We are pleased to introduce the candidates for our newest Vestry Class of 2027. Members of the Vestry are elected to three-year terms, or until their successors are qualified and elected. Voting will take place at our annual meeting, to be held in our Historic Sanctuary (with an online option) on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 9 am. A parish breakfast will be offered after the meeting in Cleaver Hall. Your Vestry meets on the third Tuesday of every month.
I was raised in Pasadena and Eagle Rock, and attended the University of Chicago, where I earned a BA and MA in Romance Languages and Literature. After college I taught and tutored at the high school and junior college levels.
I met my husband at All Saints Church, at a Forum lecture on One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. We were married a year later at All Saints, where I had already begun serving in a couple of the church’s outreach ministries, including the soup kitchen known as Union Station, which was run by Bill Doulos. Over the next decade I worked in various capacities for Bill as a volunteer and volunteer coordinator, and I served on the board. I also was involved with the Dinners in the Park program that Bill started which feeds families at Central Park in Pasadena on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
When my children were 3 and 7, I returned to teaching. I taught at High Point Academy and in Pasadena Unified School District until 2004, when I joined my husband as GM of his microphone manufacturing business, Audio Engineering Associates. We recently sold our business, and I am now retired.
After a long association with All Saints Church, I discovered that Bill Doulos had begun his ministry for Transitional Housing at Church of Our Saviour. Eager to serve again with this inspirational human being, I moved to COS. There I found the bell choir at COS, which I have been playing in, as well as participating in some other excellent programs.
I was born in Washington State but have lived almost all of my life in California’s San Gabriel Valley. I have three grown children and have been in my San Gabriel home for over 50 years. I first attended Church of Our Saviour in 1955, then left for Immanuel in El Monte in 1973. I was drawn back to COS in 2019 when I joined the EFM class. The class met virtually throughout COVID; when I was able to begin attending services again, I started back at COS. It has been a renewal for me, and I am grateful for all of it.
I joined the Altar Guild and am also a member of the Welcoming Committee. I read once a month at the 8 am service, but normally I attend the Forum and the 10 am service. I have enjoyed being a part of both services. I am a member of Diocesan Council as President of Deanery 5 and also sit on several committees for Bishop John Taylor, including the Program Group on Mission Congregations for 18 years. I am retired from the Temple City School District, where I served as a member of the High School Library staff for many years.
I was born and raised in Hong Kong. When I became a Christian during my teenage years, I got involved in the youth fellowship at my church. During a conference, a few of us at the fellowship answered a call for full-time ministry. This thought troubled my parents, so I decided to keep it to myself.
After I graduated from high school, I came to the United States to attend the University of Oregon. Later, I settled in Pasadena with my husband, Anthony. We served as lay leaders at our home church. To be further equipped, I started attending Fuller Seminary. It was there that God reminded me of an unfulfilled desire. What began as a certificate program became a master of divinity degree.
After graduation, I became youth director at the First Methodist Church in San Gabriel. The church wanted to launch an English worship program for second-generation Chinese families. I served as their youth pastor, worship leader, and preacher. After my mother had a stroke, I took a hiatus so that I could travel back home to visit her. During this time, I served as a deaconess at our home church. For five years, I taught Sunday school and preached at the monthly youth worship at the Chinese Life Lutheran Church in Alhambra. Having guided our students through the pandemic and settling them back in church, I felt my work was completed. Watching them graduate from high school was particularly gratifying, but it became time for a change.
Being here at the Church of Our Savior brings back memories of my Diocesan Girls’ School. I live with Anthony and our dog, Denise. I currently volunteer at the church office and the Pasadena Humane society. I enjoy working out, especially swimming, yoga, and tai chi. Lately, I am picking up racquetball!