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Staff of Saint David's
The Rev. James Joiner
James splits his time between St. David's 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 and at many other St. David's gatherings.
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.
Linda Leavitt is the Building Curator at St. David of Wales Church. She is a bluegrass musician who plays mandolin and guitar. Linda is the vocal instructor at Taborgrass and also teaches privately. Linda is an avid hiker, biker and photographer, but her favorite thing of all is making music. Linda is excited about the burgeoning artistic community at St David's. As Building Curator, Linda develops and maintains collaborative relationships with our many building partners and interfaces with the volunteers and vendors who keep this place humming. Want to explore partnering with St. David's or using one of our spaces for a special event? Linda can be reached at St. David’s by email.
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.
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
Interim Director of Children’s Ministry
Kayla is very excited to step into the role as interim Director of Children's Ministries at Saint David's. She is originally from Detroit, Michigan, but recently relocated to Portland from Denver, Colorado. She was raised in the Episcopal Church, and had the chance to plan and fund-raise an amazing trip to Europe with her Church Youth Group when she was in high school. She is extremely passionate about working with children and promoting equity for under-represented populations. Here in Portland, Kayla is blessed to have a job that allows her to do both! She is currently the AmeriCorps member serving at an elementary school in Southeast Portland. She splits her time between working as the Community Involvement Specialist, planning community wellness events for the school's amazing community, and helping run the after-school enrichment program at the school. She currently teaches gardening, wellness, and runs a school blog. Kayla is loving Portland, and feels very lucky to be a part of the wonderful community at Saint David's that has helped make her transition very positive!
The Rev. Joshua Kingsley
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
The Rev. P. Joshua Griffin
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!