Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting and Chapter Election

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On January 23 2022 St. Paul’s Cathedral will hold its Annual Parish Meeting on Zoom.  All are welcome to attend. If you are eligible to vote in the Chapter election you will receive a packet in the mail in early January, containing nominee information and a ballot. Please complete and return the ballot by mail before January 17. If you believe you are eligible, but you have not received a packet by January 10, please contact the office. Check below for eligibility criteria. 

Check out Susan Forsburg’s (our resident photographer) year in review on Flickr. CLICK HERE

Voting Eligibility

If you can answer “Yes” to all of the following, you are eligible to vote in this election.

  • You are aged 16 or older; and
  • You have been baptized with water and in the name of the Trinity; and
  • you made a pledge to St. Paul’s general fund on or before June 27, 2021 (ie 210 days before the annual meeting); and
  • you have submitted a current (2022) pledge; and
  • you have made a good faith effort to make regular payments on your 2021 pledge; and
  • you have received Communion at least 3 times since January 2021, or would have received Communion regularly if not prevented by the pandemic.

Annual Budget

On Sunday January 16, 2022 our finance team presented the annual budget at the 9 am forum.  If you didn’t have a chance watch or want to review something they discussed you review it here or on Youtube. 

2022 Chapter Candidates

* Please note that although some candidates have been nominated by third parties, this, however, is not a requirement. 

Watch the “Meet the candidate” forum from January 9, 2022 to hear first hand from our candidates: 

David Buckley

  1. Please describe the nominee’s involvement with and affinity for the Cathedral. In what ways does the nominee practice his personal ministry?
    David has been attending the cathedral, usually the 8:00 service, for several years, including during the pandemic, attending via Zoom and live-streaming. As Showers of Blessings are returning, he is also returning to help with that ministry. Prior to the pandemic he was part of the health and well-being services provided for the unsheltered at the Episcopal Church Center for the Maundy Thursday foot washing, where he was in charge of the actual foot washing component. He has written 5 icons under the tutelage of Kara Nelson. I have known David since the 1990’s when we both sang in the choir at All Souls’, Point Loma.
  2. How does this person live out the Cathedral’s mission to “Love Christ, Service Others, Welcome All”?
    David expresses his commitment to Christ, the cathedral, and the world, through his regular worship and generosity in giving, and through participation in the ministries of Showers of Blessings and the Diocesan foot washing.
  3. What professional and personal skills would the nominee contribute to Chapter?
    Before retirement, David had a career as a Physician’s Assistant. He took a leadership role in the diocesan foot washing.
  4. Why would the nominee make a good Chapter member?
    David has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Cathedral and its ministry through Sunday worship, pledging, contributing to special projects, and volunteering with Showers of Blessings. His life is grounded in daily spiritual disciplines.
  1. What brought you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and why did you stay?
    My first experience with St. Paul’s Cathedral was 1969 when, as a young enlisted attending medical corps school at the Naval Hospital, I would walk each Sunday to the Cathedral for services and that was my pattern when I would return to San Diego on new orders. I chose St. Paul’s as my permanent spiritual home shortly after Dean Penny arrived and have loved it ever since. When I enter the doors and look toward the chancel and the windows depicting the life of St. Paul, I feel the Presence of God and then when the liturgy begins I am completely caught up in this “taste of heaven.”
  2. And the parishioners have always been welcoming toward me and I sense the genuineness of the welcome not only toward me but to all others who enter. Paul’s is a very special place.
  3. With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how? I attend Forum either in person or zoom currently. I have in the past volunteered for the Showers of Blessings and am looking forward to rejoining that ministry now that it has resumed. Besides Sunday Eucharist, I also attend Evensong.
  4. To which strategic goal area would you most want to be a Chapter Liaison (Cathedral for the City, Community, Formation, Music & Arts, Outreach & Justice, or Worship)? Why? So many to choose from in which I would have an interest but the one which stands out is the Outreach & Justice. I want to share my faith whether it is by words or by action.  As St. Francis says: “Preach the Gospel and when necessary use words.”  Paul’s has much to offer a broken world.
  5. What attributes and gifts do you bring to the ministry of Chapter (please include any pertinent educational, professional or community experience)? I enjoy people. I enjoy listening to their stories. I enjoy helping people when I can. I enjoy giving.  I have a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Nebraska as a physician assistant. I served 20 years in the United States Navy first as an enlisted medical corpsman and then upon completion of a two year training program as a physician assistant retiring as Chief Warrant Office 3.  Then I worked for 23 years at Kaiser Permanente in the Primary Care Department, patient care.  When I first entered this career my goal was to fix and as time went by and I became older, I learned to be present to that person sitting across the desk from me.  I had the skills and training to heal a sore or wound but I also learned that I could also be an instrument in the healing of the whole person when I placed myself aside and really listened.  I hope that makes some sense.
  6. Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter? Well, my name was put up by someone unknown person. I never would have thought I was qualified to be a member as I had never been on a vestry or Chapter in the past.  So, when this happened I began a discernment wondering what I had to offer and that is what is listed above.  I want to be a part of the continuation of St. Paul’s mission to be inclusive, to welcome all people and support them in their life’s journey.  I believe that where ever I find myself at St. Paul’s I can continue this great work with my fellow parishioners.  Thank-you.

