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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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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.

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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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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 sons, Rex (6 years) and Leo (2 years). Emily brings an impressive array of administrative, publication, and social media experience.

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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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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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Barbara Potgieter, Treasurer

Barbara Potgieter grew up in South Africa as an Anglican.  She moved to Seattle from New York about two 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.

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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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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.



Kevin Meadows — Senior Warden

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.


Helen Roll — Junior Warden

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.



Christy Drackett

Our family first came to St Paul’s in the fall of 2013. I have two daughters: Hazel (5-1/2), and Eloise (3). We can usually be seen – and heard – at the 9am service on Sundays. When I’m not at St Paul’s, I can be found carting my children to-and-from Montessori school, walking my Labrador, Lucy, obsessing over my backyard chickens, practicing oil painting in my home studio, building something in my garage, enhancing my garden, knitting, reading, writing, working out, or having coffee with friends. Rarely, if ever, am I asleep. Let’s be friends!


Laura Griffin

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.


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!



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.


Joe McDermott

Committed to a career in public service, I am Chair of the King County Council.  Appreciating incense and a faith community that welcomes me, I am a proud member of St Paul’s, where my husband Michael and I were married in 2013.  As I pulled into the parking lot for our wedding rehearsal, I was overwhelmed by the reality that I would be married to the man I love, in my church, supported by our families and friends.  A lifelong West Seattleite, I enjoy running and travel.


Heidi McElrath – Stewardship Chair

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.


Laura Saunders

I have been at St Paul’s since the early 1990’s and having grown up in a ‘high church’ Episcopal setting find it comforting and inspiring.  Plus I love the people, the music and the progressive policies and politics.  Outside of church I use my retirement to travel, attend plays and concerts, make quilts, do water aerobics and have lunch with new and old friends.