Penny Bridges, St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego
Judy Burton, St. Margaret’s, Palm Desert
Paul Carmona, St. Mark’s, San Diego
David Cowles, Trinity, Escondido
Christopher Craig-Jones, St. Michael’s, Carlsbad
Joseph Dirbas, All Souls’, Point Loma
Carlos Garcia, St. Philip’s, Lemon Grove
Pete Glorieux, Christ Church, Coronado
Butch Glosson, Good Shepherd, Hemet
Lesslie Keller, Christ Church, Coronado
Debbie Kistler, St. Philip’s, Lemon Grove
Dave Madsen, St. Alban’s, El Cajon
Pam Rieger, co-chair, St. Dunstan’s, San Diego
Janine Schenone, Good Samaritan, San Diego
Brenda Sol, St. Andrew’s, Encinitas
Chikako Tsukada, All Saints’, Vista
Ed Walsh, co-chair, St. Paul, Palm Springs
Tom Wilson, St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego
Biographies | Biografías
The Very Rev. Penny Bridges, Dean, St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego
Penny has served in the Diocese of San Diego since February, 2014. She previously served parishes in the Diocese of Virginia, where she was ordained priest in 1998. Penny has long been deeply committed to full inclusion of minority populations in church leadership, and to the development of ecumenical and interfaith relationships. Penny has been involved in episcopal searches in a number of capacities, including standing committee membership (Virginia) and being selected as a nominee (New Hampshire), and she is honored to be able to bring that experience to the nominating committee. Penny brings gifts of writing, proofreading, and research to the work of the committee. She is excited to be part of this gifted group of faithful people, who share the goal of identifying the best possible nominees for this pivotal role in our community. Penny serves on the education/communication and nominating/screening subcommittees.
Judy Burton, St. Margaret’s, Palm Desert
Judy feels blessed to have had a 37-year career as a registered nurse administrator in Orange County, California. Her career highlights include 8 years as vice president for patient care services at Saint Joseph Hospital and 15 years as administrative director of For OC Kids Neurodevelopmental Center at UC Irvine. When she and her wife retired and moved to Palm Desert, their highest priority was finding a sacramental church. They were overjoyed to find St. Margaret’s, a welcoming and inclusive church and congregation. They were received into the Episcopal Church by Bishop Mathes in June 2011. Judy graduated from EfM in 2016, and has chaired and been a member of the finance, budget and stewardship committees. She is a member of the pastoral care team, a eucharistic visitor, and a member of the parish interfaith ministry. Judy says, “The nominating committee is my first opportunity to work at the diocese level. I have enjoyed getting to know diverse and focused committee members and growing in my knowledge of the diocese. Our first gathering, a two day retreat, gave me confidence that the Spirit is guiding us to find a bishop who will best lead us in the Jesus Movement.”
The Rev. Paul Carmona, Retired, St. Mark’s, City Heights
Paul was born, raised and received much of his education in the Los Angeles area. His wide-ranging interests motivated him to pursue studies in classics (BA, Loyola University of Los Angeles), music (MMus, University of Southern California), and religious studies (PhD, University of Louvain, Belgium). In regard to lifelong learning, Paul’s love of good conversation has prompted him over the years to develop fluency in Dutch/Flemish (his spouse’s language), German (from living/working in Germany), and Spanish (his ancestral language)—and he hopes yet to add at least one more language to the list. During the first phase of his working years, he served as organist-choirmaster at churches in the US, Belgium, and Germany. Since 1991, he has taught humanities, philosophy and religious studies at Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, where—following his recent retirement—he now teaches a lighter load as professor emeritus. During the years leading up to his diaconal and priestly ordinations in 2002, he was actively involved in the establishment of the Latino/Hispanic congregation at St. Paul’s Cathedral. From 2003 to 2013, in addition to his academic responsibilities, he served as associate rector of St. Mark’s, San Diego. Paul Carmona resides in San Diego with Thérèse, his spouse of 37 years.
Dave Cowles, Trinity, Escondido
Dave has served as senior warden, on vestry, and as eucharistic minister, newsletter editor/publisher, web site designer/maintainer, parish photographer, youth mentor, delegate to two diocesan conventions, and as a roving photographer at two diocesan conventions. His secular experience includes a 31 year career in the Navy as a carrier pilot, as well manager of aircraft test and technology development programs. He currently volunteers as a docent at the USS Midway Museum and as president of the non-profit F-8 Crusader Association. Dave says this: “I am honored to have been selected to serve on the nominating committee. This is my first experience working for my church on a diocesan committee. I am overwhelmed with the breadth and scope of talent of those with whom I will be working. Through your prayers, with God’s help, I am committed to working with them in nominating a slate of the highest-qualified candidates, grounded in your inputs at our diocesan-wide listening sessions and your responses to the online survey. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.”
