Meet the Bishop Search Committee

Susan Arnold, Bishop Search Committee

The Rev. Dcn. Susan Arnold
Saint Barnabas
Arroyo Grande

Deacon Susan was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in Morro Bay, California after having attended as a visitor every Sunday for 3 years. She was ordained to the diaconate on June 6, 2015.

Not long after her confirmation she became involved in many aspects parish and diocesan life; altar guild, vestry secretary, vestry member, fund raising development and implementation, deanery delegate, SLO Canterbury Board member/president, interim rector search committee chair. Working as a Certified Nursing Assistant for several years and 28 years in a fast-paced customer service office along with her parish and diocesan work are key elements that inform her work as a deacon and her desire to be a member of the Bishop Search Committee. Dcn. Susan is currently a chaplain for Dignity Health hospitals in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.

A fun fact: she loves sci-fi and time-travel books and films.

Lee Barford, Bishop Search Committee

Deacon Lee Barford
Trinity Cathedral
San José

Lee Barford is the Deacon and Associate to the Dean for Latino Ministries at Trinity Cathedral in San José. His previous work for the diocese includes twelve years as the president of the board of directors of a church-related charity that provides housing for 150 low-income seniors in San José. For his day job, Lee is the technical lead from among those who write software at a Silicon Valley company. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Lee serves on the Screening and Technology teams.

Lee Barford es el Diácono y Asociado al Deán para Ministerios Latinos, Catedral de la Trinidad en San José. Su trabajo anterior para la diócesis incluye doce años como el presidente del consejo directivo de una organización benéfica que provee hogares para 150 viejos de bajos ingresos en San José. Lee es el líder tecnológico de entre los que escriben software en una compañía en Silicon Valley. Es también un profesor adjunto de la ciencia y ingeniería de computadoras. Lee sirve en los equipos de Revisión y Tecnología.

Matt Cameron, Bishop Search Committee

Matt Cameron
Saint Andrew’s
Saratoga

Matt is a cradle Episcopalian, baptized, confirmed, and married in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Portland, OR. Work in higher education brought Matt and his wife, Anne, to Santa Clara, California, in 1985. Two children soon followed and the family embraced both Saint Andrew’s church and school. As a diocesan Rector search consultant, Matt has had the opportunity to work with parishes in two of the three diocesan deaneries. He has come to understand that central to the search process is the ability listen to others with openness, allow the Holy Spirit to move freely and effortlessly, celebrate ‘aha’ moments, and to reach out to those in the discernment process with hospitality.

Being in church and part of the parish community is important to Matt. He has exercised his ministry through acolyting, ushering, Vestry, and parish committees such as Finance, Stewardship, and School Board Trustee. Matt’s spiritual journey is one of learning, wonderment, inclusion, and thanksgiving, and his favorite part of the Communion Service is the deacon’s dismissal … now go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Jennifer Crompton, Bishop Search Committee

Jennifer Crompton
Epiphany Lutheran and Episcopal
Marina

Jen Crompton was raised as an Episcopalian while growing up in the Midwest. They moved out to California in 2012 to work for California State University, Monterey Bay and still feel it was one of the best decisions they have ever made. After relocating, Jen found Epiphany in Marina and got involved as a delegate to the Diocesan Convention and began volunteering with the church’s Breakfast with Friends program. They also currently serve on the Board of Trustees for the church as well as continue their role as delegate. Jen is also currently discerning a call to ministry within the Episcopal Church.

Outside of their work with the church, Jen serves as the Director for Student Housing & Residential Life at CSU, Monterey Bay and also works with the phenomenal students of the CSUMB Pride Club. Their work with Queer and Trans youth and advocacy continues to be a passion for them both in and out of the church community. Jen is also a lover of music and has played a number of instruments over the years, their favorite being the violin.

Jeff Diehl, Bishop Search Committee

Jeff Diehl,
St. Barnabas’
Arroyo Grande

Jeff was raised in the Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas, and saw the ocean for the first time when he was 23 years old – a moment that shifted the trajectory of his adult life. Jeff is a wildlife biologist by education and co-owner of Albion Environmental, Inc., an archaeological and biological resources consulting firm with offices in Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo. He joined the Episcopal Church in 2000 and was honored to serve as co-chair of the Bishop Search Committee in 2006-2007. He has served in various positions at the parish, diocesan, and churchwide level including as congregational search consultant, Standing Committee, Commission on Ministry, and three-time deputy to General Convention. Jeff was honored to be invited to serve as Chaplain for the bishop transition process.

Jeff lives with his husband, the Rev. Rob Keim, on three acres outside of Arroyo Grande where they both have recently been certified as California Master Gardeners.

