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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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through the church office, 503-232-8461.
3rd-5th Grade Godly Play Teacher
Kayla 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!
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 email@example.com
Children's Ministries Coordinator
Things you should know about Heidi before you entrust her to walk alongside your children and families in matters of faith: Heidi Pitts is really excited to be the Children's Ministries Coordinator and feels like it is an answer to prayer her prayers.
Heidi can be a little shy when first meeting people, but becomes quite talkative once she feel comfortable. She and her husband just celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary, their first in Portland after moving here last summer. They have a spunky, big-spirited daughter who sometimes introduces herself as one of the Disney princesses. Some of her favorite things are dark chocolate, BBC dramas, and wool socks.
Youth Ministries Coordinator
A cradle Episcopalian from the Diocese of Springfield, Elizabeth found St. David's parish in 2014 and has been so excited to get involved in the welcoming and inviting community of worship!
Originally from a Big 10 University town south of Chicago, she worked in Chicago for 6 years and then moved to Portland in 2013 to be closer to her siblings, via a brief period of work in New York City. With a background in bicycle non-profits and public health, she is currently working for the Portland Business Alliance in the Downtown Clean and Safe District, and also with her fiance at his local business, North St. Bags. She is working on an undergraduate in Communications at Portland State University.
She spends her free time playing Settler of Catan, reading sci-fi novels, singing in the Saint David's choir, hiking, going on bike tour and travelling.
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!