As a relatively new member of St. Lukes, I look forward to the having the opportunity to bring my past experiences to the vestry at St. Lukes. I moved to the area approximately three years ago with my wife, Beth, and two children, Matthew (5) and Andrew (3). Andrew was baptized at St. Lukes.
In Washington DC I served on the Congregation Committee of the Washington National Cathedral and led and mediated adult formation classes.
I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration.
I grew up here in Los Gatos. I was baptized and confirmed at St. Andrew’s, Saratoga. My husband, John, and I were married in 1980 and have three amazing children. As the children grew, we began to look for a church that we felt we “belonged” to. When we came to St. Luke’s two years ago and listened to the sermons by Father Ricardo, we knew we had found a home. Becoming part of the vestry is an honor and I hope to be able to give back to such a friendly and supportive parish.
In my professional life, I am an orthopedic physical therapist. I work full-time at a small practice in Cupertino. In addition to my work as a PT, I teach Pilates. I am an avid exerciser—you may see me running the streets of Los Gatos. You’ll recognize me as the lady with at least two border collies.
Toni and her husband, Quentin Heim, moved to Saratoga in 2008. She joined St. Luke’s in 2016 and has served the parish as an acolyte, liturgical assistant, former vestry member, altar guild participant and member of the stewardship committee and other church teams. After earning an M.A. in international affairs, she began her career as a trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce and spent 5 years in Asia working in the medical technology industry. She and her husband have a consulting firm specializing in international business and communications.
As a resident of Los Gatos for just under 20 years, I value the importance of family and community. Throughout my life and my career in international business and trade, I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled to over 60 countries, lived in eight of those countries, but call Los Gatos my home.
Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Los Gatos lead by Reverend Ricardo, has become my “Church Home” where I continue to strengthen my connection to God, discover more about my faith and myself, along with rewarding ways to volunteer, and am proud to serve as a Vestry Member to support my community.
In 1997 I married Ken and moved to Los Gatos from New Jersey with my youngest daughter. My four older children soon followed and today my children and their families (with the exception of my middle son who lives in Gettysburg, PA) live in California. I am very proud of my children and my 11 grandchildren. My career was in health care policy working at hospitals, at a Medi-Cal health plan and ultimately in the Brown Administration implementing parts of Obamacare. In Los Gatos, I served on the General Plan Commission and the Planning Commission, and I am a very active participant in the Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship program for low-income, first-generation college-bound students. I have been part of a small private Mass Group since I arrived in Los Gatos. I was drawn to St. Luke’s by the familiar ritual, the cozy feeling of the 5:00 p.m. Mass, and the kindness of the people here. During the pandemic I have enjoyed Morning Prayer, particularly the discussions of history and rituals between Fr. Ricardo and William Bonnell. I have found that Fr. Bill Stafford’s history lessons bring a fresh perspective to ancient events. Currently, I serve as both a lector and usher, and as an intermittent volunteer for the Food Pantry.
I came to the USA at the end of 1998 to join a start-up company in Scotts Valley, commuting from our home in Bristol, England. When the company was acquired by Apple in 2002 we decided to sell our UK home and we bought a house in Ben Lomond. We picked Ben Lomond because we liked St Andrew’s church! I retired from Apple in August 2018 and we moved into the Saratoga Retirement Community in September 2018. We started worshipping at St Luke’s shortly after, and are very much enjoying being members of this very warm and welcoming parish.
My career in computing and engineering includes 10 years as a university lecturer, 20 years in the semiconductor industry, and 20 years in the computer industry. The last 35 years or so of my career have focused on international standards, involving much traveling.
After moving to Ben Lomond, I took on a succession of organists’ posts, at St Andrew’s Ben Lomond, St John’s Capitola (now St John’s Aptos) and finally Messiah Lutheran Church in Santa Cruz. I have very much enjoyed substituting for Nicholas when needed.
My husband and I moved to Los Gatos with our 10-month-old son in 1971. We joined St. Luke’s in 1973 (I think) shortly after our daughter was born. In my early years here, I was in charge of the Sunday School for about 10–12 years. Since then, I have served on the Altar Guild as an usher, a Delegate to convention and 2 or 3 turns on the Vestry. In addition to being my “other family,” St. Luke’s has provided me with a place of comfort and renewal where I can receive the strength and encouragement to do all the things I want to do.