Tonya Chavis

  1. Please describe the nominee’s involvement with and affinity for the Cathedral? In what other ways does the nominee practice his/her personal ministry?Tonya is a very engaged member of the Cathedral participating in, and assisting with, various forums and services (additional details listed below in her nomination form). Her quiet, thoughtful approach with others puts people at ease  – people feel they can talk to her and be heard.
  2. How does this person live out the Cathedral’s mission to “Love Christ. Serve Others.  Welcome All.”?
    Tonya’s leadership in Evening Prayer, Sacred Ground, as well as the other programs noted in her nomination form demonstrate how she lives out the Cathedral’s mission. I would like to particularly note her time in the Circles of Love program. She gave generously of her time to listen and support those in need of contact during the pandemic.  Some of those calls could be exceptionally challenging and she handled them with exceptional patience and understanding. She takes listening, and truly hearing others, very seriously
  3. What professional and personal skills would the nominee contribute to the Chapter?Tonya is circumspect, thoughtful, meticulous, and wise. The combination of her empathy and attention to detail will make her an asset to the Chapter.
  4. Why would the nominee would make a good Chapter member?
    Tonya is invested in helping the Cathedral community and community at large. She is engaged and willing to put in the work needed from a Chapter member.
  1. What brought you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and why did you stay?

I moved to San Diego in January 2007.  I attended St. James by-the-Sea for a few years and then decided that I was seeking an Episcopal Church community that was more diverse and active in community outreach. 

  1. With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how?

I have been involved in the following: Welcoming Committee Member (8:00 service), Spiritual Autobiography, Lent Forum Series: Waking Up White, Circles of Love Circle Leader, Campaign Committee Listening Phase Facilitator, Sacred Ground cohort co-leader, Sacred Ground in Action Steering Committee Member, Evening Prayer Leader (Thursday evenings) as well a participant during the week.

  1. To which strategic goal area would you most want to be a Chapter Liaison (Cathedral for the City, Community, Formation, Music & Arts, Outreach & Justice, or Worship)? Why?

I would like to be a Chapter liaison for Outreach & Justice. I believe my activities to date with Sacred Ground and Sacred Ground in Action have laid a foundation for me to work alongside others to continue to raise awareness of inequities and hopefully contribute in a meaningful and actionable way towards having a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable community.

  1. What attributes and gifts do you bring to the ministry of Chapter (please include any pertinent educational, professional or community experience)?

I believe some of my strengths are compassion, active listening, empathy, and love. Below is my personal branding statement.

Tonya encourages, inspires, and leads others by helping them navigate and overcome personal and professional challenges. She manifests positivity, compassion, empathy, and exudes a quiet strength in her daily interactions. She respects differences and values working and collaborating with diverse groups of people. She is a unifier and builds bridges of connectedness.

Professionally, I am a Director, IT Business Partner for a biotech company. I am also a Board Member of transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project.

  1. Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter?

I was approached by Margret and a few other people to consider serving. I feel called because I am trying to listen to what God sets forth before me and be open to opportunities stet before by moving forward in faith and trust in the unknown.

