St. Cuthbert's Clergy, Staff, & Lay Leadership
The Rev. Edward E. (“Ted”) Thompson
Ted graduated from Williams College in 1985, then taught English at a Christian school in rural Japan for two years. This led to Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a desire to explore questions of faith, reason, and culture in divinity school. After receiving his M.Div. from CDSP and two years with Trinity, Menlo Park, Ted was ordained to the priesthood in 1997 and called as vicar of Christ Church-Sei Ko Kai, in San Francisco. He then served as rector of Christ Church, Alameda, from 2002 to 2009.
In the wake of 9/11, Ted felt a growing need to understand the involvement of religions in violence and build the capacity of religious communities for the mission of reconciliation. In 2009, with the blessing of the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus and a fellowship from the Episcopal Church Foundation, he re-entered full-time studies at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Arlington, Virginia, where he focused on religion and peacemaking.
As a doctoral candidate, Ted began consulting for congregations while in Virginia and has since served in the Diocese of California as process developer, facilitator, consultant, and teacher. His doctoral dissertation is a study of spiritual discernment and decision-making in times of organizational stress in a religious community.
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Mark is the music director at St. Cuthbert's. He leads music on Sundays (leading congregational singing and playing piano), and works with the priest in programming the music for all services at St. Cuthbert's.
Mark is an accomplished musician, having performed professionally in the Bay Area the past 25
years with groups like Chanticleer, SF Symphony, SF Opera, Berkeley Opera, Carmel Bach Festival, and others. He brings a variety and quantity of church music experience, from classical to gospel and Catholic to Baptist. Mark likes the Episcopal Church because he feels it embraces a variety of musical styles and tastes. His goals at St Cuthbert's include helping to grow the membership through a quality and eclectic music
program and providing a unique, personal and spiritual ministry to its members through his musical gifts.
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Colleen is the current senior warden at St. Cuthbert's, which is a position equivalent to that of President on most boards or councils. (She is a lay volunteer, not a paid staff member.) She leads B.C. meetings and oversees all aspects of the church's functioning in consultation with the priest. In the absence of a vicar (permanent priest), the senior warden is the highest authority in the congregation.
Colleen is the director of Restorative Justice at Futures Elementary School in Oakland.
You can reach Colleen at email@example.com.
The Rev. John Rawlinson
John is a retired priest who attends St. Cuthbert's and assists with liturgy, education, and preaching.
John retired after 38 years as the pastor of a small bi-lingual multi-cultural parish in Oakland, CA, where he initiated both Korean and Latino ministries. In pastoral contact with immigrants with traumatic histories, he developed a working knowledge of PTSD. He also learned about cultural analysis and adaptation.
Having a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, he taught in the School for Deacons, and the Academia Teológica Latina of the Diocese of California. For 15 years he supervised seminary field education students. For 20 years he was the Archivist of the Diocese of California.
In addition to pastoral and academic pursuits, he was active in Diocesan planning, Latino ministry, anti-racism, liturgical, and youth ministry programs.
You can reach John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shivaun Van Straatum
Shivaun has been a member of St. Cuthbert's staff and community since 2002. She has been happily married for 33 years to her husband Glenn, who is the Director of Coaching for East Bay Untied Soccer Club. Together they raised their three wonderful children, Paul, Sean and Nicole in Oakland, and are so proud of them. They currently share their home with Shivaun's brother, Michael, who had a stroke 7 years ago, leaving him disabled, and their crazy, but adorable dog Stewie. Shivaun is a BIG fan of music festivals, the Opera and Cal Shakes. She enjoys hiking the beautiful Oakland hills and traveling the world every chance she gets.
Shivaun grew up in San Diego in a tight-knit Irish family, she is the third oldest of seven children. She attended San Francisco City College where she studied Business Administration. Before coming to work at St. Cuthbert’s, she worked as an office manger for a successful San Francisco law firm. In addition to her position at St. Cuthbert's, she is the office manager for an HR and Compensation practice in Lafayette and a bookkeeper/manager for a family-owned property company in Tiburon.
You can reach Shivaun at email@example.com.
Don is the current junior warden at St. Cuthbert's, which is a position equivalent to that of Vice President on most boards or councils. (He is a lay volunteer, not a paid staff member.) He oversees all aspects of the church's buildings and grounds, working with the sexton and others who provide professional cleaning and yard services.
Don has been at St. Cuthbert’s since 2002, and has been junior warden before in the past. He and his husband Bill Baillie and fellow parishioner Roberta Hutchison painted the inside of the church years ago. He has helped with many parish events, including yard sales, the annual Caribbean Festival, and fundraisers like the crab feed.
In 2012 he began hosting the annual Spaghetti Feed/Drag Show at St. Cuthbert’s, which he hosts under the name of “Mama Portugal.” The event is a fundraiser for the Royal Grand Ducal Council of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties’ charity fund and has been warmly embraced by the congregation.
Don loves St. Cuthbert’s and hopes to grow and keep the church open.
You can reach Don at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Burt is the sexton at St. Cuthbert's, a position responsible for caring for the church building and grounds. Much of the physical labor for cleaning and yard work is hired out by the church, but Tom is the go-to person for any of the day-to-day maintenance of the grounds. He is a major source of institutional memory about the building, and he and his wife Kathy, who are both faithful members of St. Cuthbert's, set up for classes and activities in the church and parish hall and oversee our recycling program.
Tom does not have an email address, but you can reach him by contacting the church at email@example.com and someone will deliver the message to him.
Angelina is the office assistant at St. Cuthbert's. She produces the bulletins each week, checks the mail and phone messages, and assists with other tasks as asked. She is also the parish secretary at All Saints Episcopal Church in San Leandro.
Angelina lives in San Leandro with the love of her life, and their two children Zaida and Izack. Zaida attends San Leandro High School, and Izack attends Washington Elementary School. The family enjoys fishing and camping, and keep a dog and a bunny as pets.
Angelina grew up in Castro Valley. She graduated from Heald Business College in 2005 with an associate degree in Business Administration. Before starting at All Saints, Angelina worked for three years as an administrative assistant and for more than a year as a delivery driver for Meals on Wheels.
You can reach Angelina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clerk of the B.C.
Milene is the clerk of the Bishop's Committee. (She is a lay volunteer, not a paid staff member.) She is not a member of the B.C., but attends the B.C. meetings to take the minutes and prepares the agenda for the meetings ahead of time. She also manages the church's Facebook page.
You can reach Milene at email@example.com
St. Cuthbert's is a mission congregation of the Diocese of California. Its governing board is called a Bishop's Committee (B.C.), because technically the bishop is the head of all mission congregations, although he delegates authority to the priest and B.C. for the day-to-day management of the congregation.
The B.C. meets every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the parish hall to conduct the business of the church. The leadership officers of the B.C. are the senior warden and junior warden. These are roughly equivalent to the positions of "president" and "vice president" on a secular governing board. The senior warden is responsible for leadership of the congregation in absence of a vicar, and the junior warden is responsible for overseeing the congregation's building and grounds.
St. Cuthbert's Bishop's Committee (2017)
Colleen Tiffenson, Senior Warden (see photo above)
Don Silva, Junior Warden (see photo above)
Stephanie Archie Clemons
Non-B.C. Officer Roles
Milene Rawlinson, Clerk