There are three exciting personnel announcements to make. The first is that Kathleen Bean is joining our staff as our Pastoral Associate on an interim basis while Rev. Claire is out on three months maternity leave. Kathleen will be responsible for the Evening Service, other liturgical assignments, some pastoral matters, the continuing development of adult formation programs, and “other duties as assigned by the rector.” She prepared for this ministry through her studies at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, earning her Masters of Theological Studies in 2012. We are delighted to welcome Kathleen into this new ministry for her and for us. We are also grateful to the Church Pension Group for the generous maternity support they offer our congregations.
Kevin Bulivant has joined us to replace Marybeth Volk as our Finance Manager. Marybeth retired with a grand send-off on November 16th. Kevin will be with us full-time and, in addition to his accounting duties, will also be helpful with donor support and personnel matters. Kevin recently served as an accounting associate with the Saint Mary’s Medical Center Foundation and, at different points in his career, as a financial analyst, small business owner, treasurer, project leader, manager, and consultant. He earned his B.Comm. in Finance from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
And we have also been blessed to receive the ministrations of the Rev. Hannah Elyse Cornthwaite for a brief period of time as she transitions from the diaconate to priesthood. Hannah is canonically resident in the Diocese of Iowa but comes originally from a small island in Southwest Alaska. She has been studying at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley since 2010. Hannah has a passion for ministry with children, including those with special needs, and for engaging with young adults who are often called “spiritual but not religious.” Her ministry to us will be primarily confined to Sundays as she brings her time in seminary to a close.