Clergy and Staff
Pastoral Emergencies – There is always a clergy person on call. To reach him or her during off hours, call the church office at 415.921.665 and press 4.
The Rev. David Erickson, Rector
The Very Rev. Hollinshead T. “Lin” Knight, Assisting Priest
The Rev. Paula D. Nesbitt, PhD, Assisting Priest
The Rev. Tim Smith, Deacon
|Tim joined St. Mary the Virgin as deacon in June 2015 after graduation from School of Deacons in Berkeley in May and ordination at Grace Cathedral in June. Tim and his wife Ilia have been active parishioners at St. Mary the Virgin for over 36 years including his time at School for Deacons. Their son was baptized and confirmed there. A former attorney, risk management consultant, and insurance broker, Tim retired in 2012 and immediately entered School for Deacons. He feels that God has called him to a servant ministry in Jesus’ name. In particular, Tim feels called to serve as a deacon whose role is interpreting to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world, facilitating, encouraging, and motivating sisters and brothers in Christ to live out their baptismal vows, and serving and ministering with others particularly the marginalized outside the walls of the church. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, graduate degrees in law and business from Columbia University, a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany, and a bachelor’s degree in diaconal studies from School for Deacons in Berkeley.
email: email@example.com – Phone: 415.921.3665 x352
The Rev. Nancy Bryan, Deacon
|Nancy attended the University of California at Berkeley where she majored in Art History. She and her husband became active at St. Mary’s over 40 years ago, where all three of their children were baptized and attended Sunday School. Nancy helped to create the original “Friendly Visitors” for seniors. She obtained a Bachelor of Theological Studies at the School for Deacons in Berkeley and was ordained at Grace Cathedral in December of 2005. Nancy served in a number of ministries around the Bay Area following her ordination and returned to St. Mary’s in 2009. She currently coordinates the Pastoral Care Team and takes communion to communities around the city.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Phone 415.921.3665 x364
Natalie Hala, Parish Verger and Liturgist
|Natalie was commissioned to serve as the verger of St. Mary the Virgin in 2014 after being recognized as the 282nd Fellow of The Verger’s Guild of the Episcopal Church at ceremonies in Burlington, Ontario, Canada upon completing intensive study of the Verger’s Guild. Natalie has the distinction of being the first fellow in the Diocese of California and only the second in the state of California at the time of her commissioning. She is among over 1,500 Guild vergers in Episcopal and Anglican communities throughout the world who have answered a call to the lay ministry of verger providing assistance and support in liturgy and worship allowing ordained clergy more time to focus on pastoral and sacramental responsibilities. Natalie views herself as the people’s representative in the planning and implementation of worship at St. Mary’s. Her goal as verger and liturgist is to continue to strengthen of the spiritual dimension of worship at St. Mary’s, reliving and revisiting the life of Jesus and broadening the life of the church through Christ beyond our courtyard walls. Natalie is a graduate of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa and holds a masters degree in the history of art and architecture from the University of Kansas. Natalie and her spouse, David Crosson, have been active members of St. Mary’s since 2006.
email: email@example.com – Phone 415.921.3665 x314
Eric Choate, Director of Music
|Eric Choate is in high demand as a conductor, composer, and organist. In the summer of 2016, Eric prepared the San Francisco Symphony Chorus for performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and in 2017, returned to conduct the off-stage women for Holst’s The Planets. Recently he was Chorus Master of the Berkeley Symphony for performances of Getty’s Joan and the Bells. He is Associate Director of the Conservatory Chorus at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, which recently involved a collaboration with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra for performances of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms. For three years, Eric was Assistant Conductor of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra; highlights of this engagement included conducting a performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Ypres, Belgium with the Oost-Vlaams Symfonisch Orkest, as well as conducting such works as Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Cherubini’s Requiem, and Britten’s War Requiem.Eric’s musical engagements extend to composition as well. His compositions have been lauded by Examiner.com as “music to grab the listener’s attention through novelty and hold it through technical discipline.” He has several awards to his name, including First Prize in the SFCM Art Song Composition Competition for his setting of “My Papa’s Waltz,” as well as First Prize in the Vancouver Chamber Choir Composition Competition for his anthem, “Now Cheer Our Hearts.” He has received commissions from Brian Thorsett, One Great City Duo, One Found Sound, and others, and frequently works with the Guerrilla Composer’s Guild, resulting in collaborations with the Areon Flutes and International Low Brass Trio.
Graduating with Departmental Distinction, Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts in Composition from St. Olaf College, where he studied with Timothy Mahr and Justin Merritt. He was awarded a fellowship to study harmony and counterpoint at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France; from this, he graduated with Honorable Mentions in Harmony and Solfege. He then went on to earn a Master of Music with David Conte at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Eric can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.921.3665 x363.
Marla Perkins – Music Associate – email@example.com
Nancy Clark, Director of Sunday School grades 2-6 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Stafford, Youth Minister email: email@example.com
Jackie Schroeder, Nursery Care email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carla Ocfemia, Parish Administrator and Social Media Specialist email: email@example.com – Phone: 415.921.3665 x302
Kevin Bulivant, Director of Finance and Facilities email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Phone: 415.921.3665 x316
Manny Gabiana, Associate Administrator email: email@example.com – Phone: 415.921.3665 x353
Nancy Svendsen – Events Coordinator email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Vestry Members
Vestry members are assigned as liaisons to each of the SWEEPS Ministries. They are as follows:
- Community Ministries (formerly outreach): Ruth Tatum and Ron Clark
- Worship: Deborah Franklin and Christian Cebrian
- Education: Laura Akel
- Evangelism: Mollie Irwin
- Pastoral Care: Martha Daetwyler
- Parish Life: Debbie Veatch
- Stewardship: Allan Jergesen
- Buildings and Grounds: Roulhac Austin
- Finance Chair: Georgene Keeler
- Finance Committee: Matt Bartlett
- Community Ministries: Margaret Stafford
- Worship: Natalie Hala
- Education: Sandy Stadtfeld
- Evangelism: PENDING
- Pastoral Care: Josie McGann
- Parish Life: Amy and Christian Cebrian and Olivia and Stephen Gamboa
- Stewardship: Allan Jergesen
Vestry members can be reached via email at email@example.com