Our staff is here to serve you. If we haven’t met, please introduce yourself, and keep in touch!
The Rev. Sara Fischer Rector
Sara’s primary work at St. David’s is to help seekers, sojourners, and sinners worship God through community, creativity, and sacrament (not necessarily in that order). A graduate of the General Theological Seminary in New York, Sara came to St. David’s in 2009, after serving for four years as rector of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukie, Oregon. Prior to that time she was Associate for Faith Formation at Grace Memorial in Northeast Portland. She has served in a variety of diocesan leadership positions, and is a co-founder of Rahab’s Sisters and upstARTpdx. Her experience, her entrepreneurial spirit, her grounding in our southeast Portland neighborhood, her great love for the Episcopal Church, and–most of all–the wonderful people of St. David’s inspire her to be part of the next chapter of our church’s life. When Sara’s not at St. David’s she is working with other congregations around our diocese as the part-time Canon for Congregational Development.
The Rev. James Joiner Curate
James splits his time between us and St. Michael’s, he works with a focus on adult education and formation at both of our parishes. He is a recent graduate of General Seminary in New York, and the Chaplain Residency at the VA hospital here in Portland. He enjoys writing poetry and taking long walks. You can find him at Peace Mass and at our weekly Open Table potluck each Wednesday from 6-9 pm.
The Rev. P. Joshua Griffin Priest Associate
Griff moved to Portland from San Francisco in July 2011, as his wife, Liz, began her medical residency in OB/GYN at OHSU. Before coming to Portland, Griff served as the Environmental Justice Missioner for the Diocese of California, and a priest associate at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, in San Francisco. While working for the Diocese of California, he co-founded and co-coordinated the Free Farm. Griff is enrolled in a full-time doctoral program at the University of Washington, focusing on the intersection of environmental anthropology and religious studies. He holds an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a certificate in Religion and Ecology from the Boston Theological Institute. Griff received his primary formation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Griff can be reached at email@example.com
Macie Kingsley Children’s Ministries Coordinator
Macie Kingsley spends most of her time with kids–either chasing after her own toddler or teaching her classroom of middle schoolers the finer points of grammar. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, writing and reading poetry, and baking cakes. She hails from Idaho, and earned a BA in English from the University of Idaho (Go Vandals!). She also holds a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of St. Scholastica. Macie lives in NE Portland with her husband and son.
Susan Leo Building Curator
Susan Leo is a Texan who grew up in Ohio in a family where God’s mandate to work for justice was always taken seriously. Susan majored in geology at the College of Wooster then spent many years working in a wide variety of jobs: from a dishwasher to the executive director of the Washington D.C. Women’s Center, from a handywoman to a paramedic, all the while doing community organizing for a number of causes & organizations. In 1988, Susan went to Corinto, Nicaragua with the first Ben Linder Construction Brigade. It was there that she was experienced her call to ministry. Susan graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary and in 1998 she found herself in the midst of an emerging church that is now part of the U.C.C. Susan retired from full-time pastoral ministry in 2011 and graduated from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in 2013 with a Doctor of Ministry degree. Her interests include birding, softball, gardening, and the performing arts. She lives near St. David with her partner of 17 years and a very spotty dog. Susan can be reached at St. David’s by email.
Ben is a composer, conductor and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Portland. A graduate of Yale University, Ben has had a lifetime of experience with liturgical music, and has worked in the Episcopal Church for over 18 years, most recently at Portland’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. As a musician, Ben specializes in finding and creating connectivity between current popular and traditional classical musical styles, and concertizes frequently on the local, national and international stage. His compositions, arrangements and recordings have been featured on National Public Radio, and critically acclaimed by such publications as Paste Magazine, Time Out New York, NPR Music and Downbeat Magazine. Ben is also active as a music educator, and is the director of Voices Unlimited – Portland’s flagship choir serving adults with developmental disabilities. Contact Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Kingsley Youth Minister
Joshua Kingsley arrived in Portland after a steady, life-long journey West from Michigan. Josh studied music education at the University of Idaho and has an M.M. in music performance from Portland State University. He worked as a middle school music teacher for four years and started Portland Chamber Music, a non profit organization that works to make music accessible to all people through performance and instruction. Josh lives with his wife and son in NE Portland and is pursuing an M.Div at George Fox. Josh can be reached at email@example.com
Erin Wilson, Parish Administrator
Before coming to St. David’s, Erin worked in purchasing, communications, freelance writing, and a handful of retail jobs. She joins the St. David community with a background in writing, social media, small business, and all things office and organizational. She received a BA in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University in New York. She and her husband came from the East Coast to make the West Coast their home in 2006. Every minute past Ohio was furthest West they had ever been. Erin loves reading and music, hanging out with her husband, and old movies. Reach Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org@saintdavidpdx.org.
Eric Howland, Chaplain Associate
Eric is a Board Certified Chaplain through CPSP (Clinical Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy). His heart for ministry follows the journey of the Spirit during illness and other life challenges people may be facing. He currently serves as a lay Chaplain at OHSU and Legacy Hospital. He trained in Los Angeles at UCLA Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, and Good Samaritan Hospital. Eric and his wife Angela Camilleri relocated to Portland from the Los Angeles area. They enjoy riding their bikes, exploring local cuisine, and hiking with their dog, Otys. At St. David’s, Eric is available to provide support, conversation, and a non-judgmental presence. Eric can be reached by email at email@example.com or through the church office, 503-232-8461.
Jessica Patillo, Child Care Provider
Jessica moved to Portland in March 2013 from a small town in the mountains of northern New Mexico! Before coming to Oregon, Jessica worked as a part of the Los Alamos County Recreation Division, where she worked at the county’s summer
day camp, the golf course, helped to run special events, as well as at the states only outdoor ice rink! When she wasn’t working for the county, Jessica worked in the nursery at Trinity on The Hill Episcopal Church. Jessica briefly attended University
of New Mexico where she studied a little bit everything, but her main focus was in
Geology. Jessica is ecstatic to be living in Portland, and is extremely thankful to be a
part of the community at Saint David’s!