Chris Craig-Jones, St. Michael’s, Carlsbad
Chris was born in Newark, Nottingham, UK in 1957 but at age 11 moved to the south coast of England. At age 18 he moved to London to work for Barclays Bank and after programming and analysis training he moved into IT consultancy. After a career of 40 plus years in the IT industry working throughout the UK, the Middle East, Africa, and America, he was called to ministry in the Episcopal Church and is now a postulant for ordination. Chris is currently employed full-time as the pastoral care assistant at St Michael’s, spending 50% of his time as the chaplain of Carlsbad-By-The Sea (CBTS) retirement home and 50% directing and undertaking the St. Michael’s pastoral care ministry. As part of his formation process, Chris is in his second year of study at the diocesan School For Ministry (SFM) and hopes to bring his secular career and pastoral care experience plus his recent education to the bishop nominating committee.
The Rev. Joseph J. Dirbas, Rector, All Souls’, Point Loma
Joseph is excited to serve on the bishop nominating committee. Joseph serves as the chair of the communication and education subcommittee and offers administration, organization, and IT skills. As the rector of All Souls’ he leads an active parish which has a passion for outreach and for celebrating the beauty of holiness through the arts. He is looking forward to the call of our next bishop to lead us as a servant community to share God’s all-inclusive love in the world. Joseph is married to the Rev. Terry Shields Dirbas and together they have three children: George (5), Jeannie (5), and Chatham (1).
Pete Glorieux, Christ Church, Coronado
Pete was born and raised in Southern California. He lives in Coronado, and is currently a sophomore at Coronado High School. He has been involved with Boy Scouts for over ten years and will receive his Eagle Scout rank this spring. He is also involved with the high school beach volleyball team. At Christ Church Pete participates in several ministries including acolytes, youth group, EYE (Episcopal Youth Event), and Sunday school. In regards to his participation with the bishop nominating committee, he hopes to bring his perspective as an active youth member to help find the ideal candidates for bishop. Pete says, “I think one of the qualities a candidate for bishop should have is an ability to inspire youth participation by spending quality time with the younger members of the church at youth related events. That participation should primarily be focused on having fun and engaging the youth and encouraging them to become more actively involved in the church.”
Louis “Butch” Glosson, Good Shepherd, Hemet
Butch holds a bachelor’s degree in history and Black studies and a master’s in education. He retired from the postal service with 35 years of service; his positions included clerk, postal security police, and more than 15 years in the department of equal employment opportunity as a counselor, investigator, and mediator. He also worked as the lead campus security supervisor for San Jacinto High School for eight years. As a Vietnam vet, Butch has seen all that war has to offer. He has coached various high school sports, volunteered with Kairos and Prison Fellowship visiting inmates and conducting workshops, and supervised children of parents who were incarcerated. As a lifetime member of the Union of Black Episcopalians, Butch is the western regional director. He also conducts workshops on suicide prevention for adults and youth. Butch has served as senior warden in the Los Angeles diocese and at Good Shepherd, Hemet. He has served on the finance committee for the Diocese of Los Angeles and as the stewardship chairperson for Good Shepherd, and he co-chairs the African-American ministry for Province VIII. He enjoys going to the movies.
Lesslie Keller, Christ Church, Coronado
Since 2007 Lesslie has been the CEO of Episcopal Community Services, a 90-year-old social services agency operating six programs throughout the diocese, serving over 8,000 people a year. Lesslie currently serves as the bishop’s warden on the cathedral chapter, as a board member of the downtown breakfast rotary club and as a presenter for the local Harvard Business Club’s nonprofit management development program. Prior to moving to San Diego she was director of finance and administration for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago from 1992 to 2007. Of her service on the Bishop Nominating Committee she said, “I have spent most of my professional career in efforts directed at making the Episcopal Church a strong, vibrant and relevant community of faith. I have had the privilege of serving with many dedicated and talented people across the church, including a number of bishops. I am confident that the next chapter in San Diego will be one of energetic and hopeful ministry and I look forward to providing support for this process.”
