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The Rev. Dr. Deborah White

Rector

Rev. Deb was sponsored for ordination by Christ Episcopal Church in Alameda. She 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, and as the Associate Rector of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, a Rite I congregation. Rev. Deb is also the Diocean Liaison for Institutions and a member of the General Convention Deputation of the Diocese of California. She has also been a member of the City of Martinez's Ad Hoc Committee for the Unhoused. She previously served as President of the Standing Committee and Secretary of the Executive Council of the Diocese of California, and as a member of the board of The Episcopal Impact Fund.

Rev. 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.  Rev. Deb 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 children and a dog, Riptide, who often accompanies her to work at Grace. You can email Reverend Deb here.