Staff Directory

Clergy

The Rev. Julie Wakelee-Lynch Rector 510-525-1716
A "cradle" Episcopalian, Julie loves working with people and communities and bringing faith to life. She holds a B.A. in political science from Occidental College, an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and an M.A. in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union.  She generally bats right-handed in softball games, but can trim the jib on both starboard and port while sailing out on the fabulous San Francisco Bay.
The Rev. Barbara Hill Deacon 510-525-1716
Barbara is a gifted healer with a private practice in Albany.  She received her BS in Education from Indiana University.  Since graduating from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, she has focused on pastoral care and has trained parish pastoral care teams. She bleeds green and gold as a devoted A’s fan ever since her uncle owned the team. Barbara is also an accomplished photographer.
The Reverend Duane Sisson Assisting Clergy 510-525-1716
the Rev. Duane L. Sisson retired in 2010 as rector of St. Giles Parish in Morga, CA.  Duane served at the rector of St. Giles for ten years. Before that he served at as an interim for the Diocese which he did after completing three years as Associate Priest at Christ Church, Alameda. After retiring, Duane walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. A pilgrimage of nearly 600 miles. Duane continues to walk each day and is grateful to be a part of the St. Alban's Community and staff.
The Venerable Kathleen Van Sickle Assisting Clergy 510-525-1716
Ordained in 1986, Kathleen has ministered in many locations, most recently as Archdeacon for Deacons in the Diocese of California. Just prior to that she was Deacon-in-Charge at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Berkeley.  She presently works in the Anthropology Department at UC Berkeley. Her interests include reading, painting and baseball – Go A’s!  She also leads a weekly Benedictine group (aka Ben’s Friends) in meditation, Lectio Divina and prayer.  

Administrative Staff

Linden Rayton, Becky Osborn-Coolidge and Sondra Lavrov Parish Administrators 510-525-1716
Linden: Monday 12-5 and Thursday 9-1 Sondra: Wednesday 10-12 Becky: 11-1

Our Seminarian Yunkyoung Hillel Kim

When I was a little kid, parishioners from my father’s church often told me “you should be a priest as your father.” Then I replied, “I would be anything but a priest.” Even to a young boy, priesthood seemed to be too heavy. When I went to college, I thought I wanted to major in film. My father suggested to study theology and film as a double major. That was persuasive. That is how I started studying theology. Theology was the perfect major for me. I dropped my film major, because I felt that I was born to do theology. And right after I started studying theology, my mother also started studying theology at the same university. Studying theology with her takes me into a deeper understanding and passion for theology. And behind all of these choices, there is my younger brother who was born with Down syndrome. My brother’s presence draws my whole family nearer to God and God’s plan for each of us.

After graduation I decided to go to seminary. While I was in seminary, I met Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) Professor Dr. John Kater as he taught at my seminary for a semester. That is how I got to know CDSP. After I spent one semester in seminary, I had to join the Army to fulfill my mandatory service. As I was serving in the Army, I was hoping to study at CDSP.

My life in the States and CDSP last three years was like being in the wilderness. As I look back last three years, I realize that I could not survive a single day without God’s help. In this wilderness, I can profoundly experience God’s presence in my life and God’s guidance. And as I have been serving and preaching as a seminarian in St. Albans for last three years, I experienced immeasurable happiness and joy that is given from God. I have been running away from God’s call to priesthood since I was little, but now I know that God has been preparing and strengthen me to accept His call to priesthood. Now, I am ready and willing to face His call.