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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. Catharine Reid

The Rev Catharine Reid grew up outside Philadelphia, PA. She attended Smith College in Massachusetts, and earned an MSLS degree from Villanova University. She then moved to England where she was a member for two years of the Lee Abbey Community, a lay Christian community which runs a holiday and conference center on the north coast of Devon. From there she went on to study at Trinity Theological College in Bristol, England and earned her MDiv degree from The General Seminary in New York City.

Following seminary she was for six years a member of The Order of St. Helena, an Episcopal religious community for women. It was as a member of the order that she first came to live in Seattle.

A long time member of St. Paul’s, Seattle, she was sponsored by them for ordination  and was ordained to the priesthood in October 2011. She initially served as associate at St. Clement’s, Seattle and then for three years as an associate at St. Luke’s, Renton. In 2014, in addition to serving at St. Luke’s, she took on the role of Associate for the 5pm Liturgy at St. Paul’s, and in early 2015 became their Priest-in-Charge until the arrival of their new rector at the end of September 2015. From January 2016 through January 2022, she served as associate at St. Dunstan’s in Shoreline.

In addition to her work over the years she has volunteered at Virginia Mason Hospital, Chicken Soup Brigade and in the Diocese of Olympia archives. She currently sings with the Seattle Bach Choir, gardens, rows with Conibear Rowing Club and works on her 1906 house. Her Westie, Brodie, is a constant companion.

• 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.


John Sutherland — Senior Warden

I grew up in the Lutheran church (my father was a pastor), but found my true spiritual home with the Episcopalians, particularly at St. Paul’s. I’ve been a member here since 1989. Somehow I have found myself on the vestry during every interim since then, including a stint as Senior Warden at the time we called Mother Melissa. I’ve also been involved in choral (and occasionally, instrumental) music here, bread baking, and too many other things to keep track of. I love this place, and I’m happy to serve its health and growth any way I can.

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.

Mary Baranowski

I was received into the St. Paul’s congregation on May 17, 2014.  I retired from King County Department of Natural Resources and Park in 2007.  At St. Paul’s I have served as a lector, Eucharistic Visitor, a companion with the Art Heals project and a St. Paul office volunteer.  I enjoy playing golf, taking long walks with my husband Mike and my english cocker Georgi, reading, and jewelry making.

Sharon Cumberland

I have been a member of St. Paul’s since 2006 and in the past have served on the flower guild, the vestry, the profile committee, and, currently, on the stewardship committee. I am Professor Emeritus of English and Creative Writing at Seattle University. My husband and I, Jim Jones, were married at St. Paul’s on July 1, 2012 at the 11:00 AM service. I am a former Member of the Order of St. Helena (OSH) where I’m now an associate. I also lived at the Catholic Worker in New York City for one year.

Kristi Growdon

Stephen and I have been attending St Paul’s since 1991.  It has been our one and only church as a family.  We have been early morning parishioners and have come to love the quiet, template services.  St. Paul’s introduced me to the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Episcopal Church and I am proud to be a member of a church with a commitment to social justice.

Becky Hughes

I started attending St. Paul’s regularly in the fall of 2013, and in April 2015, I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church. My journey of faith has been a bit circuitous (it started in fundamentalism in the Panhandle of Texas), and I can attest to the tenacity of the Holy Spirit. I am grateful that God helped me find my home in Anglo-Catholicism with its rich liturgy, and I am especially thankful for St. Paul’s as a body of believers who seek to live out Christ’s love in the world. My faith has deepened through my study of history (my expertise is in British missionaries in Africa), and I teach at Seattle Pacific University. One of my goals is to integrate my vocation of teaching and learning with my church service. I have been a regular altar server the past 6 years and have contributed in other steady ways to our community. Participating on vestry feels like a meaningful next step. My husband and I live in Belltown, and we love to spend time with our two grown children.

Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff

I have been attending St. Paul’s since 2011, and was confirmed 1/13/2013. I was raised in the Pentecostal church, but as an adult had no desire to continue in it. I thought there was no place for me, but St. Paul’s helped me find a place again, and I thank God for that. I started out attending Saturday morning Mass in the chapel, and then 7:30am Rite One Mass (which I still miss), and now attend the 10am service. I’m a lector, a sacristan-in-training, and help with Compline. What I love doing the most though is working in the Centennial and Bolster Gardens with Prue. When not at St. Paul’s, you can find me hanging out with my family, reading, sewing, co-hosting a classic horror movie podcast, taking boxing classes, or working as a radiation therapist.