Staff

The Rev. Justin Cannon

Rector
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Father Justin received his Bachelor of Arts from Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, and his Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. He was ordained as a deacon by the Right Reverend Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California, on June 4, 2011 and served as deacon at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley. On December 3, 2011, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Andrus and since June 2012 has been serving his first priestly call at Saint Giles Episcopal Church, Moraga.
 
Father Justin is the founder and director of Holy Hikes, an eco-ministry that is committed to rebuilding Communion between people and Creation, as well as the founder of Inclusive Orthodoxy. He is a published author, the editor of two books ― Sanctified: An Anthology of Poetry by LGBT Christians and Homosexuality in the Orthodox Church ― and was interviewed in the 2012 film The Right to Love: An American Family.
 
Before his first call to priestly ministry, Fr. Justin worked as Program Manager of Episcopal Charities. His efforts focused on the launch of Episcopal Charities’ Action Networks, which work to address the root causes of poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an avid hiker and lover of the outdoors, and currently lives in Orinda with his two pet rabbits, Sophia and Anastasia.

The Rev. Pam Jester

Deacon
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Deacon Pam received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon, Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, Juris Doctor and MBA (Taxation) from Golden Gate University, and Bachelor of Diaconal Studies from the Episcopal School for Deacons. A long-time resident of the East Bay, she served in leadership positions for a variety of non-profit advocacy organizations, including California Women Lawyers, the Rape Crisis Center, the State Bar Women in the Law Committee, Alameda County Bar Association and the Voluntary Legal Services Corporation. She worked for more than 30 years for the UC sponsored program, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), serving as its Executive Director for the last 13 years of her career.

She was ordained a vocational deacon by the Right Reverend Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California on June 13, 2015.

A member of the Interfaith Domestic Violence Program of the Alameda County Family Justice Center, Deacon Pam remains committed to protecting the vulnerable from abuse, supporting survivors of domestic violence, and working towards racial reconciliation and justice.

The Rev. Dr. Katherine Ward

Assisting Priest

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Katelyn Tan

Minister of Music

Katelyn is a graduate of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music and is pursuing a master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She took 2nd place for a performance of Ballade in A-Flat Major, No. 3 by Frederic Chopin in the 2016 American Fine Arts Festival Golden Era of Romantic Music Competition, was accepted to the 2016 Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain, and the 2016 International Keyboard Institute and Festival in NYC. In 2017 she was chosen as a semi-fanlist in the Seattle International Piano Competition. Katelyn has accompanied Methodist and Unitarian church choirs, and presently works as a accompanist for ballet companies including the San Francisco Ballet School.

Thomas LaFrance

Lay Associate to the Rector

Thomas is a Bay Area native who earned his B.A. at the University of the Pacific in 1976, and immediately landed a job with Foremost-McKesson in San Francisco.  After thirty plus years in finance and accounting management positions – and having survived numerous divestitures and mergers – Thomas retired from the corporate treadmill in 2013. 

Even while in the workforce, his volunteerism included serving on the Boards of several performing arts organizations, and being active on the vestries of his parishes.  Through the years, he has served as Treasurer (LA & here), as Rector’s Warden (LA), and on three search committees.

“Growing up on the peripheries of Roman Catholicism, I came to the Episcopal Church in my mid-twenties and was confirmed at Grace Cathedral in 1981.  The music and rites of ‘Episcopalia’ enfolded me in a way that was mysterious, yet somehow familiar, and deeply comforting.  Over the years, I’ve found that Worship is greatly enhanced when the connection between music, scripture and liturgy is intentional, thoughtful and spirit-filled.  It is my prayer that the services here at All Saints make the Divine presence more palpable.”