Peggy Killian

  1. What brought you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and why did you stay?
    My first interaction with St Paul’s Cathedral was attending Women Together, in 2019.  (My husband and I had just moved from Chicago to San Diego).  From the first night, I instantly gravitated toward the group and felt strongly about becoming a regular member.  I also was compelled right away to volunteer to help in whatever capacity was needed.  I was scooped up and immediately assigned to check-in attendees and also help in setting up tables for the respective dinners.  Since just retiring from a University position where many times I reached out to the community to invite speakers for various topics and programs; I jumped at the opportunity when Nancy Tarbell offered me the responsibility to assist her in researching speakers and helping select appropriate candidates to present programs.  Participating in Women Together for that year, gave me the opportunity to rub shoulders with some remarkable women who were members of St. Paul’s Cathedral.  I found myself in a position to make friends with some very nice, interesting and spiritual women. A Gold Mine!

During this time I also had begun attending a different church and I thought I was fairly happy with where I had landed.  The first night of Women Together I sat next to Dean Penny and we had a very pleasant ‘get-acquainted’ exchange about where we both were from, etc., and I thought she was a very approachable easy to talk to, leader of a congregation.  She asked me that evening, if I could be persuaded to attend St. Paul’s and I said, “Thank you for the invitation, however, I have begun attending services at another church.”  The Dean’s kind invitation stayed in the back of my  thoughts and I revisited it from time to time over the next year.

In no time at all, I got curious about programs I was hearing about at St. Paul’s and attended an Evensong with friends, and experienced the glorious festive celebration of St. George’s Day. WoW!  The more I listened and the more I heard about St. Paul’s, the more curious I became.  Being so involved with Women Together, I found myself at the Cathedral quite often.  I couldn’t help but see and feel the greatness of what was going on there. I talked it over with my husband and we decided to attend a service, just to check it out.  We were greeted in such a warm inclusive way by many folks. Combine that with the ambiance of High Church, and the music tradition of the Cathedral, it was very easy to want to return the following week, and the week after that and the week after that.  Needless to say, it became favorable and we wanted to keep on attending.  We also were invited to a newcomer’s luncheon and during it we shared conversation with new and older parishioners, heard their powerful stories of faith, and it all felt so right.

Next I participated in the class taught by Jeff Martinauk, “What is an Episcopalian?” based on the book Walk in Love.  As I became more acquainted with the history of Episcopal traditions I was becoming more committed to living my life in this Christian tradition.  Needless to say, with a great deal of contemplation, reflection, and guidance I began to understand the Episcopal relationship to prayer, to Christian belief, and daily life.  I slowly was becoming rooted in the Anglican approach to the Way of Jesus.

On Easter Sunday, 2020, I was proud to be formally received in a ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral by Bishop Susan Snook.  In the beginning of this journey, while I didn’t really think I was looking for a new spiritual home, or so I thought, little seeds were planted along the way by many.  Starting with the Women Together Group, Dean Penny’s invitation, female parishioners that I volunteered with, friends I made, Jeff’s class on the Episcopalian way of worshiping, and lots of reflection–maybe I was a bit ‘lost’ and just maybe St. Paul’s ‘found’ me?  Either way that is why I have stayed and I love my new spiritual home.

2. With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how?

  • Sacred Ground Reading and Discussion Group
  • Paul’s Senior Services Volunteer, staging apartments for homeless Seniors
  • Women Together Program Development, Selection Volunteer
  • Welcome Table Greeter (1X each month)

3. To which strategic goal area would you most want to be a Chapter Liaison (Cathedral for the City, Community, Formation, Music & Arts, Outreach & Justice, or Worship)?  Why?

I am inspired to share my Episcopal faith and I value how St Paul’s Cathedral is now and could expand on being a huge spiritual resource for the community.  I’d like to be on a team that oversees creating avenues to attract the community to come to the Cathedral.

4. What attributes and gifts do you bring to the ministry of Chapter (please include any pertinent educational, professional or community experience)?

I bring a vast background of Leadership experiences prior to moving to San Diego.  Following are some positions I have held in the recent past:

  • Board President for the Chamber of Commerce
  • Vice President of the State of Illinois Private College Placement Association
  • Chair of University Transfer Student Task Force (appointed by College President)
  • Director of a University Department—Career Education, in the Center for Professional Excellence at Elmhurst University
  • Chaired several Educational Committees by appointment
  • Served as a Community liaison for the University and the Greater Chicago Business and Industry Organizations

I have a Masters in Education Organization Leadership and a 25+ year background in Leadership and Professional Development Program creation and presentation. I believe my leadership competencies can easily transfer from a University venue and they can produce impact to a spiritual environment.  My past experience as a change agent and innovative big picture thinker has offered good balance for creating diverse ideas around decision making, in prior groups.

5. Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter?

Being very excited about the spiritual journey the lord has brought forth for me, I do not want to be a passive pew sitter.  I have a strong belief in Servant Leadership and desire to be a team member that can make a difference.  Stepping up to the highest purpose in service, I want to support a strategic plan of thinking through future initiatives for St. Paul’s, in a comprehensive manner.  By walking in aggressive and bold alignment, I will support the Mission of St. Paul’s:  to Love Christ, Serve Others, and Welcome All.

Stacey Klaman, PhD, MPH

  1. Please describe the nominee’s involvement with and affinity for the Cathedral? In what other ways does the nominee practice his/her personal ministry?
    Stacey is Chair of the Forum committee, a student in EFM, an acolyte, and a regular at morning prayer. (She might be a participant in other ministries unknown to me.) Other ways Stacey practices her personal ministry: Stacey’s doctorate is in Maternal and Child Health and she has a master’s in public health (Maternal and Child Health). Currently Stacey is using this education to study Hepatitis C in the San Diego unsheltered population through a fellowship at San Diego Family Health Centers. Stacey once said, “I am public health.” This means, as she explained, that she views our Cathedral mission and ministry, particularly our initiatives serving the homeless, with this perspective.
  2. How does this person live out the Cathedral’s mission to “Love Christ. Serve Others.  Welcome All.”? 
    That tag line is the very thing that drew Stacey to the Cathedral at the beginning of the COVID lockdown. She had searched all over San Diego (via the internet because of the lockdown) for a church that would match her core values. When she saw that tag line on the Cathedral webpage, she knew she had found her faith community and church home. She lives out this mission by volunteering to chair the Forum Committee, bringing adult spiritual education and formation classes to the parishioners of St. Paul’s on a regular (usually weekly) basis.
  3. What professional and personal skills would the nominee contribute to the Chapter?
    Stacey has an extensive research background, a strong teaching background, and vast experience as a program manager in public heath programs and projects. Stacey would bring this broad experience and critical thinking skill set to the Chapter to help move the conversation and decision-making to a successful conclusion. I don’t know if a bio/CV is requested for this process but if it is, let me know and I can provide Stacey’s.
  4. Why would the nominee make a good Chapter member?
    Stacey is a deeply spiritual and faith-filled person who is devoted to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
    I’ve had many discussions with Stacey and find her to call on God’s grace, and the Holy Spirit, as she discerns her actions and decisions. She sees the Chapter as a place where all decisions center around our common faith-filled life as we live out our Christianity in a diverse world. She is truly a team player and a fantastic listener and empath. Her personality is such that she can lead without dominating or easily recognize those more informed on a given subject.
  1. What brought you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and why did you stay?

    When I returned to San Diego at the beginning of March 2020, after being away in graduate school for seven years, I had two priorities: the first was to find a job and the second was to find a faith community. On Easter Sunday, I Googled ‘churches in San Diego’ and St. Paul’s Cathedral was listed in the search. I was drawn to the tag line “Wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here” and watched the virtual Easter service. I began to come back week after week for the 10:30 worship, then for Evensong, and then for virtual Sunday morning Zoom service.

    I stayed for many reasons. First impressions matter and what comes to my mind about those first few weeks I attended include: Dean Penny’s special welcome message to those who found St. Paul’s online. The sermons resonated with me; some more deeply than others. Still, each sermon gave me something to ponder. I was captivated by the beauty of Evensong. The Zoom coffee hours moved me because I saw how people seemed to be genuinely concerned about one another. It was not long after that I signed up for the “Waking Up White” book discussion and then Sacred Ground in Action and then weekday Morning Prayer. Jeff reached out to me to ask if I wanted to be included in a Circle of Love. Receiving a call each Saturday morning by one of the parishioners made me feel cared for and welcomed.  

    What finally sealed my reasons for staying happened in November of 2020. As I mentioned in the interview with the Dean’s Warden, I registered very, very late for the Ingathering. Jairus contacted me to ask if I wanted a boxed meal. He showed up at my home the night before the Ingathering with a boxed meal in hand and I was so touched by this simple act of kindness that when he left, I closed the door and literally broke down in tears. I wanted to know more about the St. Paul’s community that was so welcoming of me, and I wanted to be part of it.

