Clergy & Staff
The Rev. Scott Claassen, Vicar and Chaplain
The Rev. Scott Claassen is the husband of Maribeth—a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner—and father of Henry (almost 2) and newborn Jimmy. Scott is a fifth generation Californian who was raised in Monterey County but spent his high school years at Cate in Carpinteria. After studying Spanish Literature and Philosophy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Scott worked as a musician alongside artists ranging from Willie Nelson to the Decemberists. A renewed call to ministry brought Scott to Yale Divinity School, where he investigated the relationship between religion and ecology. Those studies led to a Carbon Sabbath in which Scott spent one year without flying or driving. During that time, he cycled over 11,500 miles around the country to engage Christian communities in dialogue about climate change. For the past several years, Scott has been the associate priest at an emergent Episcopal church in Santa Monica called Thad’s. He was ordained to the Episcopal diaconate during Thad’s monthly Laundry Love ministry and to the priesthood in 2014. When not working or with his family, Scott is usually surfing, exploring wilderness, playing music, or dreaming of new ways to make a love-spreading difference in the world.
The Reverend Scott will lead us as we deepen our various ministries at St. Mike’s. To read Scott’s blog about his Carbon Sabbath, click here: http://amovingstillness.cm/. To learn about Laundry Love, click here: http://laundrylove.org/.
Ashley W. Berner, Administrator, Verger, Yoga Instructor
As a part-time (10-15 hrs/wk) administrator and verger*, Ashley oversees general administrative matters, building/grounds maintenance and assists the vicar/chaplain in special projects.
Ashley Berner, born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, moved to Santa Barbara with her husband Kyle in January 2015 to embark on epic West Coast adventures! Ashley's passion for travel and curiosity about the world began in high school and led to many study abroad trips, a major in French from The University of New Orleans, and a yoga teaching certificate from Soul School, an interdisciplinary training infused with spiritual practice, self-exploration, meditation; pranayama; mantra and chanting; harmonium; play; dance; mythology; poetry; yoga’s history: Veda, Buddhism, Bhakti, and Tantra. She has lived in France and Thailand working as an english teacher, and Raleigh, NC. When not in the office at St. Mike's she can be found in the chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 - 7 PM teaching our community yoga class, writing, reading, trying to master Thai food, soaking up California culture, and hanging with her dog Rumi.
You may contact Ashley at [email protected] or 805/968.2712. OFFICE HOURS (as of 4/21/16) Tuesday and Thursday 1-6pm and by appointment.
*The office of verger has its root in the early days of the Anglican Church. Historically, vergers were responsible for the order and upkeep of the house of worship, including the care of the church buildings, its furnishings and sacred relics. Vergers also oversaw the areas of liturgy preparation, conduct of the laity and grave-digging! Today vergers can be found in cathedrals and other large-ish churches, but their role tends to be strictly liturgical and ceremonial. While Ashley does not have a liturgical role here and won't be digging any graves (!), we hope that the title of verger helps to convey the breadth of her work/ministry portfolio at St. Mike's.
Marty Peck, Bookkeeper
Marty grew up in the Midwest (St. Louis & Indianapolis) and graduated from Indiana University in Psychology with a Math minor. After graduating, she felt free to seek warmer climates and moved to Florida, then St. Lucia and St. Thomas. While in the islands, she enjoyed sailing, SCUBA diving and working various jobs. She moved to Santa Barbara to attend Brooks Institute and after the first year, realized it was time for serious work. She worked at the Coral Casino for 2 years which is where she started learning bookkeeping. After taking classes at night, she then went to work for a manufacturing firm. She worked over 20 years there, as bookkeeper, office manager and finally general manager. When the company was sold and relocated, she decided to pursue bookkeeping. She is happy to be part of the staff at St. Michael's. She enjoys swimming, biking and hiking in her free time. She lives in Goleta with her 2 cats and feels California is definitely home now.
You may contact Marty at [email protected]. She generally keeps office hours on Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday mornings and by appointment.
Abigail Salazar, Café Picasso Intern
Abigail (Abby) Salazar is a 3rd year Chicana Studies and Black Studies Double Major with a minor in indigenous studies, set to graduate in June 2016. Growing up in Inglewood, California and being separated from her mother due to deportation, Abigail was motivated to purse higher education and to be involved in social justice organizations in order to serve her community. Throughout her college career, she has been involved with a number of organizations in UCSB, such as IDEAS, El Congreso, Students for Justice in Palestine, and Familia De Colores. Being heavily involved in student organizing, she is also looking to be present and involved within communities outside of UCSB, as well as fostering the necessity of healing and addressing health issues within aggrieved communities. With great excitement and honor, Abigail is now a Cafe Picasso Intern and is more than willing to support her peers by fighting hunger.
Jessica Maldonado, Café Picasso Intern
Jessica is a third year Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology major at UCSB. She hopes to continue on to law school after and pursue a career in immigration law. She is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. Her family and her migrated to Los Angeles, CA when she was two where she was raised until she left to continue her education.
Ricardo and Lucy Gonzalez, Sextons
Humerto Garcia and Associates, Organic Gardeners
Standing Committee on Campus Ministry
David Boyd, All Saints
Frances Randy Hahn, Trinity
Sarah Thomas, St. Mike's
Bishop’s Advisory Committee (BAC) Members
- Scott Claassen, Vicar and chaplain
- Kathie Moore, Bishop's Warden
- Lillian Palermo, People's Warden
- Nathan Sigler, Treasurer
- Kolby Knight
- Ali Bjerke
- Roberto Strongman
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