Serving the parish.
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Rector/Senior Pastor at Saint Barnabas. Follower of Jesus. Husband, father of four and grandpa of two. Grateful Episcopalian. Energized by resting in the boundless Presence within. Enjoy being with my beloved, family, friends, work, being in the great outdoors fly-fishing and, especially, steelhead fishing. Email Jim Clark or call 602-316-5220 .
The Rev. Robert Berra is delighted to join Saint Barnabas! Both natives of Mobile, Alabama, Robert and his spouse Laura were married in 2008 and have a little boy, Colin. Together, they can often be found bicycling or walking their dog around Tempe’s University Park neighborhood. With a Masters in Religious Studies from Arizona State University, Robert went on to study at Yale Divinity School. He was ordained in 2013, and planted a campus ministry at ASU Polytechnic. Robert also taught at ASU and began a ministry at ASU Downtown in partnership with Trinity Cathedral. Robert left organized religion in his teenage years. After a period of wavering between agnosticism and Deism, he returned to Christianity and was confirmed in the Episcopal Church in his mid-twenties. He considers the experience of his time outside of the church to be a gift from God; and that time informs Robert’s desire to bring people into a meaningful relationship with a loving God and into communion with a community mirroring the love of Jesus. Email Robert Berra. or call 480-355-9751
Born and raised in Ohio, The Rev. Jennifer Tucker received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Utah. Rev. She received her M. Div and MTS at Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Chicago. Rev. Jennifer was ordained in 2006 and comes to us from the Diocese of Utah. She has been married for 25 years to her wife, Amy, who teaches first grade. Together they enjoy the company of their two dogs. Rev. Jennifer’s hobbies include handiwork such as knitting, beading, and weaving.
Parish Deacon & Archdeacon of Diocese of Arizona*
Born in the UK, joined Saint Barnabas in 2001 and ordained a deacon in 2012. Began adult life studying cartography, transitioned to nursing and now an Archdeacon, serving the deacons of the diocese. I love good food and all things related to art along with reading and movies. To contact Sarah call 480-948-5560
Susie and husband, Hank have called Saint Barnabas home since 2003. Former small business owners, parents to four children, grandparents to six (and hoping for more), entertainers for 2 precious doggies. Love gardening, reading, sewing and learning more about Jesus. Go in love to serve the Lord! Email Susie Parker
Pam grew up in Phoenix first attending All Saints’, then getting married at Christ Church of the Ascension. She is a University of Arizona graduate (3rd generation) and spent the next 21 years moving about the country with her husband Jeff Bell and three boys. She returned home in 2001 and settled at Saint Barnabas. Over the course of time, she has been a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, Stephen’s Minister, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Altar Guild Director, Grief Counselor, and is a certified Spiritual Director. She is also a proud Grammy of three, lover of running and yoga, and can be found most times in a kitchen having fun and fellowship with anyone who enters. Email Pam Bell.
Director of Operations & Finance
Deborah, her husband, Andy, and their son, Alex, relocated here from Illinois in 2018. Deborah has wanted to move to Arizona since visiting the state during her college days and is absolutely thrilled to finally be here. She is looking forward to meeting everyone and making many new friends at Saint Barnabas. Email Deborah Birutis or call 480-377-2774.
Amy, her husband Cam, and toddler Marcel are active members at Saint Barnabas. Amy came to us from Scottsdale Public Art, where she led numerous projects including Canal Convergence, an annual event with interactive artworks by local and international artists, hands-on activities, live music and performances. Amy also maintains her own impressive portfolio of works in her studio. She loves strengthening the community and telling the story of the church through her creativity. Email Amy DeCaussin or call 480-355-9758.
Minister for Youth & Parish Life
Minister of Youth Ministry, wife, and mother of four, chef, scrabble player. Loves Jesus, passionate about ministry to the homeless. Email Kate Fimbres or call 480-355-9731.
Robert Heyde is the choral director at Scottsdale Preparatory Academy as well as an active performer around the Phoenix valley. He has been a part of Saint Barnabas for the past 8 years since moving to the Valley in 2011. He holds a Master’s of Music degree from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Baylor University. Robert has performed various operatic and concert roles through Saint Barnabas, the Phoenix Chorale, North Valley Chorale, Solis Camerata and Arizona State University. He serves as a regional choral chair for the Arizona Music Educators Association and resides in Cave Creek with his wife, Stephanie, and their three young sons, Andrew, Beckham and Hudson. Email Robert Heyde.
Editor, Windborne Video Productions. Marketing and sales videos for Arabian horse industry, and Living Legacy videos, which documents peoples’ life stories. Enjoy music, cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family. Email Faith Long or call 480-355-9754.
Along with his wonderful wife, Kathryne, and two daughters, Emily (17) and Ashleigh (15), Rosario enjoys camping (or more accurately, “glamping”). The family are all animal lovers, sharing their home with cats, dogs, and a cuddly snake named Tim Tim. Rosario is blessed daily by God’s grace and love! He is so glad to be joining the fantastic people of Saint Barnabas.
Email Rosario Oliva or call 480-355-9733
Director of Children’s Ministries
An Arizona native, Sarah has traveled the globe studying, singing and teaching. She is now back home in Scottsdale raising her two children, Ruthanne and William Alden, and enjoying an active life involved in children and music ministries at Saint Barnabas. Email Sarah Petersen or call 480-355-9730.
Director of Music
Michael began his organ studies at an early age and earned his first organist position at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Prescott. Michael attended the University of Evansville, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance with a minor in Theological Studies, magna cum laude, and was the recipient of numerous awards for musical and academic achievement. He studied organ and harpsichord with Douglas Reed. Immediately following his time in Evansville, Michael went on to graduate school at Yale University through the School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. He received his Masters of Music in Organ Performance in May of 2013, where he received instruction in organ with Martin Jean and organ improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. In addition, he received further study from guest teachers James David Christie, Simon Preston, Vincent DuBois, and Ken Cowan. While at Yale, Michael continued studies in harpsichord, choral conducting, and was heavily involved in numerous choral ensembles, both as singer and accompanist. In addition to his duties at Saint Barnabas, Michael has a full-time career in commercial finance as a banker. Outside of music, some of Michael’s interests include fitness, golf, capital markets, cooking, and ballroom dance. Email Michael Salazar.
Assistant to the Rector
Joined the staff as operations assistant in 2011. Avid reader, West Michigan native, married to Tim. Email Katie Vinger or call 480-355-9750.
* Part-time or non-stipendiary
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