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

Family Minister and Operations Manager

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 grow in their relationships with God, and reflecting God's love for us by loving others. She also enjoys Pinterest, coffee, crafting, event planning, brunch, time spent with family, and exploring our beautiful neighborhood.

Kari has been our Children's & Youth Minister for nearly 5 years and has loved serving and growing close to the families in our church. She is looking forward to seeing everyone around in the office and continuing to organize and support the volunteers, ministries and events that make St. Andrew's such a life-giving place!

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Katie Cavallo

Music Director

Katie Cavallo graduated from North Park University in Chicago with a Music Education degree and an emphasis in Choral and Middle Eastern studies. She has been a K-12 music/choir teacher and a church music director for fifteen years. Katie married her college sweetheart, Patrick, twelve years ago and they have a 5-pound Morkie dog-who-acts-like-a-cat, Milo. 

Katie enjoys sunsets, birds, reading, trees, queso dip and red wine, although she doesn’t get to indulge in the wine or cheese currently! She and her husband are in treatment for chronic Lyme disease and its co-infections, which require a very restrictive diet to heal. Spending many summers living in Bethlehem in the West Bank, Katie has a passion for the Middle East and refugees. She has had the honor of welcoming thousands of refugees to San Diego and furnishing their homes with donations provided from neighbors. She enjoys connecting San Diegans with Middle Easterners, inviting Americans to drink tea in a refugee’s home or leading pilgrimages of American Christians over to the Holy Land. 

Coming to us from St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Rancho Penasquitos, Katie is a new Episcopalian, formally accepted by the Bishop in March! After straddling the fence between both her Catholic and Protestant upbringing for much of her life, she is excited to have officially found her home in the Episcopal Church. Katie currently also plays at two other churches each Sunday. She will need to jet out immediately after the service to make it to another church in time, but she’s hoping she can get the chance to know many of you before the service! Katie attended St. Andrew’s on her first Sunday after moving to San Diego six years ago and had hoped she would get the chance to return someday. 

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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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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

Erin Cabrera is our capable assistant preschool director. She has been teaching preschool since 2011. She holds two degrees in early childhood education from Vanguard University of Southern California. She's licensed through the state of California to be a preschool administrator. She has children of her own who keep her very busy! She loves working with kids and seeing their eyes light up when they discover something new. She believes whole-heartedly in her work at the Preschool because she knows we are teaching our future leaders. 

Erin Sacco-Pineda

Erin Sacco-Pineda is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. She provides high quality accounting, audit and tax services for our congregation. She serves many other Episcopal churches throughout our diocese and is very good at what she does. She studied and has degrees from UC Berkeley, Purdue and San Diego State University. We're fortunate to have Erin on our team as we seek to serve Christ in all persons.