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, Minnesota, where she majored in 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.


She attended Virginia Theological Seminary and 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 served as a curate and assistant rector at St. Bartholomew's, Poway. Her ministry included pastoral care, Christian formation, and serving as the chaplain to the preschool. 

She is married to David, and they have two sons: George and Frederick. 

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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.

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Heather Lawrence

Parish Musician

Heather spent much of her life in Nashville, Tennessee and has earned a master's of divinity degree. She is a minister, mystic, yogi, podcaster and musician. Her podcast is called Chickmonks. She is passionate about helping people heal and regain wholeness, especially those who have been hurt by the church.

She writes, "The best thing for the world in this very moment is you being the truest, healthiest, most joyful you that you can be. The only way to true, lasting change is by holistically integrating spirit, body, and mind, which much of Western culture has segmented and misunderstood."

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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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Erin Cabrera

Assistant Preschool Director

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Amelia Leahy
Administrative Assistant

Amelia is a junior at the University of San Diego majoring in History and minoring in Political Science and Religious Studies. She has a border collie named Mabel and in her free time she loves hiking, paddle boarding and playing the trumpet. She also loves Italian food and hopes to travel to Rome in the near future.

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Christopher Johnson
Facilities Manager

Christopher Johnson grew up in Springfield, Ohio and came to San Diego with his family as a senior in high school. He played football until a knee injury tackled his college career at the University of Toledo. In addition to making sure the facilities are in top condition at St. Andrew's, he also works for Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in UTC, and he podcasts about rugby. He is married with three kids, and two grandkids. His rugby shirt business contributes $5 from every sale to feed hungry kids.

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