Ministry Biographies

For Roxanne Rhoades, Children’s Minister at St. Stephen’s, Orinda, ministry with young people is a family affair. Her own young adult children, Sarah and Chris, have been summer campers and counselors both. And according to husband Scott — deep faith and warm evangelical spirituality are the source of Roxanne’s uncanny ability to connect with people of all ages. Her is involved with a robust corps of volunteers, pageants and plays, vibrant Sunday school program and upcoming Vacation Bible School — which routinely attracts 100 or more local kids, and is one of the most popular in the area. Contact Roxanne at children@ststephensorinda.org

 

For Tom Poynor, the Episcopal Church has been the biggest felix culpa (happy accident) of his life. Baptized as an infant, he received from his eccentric, bohemian and cosmopolitan godfather a German stole that has truly been the yoke for the light burden of Christ. After gaining a delightfully impractical degree in music and literature from Sewanee, Tom started working in youth and young-adult ministry in the Diocese of Alabama. Berkeley Canterbury Foundation as chaplain for the Episcopal Church at UC Berkeley; subsequently he became the program director for the DioCal Interns program (Episcopal Service Corps). Contact Tom at tom@universitychapelberkeley.org

 

Jan Scrutton has been an at-home mum for 16 years; Jan and Mike started their married life as church youth group leaders and Jan went on to lead Sunday School and summer “Holiday Club.” Jan found a new church home at St James’, Fremont, leading Jan into writing VBS programs, developing a new ministry to children, teens and families, and leading — again with husband Mike — a youth group. She believes that children need to know, above all, that the local church is a place they can go to — that it belongs to them as much as anyone else. Contact Jan at jan@saintj.com

 

The one thing Lori Robinson knows for sure is that stories — ours and others, past and present — are entry points for deeper relationship with God and all of God’s creation. Whether she’s preaching, presenting a Godly Play session, coordinating a Christmas pageant, designing a VBS or facilitating Family Circle, Lori loves to share the stories of the people of God long ago and hear the stories of the people of God now. She has been the lay associate for family ministry at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Danville for seven years. Contact Lori at lrobinson@sainttimothysdanville.org or 925.837.4993, ext. 23


 

As a member of St. Thomas, Sunnyvale — which hosts the Episcopal Resource Center — Carol Campbell started the church library in 1989 with 250 books. It has now grown to over 7,000 volumes and is available to you 24/7 via online catalog. She is the author of Classic Religious Books for Children and a co-author of Organizing a Library or Resource Center. She is also a board member of the National Organization of Episcopal Resource Centers (NOERC). In her spare time, she and her husband David have traveled to all 7 continents visiting 86 countries. Contact Carol at resourcecenter@stthomas-svale.us


 

Sean Potts has been a youth minister since he was a teen at St. Timothy’s, Danville, Sean recently transitioned to working as the Children and Family Minister at St. Paul’s, Walnut Creek. He works to give children and their parents a taste of the unconditional love, playfulness and power-sharing that he grew up with in his own youth group. Through intergenerational events, circles of song and good ol’ Sunday School, Sean hopes that families in the Episcopal church might burn bright like the light of a child. Contact him at spotts@stpaulswc.org

 

 

Daniel London’s mantra for youth ministry is “prayer and service to the poor,” an approach that he applies to the Marin Episcopal Youth Group (MEYG), a collaborative youth group representing five churches. Each Sunday night, the MEYG gather in the upstairs youth room at Church of the Nativity, San Rafael, to pray Compline, which includes silent meditation, Celtic prayers, Taizé chants and occasionally a song by Leonard Cohen. They also volunteer monthly at the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy. Along with prayer and outreach, the MEYG love playing games like Quidditch, toilet-paper dodgeball and others. Contact Daniel at daniel.london@gmail.com or visit http://marinepiscopalyouth.wordpress.com/

 

Andy Shamel discerned his call to ordained work at the Edgerton House campus ministry at Dartmouth College. After graduating in 2005, he served at Dartmouth as a campus chaplain before coming back to CDSP in Berkeley — where he completed his M.Div. as well as an M.A. — studying narrative theology and the News from Lake Wobegon. After being ordained in 2011, he moved to Indianapolis to Christ Church Cathedral as their curate. Andy is excited to be back in the Bay Area and doing campus ministry, serving as Interim Episcopal Chaplain to Stanford University. Contact Andy at revandy@stanford.edu

 

 

Lindsay Hills was and raised in San Jose. While attending Bryn Mawr she discovered the newly formed Episcopal Campus Ministry, and her life has never been the same. Ordained in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, Lindsay accepted her first call to New England, but was ecstatic to be called to serve as Associate Rector at St. Matthew's, San Mateo and to finally return “home.” She currently works with the youth at both St. Paul's, Burlingame and St. Matthew's in their combined youth and confirmation programs. She is passionate about making the Good News accessible to children of all ages. Contact at lmhills@episcopalstmatthew.org
 

 

Susanna Singer, in addition to organizing the annual Youth Ministry Symposium, serves as Associate Professor of Ministry Development at CDSP. Throughout her ministry, her passion is transformative educational, formational, and pastoral work with adults and youth, as well as the development of innovative models of ministry. Susanna holds a Ph.D. from the interdisciplinary program in Theology and Education at Boston College, and has served as Education Coordinator for the Diocese of California and Canon Liturgist at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Susanna stated, “I am passionate about bringing high-level presenters working on cutting-edge thinking into dialogue with our local practitioners.” Contact at ssinger@cdsp.edu
 

As a children's minister, youth minister, and young-adult minister, Tom Fregoso has had the pleasure of serving with several parishes and universities in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles. An advocate for young adults, youth, and children, he believes that they all should be seen and heard. As Tom figures out new and different ways to connect with parents, young adults, youth, and children, he fondly thinks about sailing, softball, traveling and learning languages, and escaping to do summer chaplain work at the Bishop's Ranch with his wife, the Rev. Krista Fregoso. Contact Tom at thomasef01@gmail.com