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 the Associate Rector at St Barnabas. She 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.
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: Ginger, and Blaze. Email Cathie Piacente
My name is Shanti Michael, and I'm so happy to be serving St. Barnabas Episcopal Church as your new Music Director.
Hailing from Malaysia, I moved to Melbourne, Australia to attend university. I lived there for 8 years and I received my undergraduate degree in music from the Australian Catholic University in Choral Conducting, and worked at St. Francis Catholic Church in Melbourne as the Director of their Youth Choir.
I decided to pursue my Master's in the USA, and in 2013, I graduated with my Master of Sacred Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Notre Dame. I then moved back to Malaysia to work for the Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur and other non-profit arts organizations for about 2 years before moving to Portland to be with my fiancé (now husband).
I live in Hillsboro with my husband Glenn, and my cat Bagheera. I am an active chorister in Portland and sing in Cantores in Ecclesia. I am also on the Board of Directors of Cappella Romana. I look forward to getting to know everyone and hope to enlist some of you to join the choir in this exciting time of growth!
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 grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and then moved down to Chicago. After graduating from divinity school, I was baptized and confirmed as an adult. My significant other,, Stephanie, grew up in Aloha. At St. Barnabas, you’ll find me organizing and leading educational programs and volunteer opportunities, both for kids and for adults. Email Aubin Spice
2019 St. Barnabas Vestry
Back row: John Engle, Rev. Sean Wall, Treasurer Vicki Church, Bill Bigas Front row: Cathie Price, Sr. Warden Betty Woerner, Liz Martin, Anita Galloway, Jr. Warden Dorrie McGregory