Bishop James Mathes

Rt. Rev. James Mathes


Bishop Mathes brings to the diocese an uncommon mix of pastoral ministry and nonprofit administration experience. Before entering seminary, he worked in educational development where he helped raise more than $10 million for The Webb School, his alma mater, and directed a successful $4.2 million campaign for St. Andrew’s-Sewanee, an Episcopal school in Sewanee, Tennessee.

His passion for education and personal growth transferred to a passion for parish life when he became rector of The Episcopal Church of St. James-the-Less in Northfield, Illinois. During his seven years there, church attendance doubled, school participation tripled and the congregation founded a community outreach program for the elderly and disabled.

In 2001, Bishop Mathes was named canon to the ordinary for the Diocese of Chicago, where he directed the Department of Deployment and Congregational Development. He secured a $1.6 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to establish a clergy mentoring program. He also helped guide 130 congregations through a strategic planning process.

On November 13, 2004, Jim was elected to serve as the fourth bishop of San Diego and was consecrated in March of 2005.

Fr. Willy Crespo

Rev. Willy Crespo, D.Min.


St. Timothy’s invited The Rev. Wilfredo Crespo to be our interim Priest in March, 2007,while serving as a chaplain with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and then called him as Rector in May 2008 upon his retirement from Federal Service.  Fr. Crespo was a chaplain with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 20 years and has extensive experience in Pastoral Care.  While in New York, Fr. Crespo worked at the Tombs City Jails in New York City, Ricker’s Island and in Sing Sing. He is a Board Certified Pastoral Care Specialist (AAPC 12012) and brings to St. Timothy’s a deep respect, love and commitment to the people of God. He has worked with people who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction, persons who suffer with HIV and related illnesses, people who suffer grief and loss and with persons suffering with mental illnesses. Fr. Crespo speaks fluent Spanish.

Fr. Crespo holds a Master in Arts in Philosophy of Religion, Master of Divinity, and a Master of Counseling Psychology in addition to a D. Min.

Rev. Ed Busch

Rev. Edward Busch, M.D.

Assisting Priest

Fr. Ed has been a Doctor of Medicine (MD) since 1955, and a surgeon since 1960. He served in the US Army from 1953 to 1962, then maintained a medical practice Fort Worth Texas until moving to California in 2001. He practiced surgery at 8 Texas area hospitals, served on many committees, and as Chief of Staff Hugueley Memorial Hospital, Chief of Surgery Fort Worth Children’s, president of Fort Worth Surgical Society. Worked at the VA Medical Center San Diego as a compensation and pension examiner 2001 – 2010.

He was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 1982, served as assistant priest and interim priest at two churches in the Fort Worth area, and as Rector of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church 1987-1992. After he moved to the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego he served as Vicar St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Santee 2001 – 2008.

He has a history of involvement in multiple healing ministries, healing of memories, physical healing, and the Order of St. Luke. He served on Staff on multiple occasions for renewal ministries and as a Cursillo Spiritual Director, Spiritual Advisor, as well as on the Cursillo Secretariat in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.

Fr. Ed has four children, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He enjoys golf, travel, and especially good eating.

The Rev. Babs M. Meairs

Rev. Babs M. Meairs, M.Div., M.A., B.C.C.

Assisting Priest

Chaplain Babs is an Episcopal Priest who has served in the San Diego Diocese as a member of the Bishop’s Advocacy Committee, the Cursillo Secretariat, and the Disciplinary Committee.  She also assists at Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church and is a volunteer chaplain at the Navy Consolidated Brig Miramar. She worked many years in healthcare chaplaincy, primarily in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was the Director of the Chaplain Service at the VA San Diego Healthcare System when she retired in 2007.  Her career in healthcare included specializations in Spinal Cord Injury, Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical Ethics, and End of Life and Spiritual Care.  She was trained in Critical Incident Stress Management, and was called with other chaplains to New York in September 2001 as a member of the Episcopal Church’s 100 Days Support Mission helping congregations dealing with unusual grief and stress.

Prior to her career in healthcare chaplaincy, Babs served in Episcopal parishes and as a chaplain at a large parish day school.   Her undergraduate work was in art and rhetoric at the University of California, Davis.  She earned her Master of Divinity at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies at Texas Christian University. She is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and participates in local veterans activities.  Babs is married to the Reverend Edward Busch, M.D.   They enjoy travel and jigsaw puzzles.

Rev Judith Allison

Rev. Judith Allison, PhD

Assisting Priest

Rev. Judith Allison, Ph.D. joined St. Timothy’s as clergy associate in 2015, having served the previous ten years as an associate rector and pastoral care clergy for neighboring parishes. Judith was raised in the Anglican Church of Canada, and joined St. Timothy’s in 1991 as a layperson, serving on vestry, choir, and pastoral education. She practiced as a clinical psychologist for 23 years in Poway, having completed her M.A. in Chicago and her Ph.D. in San Diego. With her previous experience as a nurse clinician and educator, her special interest was in caring for people with acute and chronic illness.

Led by the Holy Spirit, Judith studied for her M.Div. at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University from 2002 until 2005. She was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego in December of 2005. Recently she completed a two year study program to be a spiritual director and now serves in that capacity at St. Timothy’s and other parishes. She sees her calling as an ‘anam cara’ – to be ‘a friend of the soul’, supporting others to wholeness of body, mind and spirit as they seek to live out their faith.

Rev. Judith has two sons and two grandsons; she enjoys gardening, walking, pastoral studies, and joining friends for music, theater and travel.

Rev. Bob Blessing

Rev. Bob Blessing

Assisting Priest

Fr. Bob Blessing received his Masters of Divinity. at Church Divinity School of the Pacific at Berkeley, CA in 1984 and then served as an assistant Priest at St. Luke’s in Seattle.  In 1987, he married his sweetheart Anne Cary and they moved to Korea as missionaries serving at Jesus Abbey, an Anglican Benedictine Abbey, for 6 years where their son Joshua was born.  He then joined the military as an active duty Army chaplain for 6 years during which their Daughter Sarah was born, then moved to the National Guard while serving in several churches, his last being Rector at St. Andrews, La Mesa.  While in the National Guard, Fr. Bob deployed 3 times, two of those in Iraq.  He is presently retired from full-time church and military duty and participating with us at St. Tim’s.


Ed Embick Treasurer
Jim Guerin    
Music Director
Julie Harrison Bookkeeper
Karl Streeter Office Administrator


Andy Waters Senior Warden
Jim Manson Junior Warden
Seth Atkins Vestry Member
Radiance Bentley Vestry Member
Dennis Didulo Vestry Member
Sue Embick Vestry Member
Bonnie Lyons Vestry Member
Jonathan Scarborough Vestry Member