Leadership & Clergy

The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer, BSG

Our Rector is head priest and pastor at Church of Our Saviour. He oversees the ongoing spiritual life and pastoral care of the congregation and church staff, coordinates our lay leadership, presides and preaches at many of our worship services, and works with the Vestry in overseeing the institutional life of the parish.

More about our Rector . . .

Gerry CaprioGerry Caprio
Youth Minister

Our youth minister leads our Middle Saints (for middle-schoolers) and High School Youth Group and coordinates youth activities with the parish and the Youth and Family Ministries Team. Gerry brings a passion for the intersection of religion and science and interfaith relationships with his years of youth ministry experience into this position.

Interim Godly Play and Faith Quest
Leadership Team

While our staff leadership for our Godly Play (Pre-K through 3rd Grade) and Faith Quest (4th through 6th Grade) classrooms is in transition this autumn, our leadership team is Mallary Walker, Liz Murray, and Tiana Wimmer, working closely with our staff and Rector and our large team of storytellers and greeters to keep our Godly Play and Faith Quest classrooms open and vibrant for all young people! Email us if you have any questions.

Rose ScarffRose Scarff

Our Office Administrator attends to the day-to-day business of the community, assisting the clergy and staff in their work, and coordinating the office, parish calendar, regular church worship and events. Rose also is a freelance writer and dog/housesitter.

Albert Campbell Albert Campbell
Music Director

Organist, composer, and choral director Albert Campbell directs the Choir of Our Saviour and leads music in our Sunday liturgies.

He has previously served as music director in several Episcopal Churches in California, including those in Livermore, Palo Alto, and Ventura.

Senior Warden

Our Senior Warden works with the Rector and helps lead the Vestry, made up of lay members elected for three-year terms, as they work with staff and parish leadership in the advancement of the mission of Church of Our Saviour.

Mary Washburn
Junior Warden

Our Junior Warden works the Vestry, Rector, and Sexton in helping oversee the maintenance and improvement to our facility. And as "the people's warden," elected by the vestry, she also assists in Vestry leadership in coordination with the Senior Warden and Rector.

Our 2018-2019 Vestry:

Mary Washburn (Junior Warden), Patty Ginnebaugh (Clerk), Cliff Mishalko, Angus Stocks, Lex Campbell, Anders Knox, and Tiana Wimmer.

Learn more about the Vestry and its work.

Youth and Family Ministries Team

Our Youth and Family Ministries Team along with the Rector and Youth Minister, oversees all our ministries with young people. This year’s YFMT includes Tiana Wimmer (Godly Play) and Patty Ginnebaugh (Middle Saints).

Dryden Liddle
Adult Education Coordinator

Our Adult Education coordinator calls together the meetings of the Adult Education team, a group of members dedicated to planning our education forums for the parish and wider community throughout the year.

Healing Team

Our Healing Team works with all the members of our staff in ensuring prayers for those who are in need, visits, and that the ancient healing sacraments of the Church are available to all of the parish. Contact Br. Richard Edward if you have a prayer concern.

Ros Patterson
Lay Eucharistic Ministry Coordinator

Our Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors, with the help from our coordinator and staff, bring the sacrament of Holy Communion to those who cannot regularly attend our worship, and also serve in assisting administration of the sacrament during our Holy Eucharists.

Mark Tarpey-Schwed
Care of Creation Ministries Coordinator

Our Care of Creation Ministry, with the direction of our coordinator, leads our community in outreach to help in our Christian responsiblity in healing and building sustainability for our planet and its resources.

Terry Peck

Our Sexton helps maintain the church property and grounds, attending to basic repairs and maintenance.

Gay Rawlins Johnson
Altar Guild Director

Our Altar Guild Director leads the entire Altar Guild in ensuring our liturgies and worship space remain vibrant and beautiful. Often working behind the scenes, they coordinate, with the Rector and Staff, our seasonal worship customs and liturgical traditions.

Jeff Johnson

In conjunction with our Bookkeeper, our Treasurer helps maintain the financial records and works with our Stewardship Team in sustaining the finances of the parish.

Gay Rawlins Johnson

Our bookkeeper attends to the week-to-week record-keeping of the congregation. In addition to our financial ledger, she also works with our staff in overseeing other essential parish records.

Joan Peck
Perspective Editor

Our Perspective Editor collects the news of the parish and develops our monthly newsletter. The deadline to submit materials for the parish newsletter is the 15th of each month.


May 21st

Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program
9:30 am
Greenwood School, Mt. Carmel

May 23rd

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

May 26th

Ecumenical Service
1:30 pm
The Redwoods

May 26th

Rev. Murray Hammond Memorial Service
3:00 pm

May 28th

Wellness Dinner
5:00 pm
First Presbyterian, 1510 Fifth Ave., San Rafael

May 29th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

May 30th

Staff Meeting
2:00 pm

June 2nd

Community Sunday
10:00 am

June 5th

Vestry Meeting
6:30 pm
Fireside Room

June 6th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

Monthly Calendar

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