The Rev. Lori Walton
Lori grew up breathing the coastal air and hearing the ocean waves in Pacifica, California, the place she continues to return when seeking a sense of God’s expansiveness and beauty. Coming from an Irish-Italian family, her religious roots began in the Roman Catholic Church. She wandered into an Episcopal Church as an adult, and fell in love with its ancient rituals, welcoming community, and sense of deep joy within the gathered assembly. Lori soon realized that the Episcopal mindset towards equality, justice, and individual agency were a perfect match for her own belief that all of God’s creation is oriented towards wholeness. Through the Episcopal Church, the proclaimed Word is that equality trumps inequity, that social and institutional structures are called to seek the common good, and that each person has a responsibility to a lived faith in God.
Lori attended seminary and received a Master of Divinity at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. She was ordained a deacon in June of 2004 and a priest in December of the same year at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Lori has served churches in Brentwood and Palo Alto, and became the rector of St. James’ on October 1, 2010. She is passionate about helping others develop a relationship with Jesus Christ and with others. She has a love of community and worship, and feels strongly about ensuring that every person is welcomed into cultivating their relationship with God through the Church. Lori is married to a warm and compassionate man named Ron, is privileged to be mother to a beautiful daughter named Megan and spends much of her time caring for two high-maintenance and slightly neurotic dogs.
The Rev. Anna Horen
Anna was born and raised in the New York City area by two loving and devout Italian Roman Catholic parents. She has felt a call to ordained priestly ministry since childhood. Since it was not possible in her denomination, she pursued other avenues. The blessing is that it has given her a breadth of professional experience and skills in education, high-tech, and lay pastoral ministry that she would not have otherwise obtained. Anna is grateful for this as well as the more personal experiences of raising two sons in a long-term loving marriage and surviving breast cancer. All of this has made her the minister and person she is today.
In June of 2016, Anna was ordained to the transitional diaconate by the Right Reverend Marc Andrus. In December of the same year, she was ordained as a priest. Prior to ordination, Anna spent 16 months serving at St. James’ as a ministry intern.
Anna has been married to her husband Bob for 35 years, and have lived in Pleasanton for 28 years. Bob works in the high-tech industry as a project engineer and developer. Chris, Anna and Bob’s eldest son, lives in Denver with his wife Liz, and their first grandchild, Hunter. Their other son Eric and his wife Candice live in Los Angeles.
John entered the School for Deacons in the fall of 2009, graduated in May, 2011 and was ordained as a Vocational Deacon in June, 2011. In 2017, John renounced his vows as an Episcopal Deacon and was ordained a priest in the Old Catholic Churches International tradition (https://www.myocci.org).
John helped implement a food pantry at his home parish, set up food bags for the hungry, and was the treasurer and on the Board of Directors for An Episcopal Ministry to Convalescent Homes (AEMCH). He also volunteers at the food pantries at St. James’s (Oakland) and All Saints (San Leandro). He implemented the Food4Life food bags, giving nourishment to the hungry. John founded Sacred Space Oakland and Hayward, a Specialized Mission of the Episcopal Dioceses of California, providing spiritual companionship to the homeless.
He enjoys baseball, sailing, photography, camping, gardening, cooking and computers. Family is important to him, especially the son that he and his partner adopted over 8 years ago. They also have a Shepherd/Lab cross that they rescued.
Jan brings a lifelong dedication to children and young people to her role at St. James’ of Children’s Minister.
Growing up in England, Jan felt a strong call to train as a teacher, leading to work in the elementary classroom. When she left regular work in schools with the birth of her two children, she continued to bring her dedication and love for children to the leadership of activities at her church where she led summer holiday clubs, and taught in Sunday School and in youth group.
On arrival in California in 2007 the Scrutton family settled at St. James’ where Jan has led St.J. Youth, worked in Sunday School, began an outreach program to under-served children and written and led Vacation Bible School. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, volunteering at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, tide pooling and, most importantly, time with her family and cats.
Jan believes the best thing we can teach our children is that they are loved, by God and by their church family, and that the church welcomes them. She is thrilled to be working at St. James’ as part of an enthusiastic and dedicated team who feel that children are at the heart of our Christian community.
Jennifer has been the Music Director at St. James since 2011. A graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, Jennifer has 21 years experience in directing choirs and is an accomplished vocalist and keyboardist. She currently works as the Choir Director at Cesar Chavez Middle School in Union City, and is also a member of the Mission Peak Chamber Singers in Fremont. Jennifer has two children, Joey and Olivia, and two dogs named Miguel and Hannah.