  1. With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how?
  • Morning Prayer: I attended out of curiosity in September 2020 and haven’t stopped.
  • Card Ministry: I like to write letters and there was a need for volunteers in November 2020.
  • Adult Formation Committee: I was asked to be the committee chair in March 2021.
  • Acolyte: I was asked if I wanted to serve in July 2021.
  • Grant Committee: I was asked to be part of the committee in October 2021.
  • AV Production Committee: I volunteered to be part of this committee in November 2021, as it is tied to the Forum.
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  1. To which strategic goal area would you most want to be a Chapter Liaison (Cathedral for the City, Community, Formation, Music & Arts, Outreach & Justice, or Worship)? Why?
    Formation makes the most sense, but Outreach & Justice resonates with me because of my academic, leadership, clinical, advocacy, program planning, and community engagement skills in the field of public health. Cathedral for the City sounds intriguing, but I do not know what that would entail. I am open to the needs of Chapter.
  1. What attributes and gifts do you bring to the ministry of Chapter (please include any pertinent educational, professional or community experience)?
  • Leadership, mentoring, management, communication, organizational, and follow-through skills
  • Research, writing (academic, grant, technical, educational, lay public), editing, copyediting, and proofreading
  • I am trustworthy, grounded in faith, compassionate, patient, optimistic, prayerful, curious, joyful, perceptive to how others feel and what they might need
  • I bring an ability to listen deeply, appreciate multiple perspectives, maintain confidentiality, motivate and be motivated, live into and through discomfort and dissonance, embrace growth and change, know when to stand aside for the good of the community, listen for the Holy Spirit
  1. Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter?

To me, Chapter is about doing God’s work, and at the very heart of Chapter lie our relationships to God and to each other. For me that is awe-inspiring, and it motivates me to want to become more deeply embedded in the life of the St. Paul’s Community. Serving on Chapter would provide me with a unique opportunity to become more spiritually grounded and help me advance my journey of faith.

This past year while attending Chapter meetings I have observed that members are attentive, engaged, compassionate, collaborative, intentional and reflective about what they do. I believe that members strive to see that of God in one another. They are loving, kind, and gentle, and they don’t shy away from asking difficult questions. Members seek to find common ground centered on the spiritual life and they partner with one another, and with Dean Penny, in mutual discernment for the good of the entire Cathedral community and beyond. Everyone is contributing their time, talent, and treasure and I think I might have something to offer.

Tom Merrick

  1. Please describe the nominee’s involvement with and affinity for the Cathedral? In what other ways does the nominee practice his/her personal ministry?

Tom has attended and graduated from the 4 year EFM course.  I was the co mentor of his group and always found him to be thoughtful and interested in the theological reflection aspect of the EFM learning process.  Tom is always looking for ways to allow God to speak to him and guide him on his pursuit of discipleship. He has practiced his personal ministry by enrolling in mid-week enrichment classes as well as classes at the Diocese School for Ministry, and numerous volunteer opportunities at the Cathedral.

  1. How does this person live out the Cathedral’s mission to “Love Christ. Serve Others.  Welcome All.”? 

Tom demonstrates the “Love Christ, Serve Others, Welcome All” mission by his ongoing pursuit of studies in discipleship, engaging in programs that are designed to help formation and growth in Christ, his tireless volunteerism for programs like Showers of Blessings, Ashes to Go, ESC activities, and a consistent open and affirming personality with everyone he encounters inside and outside of the church.

  1. What professional and personal skills would the nominee contribute to the Chapter?

Tom is a retired attorney, so he is very much a critical thinker and problem solver.  He’s also very well versed and educated in the study of theology and biblical studies.  He brings board and corporate decision making experience to the table, with a deeply devout sense of accountability to God and his faith.  I believe those are all essential attributes and skills that would enhance the Chapter responsibilities and collegiality. 

  1. Why would the nominee make a good Chapter member?

Tom is a devoted husband, father and follower of Christ.  In addition to the above-mentioned skills and professional attributes, he has the highest character and is highly motived to serve Christ, give back to his fellow humans, and grow the Kingdom of God in today’s world.  He has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the Cathedral and its ministries and programs.  Tom Merrick would be a super addition to Chapter and I am very proud to nominate him.

  1. What brought you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and why did you stay?

I started regular attendance at SPC as a choir parent at Evensongs.  Through a notice in the bulletin, I felt called to Education for Ministry (EfM) and that really hooked me into the community.  The liturgy and the 8:00 AM service kept me coming.  I volunteered for other opportunities as they arose and want to give back more of what I have received.

