Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson


The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson grew up in Kansas City, so she appreciates great barbecue and fireflies. The rolling plains and big skies of the Midwest cultivated in her a love of learning, art, nature and spirituality. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where she studied Environmental Studies and spent a transformational semester abroad in Senegal, West Africa to increase her proficiency in French. After graduating from a school that looks like Hogwarts, she worked at a local environmental magazine in Kansas City.


With the support of the Episcopal parish where she had grown up, she discerned a call to ordained ministry and quickly began seminary at Virginia Theological Seminary, outside of Washington, D.C. While there she delighted in learning biblical Hebrew, grew spiritually in painful and beautiful ways, and solidified her love for the Episcopal church. She also spent one year serving full-time as a hospital chaplain, and so pastoral care is the basis for all her ministry.


Mother Mary Lynn has spent the past three years serving as a curate and then assistant rector at St. Bartholomew’s in Poway. Her ministry included pastoral care, Christian formation, and serving as the chaplain to the preschool. Her husband, David, is minister of formation at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, and their son George just celebrated his second birthday.


Mother Mary Lynn is thrilled to join St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea as their Rector, helping people of all ages grow in their lives as disciples of Jesus. She can’t wait to immerse herself in the Pacific Beach community, joining with the parish and preschool in listening for God’s call for us in this particular place and time. In her time in discernment with the call committee and vestry of St. Andrew’s she has encountered this to be a vibrant and loving community - full of people of all ages who desire to grow and learn together. She is honored to be called to this special community and can’t wait to get to know everyone!

Kari Robinson

Children's & Youth Minister

Kari lives in Pacific Beach with her husband and three daughters. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Psychology and Education, and has worked as a Preschool Teacher, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader and Sierra Service Project staff.

Kari is passionate about helping children and youth develop authentic relationships with Christ, and demonstrating God's love for us by serving others. She also enjoys Pinterest, coffee, crafting, event planning, brunch, time spent with family, and exploring our beautiful neighborhood.

Charles Rus

Parish Musician

Charles hails from Grand Rapids Michigan, spent his professional music life in San Francisco and Seattle. He comes with 28 years of experience in the Episcopal Church and has a Bachelor of Music from Eastman School of Music, a Masters of Music from the U of M in Ann Arbor. He is an accomplished keyboardist, choir director, composer and even has experience building and maintaining organs.

Charles is exited to develop parish singing, organize neighborhood concerts, partner with the preschool music, and expand our musical expression in worship and community.

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.

Erin Cabrera

Assistant Preschool Director

Erin Sacco-Pineda

Sandy Heidecker
Administrative Assistant

Joseph Besser

Abbey Dessert