The Rev. Sean Wall
The Wall family came to St. Barnabas in December of 2013 and it has been a joyful experience for us.
I grew up in Idaho, where I 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 my retirement in 2009, I completed a Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and started my ordained ministry in July of 2013.
My wife, Melissa, and I met at an Episcopal Church youth event when we were in high school and she has been stuck with me ever since. We are rapidly approaching our thirtieth wedding anniversary and looking forward to an empty nest. We have four children (plus a son-in-law and a grandson), but we are down to just one kid at home. Sure, we love him, but we are still counting down….
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.
The Rev. Bonnie R Stewart
The Rev. Bonnie R Stewart is presently assigned to St Barnabas as our seminarian intern, while she is attending Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She was ordained to the Diaconate and is now a postulant for Holy Orders for the ordination to the Priesthood. Previously, she served as Deacon at St. Michael and All Angels 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. She will be with us through May of 2019.
Cathie Dainton Piacente
I am 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: a good old girl, Ginger, and Blaze, who is three months. I worked at Fred Meyer for seven years, where I was a Help Desk Analyst, a Trainer, as well as wearing several other hats.
Music Director and Sexton
Organist and Pianist
Lewis “Judge” Needham
I was first the organist at St. Barnabas as a summer replacement while still in high school in 1962. My wife, Marilee, and I were married here in 1967. I have been full time here since 1982, but I’ve also been a millwright, welder, electrician, cabinet maker, mechanic, and cement finisher.
Christian Education Director/Youth Minister
I’m the new guy! I’m not only new to the parish, I’m new to the Church – and to Portland, to boot. I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and then moved down to Chicago. After graduating from divinity school, I was baptized and confirmed as an adult. I recently moved out here with my girlfriend, Stephanie, who had grown up in Aloha. At St. Barnabas, you’ll find me organizing and leading educational programs and volunteer opportunities, both for kids and for adults.
2019 St. Barnabas Vestry
Back row: Jr. Warden John Engle, Rev. Sean Wall, Treasurer Vicki Church, Bill Bigas Front row: Cathie Price, Sr. Warden Betty Woerner, Liz Martin, Anita Galloway, Dorrie McGregor.
I am a retired Reed College librarian, formerly in charge of the Instructional Media Center. I sing in the choir, play in the chime choir, sometimes play the piano or organ, serve on the vestry, serve on the History committee, served on the CRC committee, and am in charge of the Community dinners. I can’t remember exactly how long I’ve been here, but came during LD’s last year.
I am a cradle Episcopalian and have been a member of the St. Barnabas congregation for almost ten years. In that time I have had the pleasure of serving the congregation in a variety of positions: President of the Altar Guild, Director of the Sunday School, Junior Warden of the Vestry, treasurer of the Women of St. Barnabas and have served on two search committees. These experiences have been rewarding and given me the opportunity to know many aspects of my church community and work with many members of the congregation. It is an exciting time at St. Barnabas and I am looking forward to serving in capacities that will sustain our continued progress.
I am a lifelong Episcopalian and have been a member at St. Barnabas for a few years. Recently retired from 40 years in the Insurance industry, my husband Hayden and I enjoy travel, golf, fishing, spending time at Detroit Lake and spoiling our grandchildren. How we at St. Barnabas can provide outreach in our local community and beyond will be a focus of mine on the vestry.
I was born and raised here in Portland and have been going to St. Barnabas my whole life, with the exception of 4 years while away at college. Throughout my time at St. B’s I have had my hands in several different things. They range from helping teach Sunday school, to being the co-secretary of the Women’s group. I currently have the privilege of serving the congregation as a member of the vestry, through which I am involved with many parish life activities and functions. When I am not at a church function or at work, you might find me on the golf course or at home with a cat in my lap.