  1. With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how?

I am a very proud graduate of EfM, have taken several courses at the diocesan School for Ministry; have participated in several mid-week enrichment courses; have served as a docent; serve on the audio team for the 8:00 service; have volunteered at Showers of Blessings (giving out personal care items); have helped at Ashes to Go; choir parent for 3 children, so lots of Evensongs and other performances, and while it is not a specific SPC group, am a member of an EfM alumni book club that meets monthly of fellowship and enrichment.

  1. To which strategic goal area would you most want to be a Chapter Liaison (Cathedral for the City, Community, Formation, Music & Arts, Outreach & Justice, or Worship)? Why?

Formation.  To me, one of the Church’s most important roles is the formation of disciples.  I don’t believe you can become a disciple on your own.  I have learned very important lessons through EfM, SfM, mid-week enrichment classes and other similar programs at SPC that have helped me grow in my faith.  Before coming to SPC, I led Bible studies and other adult education classes in other churches as well.

  1. What attributes and gifts do you bring to the ministry of Chapter (please include any pertinent educational, professional or community experience)?

As a retired attorney, I have been trained in problem solving and critical thinking skills that would be of a benefit in service on Chapter.  I have served on several Chapter-like church councils throughout my Christian journey.  I currently serve on the Board of Directors of Episcopal Community Services and the Board Governance and Housing and Clinical Services committees.  I also serve on the Institutional Review Board at SDSU, which reviews human subject research protocols.

  1. Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter?

I feel called to serve on Chapter because I have been greatly blessed by may association with St. Paul’s and have a good deal of prior experience in Church governance and administration.  I feel that this would be a good way to give back some of the blessings I have received.  If it is God’s will, through the community of faith, that I am called to this ministry, I will give my best to serve our Cathedral to the best of my ability

Russell Okihara

  1. Please describe the nominee’s involvement with and affinity for the Cathedral? In what other ways does the nominee practice his/her personal ministry?

I’m a confirmed Episcopalian since 1967 and grew up with the Episcopal Church. Previous Chapter member for 4-5 years and served on many past sub-committees.

  1. How does this person live out the Cathedral’s mission to “Love Christ. Serve Others.  Welcome All.”? 

Keeping the faith in Christ as my primary mantra and being generous with my time and financial successes. Being a servant to Christ also provides me with the guidance to be accepting of peoples of many different facets in life.

  1. What professional and personal skills would the nominee contribute to the Chapter?

Leadership history along with current financial knowledge with my current profession as a professional broker.

  1. Why would the nominee would make a good Chapter member?

Contributing the historical perspective of my knowledge and skills to assist with keeping an organization operating at it’s optimum level.

  1. What brought you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and why did you stay?

Have been a regular member of St Pauls since 1982 and have lived in the area and always felt at home with the Cathedral and its ministries.

  1. With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how?

Chapter in prior years. Usher for many years. Planning committee for the development project. Interim Dean’s search committee.

  1. To which strategic goal area would you most want to be a Chapter Liaison (Cathedral for the City, Community, Formation, Music & Arts, Outreach & Justice, or Worship)? Why?

Cathedral for the City and Community. The community is key to the long-term vitality of our Cathedral. We are doing a wonderful job with the visibility of our current community outreach and feel that now that things are opening up after Covid-19, we can resume much of this.

  1. What attributes and gifts do you bring to the ministry of Chapter (please include any pertinent educational, professional or community experience)?

Past owner of a dental office, now serving as a counselor/broker/financial guide for dentists as they discern their retirement transition.

  1. Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter?

I have seen the Cathedral go through many different ups and downs and can say that I have had the experience of serving over those years. I want to share more of my gained experience to further enhance the direction of the current Dean and members.

James E. Wright

  1. Please describe the nominee’s involvement with and affinity for the Cathedral?  In what other ways does the nominee practice his/her personal ministry?

 Jim is a long-time active member of the congregation and has served in several ministries as he lists in his nomination below. Throughout the illness and decline of his husband Jerry, Jim’s compassion and patience were very evident. He quietly supported Jerry in his leadership role when it was becoming more challenging for him. Jim is devoted to our community.

2. How does this person live out the Cathedral’s mission to “Love Christ.  Serve Others.  Welcome All.”?  

 Jim is regular in worship and giving to the church. He demonstrated a true servant’s heart in taking care of Jerry. He has been active in our Integrity ministry of ensuring a welcome for our LGBTQ friends.

