The Rev. Janet Wheelock, 

Interim Rector

Originally hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Janet was called to Mountain View, CA in 2010 to serve as Interim Rector at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. Since 2012 she has been in the San Diego area serving as the Interim Rector at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Encinitas, St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, and most recently at St. Mary's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Romona.

Ordained in 1993 after years in university and cathedral ministry, she felt called to help churches in transition. A trained and experienced interim rector, she has both rebuilt and led churches and institutions through the spiritual and practical challenges of starting a new life together in Christ.

An avid hiker and musician, she spends a good deal of time both on the local trails and singing. Her passion is pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela and St. Cuthbert’s Way starting in Scotland being her most recent. You will often see Janet with Cupertino, (Cuper) her 7-year old Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix.

The Rev. Dr. Alex Nagy, 

Priest Associate

As Priest Associate for Latino Ministries Alex brings a wealth of experience to St. Andrew's. Alex's first priestly assignment in 1969 was to a parish in San Antonio, TX, where 4,998 people out of 5,000 were Latino. Weekly, there were 15 Eucharists in Spanish and one in English. His PhD/STD dissertation, Presbyters and Chicanos: Towards Full Partnership in Liberation, was the first doctoral dissertation in Europe on Liberation Theology. Alex was also very much involved in the creation and first years of the Mexican-American Cultural Center in San Antonio. While serving as co-rector with his wife, The Rev. Nancy, from 2001-08 in Borrego Springs, CA, they introduced a Saturday afternoon Eucharist in Spanish. As Priest Associate at St. Andrew’s, Alex leads ministry among the surrounding Latino community including a bilingual worship service at 1pm on Sundays.

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Patrick Walders, Music Director

Moving to San Diego from the Washington, DC area with his wife Katie in August 2011, Patrick Walders is the Director of Choral Studies at San Diego State University where he conducts the Aztec Concert Choir, SDSU Chamber Choir, and teaches conducting and Choral Literature. His background in music education, creative programming of quality music involving many shapes and styles, and interest in Arts advocacy is a natural fit working with amateur and community musicians, as well as professionals. Patrick holds his Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) from the University of Maryland, College Park. Patrick enjoys working with the St. Andrew’s community and hearing everyone's voice together in worship, either from the congregation or in the musical ranks.

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Heather Gasner, Preschool Director

Heather is the Director of St. Andrew's by the Sea Episcopal Preschool. She is happily married to her husband, Darien and has two wonderful children, Kyle and Kelsey. Heather is a San Diego native and currently lives in Santee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and has worked in early childhood education for the past 28 years as a Teacher, Mentor, Director and NAEYC Validator. Working together with parents and staff, Heather continually seeks new and creative ways to assure that each child fulfills his/her potential and has their needs met.

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Sharon Simmonds, Bookkeeper

Sharon moved from Missouri, where she had lived for 10 years, to California 2 years ago. Previous to that, she and her husband spent 12 years in Papua New Guinea as missionaries. Sharon began working as bookkeeper for St. Andrews in August 2014, and is appreciating the warm welcome and working with a great staff team. On the days she's not at St Andrew's, she is usually in Tijuana with her husband, where she does bookkeeping for the non-profit organization her husband works for. At St. Andrew's she is responsible for paying bills, preparing financial statements and helps her colleagues at St. Andrew's navigate the world of parish finances.

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Kazumi Duran, Tai Chi Instructor

Kazumi “Kay” Duran is Japanese, and raised in Tokyo. She is an artist, naturalist, and animal-lover. She lived and worked several years in Rome, Italy, as well as in Koror, Palau, and Guam, before came to the U.S. She obtained her black belt in Karate in Tokyo. Tai Chi is a perfect exercise for her to develop the leg muscles and to maintain a good sense of balance. She always wishes she had longer hours to exercise Tai Chi.