Meet our Staff Family

The Rev. Channing Smith


Favorite bible quote: “When we love one another, God lives in us.” 1 John 4:12
From: Cincinnati Ohio
School: Kenyon College
Hobbies: fly fishing, running
Likes: Alexander Shaia, Unapologetically Episcopalian
Phone: ext: 243
Twitter: @ChanningSmith
Blog: Under the Oak

Meet our Rector
Channing brings 20 years of ordained ministry to his position as our Rector. He originally grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and felt called to the ministry at age 16 through a youth program. He is very passionate about each person discovering a relationship with God which comes when we explore the important questions of life.

Early in the morning, you’ll find Channing running or mountain biking in Los Gatos. Ask him about his most recent fly fishing trip, (he loves to talk about it!). Or feel free to follow him on twitter, Facebook, or his weekly blog.

The Rev. Peggy Bryan

Pastoral Associate

Favorite bible quote:"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8
From: Santa Cruz & Dinkey Creek, CA
School:University of Southern California, I Am SC! Go Trojans! Hobbies: Swimming, Hiking, Indie Films
Likes: Film festivals, Christian contemporary music, Bluegrass, Mexican Train, dancing, walking, social media, paying it forward, baseball, 49ers, strong coffee
Phone: ext. 244

Bruce Friesen

Parish Administrator

Favorite bible quote: “Place your Trust in the Eternal; rely on him completely; never depend upon your own ideas and inventions. Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish, and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.” Proverbs 3:5, 6
From: Los Gatos California
School: San Jose State
Hobbies: Gourmet Italian Food and cooking
Likes: an early morning walk on the beach with a really hot cup of coffee
Phone: ext. 240
Twitter: @basf57

Sarah Nordwick

Youth and Young Adult Ministries Director

Favorite bible quote: "Be humble. Be gentle. Be patient. Tolerate one another in an atmosphere thick with love." Ephesians 4:2
From: Hollister, CA
School: CSU Fresno
Hobbies: traveling, hiking, cooking, playing sports
Likes: ice cream, San Francisco Giants, jokes
Phone: x262

Samantha Menges

Children’s Ministries Director

Favorite bible quote: “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
From: Woodstock, Illinois
School: Cal State Northridge
Hobbies: reading, traveling
Likes: new foods, time with family
Phone: x255
Twitter: @SamanthaMenges

Leroy Kromm

Music Ministries Director

Favorite bible quote: “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
School: University of Illinois
Hobbies: Camping, Disneyland
Likes: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Evensong, gardening, fountains

Office Staff

Darlene Friesen

Memorial Service and Wedding Coordinator

Phone: ext. 245

Melanie Ovanezian


Phone: ext. 251

Samantha Menges

Office Secretary

Phone: ext. 241

Madelyn Lipford

Office Assistant

Phone: ext. 241