Leadership

Parish Vestry

The Vestry is what other faith traditions commonly term the parish council. It is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property.

The responsibilities of the Vestry include defining and articulating the mission of the congregation, supporting the church's mission, ensuring effective organization and planning, and managing resources and finances. Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting to a three-year term and the Rector is the presiding officer.

The officers of the church are the Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, and Clerk. At the Church of Our Saviour the Senior Warden is more involved with parish leadership and administration, while the Junior Warden is more involved with church building and site management.

A lay delegate represents the congregation and votes on its behalf at the annual diocesan convention. A member of the vestry or a retiring warden often makes a good delegate because of intimate knowledge of the workings of that congregation.

The Vestry and Delegates for this year can be found by clicking here.




Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California

Megan Traquair

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Megan M. Traquair was ordained and consecrated as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Northern California on June 29, 2019, at the Mondavi Center in Davis, California. Traquair became the first female bishop in the 109-year history of the diocese.

Traquair grew up in Santa Barbara, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and public policy analysis from Pomona College. She earned her Master of Divinity at Seabury Western Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Traquair and her husband, Philip, have two grown children: Hannah who teaches high school in Tucson, and Benjamin, who is an engineer in Colorado.

Her interests include gardening, genealogy, hiking, and history.

You may contact Bishop Megan at BishopMegan@norcalepiscopal.org.




Rector

Debra Sabino

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The Rev. Debra Sabino was ordained in the Diocese of Northern California in 1999 and has served parishes in the Diocese since then. Debra has a love and passion for worship, liturgy and creating sacred spaces which help foster an encounter with the Holy Spirit. She also has a special interest in Elder Mediation and works with families who are dealing with issues involving aging parents.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and earned her M.A. and her Master of Divinity at the Pacific School of Religion. She has a certificate of Theological Studies from the Franciscan School of Theology and a certificate in Elder Mediation from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Prior to ordination she worked in conflict resolution as a mediator, a pastoral counselor, a hospice chaplain, and an elementary school teacher.

She is married to Rob Sabino and has five children and three grandchildren.




Deacon

Stephen Shortes

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Deacon Stephen Shortes and his wife Leslyn are back home at Our Saviour after having been away for several years. Deacon Stephen began on October 2, 2017, as our deacon. The Holy Scriptures and ancient Christian writers make it clear that from the apostles’ time, there have been different ministries within the Church. There are three distinct orders of ordained ministers that have been characteristic of Christ’s holy catholic Church.

The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments.

Please welcome them to Our Saviour!

 




Associate

Christine Leigh-Taylor

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I am glad to call Our Saviour my church home. My husband, David Weber, and I have been living in the area since 2006, but I was commuting to Rancho Cordova to serve as the rector of St. Clement’s. I retired from that position at the end of August 2014.

Ministry with veterans, especially those who have been psychologically injured as a result of their military service, is one of my keen interests. In 2014 I founded and chaired for four years a veteran-led non-profit – Four Paws To Freedom – that trains veterans with their service dogs. A well-trained service dog can mean the difference between being too fearful to leave one’s home and the ability to lead a fairly normal life. On Veterans Day 2017 David Zelinsky and I, and several other people created El Dorado Veteran Resources, a non-profit that provides direct assistance and referrals to veterans and is staffed by volunteers. Our office is in the Veterans Memorial Building on Placerville Drive.

Prior to being ordained to the priesthood in 2002, I enjoyed a fulfilling 26-year career as an academic administrator with various campuses of the University of California. My last position, before I took early retirement to attend seminary, was Assistant Dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

David and I have three living children, Alexa, Peter, and Erec, all married, with two sons apiece! These grandboys range from 7 to 19. Our first child, Nicky, was born with a malformed heart, and died before his first birthday. UCLA is my undergraduate alma mater. I also have a masters degree in organizational behavior (it’s like psychology), and a master of divinity from CDSP, our Episcopal seminary in Berkeley. I earned a doctor of ministry degree from CDSP in Spring 2015, with a focus on veteran ministry.

Finally, I’m a native Californian, pretty much a green freak (we live in a straw bale house with a plant roof and solar panels, and I’ve been driving a Prius for 19 years), and I love music, art and building things.

Christine+

 




 
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