MEET THE STAFF
Raised in a non-churched home I came to faith in
Jesus during my second year in college at USC. From that moment I felt called to become a disciple of Jesus
Christ. What does that mean? For me it means not only do I want to be a student of Jesus learning all I can
from Him, but also I want to be Jesus' apprentice and learn to do what He did. What does that mean? I
desire to love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I desire to love my neighbor as I love
myself. My ministry, personal and corporate is directed and measured by Jesus great commandment. Jesus
said," 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
It has been my vision that Prince of Peace always balance ministries that focus on our own spiritual growth with ministries that focus on the needs of those outside of our community. What a privilege it is to be called by God to help those outside the church come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior and pastor those inside our community to grow in their relationship with God.
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I came to POP in Feb. 1988, and was ordained here in June of 1988.
After many incredible years of ministry, I retired in 2005 only to come back on part-time in 2006.
I am very glad
to be back making weekly pastoral visits on Thursdays and assisting in services two Sundays a month.
Three grandchildren fill my retirement time with great joy: Sienna lives in Colorado with my son, Toby and Jenny. Wally and Henry live in Santa Barbara with my daughter, Colleen and Mike.
With more free time, I am enjoying doing stained glass, gardening, reading, crocheting, visiting museums, and traveling.
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I was born in Uganda and raised up in a Christian family, but
I was going to Church just for the sake of going to Church. I came to know Christ as my
personal savior in 1984, when I was in secondary school. God has blessed me to grow spiritually,
and I have a blessed family: my wife Norah, my two sons Christopher Kanzira and
Mark Tashobya, and daughter Martha Nimusiima (Mark and Martha are twins).
I obtained both spiritual and academic wisdom as I got my Bachelor's and Master's degrees respectively. I am so blessed to serve the Prince of Peace family, which I joined in May 2013. With the support of POP, my family and I will serve our God all the more.
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The Reverend Deacon
My family and I have been members of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church since 1982. I received my BA from Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio and my MA and PhD from UCLA in music composition. My wife, Dauna, and I have three grown children and four (and counting) grandchildren. I came to the diaconate a little late in life, being ordained a deacon by Bishop Diane Bruce here at Prince of Peace in 2017, but my passion for the last dozen years has been taking the church out to the world and the needs of the world back to the church. Through Worship Without Walls, Ashes to Go, Motion Picture and Television Home services, Laundry Love and other ministries I hope be a witness to the grace of God, the love of Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
When red paper flames fell from above on all of us in the pews on Pentecost many years ago, I knew PoP was the kind of worship home that I wanted to be a part of! Bill and I have enjoyed the fellowship of our Wonderful Wednesday Group Bible Study for more than a dozen years. I brought my granddaughter to Sunday School, VBS, and watched as she acolyted and then was confirmed by Rev. Diane Bruce. After I retired, I was blessed to be able to work with Katherine Geeslin as she transitioned to part time. God works in amazing ways to challenge each of us. As a lifelong educator, I have had wonderful experiences with kids, parents, and communities with common goals. That is now what I am enjoying in the office at Prince of Peace. I enjoy reading, gardening, quilting, and family outings.
Children & Families Ministry
I was raised an Episcopalian at Trinity Church in Manhattan,
and spent childhood summers at an Episcopal camp in Connecticut run by the Sisters of St. Margaret.
I graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in education and moved to California.
I found Prince of Peace in 1994. We raised two children, Chelsea and Landen, at Prince of Peace, taking full advantage of the wonderful children's programs. I began helping in the Children's Ministry and took over coordinating the preschool program. I have always had a special place in my heart for teaching children about our Lord Jesus Christ and am blessed to be part of our children's spiritual development here at Prince of Peace as we grow their faith and love in Christ.
I am a graduate of California State University, Northridge and have been
actively supporting worship through music ministry for more than 40 years. I have been the
organist and music director at Prince
of Peace since 1988. The varied music program includes mixed choir, men’s choir, and
brass ensembles and a handbell program of seven
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Treasurer and Interim Youth Minister
My wife Suzanne and I came to Prince of Peace in 1999 and were married here in 2000, establishing our Christian home and community. We, along with our sons William and Andrew, love every moment of our time at POP. I was Senior Warden in 2003 and am currently an L.E.M., Usher, and now Treasurer. I am glad I can bring my Financial Planning and Analysis experience to our church and am blessed to work alongside such a supportive financial group. In addition, I have taught and mentored our Youth in the past and am proud to now be the Interim Director of Youth Ministry.
Community Outreach and