and enjoy Washington wines. Go Card!

 

 

Merica Halstrom

I serve at the 5pm Liturgy and have been a regular attendee since I first came about 5 years ago. My husband and I got married at St. Paul’s in 2014. I am a case manager for Medicaid recipients with the City of Seattle and feel so very honored to work with such a diverse group of people. In my downtime you’ll find me rowing with Lake Union Crew.

 

Kevin Meadows

I have been a member at St. Paul’s since 2010, and cherish the prayerful, meditative elements of our liturgy and practice. Around the parish, you are likely to see me “up front,” carrying the cross, torch, or thurible during mass. Outside of church, I enjoy film, sailing and running trails with my dog Spencer.

 

Mallory Paxton

I have been attending St. Paul’s regularly for about 7 years.  Recently retired from the telecommunications industry, I enjoy travel, opera, and the companionship of my cats, Edmund and Miranda.  In anticipation of summer, I am currently engaged in landscaping my front yard and revamping my wine cellar.  At St. Paul’s, I arrange flowers and serve as a lector at the 11:15 Mass, and I look forward to sharing my creative side in the salon.

 

Helen Roll

I’ve been attending St Paul’s for four years. I attend the 5pm Mass, where I enjoy serving in a variety of capacities. I live in Georgetown, which is all the goodness, throw a mean dinner party, love a good book, and spend my workdays making things happen at a local catering and events company.

 

 

Kit Warfield

I grew up going to a very rural Episcopal church in Paradise Valley, Montana, and I’m happy to be a part of St Paul’s in its urban setting.  Here at St Paul’s, I love how we combine rich ritual traditions with progressive Christianity.  I get to look at St Paul’s from above nearly every day, as in my day job, I fly seaplanes out of Lake Union.  When I’m not flying, I’m probably skiing or traveling with my wife, Nancy.