Winfield Fernald, Bishop Search Committee

Winfield (Win) Fernald
St. John the Baptist
Aptos

Win grew up in the Congregational Church and joined the Episcopal Church when he and Eileen were married in 1965. They joined St. John the Baptist when they moved to Aptos in 1977. Win served on many planning, design and construction committees through the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s as St. John’s moved from a 100-year old historical site with many limitations to a new facility, which opened in 2008. During those years, Win also served terms on the vestry, including 1 year as Jr. Warden and 3 years as Sr. Warden, attended Cursillo, graduated from EFM, and led the DOCC program. In 2015 our Rector of 20-years retired and Win was asked to chair the Search Committee. The search was a spiritual journey for all of the committee and the new Rector started in 2017.

For the Diocese, Win has often been a delegate to Convention. He served on the Board of Trustees from 2010 through 2013, on the Standing Committee 2014 through 2017 and was President of the Standing Committee in 2017. He asked to be on the Search Team because discernment is the way we agreed to make important decisions and that is a spiritual journey in itself.

Heather Hadlock, Bishop Search Committee

Heather Hadlock
All Saints’
Palo Alto

Heather has been a member of All Saints’ since 1998, and has served on three Vestries under three different rectors. She is currently a member of All Saints’ Immigrants and Refugees Action Group, with particular interest in human rights and justice for people in and from Central America. She has participated in various ministries over the years including choir, Lay Assistants, newcomers, youth and families, and service to the church’s hungry and homeless neighbors. From about 2005-2011 she attended the Episcopal Church of St John the Evangelist in San Francisco, a critical experience in forming her identity as an LGBTQ Christian, and still treasures St John’s as a second parish home.

She is an associate professor of musicology at Stanford University, and sings alto in the California Bach Society. She lives in Palo Alto with her partner, Kathy, and daughter Madeleine.

Joe Head, Bishop Search Committee

Joe Head
St. Francis
Willow Glen

Joe Head is a member of Saint Francis Parish in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose. He and his wife Yvonne joined Saint Francis in 2011. Living in San Jose since moving from Southern California in 1974, Joe and Yvonne immediately experienced the life at St. Francis as an exciting “coming home.” Joe has served as Senior Warden, Vestry Member, and Building Committee Member. For the Diocese, he has served on the Board of Trustees, the Finance Committee, and as a delegate to the Diocesan Convention. Professionally, Joe has been a senior executive for over 40 years with companies in the home building industry. He currently serves as a Managing Director for SummerHill Homes of Palo Alto. When relaxing, he is an avid reader in American and English history, American politics, and Religious studies.

Joe looks forward to joining his fellow Search Committee members in the exciting and challenging task of putting forward candidates for our next Bishop at our Convention in the Summer of 2019.

Marin Juarez, Bishop Search Committee

Rev. Martin Juarez
San Pablo Apostol
Seaside

My name is Martin Juarez. I am from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. I am married with my wife Esperanza. I have three sons: Martin E. Cesar S. Josue. I am in this country since 1993, and God has blessed me with great experiences throughout all these years.

One of those blessings was when a friend introduced me to the Episcopal Church in 2000, since then, the Episcopal Church has been part of my life.

The first three years, I participate as lay person. In December 2003 I was receive as a Episcopal Priest. I served as an Assistant Priest in the church of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, San Bruno, CA. In 2009, I was appointed as a Vicar in the church of El Buen Pastor, North Carolina. In 2012, I was appointed as a Vicar in the church of San Pablo Apostol, Seaside, CA. Where I am currently serving.

Austin Leininger, Bishop Search Committee

The Rev. Dr. Austin L. Leininger
Calvary Episcopal Church
Santa Cruz

Actively involved in diocesan ministry since 1992 and ordained in 2006, Austin has served as a lay volunteer for diocesan youth ministry, as diocesan staff, as a ministry planter, convention presenter, and more recently as a member of the campus ministry commission, search committee for the Curator of Emerging Ministries, and Bishop’s Search Committee. At the parish level, Austin has recently returned to full time ministry after completing a doctorate in Ethics and Social Theory, and has served as the Priest-in-Charge at Calvary since Ash Wednesday of 2017.

Because of Austin’s passion for collaborative ministry, LGBTQIA+ advocacy, developing ministries with youth and young adults (and other underserved populations), social justice, education, and commitment to the Diocese of El Camino Real’s ongoing health and vitality, they were honored to be invited to join the search committee for our next bishop!

Barbara Miller, Bishop Search Committee

Rev. Barbara Miller
St. James
Paso Robles

A life time Episcopalian, Barbara Miller has served as Rector at St. James Episcopal Church in Paso Robles for three years. Prior to her ordination in 2014 she spent sixteen years as a Parish Administrator at several Episcopal churches as well as an ELCA Lutheran church and a UCC parish. Currently Barbara serves as the Chair of the Commission on Ministry. She was a deputy to General Convention in 2009, 2012 and 2018 and enjoyed two years on the Diocesan Liturgy Team.

In her free time Barbara enjoys walking on the beach and playing with her grandson.

