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.

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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 12pm on Sundays.

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Kari Robinson,

Children's & Youth Minister

Kari lives in Pacific Beach with her husband and two 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.

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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.

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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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