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 415.921.3665 and press 4.

The Rev. David Erickson, Rector

David Erickson David comes to St. Mary’s with training, experience and energy to lead and grow our parish. Most recently, he served as Canon for Congregational Ministries at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, in Jacksonville, Florida. Earlier, he was an Associate Rector at St. Cross Hermosa Beach, California and, prior to that, he served as lay Youth Director at All Saints, Pasadena.

David’s non-church background is diverse. He has a degree in theater and worked as a restaurant manager. He has a certificate in fundraising management from the Lily School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

David and his wife, Heather, met in church — at All Saints, Beverly Hills. After their marriage, they both discerned calls to ordination, enrolling and graduating together from Virginia Theological Seminary. David has two children ages 8 and 5.

Phone 415.921.3665

The Rev. Marguerite Judson, Associate Rector

Marguerite Judson Marguerite  grew up in Brooklyn, NY and earned her B.A. from St. John’s College, Annapolis, (the Great Books Program) followed by an academic Masters from Virginia Theological Seminary, focused on Biblical hermeneutics. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1977; was a community organizer working on preventing alcohol and other drug problems locally and then on increasing access to financial services in the state, picking up radio and television production skills along the way. She shifted to fundraising for a fruitful 20+ years, working at UC Berkeley since 2006 – leading philanthropy for what became the Division of Equity & Inclusion. She completed a Certificate in Anglican Studies CDSP in May 2017, while working half time at Cal, and was ordained to the priesthood at Grace Cathedral in December 2017. She served at All Souls, Berkeley, as Transitional Deacon and Assisting Priest, concentrating on community outreach: the Justice & Peace Committee; the Parish House project to create affordable housing for seniors; and at Strawberry Creek Lodge. As the Interim Sabbatical Associate Rector in 2018 she piloted an Elder Care Network for parishioners. She lives in El Cerrito with “Miss Molly,” her rescue Havanese; voraciously reads theology, mysteries and Sci-Fi; and delights in classical and choral music.
Phone: 415.921.3665 x314

The Rev. Tim Smith, Deacon

Tim Smith 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: – Phone: 415.921.3665 x352

The Rev. Nancy  Bryan, Deacon

Nancy Bryan 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: – Phone 415.921.3665 x364

Natalie Hala, Parish Verger and Liturgist

Natalie Hala 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: – Phone 415.921.3665

Eric Choate,  Director of Music

Eric Choate 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 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 or 415.921.3665 x363.

Marla Perkins – Music

Nancy Clark, Director of Sunday School – email:

Mike Stafford, Youth Minister email:

Jackie Schroeder, Nursery Care email:

Ashley Ryan, Parish Administrator  email: – Phone: 415.921.3665 x302

Vicki Turk, Accountant email: – Phone: 415.921.3665 x316 Office hours, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Manny Gabiana, Associate Administrator email: – Phone: 415.921.3665 x353

Nancy Svendsen – Events Coordinator email:

Nancy Clothier – Webmaster email:

Current Vestry Members

  • Matt Bartlett, Senior Warden
  • Christian Cebrian, Junior Warden
  • John Adair
  • Laura Akel
  • Nancy Clothier
  • Stephen Gamboa
  • Cynthia Harper
  • Molly Irwin
  • Will Long
  • Rebecca Peacock
  • Arthur Perkins
  • Sheila Santangelo
  • Betty Hood-Gibson, Treasurer

Vestry members are assigned as liaisons to each of the SWEEPS Ministries.  They are as follows:

  • Service/Community Ministries: Cynthia Harper and Rebecca Peacock
  • Worship: Christian Cebrian
  • Education: Laura Akel & Will Long
  • Evangelism/Communications: Mollie Irwin
  • Pastoral Care: Sheila Santangelo
  • Parish Life: Steve Gamboa
  • Stewardship: Molly Irwin
  • Buildings and Grounds: Arthur Perkins
  • Finance: Arthur Perkins and John Adair
Our SWEEPS lay chairs are:
  • Community Ministries: Margaret Stafford
  • Worship: Natalie Hala
  • Education: Sandy Stadtfeld
  • Evangelism/Communication: PENDING
  • Pastoral Care: Josie McGann and David Crosson
  • Parish Life: Amy and Christian Cebrian and Olivia and Stephen Gamboa
  • Stewardship: Allan Jergesen and Arthur Perkins

Vestry members can be reached via email at