Debbie Kistler, St. Philip’s, Lemon Grove
Debbie was baptized in February 2012 at Good Shepherd, Hemet, at the age of 58, after a lifelong search for an organized religion that she could live into. Since then she has served on vestry at St. Philip’s, volunteered as church office administrator and bookkeeper at St. Philip’s, attended the Latino Leadership Project, our annual diocesan conventions, and Leadership Academy; and she is active in the Diocesan Service Coalition. She has taken a variety of classes/lectures offered by our churches and the Episcopal Center and is thoroughly enjoying her second year of Education for Ministry. Debbie attended Cursillo #134 and is faithful to her weekly grouping. She has worked every Cursillo since then, serving a three year term on the secretariat and as the rector for the next Cursillo, #142. Debbie has been married to John for 23 years and they have three grown children. They also have a dog named Sophie, two cats, five chickens, and several gold fish. Debbie offers her gifts to the nominating committee, saying, “I am a set of fresh eyes, ears that are eager to listen, hands that are hungry to work, a voice that is learning how to be heard, and a heart that knows of God’s love.”
The Rev. Dr. David Lloyd Madsen, Rector, St. Alban’s, El Cajon
Before his ordination, Dave worked in sales and sales management. He has a degree in business and a master of science in management in leadership and management. He attended General Theological Seminary and received his master of divinity in 2008, and doctorate of ministry from New York Theological Seminary in 2012. He was ordained as a priest in Grand Rapids in 2008. He has served parishes in Grand Rapids, New York City, Philadelphia, and now, El Cajon. His professional focus is in congregational development, specifically the changing church in a changing world. His locus of ministry is outreach, looking for new ways to be the church, specifically working with homeless, marginalized and refugees. He is a facilitator of pastors that meet monthly from Jewish, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, United Methodist, Episcopal and other Protestant churches. Dave’s desire is to be a good listener and communicator in his service with the bishop nominating committee. He wishes to help find candidates who will continue the good works started by Bishop Mathes, and hopes he can assist in identifying bishop candidates that recognize and embrace the cultures and church personalities in our diocese.
The Rev. Pam Rieger, Co-Chair, Deacon, St. Dunstan’s, San Diego
Pam was ordained in 2015 as a vocational deacon, and served at All Souls’, Point Loma for over a year. She now serves at St. Dunstan’s, San Diego. She belongs to the Association of Episcopal Deacons. She’s also a member of the executive council and chairs the diocesan advocacy committee, and she is part of the formation committee. Her corporate background is mainly in the transportation and logistics field. Prior to moving to San Diego in 2009, she was the corporate sales training manager for a large international transportation/logistics company. Pam felt called to serve on the bishop nominating committee. She says, “I feel very deeply that the nominating committee must be guided by the presence of the Holy Spirit in every aspect of what we are involved in. I also feel it will be helpful to add the voice of a deacon in our diocese to this discernment process. As it states in the BCP in the ordination of a deacon: ‘God now calls you to a special ministry of servanthood directly under your bishop’… Since joining the bishop nominating committee, those words of ordination have never been far from my thoughts.”
The Rev. Janine Schenone, Rector, Good Samaritan, University City
Before being called to Good Samaritan, Janine served as the senior associate for congregational development at All Saints’, Pasadena, where she assisted with Latino ministry. Before that, she served as theologian in residence at Christ Church, Bronxville while beginning—but not completing—a PhD in systematic theology. Trained as a Third Order Franciscan, she seeks a balance of contemplation and action in everything. She is delighted to serve on the bishop nominating committee because she has a deep respect for group discernment and the Holy Spirit’s movement in these processes.
The Rev. Brenda Sol, Rector, St. Andrew’s, Encinitas
Brenda is pleased to be representing some of the North County voices on the bishop nominating committee. As a committee member she has offered up her previous experience in event planning and seminar facilitator to the sub-committee for planning candidate interviews and retreats. When not working on these tasks, she serves as rector of St. Andrew’s, Encinitas which has a weekly food pantry and community lunch program, as well as hosting Showers of Blessings twice a month. They carry out these ministries as part of what Bishop Curry refers to as “the Jesus Movement.” With that as Brenda’s foundation, she is committed to helping identify candidates for bishop who can support our diocesan motto of “Fearless Love.”
Ed Walsh, Co-Chair, St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs
Ed lives in Rancho Mirage and serves both on the vestry and as a worship coordinator at his home congregation, St. Paul, Palm Springs. He is a governor’s appointee to and chair of the California Commission on Aging, and he serves on the California Secretary of Health and Human Services Olmsted Advisory Committee. In addition, he is vice president of the Joslyn Center, the senior center serving Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and Indian Wells. Ed holds a master of social work degree. Service on the nominating committee affords Ed the opportunity to collaborate with others from around the diocese who have formed a cohesive team as part of the process of selecting the new bishop. Having participated in discernment committees for candidates for the diaconate at St. Paul’s and St. Richard’s, Lake Arrowhead, Ed has learned the value of listening for and following the Spirit in those quiet moments of discernment. Ed hopes that our team will continue to grow in faith and be bonded in community, so that our outcomes will be guided by the Holy Spirit and rooted in our faith community united in Christ’s love.
