Rev. Snook

The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook

Bishop

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego elected the Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook as its fifth diocesan bishop-elect today at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Poway. She was elected on the first ballot during an election that involved 212 voting delegates. She received 71 votes from lay delegates and 45 votes from clergy.

Voting delegates, and about 40 non-voting visitors gathered in Poway to worship, sing, and participate in the half-day affair. Voting delegates included both clergy members and laity. All votes were weighted equally. Each of the 43 congregations in the diocese sent delegates to the electing convention.

Brown Snook is the first woman to be elected bishop-elect since the diocese was formed in 1973. Others on the ballot were the Rev. Roy Hoffman, DMin and the Rev. Michael Tinnon, DMin, both priests serving in this diocese.

The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook has served as the canon for church growth and development in the Diocese of Oklahoma. She has guided churches in areas of evangelism, church growth, church planting, new mission development and planning. She previously served as a church planter in Scottsdale, Arizona. She authored God Gave the Growth: Church Planting in the Episcopal Church and co-founded the Acts 8 Movement, a group dedicated to proclaiming resurrection in the Episcopal Church. In a previous career, she was a certified public accountant. She has been married to her husband, Tom Snook, for over 30 years. They have two adult daughters, Sarah and Julia.

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is a non-profit, religious organization comprised of 43 congregations in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties, CA and Yuma County, Arizona.

Fr. Willy Crespo

Rev. Willy Crespo, D.Min.

Rector

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.

Staff

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

Vestry

Skip Kirby (2020) Senior Warden
Clarence Woods (2020) Junior Warden
Bill Murray (2019) Vestry Member
Charlene Caulfield (2021) Vestry Member
Chris Sandoval (2021) Vestry Member
John Miller (2019) Vestry Member
Stephanie (Stef) Frodsham (2020) Vestry Member
Steve Ehlert (2020) Vestry Member