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The son of the Bishop of Costa Rica, the Rev. Mauricio Wilson started preaching at age 17, and was youth director of the Diocese of Costa Rica for 15 years. A business major at the University of Costa Rica, he was a registered CPA in his home country, eventually working as an auditor for Coopers Lybrand Accounting, the Coca Cola Co. and for a private bank. “My first calling was always to the priesthood,” said Fr. Wilson, who is bilingual in English and Spanish. “Accounting was my backup plan.”

 He was ordained in Costa Rica in 1997. Over the years, he served as senior warden, youth group head, lay minister in charge, deacon in charge and priest in charge at the Church of
 

Good Shepherd in San Jose, Costa Rica, and was assistant rector to a cluster parish in San Jose.

He emigrated to the U.S. in 1997, where he earned his M.Div. degree at the General Theological Seminary in New York City, and is currently working on a doctorate at Virginia Theological Seminary.

After seminary, he became assistant priest at the Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy on the upper West Side of New York City. He later served as rector at All Saints in Great Neck, NY, for six years.

Fr. Wilson, who also answers to Mauricio, is a member of the Executive Council of the Diocese of California and serves on its program and budget committee. He is co-chair of the Diocesan Committee on Nominations. As the rector of St. Paul’s, he holds seats on the Board of Clausen House in Oakland and St Paul’s Episcopal School. His hobbies include cooking, collecting wines and driving different kinds of vehicles. He’s looking forward to learning to drive an 18-wheeler and a race car someday. His favorite book is Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons” and he figures he’s seen his favorite movie, The Matrix, 150 times.

Fr. Wilson became rector at St. Paul’s Episopcal Church in 2009.

The Rev. Carol Bolton brings a long history of ministry to those in need that predates her ordination in 2005. She's been a social services coordinator at the Oak Center Towers affordable senior housing complex; worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland for more than 20 years, and was The Day Labor Coordinator and Diamond Youth

 

Shelter Coordinator at the Larkin Street Youth Center.

She says she's glad that her day job in the Senior Resources program, where she started in 2009, overlaps so well with her ministry. Her work involves helping seniors with basic emergency needs, such as the weekly produce market in the St. Paul’s Parish Hall, housing assistance and the like.  She's the junior warden of the Sacred Space Oakland, a board member on St. Mary’s Center and Secretary, Aging Service of California, Season of Sharing Alameda County, Summit Health Ministry, and Area Agency on Aging Round Table. 

Rev. Bolton, who was born and raised a Baptist in Oakland, joined the Episcopal Church when she married her husband, Howard, in 1980.  She and Howard have three adult children and a grandson.

As a recently retired priest, the Rev. Anne Jensen has returned to St. Paul’s as an assisting priest.

She served as Interim Rector at St. Paul’s from 2006-2008 and then served two other interim periods before retiring.

Anne grew up in central Washington, a beautiful and rich agricultural area.  She earned a BA in history and an MA in counseling at Stanford.  She and Doug married just as Doug was beginning his military service in the US Navy, which took them to the East Coast. 

As Doug moved into civilian life, which included work-related moves, Anne raised children and did volunteer work, often in the church.

When they lived in Minneapolis, Anne became the director of Christian Education for the Cathedral of St. Mark.  During this time she realized a call to ordained ministry.  She was later able to transfer to Yale Divinity School, from which she graduated in 1988.  She was ordained priest the following year and served a variety of churches there—urban, suburban, and country.

In 2005 they moved to Oakland to be near their adult children and through the years, their grandchildren.  Anne’s ministry in California has focused on helping churches in time of transition as they prepare to call a new rector.

Anne feels strongly called to the ministry of faith formation for all ages, helping both individuals and congregations to grow in their faith.  

She is also an experienced spiritual director and has worked with seminarians both at Yale and at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In addition to assisting in worship and preaching, she serves in the areas of adult faith formation, incorporation of new members and pastoral care.

Fr. Christian Harding had a long career in the ministry in his native Liberia, surviving the African nation’s civil war, before retiring to California and joining St. Paul’s as assisting clergy in 2004.

He is often the celebrant at the 8 a.m. Sunday service. Ordained in Liberia in 1981, Fr. Christian served in a number of capacities, at one time supervising 125 congregations and 110 priests. He was rector at St. Paul’s church in Liberia and
 

served as a curate at Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia.  He was a teacher and principal at an Episcopal school for 21 years before his ordination. During the war, which started in 1998, his wife and six children left the country in search of safety.

Born on Christmas Day in 1933, he was one of 12 children in what he describes as a strict family. He allows that he’s had to make adjustments to the American church.

At home, women didn’t wear trousers in my church,” he says. When I was preaching, I’d preach for 40 to 45 minutes. Here, you sometimes have to quell the spirit, and not go over 15 minutes.”

Now a widower, his hobbies include reading, listening to classical music and playing piano to amuse himself. He has many grandchildren, mostly on the East Coast, and one great-grandchild in Sacramento.

”I like quietness,” he says. ”I run from rowdy people.”

Rev. Annie Pierpoint Mertz is an Oakland native, as well as a St. Paul’s School alum! She attended middle school from 1997-1999, and has fond memories of drumming, playing flag football and volleyball, and learning in the newly purchased building at 262 Grand Ave.

After St. Paul’s, Annie went on to Bishop O’Dowd High School and the University of California, Davis. After graduating college in 2007, she returned home to Oakland and spent 2 years working in Environmental Science Education while volunteering with the youth group at her childhood church, St. John’s Episcopal in Oakland.

 

Annie soon realized that her work with the youth was much more than a hobby, and she began to wonder if she was called to ordained ministry. When her education job ran out of funding, she accepted the position of Church School coordinator at St. John’s. During this time, Annie learned a lot about children and developed a passion for ministry with kids and families.

With encouragement from family, friends, and colleagues, Annie officially began her journey towards priesthood. In the fall of 2011, she started at Virginia Theological Seminary, earning her M.Div. in 2014. After graduation, Annie completed the second year of her residency at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. She was ordained a priest on December 6th, 2014 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Annie shares her home with her husband, Andrew Mertz – a Unitarian Universalist minister with expertise in youth and young adult ministry. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and doting on their adopted dog Boudreaux.

David Montgomery took early studies in organ and piano in his native state of Texas before entering the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. During that period he travelled to Europe and studied languages in Vienna. After taking a Masters degree with Paul Badura-Skoda (piano) and Karlos Moser (choral and opera conducting) at the University
of Wisconsin he returned to Europe as an opera coach and worked under René Leibowitz. While in Europe he had the opportunity to play a number of historical organs, which renewed his interest in historical performance and sacred music.

David returned to the States and finished a Ph.D. in musicology at UCLA, and after several years of university teaching he was hired by Sony Music in NY as a translator and writer. Sony Music sent him to Sony Classical in Hamburg as editor and advisor for their ancient music labels. While in Germany he conducted 7 CDs for Arte Nova Munich. In 2000 he returned permanently to the U.S., working as an organist-choirmaster, teacher, university professor, and conductor in California and the greater Washington DC metropolitan area. In these years he wrote his first book, “Franz Schubert’s Music in Performance” (Pendragon, 2003/2010).

David now has returned to California to work on a second book. He enjoys teaching young musicians, working with choirs and orchestras and is an enthusiastic promoter of great musical experiences in venues ranging from home to concert hall and sanctuary..