Leadership

The Rev. Deborah White, PhD,  Rector

Rev. Deb was sponsored for ordination by Christ Episcopal Church, Alameda. Deb previously served as the Interim Co-Rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, which is a large urban parish in San Francisco. She began her clerical career at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, where she also served as a seminarian prior to graduating from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) with a MDiv. Deb hails from the northeast. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Theatre and Dance, a Master of Social Work degree, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Deb says she spent many years “trying to do an end run” around her call from God to ordained ministry, which she first experienced at the age of nine. She has worked in broadcasting, with chronically mentally ill people on the streets of Baltimore, in the California state prison system, for the Departments of Mental Health in Massachusetts and California, and as a forensic psychological expert witness. Deb is married to Gary Spenik, a Project Manager and retired U.S. Coast Guard officer, and has two teenaged children and a dog, Riptide, who often accompanies her to work at Grace.

 

 

 

Jennifer Sabroe, Volunteer Parish Administrator

Jennifer was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been a member of Grace since 2007. A “cradle Episcopalian,” Jennifer was baptized and attended St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, until her teen years. She and her husband of 43 years, Ron, are retired from the Lafayette School District.  Jennifer has served on the Vestry and sings in the choir, but her primary ministry is as our part-time Volunteer Parish Administrator, a vocation to which she is very dedicated.  Jennifer says the work allows her to keep her administrative and clerical skills honed in a way that puts them to good use. When not busy with bulletins, newsletters, and emails, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on road trips, dabbling in and exploring a variety of hobbies (from knitting to papercrafting to browsing book stores) and being free to do whatever the spirit moves her to do.  She is an incredible blessing to Grace!

 

Paula Menconi,  Volunteer Treasurer

Paula was born in San Francisco and has remained in the Bay Area all her life. Her husband Dave and two children are also native Californians. Paula’s son Chad is married to Casey and they have three children, Kyla, Eric and Jillian. Her daughter is married to Doug and they have two boys, Gavin and Kade. The entire family lives close by and get together often.  Before having children, Paula worked as a bookkeeper for Smith-Rice Derrick barge and tugboat company in San Francisco. As a working mother, Paula was employed at Advanced Scaffold as a payroll and bookkeeper, later transitioning to work for the Bishop of the Oakland Diocese in the Marriage Tribunal, where she was employed for seven years.  Paula’s last paid position was at Carondelet High School in Concord, from which she retired in August after 29 years.  Paula says she is feels blessed by her family and her life and is very happy to volunteer for the wonderful people of Grace Episcopal Church. and we are delighted to have her!

“The Marj”

Marj Leeds does so many things at Grace that she defies categorization.  A native of Texas, Marj served on the Vestry until recently and is a member of the Altar Guild, a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Choir member, Godly Play Coordinator, Nursery Attendant, and is frequently the primary director of special events at Grace.  In addition, she serves as a valued advisor to both the Treasurer and the Rector. In recognition of her ongoing leadership at Grace, the Vestry recently voted her the special title, “The Marj.”

 

Assisting the Rector

Riptide is Reverend Deb’s dog.  You can often find him in the Rector’s office or wandering the campus during the week. He sees his primary responsibilities as pastoral care and frightening the trains away.

 

 

Our Vestry

  • Sr. Warden: Stan Applegate
  • Jr. Warden: Les Marks
  • Class of 2018
  • Stan Applegate
  • Les Marks
  • Sally Hanson
  • Class of 2019
  • Lynda Dyer
  • Pat Hambly
  • Ron Luttringer
  • Class of 2020
  • Paula Menconi
  • Josh Senn
  • Connie Towey

Contra Costa Deanery Delegates:

  • Barbara Brooks
  • Pat Hambly
  • Les Marks
  • Mary Canale (alternate)