Paul Turner, Bishop Search Committee

Paul Turner
St. John’s Chapel
Monterey

Paul Turner came into this world in northern England as a cradle Anglican, and as a chorister, absorbed Cranmer’s sacral language. Moving to London as a student he was assigned by error to lodgings with three divinity students. The doctrine of the Trinity was a mealtime regular.

After surviving an education at Imperial College, he came to the US and spent 20 yrs at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ: nirvana at that time for R&D types. On the breakup of the Bell System he took the old advice and moved west: to the Xerox Research Center in Palo Alto. Next he was persuaded to start an R&D Center for Price Waterhouse. Finally as a pre retirement job he went back east for the role of CTO at AMS, a Beltway consulting company.

Now happily retired he blesses the day he stumbled across St John’s Chapel in Monterey, and returned to the Episcopal fold. He has served as junior and senior warden, treasurer and on one rector search committee.

He has returned to the hobby interests of his youth including working metal and wood, and electronics He ran a welding camp for grandchildren, which produced several needed additions and repairs to the ornamental fence surrounding the Chapel. Paul is serving on the Profile, Technology and Screening teams.

Celeste Ventura, Bishop Search Committee

Celeste Ventura
St. Mary’s
Pacific Grove

Celeste has been a member of St. Mary’s since 1991 and has served on two Rector Search Teams and twice as a Vestry member. She is, and has been for many decades, a Lay Eucharistic Minister and a Godly Play storyteller who loves “wondering” with the children of St. Mary’s.

Professionally she served her clients, at Merrill Lynch, as Vice-President and Senior Financial Advisor for 22 years until retiring in 2005, to refocus her time and energy on various areas of education and justice. Since 2002, she has had the joy and privilege of being a member of CREDO Finance Faculty. Thanks to Church Publishing, her first, and probably only, book, Deeper Simplicity, Broader Generosity – Images of Financial Wholeness was published. Celeste is involved with a group that spends time with and helps to support, the girls and staff of Our Little Roses in Honduras. She served as a Deputy to General Convention 2012, 2015 and 2018.

At least a couple times a week, she can be found on a long beach walk or hiking in the hills.

Rita Welsh, Bishop Search Committee

Rita Welsh
St. Thomas’
Sunnyvale

Rita is proud to say she is a 5th generation Californian. She grew up in Palo Alto where she was baptised and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church. While waiting for confirmation class, Rita would assist the church secretary who asked her if she would be interested in working for the church. After declining that offer, she eventually settled in San Jose where she worked until her retirement from the County of Santa Clara. After exploring the windows at Trinity one day, she continued to worship there and eventually was received by Bishop Shannon Mallory.

While at Trinity Rita was a member of the Vestry and was also a member of the search committee which hired the present dean. After moving to Sunnyvale, Rita joined St Thomas where she has been a member for 12 years. While there, she has served on the Vestry that hired it’s present Rector. At St. Thomas, she also does volunteer for ODB, St Thomas’s free lunch program, is an Altar Guild member, is a member of the Peace and Justice, committee, participants in the book club and has volunteered in the office. To keep an even keel, Rita meets with her spiritual director, reads Mysteries, attends plays and visits art museums. Rita lives in Sunnyvale with her 31 year old daughter, her dog Walter and her daughter’s cat Chester.

As Rita joined the Episcopal Church when this diocese was beginning, she has attended all of the Bishop installations in ECR . It is an honor and a pleasure to serve on the Bishops Search Committee. She appreciates all of your prayers and support.

Brett Wormley, Bishop Search Committee

R Brett Wormley
St. Andrew’s
Saratoga

Brett’s first exposure to the Episcopal Church came from being selected to sing in the boys’ choir at the Washington National Cathedral; and it stuck. Since moving to the Bay Area in 1990, Brett has been active in service, at the parish, deanery, diocesan, provincial, and national levels. He served on the ENS media staff for General Convention ’97. He had a personally and communally transformational experience as Senior Warden during a challenging transitional time at St. Mark’s, Santa Clara. As a former music major, sacred choral performance has been a common thread in parish participation. Brett has served on the Department of Intercultural Evangelism and Missions, as support staff for the diocesan office, and as Santa Clara Valley deanery convener. Brett founded a local chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians, and served on the national board. He is a cursillista, a Stephen Minister, and an EFM graduate. He finds at least three retreats to attend each year. By vocation, Brett is a software engineer. One of his favorite avocations is ringing the peal bells found in the towers in churches in England (change ringing).

Brett is serving on the Survey/Information Gathering, Education/Communications, and Technology teams.

A biography and photograph for committee member Beth Wigan, of All Saints’, Palo Alto, was not available at the time of this publication.

Pamela Bleisch and Lorenso Arciniega are former search committee members, and needed to resign due to personal circumstances. We are grateful for their witness and their service.

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