The Rev. Thomas Wilson, St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego
Tom was born and raised in Ohio and earned his bachelor of music education and master of divinity degrees. Before ordination he taught high school vocal and instrumental music and served on staff at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also worked as a meeting manager and administrator for nonprofit and health care organizations. Ordained deacon in 2008 and priest in 2009, Tom has served at All Souls, Point Loma; St. David’s, Clairemont; St. Stephen’s, Menifee; St. Andrew’s, Lake Elsinore; St. Anne’s, Oceanside; Grace, San Marcos; and St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego. His diocesan service includes diocesan safety manager, the diocesan executive council, the diocesan property committee and now the bishop nominating committee. Tom is married to John Will (cathedral archivist and diocesan historiographer). He enjoys travel, visiting museums, attending concerts, playing bridge, baking, cooking and genealogy. Tom’s hopes and dreams for his work on the nominating committee are that we carry out our tasks prayerfully, always ready to be surprised by God’s Spirit.
En una reunión reciente del subcomité de comunicaciones, acordamos que podría ser útil si publicamos biografías breves de cada uno de los miembros del equipo del subcomité, para que se conozca un poco más sobre ellos. Aquí están los dos primeros, otros serán publicados en el futuro y también, para referencia futura, se podrán leer en la página web.
La Muy Reverenda Penny Bridges, Decana de la Catedral de San Pablo
Penny ha servido en la Diócesis de San Diego desde febrero del 2014. Anteriormente sirvió en parroquias de la Diócesis de Virginia, donde fue ordenada en 1998. Durante mucho tiempo, Penny ha estado profundamente comprometida con la inclusión total de las poblaciones minoritarias en el liderazgo de la iglesia, y el desarrollo de relaciones ecuménicas e interreligiosas. Penny ha participado en comité de busquedas en varias funciones, incluiyendo miembros del Comité Permanente (en Virginia) y fue seleccionada como candidata (en New Hampshire), y se siente honrada de poder aportar esa experiencia al Comité de Nominaciones. Penny trae regalos de escritura, revisión e investigación al trabajo del comité. Está muy entusiasmada de ser parte de este grupo de personas fieles y talentosas, que comparten el objetivo de identificar a los mejores candidatos posibles para este papel fundamental en nuestra comunidad. Penny sirve en los subcomités de Comunicaciones y Educación y de Nominación y selección.
Judy Burton, St Margaret’s, Palm Desert
Judy se siente bendecida por haber tenido una carrera de 37 años como administradora de enfermería registrada en el Condado de Orange, California. Los puntos destacados de su carrera incluyen 8 años como Vicepresidenta de Servicios de Atención al Paciente en Saint Joseph Hospital y 15 años como Directora Administrativa del Centro de Neurodesarrollo de OC Kids en UC Irvine. Cuando ella y su esposa se jubilaron y se mudaron a Palm Desert, su mayor prioridad fue encontrar una iglesia sacramental. Se llenaron de alegría de encontrar a Santa Margarita, una iglesia y congregación acogedora e inclusiva. Fueron recibidos en la Iglesia Episcopal por el Obispo Mathes en junio de 2011. Judy se graduó de EFM en 2016, y ha presidido y sido miembro de los comités de Finanzas, Presupuesto y Mayordomía. Ella es miembro del Equipo de Cuidado Pastoral, Visitante Eucarístico y miembro del Ministerio Interreligioso de la parroquia. Judy dice: “El Comité de Nominaciones es mi primera oportunidad de trabajar a nivel de diócesis. He disfrutado conocer a miembros diversos y enfocados del comité y crecer en mi conocimiento de la diócesis. Nuestra primera reunión, un retiro de dos días, me dio la confianza de que el Espíritu nos está guiando para encontrar un obispo que nos guíe mejor en el Movimiento de Jesús”.
