Leadership

Clergy

The Reverend Chad-Joseph Sundin, OSBCn

serves as the Vicar-Chaplain of St. Augustine’s and Episcopal Campus Ministries at ASU. Fr. Chad is a Benedictine canon and the founder and Prior of the Community of St. Mary of the Annunciation, a religious community in the Diocese of Arizona. The contemplative nature of Benedictine spirituality, with its focus on prayer and hospitality, is infused into Chad’s ministries as Vicar and Chaplain. Chad is married with three boys at home, has lived in Tempe off and on for most of his life, and has been involved with Episcopal Campus Ministries at ASU and St. A’s since 2003. Prior Chad considers it a joy to walk alongside the many souls who call this parish community their own. Please do not hesitate to contact him at chadsundin[at]gmail[dot]com.

The Reverend Amy Bryan

serves as our parish Deacon and Administrator. She’s in the office Tuesday through Thursday keeping us in good working order, and it’s hard to find a friendlier face in any office anywhere! Deacon Amy is passionate about Christian formation and pastoral care, is married to Dave, and is mom to a bright and busy two-year-old. Contact Deacon Amy.

The Reverend Vivian Winter Chaser

serves as Deacon emeritus at St. Augustine’s. She has been a member of St. Augustine’s since 1982. Vivian was born on the Rosebud, South Dakota reservation, and she is a member of the Four Force band of the Lakota Sioux. She is a cradle Episcopalian and grew up in the Church where her father served as the Catechist at the local church. Deacon Vivian is passionate about education. She loves to go and speak to congregations or other groups about her culture and traditions, and the effect the Doctrine of Discovery had on native peoples.

The Reverend Anne K. Ellsworth

serves as affiliate clergy for St. Augustine’s and ECM at ASU, where she worships with her family and also regularly preaches and celebrates the Holy Eucharist. Pastor Anne leads retreats, serves as a JustFaith facilitator, and is a grassroots organizer working on issues of racial and economic justice in our public schools. Anne is a graduate of the Jesuit School of Theology and Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. She previously served as curate at All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Day School in Phoenix, Arizona.  You can reach her at anne[at]ofgoodcourage[dot]org.

The Reverend Jana Sundin

serves our parish as affiliate clergy and is on Diocesan Staff as the Canon for Children and Youth. Jana has a background in social work and is in her final year of seminary at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She is a spiritual director, a Godly Play mentor, and still finds time to engage our children, family, and young adult communities. You can reach Jana at jana[at]azdiocese[dot]org.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Staff

Julie Carson

serves our parish as Minister of Formation, and since Formation at St. A’s encompasses the whole of life, Julie has a role in almost every ministry at our church! Julie’s background in campus ministry and her experience of raising four brilliant, soulful daughters equips her beautifully for the work of shaping Christian formation in our multigenerational university parish. Julie is married to Monty, who also serves just about everywhere in our community. Contact Julie at julie.carson25[at]gmail[dot]com.

Stefan Dollak

serves as the parish Choirmaster and directs our Children’s Choir. A multi-instrumentalist and medieval and renaissance musical encyclopedia, Stefan curates ensembles and repertoires that, it’s safe to say, you won’t find anywhere else! Stefan directs the early music group Bartholomew Faire, is married to Heather, who sings for us almost every week, and is father of two.

Paula Tesoriero

serves as the accompanist for our musical liturgies. A keyboardist, guitarist, and singer, who performs regularly around the Phoenix metro area, Paula brings classical training and modern sensibilities to bear on our music program.

Paul Heet

serves as our parish Sexton. If you happen by the church in the wee hours, you will likely find Paul hard at work keeping our grounds and facility clean and well-maintained! Paul and his wife, Dee Dee, have been members at St. A’s since forever and have three kids and a rapidly increasing brood of grandkids!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Bishop’s Committee

Joaquin Rios

serves as our Senior Warden. Joaquin and his wife, Anita Huizar-Hernandez, have been coming to St. A’s for two years. In his day job, Joaquin is an attorney working for a public policy nonprofit. Joaquin and Anita have a 21-month-old daughter, Inés, who loves being a part of St. A’s as well!

Keeley Nielsen

has been a member of St. A’s for about 4 years. She currently stays home and takes care of her two young kids, but before that was in the construction industry for 13 years. She’s the Junior Warden and leads both the Facilities Ministry and Habitat for Humanity Ministry at St. A’s. In her free time she enjoys time outdoors with her family.

Katie Hensley,

a North Carolina native, has been at St. A’s for three years and was confirmed in 2018. A librarian known for her vast knowledge of diverse books, her record collection, and captivating Instagram, she serves as the Clerk of the Bishop’s Committee and oversees the Parish Life subcommittee.  This subcommittee works on hospitality, events, and caring for our Church community.

Robert Bartylla

is a third generation Arizonan and has lived blocks from St. Augustine’s since 1999. He was received into our church in 2019 and serves on the Bishop’s Committee overseeing our Outreach Committee. He and his husband Mario keep busy with two sons, ages 15 & 12. He works part time as a registered nurse. Most mornings you’ll find him on long walks around ASU with the family dog Sammy. Perusing Desert Botanical Garden and camping on the Rim make Rob smile.

Ruth Lindsay

has been a member of St. Augustine’s since 2009. She is active in the music ministry and currently serves on the Bishop’s Committee overseeing our Worship Ministries subcommittee. Ruth is a mother and a student who is passionate about the arts, particularly music and literature.

Julia Coleman

has been a member of St. A’s for almost 4 years. She serves as a part of our parish Finance Committee.  She is originally from Long Island,  New York,  but has lived in Arizona for almost 20 years. Before retiring, Julia was a Midwife for over 25 years. Her hobbies are reading,  quilting and sewing, embroidery and crocheting.

Alexandra Leonard

moved to Arizona in 2019 to restart her life in America after teaching English in Busan, South Korea for 9 years and has been a parishioner at St. A’s ever since.  Originally from a small town in Michigan, she misses leaves without spikes on them, but is enjoying learning about desert life, and spending time with her new parish family.  Alex currently works in healthcare administration and serves the Bishop’s Committee on the Stewardship Committee, overseeing St. A’s digital presence.

Denise Capasso da Silva

moved to Arizona from Brazil in 2017 to pursue her PhD studies in Transportation Engineering. Since the summer of 2018, she has frequented St. Augustine’s and was confirmed in 2019. She serves as the Formation subcommittee chair for the Bishop’s Committee, and in her free time she likes to tap dance and play with the cats.

Elliott Cox

was born in Detroit, MI but raised in Arizona, and has been a parishioner at St. A’s on and off since 2004. Elliott serves as our parish Treasurer and is accountable for the smooth operation of the church’s day-to-day financial activities, advising the bishop’s committee on financial matters through reporting and analysis.  He works in IT, and enjoys watching movies in his free time.