The Clergy of The Church of St. Paul in the Desert
Victoria grew up in Italy, England, Japan, and Germany since her father was in the Navy. She earned her undergraduate degree in international relations and political science from American University in Washington, D.C. She received her Master’s degree in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA, and was ordained a deacon in the Diocese of Virginia in 1975. In January, 1977, she was ordained to the priesthood at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Los Angeles by Bishop Rusack for Bishop Hall of Virginia. She assisted at St. Cross Episcopal Church, Hermosa Beach, CA, before serving for 27 years as Vicar concurrently at both St. Agnes, Banning, and St. Alban’s, Yucaipa. Before retirement, she served for about two and a half years at St. George’s, Riverside.
As the second of five children, Victoria enjoys time with her family. Her older sister is also an Episcopal priest, one of the “Philadelphia Eleven.” She has three younger brothers and many nieces and nephews.
Victoria has been together with Shelia Brubaker for 35 years; they have been married since 2013.
The Rev. Andrew Green is the eighth Rector (Sr. Pastor) of St. Paul’s and has served the Parish since December of 1988.
Andrew was raised in Central California, earned a B.A. in History from the University of New Mexico, and his Masters in Divinity from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL in 1985. He became the Curate (Assistant Priest) for St. Dunstan’s, San Diego in 1985.
As a part of his ministry with St. Paul’s, he serves the Diocese of San Diego, the Episcopal Church, and the local community. He is currently a Deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, a Diocesan Representative to the Chapter (Board) of the Cathedral of St. Paul in San Diego, and a Chaplain with the Palm Springs Police Department.
He has participated in numerous continuing education programs and leadership training programs, and has taken two Sabbaticals and made two pilgrimages to the Holy Land.
Andrew has been married to Susan Croley since 1977. They have three children and five granddaughters. Susan has retired from a career as an elementary school teacher and is studying to be ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church.
The Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes is the chief pastor of our diocese. He’s the apostolic leader in mission, evangelism and spiritual formation. He represents the diocese to the wider church and the wider church to the diocese. For his complete biography, go to Bio.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the son of a minister, Nathan B. Ensign has lived with organ music from an early age. He began piano lessons with his mother at the age of seven and later studied organ formally at Amarillo College in Texas with Madeline Henshaw. With a Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship (the first one given in organ study), he received a Bachelor of Music with a double major of Church Music and Organ Performance under the direction of Emmet G. Smith. As the winner of the Alliance Francaise de New York Debussy Scholarship in 1972, Mr. Ensign studied in France with Jean Langlais. He returned to France in 1974 for seven years of study with Gaston Litaize, Pierre Cochereau, and Daniel Roth. In 1975, he was the winner of the Tournemire Prize (for improvisation) at St. Alban’s, England and the following year, a finalist in the prestigious Chartres Competition (no prize was awarded).
In addition to playing concerts throughout the United States, Mr. Ensign has performed many places in Europe, including Notre Dame, Paris; Chartres; Marseille; and Lille. He was invited in 1980 to represent the United States and North America at the 14th International Organ Festival in Morelia, Mexico.
After serving parishes in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nathan B. Ensign moved to the desert to be Director of Music at The Church of St.Paul in the Desert in the Fall of 2000. He has served on various national boards, including the Leadership Program for Musicians (LPM)—a joint venture of the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to assist and train musicians, especially in small churches.
Kathy Guidry has been the Parish Administrator at St. Paul’s since March 2015.
She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, held a California Standard Teaching Credential and was a substitute teacher in the elementary grades.
She has over nine years of experience in Church Office Administration and has served churches ranging in size from 125 members to over 700 members.
Kathy moved here from Santa Barbara, where she was the Executive Director of a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, as well as serving as Administrator for a small Unitarian Universalist congregation.
The Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, which provides resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities. He has been a consultant and trainer for building inclusive community for over 25 years working with the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist, Presbyterian, American Baptist, United Church of Christ and Lutheran Churches in the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe.
He is the author of eight books including The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb (also available in Spanish), The Bush Was Blazing But Not Consumed, and Holy Currencies. He also co-authored the book, The Episcopal Way with the Rev. Stephanie Speller. He is a composer of church music, a photographer and a playwright. He writes a weekly blog called The Sustainist: Spirituality for Sustainable Communities in a Networked World. Click here for Eric Law’s Blog.
A snowbird from Spokane, Washington with her boyfriend and their two cats, Elizabeth Hasen is a graduate of Amherst College and Virginia Theological Seminary. She was ordained to the priesthood in 1991 in the Diocese of Vermont and has gradually made her way happily to the West, serving in parishes in the dioceses of Vermont, Kentucky and Spokane. She joined her first church choir at the age of four, sang throughout college and spent ten years in a Gilbert & Sullivan group in NYC, and she is delighted to now be singing in the choir at St. Paul’s under Nathan’s wonderful leadership!
The Rev. Canon David L. Caffrey retired from parish ministry and regional ministry development work in the Diocese of Los Angeles in 2013 and has been attending St. Paul’s ever since. He continues to lead a long-standing ministry of desert camping retreats, workshops, and spiritual direction under the title of Desert Journeys, as well as occasionally doing supply work and assisting as a consultant to the Mission Parishes in the high desert of the LA diocese. He also works a couple of days a month as chaplain and spiritual director at the Christian Counseling Service in Redlands, CA, from where he retired as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. At St. Paul’s he assists the rector with Sunday Liturgies and occasional special services; he also serves on the Adult Faith Building Committee of the parish. Fr. David loves being a part of St. Paul’s and felt at home from his very first visit, easily making this parish his primary Christian community.