The Reverend Brenda Sol began as rector at St. Andrew's on May 4, 2014. She came from Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal church in Dallas, Texas where, as an Associate Priest, she focused on Pastoral Care and programs for young adults. During her time in Dallas, Mother Brenda was a member of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, which seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning.
A native of Montana, Brenda began her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon, completing her B.S. in Elementary Education at Montana State University-Billings. She continued her education by earning a Master's degree in Spiritual Psychology at Antioch University in Seattle, and later began her theological studies at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. She completed her Master of Divinity degree at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia in May, 2012.
For 20 years before discerning her priestly vocation, Brenda enjoyed a diverse career in the western U.S. involving teaching, life coaching and serving as a membership manager for a prestigious private club in Seattle. She also spent a year as a volunteer in Honduras.
Pete is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with veterans experiencing homeless. His early training as a Franciscan prepared him well for the work he'll be doing at St. Andrew's as a deacon among us. God willing and the people consenting, he will be ordained on October 22. When he's not studying or helping others, he enjoys creating wonderful memories with his wife Anne and their grandson Ezekiel, or playing one of his many musical instruments. If you'd like to know about the role of a Deacon, click here: https://edsd.org/clergy/deacons/.
After more than 25 years working in the private sector, as a community volunteer, and on the home front raising children, Alison joined the team at St. Andrew’s as Parish Administrator.
Alison's professional career evolved over the years, but settled in the practice of human resources. Most recently, she was the HR Manager at a mid-sized tech company where she was responsible for all-things HR (e.g. benefits, payroll, performance management, employee communications/relations, recruiting) and some things that didn’t fit neatly into anyone else’s responsibilities (e.g. facilities issues, event planning, conflict resolution, etc).
Having felt called to serve the church from a young age, Dawn has lived that out through social justice work and works of mercy. Before seminary, she worked with refugees and asylum seekers in San Diego County as a mental health clinician and a Children, Youth, and Family Minister. She will complete her Master’s of Divinity at Sewanee's School of Theology in May, and is thrilled to be joining us! Dawn loves baseball, reading, her cat, and most of all, her family and friends, especially her spouse Simeon and her child Declan.
Not only is Erin a life-long Episcopalian, steeped in educational pedagogy, and a brilliant writer, she is a parent of two young adults, so she understands the challenges of raising kids in today's world. In her part-time role, Erin provides direction and oversight to all aspects of Children, Family and Adult formation. Click here to contact Erin.
Mindy Bugaj, Director of Youth Ministries
Mindy served for over 14 years at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Poway as the Youth Minister. In that role she was responsible for all middle and high school ministries. Youth and family ministry is central to her call to serve in the church. She has lived in San Diego since high school and graduated from San Diego State University. Her husband, Carlos, and her have two grown sons. Click here to contact Mindy.
Virginia Sublett, Music Director
Virginia Sublett is delighted to return to St. Andrew’s as Music Director, a position she first accepted here in 1994. In 2004, she assumed a full-time faculty position in the Challey School of Music at North Dakota State University. In her 13 years at NDSU, Dr. Sublett has taught applied voice and voice-related academic subjects to students from first-semester freshmen through doctoral students, as well as being the director/conductor of the NDSU Opera.
Virginia Sublett received the MA and DMA in Contemporary Music Performance from University of California, San Diego. Her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance was earned at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
Jack Deane a currently a student at Cal State San Marcos, where he studies Literature and Writing as well as Communications. Jack is a musician and he enjoys to play the guitar and sing in our choir. Jack has been a parishioner her at St. Andrew's for over two decades and is proud to be a part of an organization that does so much to help the community. As Communications Associate, Jack produces for and publishes our newsletters, e-blasts, social media, and website.
The vestry is the governing board of the parish, and is elected by the congregation to serve terms of three years. The 2023 vestry:
The Rev. Brenda Sol, Rector Julian Betts, Sr. Warden Tim Kruger, Jr. Warden Bob Moran, Treasurer Rebecca Bird, Clerk Julian Betts Matt Bosse Christine Patrize Michael Reichle Jacqueline Rossow Richard Spooner Bob Svendsen Carolyn Zollars