In my “other life” I am a volunteer for Child Advocates (the local CASA group), having retired as a staff member there in 2010 after about 20 years. I also serve on the county’s Child Abuse Prevention Council and am currently the Board chair for Dependency Advocacy Center – the non-profit legal group representing parents and some children in the Dependency Court (for families where abuse and neglect are present). Clearly, my focus is on children. You may see me with my granddaughter Maya, who often helps me usher!
I still remember my first visit to St Luke’s. I had moved to California only a couple of months prior and had yet to find a place to worship. Luckily a summer concert caught my eye and the rest is history.
St Luke’s is where Jasmin and I were married, where our kids were baptized, where we call our home church. St Luke’s has a special place in my heart. This is a spiritual place and one of safety and comfort.
I’m an engineer and manager. I’ve designed and made high intensity discharge light bulbs and worked to bring innovative medical devices to help people live better lives. So every so often you may find me staring at lighting installations or asking too many questions about your medical treatments. I have numerous vacation pictures (in France, in Portugal and at a café near Caesaria Maritima on the coast of Israel) where I’m looking at light bulbs and fixtures instead of the famous historical landmarks.
I was raised catholic, but I stopped attending once I went off to school and began living on my own.
I really enjoyed my college years. I was involved in many extracurricular activities, including choirs, student government, athletics, and engineering societies. But, after a couple of major surgeries on my head, I went through a period of introspection and uncertainty. My future was uncertain.
Then, I was found. I was lucky to have been offered an opportunity to cantor (at a church back in Ohio). The routine of preparing, rehearsing and worshiping on Sundays, gave me purpose and a sense of value. I’m so pleased to be restored with God and the church.
I grew up outside of Portland, Oregon, and moved to the Bay Area in 1989 after earning a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University. I currently work in product development at a pharmaceutical company. I married my wife Cathy, the daughter of an Episcopal priest, and began attending St. Luke’s in 2004 when we moved to Los Gatos. I have been inspired by the clergy at St. Luke’s and am grateful to be a part of a warm church community.
Grady grew up on a ranch and farm along the Red River in sothwestern Oklahoma where the only church for miles was a Baptist Church. Later his family relocated near Altus, Oklahoma,
and he attended his first Episcopal Church, St Paul’s, a bungalow remodeled as a very small church. He attended the University of Oklahoma graduating with an M.D. He was then drafted into the Army. After his service, he trained as an orthopedic surgeon. In 1969 he began practice in San Jose, specializing in sports injuries and arthroscopic surgery, retiring in 2016.
His wife, Mary, is a public health nurse specializing in home care management. Together they have traveled the world teaching and volunteering in remote areas such as Bhutan, and also as members of the United States Alpine Ski Team medical staff.
After his military service, he did not return to a church relationship. Fortunately, in 2018 he began attending St Luke’s. Due to the extraordinary warmth and humble sincerity of the ministry and parishioners, especially Fr Ricardo, he has been truly blessed.
I am married to Patricia Pensworth Pollard, with two adult children. We have lived in San Jose since 1965 having grown up in Tennessee. Patricia is now living in an Alzheimer’s care facility, and our son James is now living with me.
A lifelong practicing Episcopalian, I have sung in a boys choir and several adult choirs (including 17 years monthly in the prisoner choir in the Roman Catholic chapel in San Quentin Prison), been a long-time acolyte, lay reader, lay eucharistic minister, taken the sacrament to the sick, taught Sunday School, been a leader for middle school age youth group, and been on a vestry, We have been in the St. Luke’s parish since 1994, after over 20 years at St. Edward’s. In the 20 years since retirement I have volunteered in programs at the Santa Maria Urban Ministry.
My career was as a social worker and program supervisor in the County Mental Health system, with a specialty in crisis intervention, family therapy, family incest treatment, case management of the seriously mentally ill, and general social service and mental health programs.
I have been a number of years with our diocese’s backpacking program and have been a volunteer for our County Parks.
Mary was born and raised in San Jose. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University. After living and teaching elementary school in San Francisco for almost ten years, Mary moved back to San Jose with her husband, Aaron Willis. She is now a stay-at-home Mom and spends her days with her three-year-old son, Owen.
Mary and Aaron joined the St. Luke’s community when they moved to San Jose from San Francisco almost four years ago. They were drawn to the strong community and welcoming spirit that embodies St. Luke’s. When Mary and Owen are not attending one of their Mommy and Me classes (soccer, Spanish, and music), they can be found at home playing baseball in the backyard, watching the San Francisco Giants play on TV, or reading their favorite picture books.