Clergy & Staff
Get to know the staff of St. Mike's along with our Vicar & Chaplain.
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 (4) and Jimmy (2). 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 Nelly. 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. Prior to his arrival in Isla vista, Scott was 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.
To read Scott’s blog about his Carbon Sabbath, click here: http://amovingstillness.cm/. To learn about Laundry Love, click here: http://laundrylove.org/.
Parish Administrator and Verger, Campus Missioner
As a parish administrator and verger*, Casey oversees general administrative matters, building/grounds maintenance, and assists the vicar/chaplain in special projects and liturgies. As a campus missioner, Casey looks for opportunities to increase our engagement with students at UCSB.
Casey and his wife, Amoni, came to St. Mike's in Fall 2016, but he joined the staff in Spring 2018. His brilliant young mind has helped St. Mike's grow and reimagine the possibilities for the present future. In his spare time, Casey enjoys reading, binging various television series with Amoni, and cruising around Isla Vista on his bike (often on his way to Spudnuts).
OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday 2-6pm 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 Casey won't be digging any graves (!), we hope that the title of verger helps to convey the breadth of his work/ministry portfolio at St. Mike's.
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.
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.
Bishop’s Advisory Committee (BAC)
The Bishop's Advisory Committee (BAC) is a beloved group of parishioners who have been elected to help lead our congregation. Most Episcopal churches have a body known as a vestry. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation, to support the church's mission by word and deed, to help select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances. As a mission church, our Bishop's Advisory Committee (BAC) is comparable to a vestry. It is led by our vicar, and its members are nominated and elected each year at our annual meeting. The bishop's warden is the most senior member of the BAC besides the vicar and supports the vicar in their decision-making. The people's warden helps to support the congregation and is junior only to the bishop's warden and vicar on the BAC.
The following are current members of the BAC at St. Mike's:
- Scott Claassen, Vicar and Chaplain
- Kathie Moore, Bishop's Warden
- Lillian Palermo, People's Warden
- Nathan Sigler, Treasurer
- Casey Jones, Secretary
- Ali Bjerke
- Roberto Strongman
- Nicole De Silva
- Wesley Jacks
Standing Committee on Campus Ministry (SCCM)
the Standing Committee for Campus Ministry (SCCM) is made up of representatives from local congregations in our deanery who are interested in supporting the work we do a St. Mike's.
The following are current members of the SCCM
David Boyd, All Saints
Frances and Randy Hahn, Trinity
Sarah Thomas, Trinity and The Way Collective
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.
Ricardo and Lucy Gonzalez
Humberto Garcia and Associates