New Rector News!

Greetings, St. Paul’s Benicia!

 

I am so excited to serve as your next rector! It has been a joy to learn about this place and the amazing work that God is doing with and through you. I’m impressed with the way this community looks to the future while maintaining a solid foundation in tradition, and I see my own values reflected in the way you incorporate children and youth into the life of the church. It will be an honor to come alongside you and join in your ministry.

 

I am what many call a “cradle Episcopalian.” I grew up at St. John’s in Oakland, CA. After graduating from UC Davis, my plan was to pursue a career as a high school science teacher. Later, while serving as Sunday School Coordinator and youth group volunteer at my home parish, I discerned my call to ordained ministry and started at Virginia Theological Seminary. My current call has been as the chaplain of St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, and I also serve as the associate rector of the attached parish.

 

My family and I look forward to moving to Benicia and becoming part of this wonderful community. My husband, Andrew, is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister who is currently the full-time caregiver to our 17 month old son, A.J. (Andrew Jr.). We’re expecting another little one to join our clan in late December, and our catahoula leopard dog, Boudreaux, has been kind enough to allow us to share his home. In our spare time, we enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities, like hiking, kayaking, and camping.

 

My intention is to begin my time with you by listening deeply and prayerfully. What are your hopes and dreams as a parish? What gifts and challenges lie in the work ahead? How is the Holy Spirit moving within you? I sense that God has great things in store for this parish, and I’m delighted to be a part of it. I can’t wait to meet all of you and join in the work of ministry.

‘Til we meet again, may God bless and keep you!

The Rev. Annie Pierpoint Mertz

 

Annie, AJ & Andrew