Dave Cowles, Trinity Episcopal Church, Escondido
Dave se ha desempeñado como Guardian Mayor en la Junta Parroquial, y como Ministro Eucarístico, editor del boletín, diseñador / mantenedor de sitios web, fotógrafo parroquial, mentor de jóvenes, delegado en dos convenciones diocesanas y fotógrafo itinerante en dos convenciones diocesanas. Su experiencia secular incluye una carrera de 31 años en la Marina como piloto operador, así como gerente de pruebas de aeronaves y programas de desarrollo tecnológico. Actualmente es voluntario como docente en el USS Midway Museum y como presidente de la asociación sin fines de lucro F-8 Crusader Association. Dave dice esto: “Me siento honrado de haber sido seleccionado para servir en el Comité de Nominaciones. Esta es mi primera experiencia trabajando para mi iglesia en un comité diocesano. Estoy abrumado por la amplitud y el talento de aquellos con quienes trabajaré. A través de sus oraciones, con la ayuda de Dios, me comprometo a trabajar con ellos en la nominación de una lista de los candidatos mejor calificados, basados en sus aportes en nuestras sesiones de escucha en toda la diócesis y sus respuestas a la encuesta en línea. Por favor continúen manteniéndonos en sus oraciones”.
La Reverenda Brenda Sol, Rectora de St. Andrew’s, Encinitas
Brenda se complace en representar a algunas de las voces del norte del condado en el Comité de Nominación del Obispo. Como miembro del comité, ella ofreció su experiencia previa en planificación de eventos y facilitadora de seminarios al subcomité para la planificación de entrevistas y retiros de los candidatos. Cuando no trabaja en estas tareas, se desempeña como rector de St. Andrew’s en Encinitas, que tiene una despensa de alimentos semanal y un programa de almuerzos comunitarios, además de ser anfitrión de Showers of Blessings dos veces al mes. Llevan a cabo estos ministerios como parte de lo que el Obispo Curry se refiere como “el Movimiento de Jesús.” Con este fundamento, Brenda está comprometida a ayudar a identificar candidatos para ser obispo de esta diócesis, que pueda apoyar nuestro lema diocesano de “Amor Sin Miedo.”
Ed Walsh: Co-presidente, Feligrés de la iglesia San Pablo en el desierto, Palm Springs
Ed vive en Rancho Mirage y sirve tanto en la Junta Parroquial como Coordinador de Adoración. Fue designado por el gobernador como vicepresidente de la Comisión de Envejecimiento en California (California Commission on Aging), y es miembro del Comité Asesor Olmsted de la Secretaría de Salud y Servicios Humanos de California. Además, es vicepresidente del Centro Joslyn, el centro para personas mayores que presta servicios en Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert e Indian Wells. Ed tiene una Maestría en Trabajo Social. Servir en el Comité de Nominaciones le brinda a Ed la oportunidad de colaborar con otros de la diócesis, porque han formado un equipo entrelazado como parte del proceso de selección del nuevo Obispo de la Diócesis de San Diego. Después de haber participado en los comités de discernimiento para los candidatos al diaconado en St. Paul’s y St. Richard’s en Lake Arrowhead,Ed aprendió el valor de escuchar y seguir al Espíritu en esos momentos de discernimiento silenciosos. Ed espera que nuestro equipo continúe creciendo en la fe y se mantenga unido en comunidad, para que nuestros resultados sean guiados por el Espíritu Santo y arraigados en nuestra comunidad de fe unida en el amor de Cristo.
El Reverendo Thomas Wilson, Catedral de San Pablo
Tom nació y se crió en Ohio y obtuvo su Licenciatura en Educación Musical y Maestría en Divinidad. Antes de su ordenación, enseñó música vocal e instrumental en la escuela secundaria y trabajó la Arquidiócesis Católica Romana de Halifax, Nueva Escocia. También trabajó como gerente y administrador para organizaciones de atención médica sin fines de lucro. Fue ordenado diácono en el 2008 y como sacerdote en 2009. Tom ha servido en All Souls, Point Loma; St. David’s, Clairemont, St. Stephen’s, Menifee, St. Andrew’s, Lake Elsinore, St. Anne’s, Oceanside, Grace, San Marcos y St. Paul’s Cathedral. Su servicio diocesano incluye el Gerente Diocesano de Seguridad, el Consejo Ejecutivo Diocesano, el Comité Diocesano de Propiedades y ahora en el Comité de Nominaciones del Obispo. Tom está casado con John Will (archivista de la catedral e historiógrafo diocesano). Le gusta viajar, visitar museos, asistir a conciertos, jugar bridge, hornear, cocinar y genealogía. Las esperanzas y los sueños de Tom para su trabajo en el Comité de Nominación son que llevemos a cabo nuestras tareas en oración, siempre listos para ser sorprendidos por el Espíritu de Dios.