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Rector

Fr. Daniel Green

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Daniel Green was born in Riverside, California and raised in California, Indiana, and Vermont.  His childhood Christian formation was in a congregation of the Disciples of Christ.  He has worked as a political activist, community organizer, carpenter, farmer, and gardener, and lived in a variety of intentional communities.  

 

Daniel studied religion, history, and philosophy at Williams College and the California Institute of Integral Studies.  After six years of residential practice and study at the San Francisco Zen Center, he began attending Episcopal churches in San Francisco in 1994.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, where he was active as a liturgical minister, preacher, and teacher, and served on the vestry.  He received a M.Div. degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in May, 2005.  He was ordained a priest in December of that year, and immediately came to All Saints’, Carmel, California as Assisting Priest, later Associate Rector. 

 

In August 2010, he was appointed Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s, Petaluma.  He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California in March 2014, and appointed Dean of the Russian River Deanery in June 2014.  He serves on the Advisory Board of the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative, and is Chair of the Steering Committee of the Petaluma Children’s Chorus. In November 2014, after a year-long discernment process among parishioners in all sectors of the church community, Daniel was called to become the Rector of St. John's Episcopal, Petaluma.  

 

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Deacon

Mara Arack

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Assigned by Bishop Barry Beisner to St. John’s, the Rev. Mara Arack has been a deacon since her ordination on August 13, 2016. She serves at St. John’s from February through June, and at a parish in Humboldt county July through December. A deacon serves directly under her bishop. Her special charge is to bring the concerns of the community and the world to the church, and to discern with the congregation how they, through the gifts of the Holy Spirit they have been given, can as a faithful Christian community serve Jesus by serving others. Deacons assist the church to work for justice, mercy and peace. Such service fulfills our baptismal vows to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves. Deacon Mara is also trained and available for pastoral counsel.

Deacon Mara was a college English teacher in the San Joaquin Valley before retiring in 2008.  Prior to studying for the diaconate beginning in 2012, Deacon Mara was a hospital chaplain and an ombudsman for Area 1 Agency on Aging in Humboldt county for several years. She is married to George, a retired criminal defense attorney. She has five adult children and five grandchildren.


The Vestry

 

The Vestry is the governing “board of directors” of St. John’s Petaluma.  The term of office is three years, and one-third of the Vestry members are elected each year at the Annual Parish Meeting to serve as “agents and legal representatives of the Parish in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the parish to its clergy” as described in Cannon 14 of the Episcopal Church. 

The Diocesan Constitution and Parish by-laws suggest that one be “a communicant whose name shall be duly enrolled in the Register of the Parish, is sixteen years of age or older, is regular in his/her attendance at services, and is a steward of his/her time, talent and treasure for its support.”  

Left to Right: Rob Sullivan, Jerry Taylor, Laurie Warren, Teresa Peter, Geri Olson, Larry Temple, Kate Klarkowski,
Allison Adams, Ellen Monck, Walt Lederhaus, and Linda Lee Boyd

2017 Vestry Members

Senior Warden,
Larry Temple

Junior Warden,
Walt Lederhaus

Clerk,
Jerry Taylor


Alison Adams

Linda Lee Boyd

Kate Klarkowski

Ellen Monck

Geri Olson

Teresa Peter

Rob Sullivan

Laurie Warren

 

 

 

 


Admin Assistant

Marsha Trent

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Marsha Trent joined the staff of St. John’s on June 4, 2014 and rapidly mastered the finer points of service bulletins, parish directories, and other mainstays of church life.  Self described as semi-retired, Marsha acknowledges she isn’t shy and she likes word play. In fact, she’d say that word play is what she’s been doing for most of her professional life. She came to California from Colorado more than 20 years ago after a long career in newspaper journalism. Before finding a home in Petaluma about 15 years ago, she worked for a newsletter publisher and at various North Bay newspapers. She worked at the Petaluma Visitor’s program for nearly a decade as visitor services coordinator and media relations director. 

Marsha is working part-time on communications and administration at St. John’s. She’s usually at the church on Wednesday from about  1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and on Thursday from about 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. She can be contacted via e-mail at marshat.sjecp@gmail.com.

 

 

 


Facilities Manager

Susan Hadenfeldt

 

Susan Hadenfeldt has served as St. John’s volunteer facilities manager for the past five years, coordinating the rental of Parish facilities and working as a member of the Buildings & Grounds Committee.  Messages can be left for Susan at the church office at 707-762-8872.

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Music Directors

 

Susan Stewart directs the 8:00 AM Laudate Choir.

Patrecia Graham directs the 10:00 AM New Song Choir (currently on sabbatical).

Kira Poluektov is a pianist/organist.

Leilani Wicklund is a pianist/organist.

Randall Asbell is a pianist.

 


Office Volunteers

 

The St. John’s office is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is staffed by dedicated volunteers from the congregation.  Phone messages left on the church phone number 707-762-8872 will be answered during these hours.  The following individuals are currently serving as volunteer office staff one or more days a month: 

 

Will Acar

Alison Adams

Judie Cochill

Frances Frazier

Gretchen Gregory

Kathryn Dayton

Susan Hadenfeldt

Clif Hill

Walt Lederhaus

Britta Muller

Jeanne Nelson

Bonnie Philpott

Bill Rhoads

Rebecca Smith

Gayle Stewart

Susan Stewart

Anne Taylor

Jerry Taylor

Anne Westdahl

Joanne Woodland

 

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