The Vestry is the the leadership body of our church. Each member serves a three year term and oversees the financial management and overall mission of the church as well as sharing with the rector in the spiritual leadership of the parish.
Bill Fencken became an Episcopalian as a result of singing in a Boys Choir at the Church of the Mediator in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Marketing from the Business School. He also went through pilot training and served in the United States Air Force. In addition to his service here at St. Andrew's, Bill has served on the vestry and was Junior Warden at Christ’s Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley, AZ, served on the vestry at All Saints of the Desert in Sun City, AZ and served on the vestry as Junior Warden and Senior Warden at St. Luke’s in Prescott, AZ.
Originally from Wisconsin, Gregory moved to San Diego in 1989 to work for General Dynamics. It wasn’t until 2001 that Gregory met and subsequently married his wife Sara. Raised in the United Methodist Church and being absent from organized religion since college, his reintroduction began in 2008 when his oldest daughter, Jordyn, began attending St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea Preschool. In 2010 that relationship was reinforced when his second daughter, Alison, began attending our preschool. By 2011 Gregory and family became regular attendees and members of the St. Andrew’s parish. Since that time St. Andrew’s has become integral to their family. In 2013, after becoming active in buildings and grounds he served his first term on the Vestry. After taking a year off, he is now serving his second term on the vestry and the first as People’s Warden. Every year brings new challenges and opportunities which helps him grow in his understanding of this parish and in his faith. St. Andrew’s is a welcoming parish constantly moving forward and open to experimenting so that we can thrive in the years to come.
Johnny Miller is an entrepreneur, marketer, and the founder of Bamboo Engine which helps top brands effectively utilize social media platforms in their marketing and referral programs. Johnny also has produced extensive marketing and promotional film/video work with clients including ABC Sports, NBC Sportsworld, ESPN, TBS Sports, and the BBC. He also produced and directed ‘Joe Explorer' an adventure travel tv show starring John O’Hurley and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. At St. Andrew's, Johnny oversees ministries in evangelism and outreach and enjoys sharing the community life at St. Andrew's with his family.
After growing up, attending college and working in the midwest, Sara accepted a transfer to San Diego, a 2 year commitment as a sales rep with a Minnesota firm where she had worked for years. In 1987, while looking for a neighborhood church, she wandered into St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea. Life changed from an apartment in Pacific Beach to a home in Clairemont, from the business world to 15 years teaching middle school in City Heights, from living alone to sharing life with college sweetheart, Jay Dove. In the 1950s and 60s, Sara’s mother got her family of eight (six children and Dad) to their Episcopal church in Minnesota regularly, usually on time. Traditions from those early years linger. A senior now at St. Andrew’s, she wonders which traditions will continue or change. On vestry, Sara oversees evangelism and outreach ministries.
Tim was born in San Diego and was baptized and confirmed into the Episcopal Church at St. James by-the-Sea in La Jolla. In his youth, he was active in the church as an acolyte and a member of a vibrant youth group. Tim attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and graduated with a degree in Earth Sciences. He returned to San Diego and St. James, where he attended Cursillo and co-taught Sunday School for a semester. He was part of a music team for an intimate Sunday evening chapel service, playing the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer.
About 15 years ago, Tim was drawn to St. Andrew's with the sense that this parish had tremendous potential to grow and make a positive change in the lives of the people who live in the area, particularly young adults. Tim has been actively involved in the music program, has been trained and licensed as a worship leader, and is head cook for one of the Helping Hands Dinner teams. He has served on two previous rector calling committees, served as the Rector's Warden for two previous Rectors, and has represented St. Andrews at five Diocesan Conventions. Tim is currently serving his third term on the Vestry.
Connie Wagner moved from southern Illinois to San Diego and retired from teaching high school English when she married John in 2007. Impressed by the welcoming and inclusive spirit of St. Andrew’s, John and Connie made it their spiritual home in 2014. Connie enjoys yoga, tai chi, meditation, and walking, as well as traveling and camping with John. As part of her service on the vestry, Connie offers oversight of the worship and spiritual formation ministries.
Jenn has been member of St. Andrews for 18 years. She was married here in 2000. She has seen many different phases of life here. In 2003, her son was baptized here and then he attended preschool here. Jenn serves as the Vestry Liaison to the Calling Committee.
Chris joined St. Andrew's recently and appreciates St. Andrew's welcoming environment, diverse congregation and beautiful and contemplative worship spaces. Chris finds fulfillment volunteering on a team at the parish's Helping Hands Hunger Supper dinners and through our liturgical practice. Chris was confirmed in the Episcopal Church at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle in 2003. A CPA who works as a management consultant, Chris serves as Parish Treasurer.