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. Dr. Bill Hale
Although he has lived in Detroit for the past 30 years prior to coming to San Leandro, Bill Hale grew up in the greater Philadelphia area. His education includes a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Bill has had a wide variety of work experiences, from university- and graduate-level teaching to working as an editor for many years--including editing a variety of dictionaries. Although technically retired, Bill and his wife Arlene live with his daughter, son-in-law, and 17-month-old granddaughter Eve, whom they babysit during the work week.
For 25 of his 30 years of ordained life, Bill was a bi-vocational priest. His full-time jobs as a board-certified professional chaplain included a decade in hospice chaplaincy, 6 ½ years as lead chaplain at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and over 6 years as the chaplain for Canterbury-on-the-Lake, a continuing care retirement facility. Bill’s most recent parish experience includes being part of a shared ministry in a cluster of churches in the Diocese of Michigan; the last six years before retirement, he was priest-in-charge of two parishes at the same time he worked as a chaplain.
|Children & Youth Minister
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.
Ron is a parishioner at All Saints, San Leandro and has a background in technology and administration.
Born in Rochester, NY, but not having seen it since kindergarten, he grew up in the southeast – primarily South Carolina. Raised in the Presbyterian Church, graduating from Furman University with a BA in Philosophy, he went on to spend the first decade of his post-college years serving with the international Christian drama ministry, Covenant Players. During this work in Europe, he met and got to know his future wife, Amy, who now serves the Episcopal Diocese of California as the Canon for Faith Formation. Before they left the road, they served together in France, northern Europe, and Ontario and Québec provinces of Canada.
Prior to relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area they spent twenty-one years in eastern Massachusetts, where they were confirmed in the Episcopal Church by Bishop Barbara C. Harris. Over the course of these years, Ron served as Junior and Senior Wardens, Treasurer, Convention Delegate, Deanery Representative, Co-Teacher of Confirmation Classes, Children’s Chapel Leader, and Chair of a Discernment Committee.
Currently he serves as Treasurer at All Saints, sings in their choir, and supports a few other Bay Area ministries as their bookkeeper.