About St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

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Our History

Founded first as St. Barnabas Mission in 1949 by the Reverend Francis H. Ball, St. Barnabas held its first services Christmas Eve, 1951, and was consecrated in 1953 as the first Episcopal parish west of downtown Portland.  We then formed two mission churches - St. Bartholomew's in Beaverton, and St. James in Tigard.   

St. Barnabas has since been the spiritual home of many in the Hillsdale and Multnomah neighborhoods.  Many fondly remember the Rev. Robert F. Grafe, who served here for over 35 years.  In December of 2013, we were delighted to install our current rector, the Rev. Sean Wall.

A Place for Everyone Around God's Table

St. Barnabas is proud to be a member of the Believe Out Loud network.​

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Our Staff

Rector

The Reverend Sean Wall

The Wall family came to St. Barnabas in December of 2013 and it has been a joyful experience for them.

Father Sean grew up in Idaho, where he graduated from the University of Idaho and then commenced on a twenty-year career in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, I served as an F-14 Tomcat Radar Intercept Officer and in several staff positions. Following his retirement in 2009, he completed a Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and started my ordained ministry in July of 2013.

I often say that I am grateful that I got to be in the Navy, and I have now added that I am grateful that I get to be the priest at St. Barnabas. It is an amazing gift to work among such wonderful and faithful people.

Associate Rector

The Reverend Bonnie Stewart

Deacon

Deacon BJ Finch

Reverend Bonnie Stewart was ordained to the Diaconate in December of 2012 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, CA.  She received her Certificate of Anglican Studies from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in May of 2019 and was ordained to the Priesthood in June of 2019 at the Parish of St. John in Portland, OR.  Bonnie and her wife Megan moved to Portland from Oakland, California in 2014.  She is an avid baseball fan (S.F. Giants) and enjoys playing golf and kayaking.

The Reverend Deacon Barbara Jo Finch ("Deacon BJ") is a lifelong member of the Episcopal church; baptized and confirmed at St. Mark Parish in Medford, Oregon.  After college at the University of Oregon, she moved to Portland area in 1976 and began worshipping and serving at Christ Church Episcopal in Lake Oswego.  BJ was ordained to the diaconate on All Saints Day in 1996.  After almost 40 years of service at  Christ Church, she moved to St. Barnabas in 2014.  "St. Barnabas has a wonderful feeling of inclusion", she says.  "The first Sunday I attended worship here felt like coming home."

Office Administrator

Cathie Dainton Piacente

Cathie is a cradle Episcopalian and was confirmed at St. Paul's (Willimantic, CT) when Rev. Douglas Theuner was our Priest. He later became the The Rt. Rev. Douglas Edwin Theuner, VIII Bishop of New Hampshire. I have attended Episcopal services in Connecticut, Florida and Ohio – at another St. Barnabas.

 

I am married to David Piacente who was a "3-pack," bringing Nicole and Sarah into my life. We have two children still living at home: Kianne and Dante. We have three grandchildren. We have a 30-year-old Eastern Box turtle and two dogs: Ginger, and Blaze.

Music Director

Stephen Galván

Organist / Pianist

David Wills-Ehlers

Steve has worked in church music for over 45 years, directing choirs of adults, youth and children along with brass and handbell ensembles and orchestras.  He graduated from Point Loma University in San Diego and earned his Masters of Music from Portland University.

Steve has a long history of working with community arts organizations, including serving as Vice Chair of the Beaverton Arts Commission, Executive Director for Choral Cross-Ties and Trustee for the Beaverton Arts Foundation, currently working to bring the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton to life.

Steve's "second job" is as Artistic Director and Conductor of ISing Choir which he and his wife, Rebecca, founded in 2005.  In addition to sharing innovative and exceptional choral music, ISing Choir has raised nearly $375,000 for non-profit organizations in our community.

David played piano and organ in his youth and studied music while attending Reed College.  The Episcopalians have always been close to his heart because of their commitment to music and liturgy, and he naturally finds St. Barnabas a nurturing home.  

David and his wife, Ashley, were married in 2016 and moved to Gales Creek in 2020.  They are working to establish a small farm, find a new community on the west side, and adopt their first child.

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Vestry

Senior Warden 

Junior Warden

Building and Grounds

Christian Education / Pastoral Care

Parish Life

Finance

Outreach

Gary Gipson

John Engle

Rich Roche

Kay Martin

Dorrie McGregor

Jerry Kenyon

Vicki Church