3. What professional and personal skills would the nominee contribute to the Chapter?

 His degree in public administration and his technical and organizational skills would be very helpful on Chapter. He also knows a fair bit about how Chapter operates through assisting Jerry in his Chapter ministry. Jim is even-tempered and thoughtful.

4. Why would the nominee would make a good Chapter member?

See 5) above. Additionally, since Jerry’s recent death, Jim has demonstrated spiritual maturity in the way he has processed his grief.  Spiritually mature people make great Chapter members. Jim also has a good historical knowledge of St. Paul’s.

  1. What brought you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and why did you stay?

I moved to San Diego with my husband, Jerry, in 1991. We immediately placed our membership with St. Paul’s, and have been active the entire time. Living in a big city can be lonely and isolating. We valued having a church family and St. Paul’s was a perfect match for us. Change is certain, and St. Paul’s is no exception. However, our friendships with church members and staff have remained a constant. St. Paul’s is like family. The loss of Jerry, after a 43 year marriage has made my connection to our church even more important.

2. With what activities or ministries have you been involved and how?

  • Facilitated Integrity meetings
  • Served as secretary of Vida Joven
  • Served as greeter
  • Served as docent
  • Volunteered at Uptown Community Drop-in Center
  • Assisted with Episcopal Relief Shoe Drives
  • Served on St. Paul’s Senior Services PACe Quality Assurance Committee
  • Volunteer for video and sound
  • Administrator for Ministry Scheduler Pro

3. To which strategic goal area would you most want to be a Chapter Liaison (Cathedral for the City, Community, Formation, Music & Arts, Outreach & Justice, or Worship)? Why?

 I am drawn to activities that strengthen community such as fellowship, Circles of Love, or the Stephen Ministry. As a long time member, I have been the recipient of a great deal of love and care from my church family. Most recently, the Circles of Love program kept us in contact during the scariest part of the pandemic. When Jerry was dying, we were provided sustaining meals free of charge. I have been comforted during my time of mourning by weekly visits from a Stephen minister.

I am very excited about the seed being planted for outreach program for those people who live alone, and have no one to keep in regular contact. I am an introvert, so I realize how difficult it can be to become part of a community. I’d like to help people make connections.

4. What attributes and gifts do you bring to the ministry of Chapter (please include any pertinent educational, professional or community experience)?

I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Public Administration

I bring a strong background in administration. During my 25 year career with Riverside County Department of Social Services (DPSS), I held the following positions:

  • Eligibility Worker
  • Eligibility Supervisor
  • Regional Manager
  • Community and Government Relations Manager
  • Deputy Director

I began my career as an eligibility worker for the Aid to Dependent Families Program. This taught me great empathy for families struggling to make ends meet. As a regional manager, I developed strong management skills and valuable leadership training.

 

In the second phase of my career, I served as the department’s Community and Government Relations Manage. In this position, I received media training and acted as liaison for all public contact with our agency of 3000 employees. I became comfortable appearing on radio and television and talking with print media reporters.

My career culminated when I became the Deputy Director for the Temporary Assistance and Medi-Cal Division. I led a workgroup of over 1,000 employees in 18 offices throughout Riverside County. I learned the value of listening to employees’ stories and helping them to frame their visions within in our organizational structure. In my final years, I oversaw major reorganization of our operation away from an in-person, paper based application process, to call centers.

During my years in the Riverside area, I was also very involved in the Episcopal Church, first at St. Peter’s in Rialto, and then at St George’s in Riverside. Experiences during these these years include:

  • Choir member
  • Lay reader
  • Vestry member
  • Building and Grounds Chair
  • Junior Warden
  • Chairing various fundraiser
  • Equipped for Ministry (EFM) -years 1 & 2 

5. Why do you feel called to serve on Chapter?

     It was my privilege to support my late husband Jerry in his many volunteer duties at St.Paul’s throughout the years. He loved serving and I loved helping him do it well. He taught me the value of perseverance, even when times got tough. Jerry believed that if, you didn’t ask for what you needed, you would never get it. I think that is a valuable lesson for effective leadership.

            I would love the chance to give back to the church family that has given me so much. I know that we face many challenges -as always. I hope my skills and experiences might be of value.

Thank you FOR YOUR PLEDGE!

Because of you, we can continue to serve as a center of transformative love, faith and service!

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