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Mission Statement

For the faithful and the seekers who need a safe place to find hope and spiritual nourishment in a Christ-centered community, St. Francis offers a theologically progressive, diverse, welcoming and joyful church committed to exploring and deepening our faith in God and each other through community, worship and outreach.






Church Staff

Reverend Stacey Grossman, Priest-in-Charge. revstacey@stfrancisnovato.org, 415.892.1609

Jumi Kim, Music Director. jumkim@gmail.com, 415.892.1609  

Teri Clark, Preschool Director. tclark.stfpk@gmail.com, 415.892.2597

Kristine Fretz, Office Admin. admin@stfrancisnovato.org, 415.892.1609

 

 

 

About Reverend Stacey

 

 

 

About Jumi Kim, Music Director

Jumi Kim, soprano, has been a featured soloist for Oratorios, Masses and Church Cantatas. Recent performances include, Mozart Requiem and Coronation Mass, Vivaldi Gloria, Bach Church Cantatas, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah and others with various symphony orchestras in the Midwest and West Coast. She also regularly appeared as a guest artist at the concert series of the non-profit organization Music Untold performing in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

Ms. Kim recently performed the role of high priestess from Aida and Lola from Cavalleria Rusticana with Opera San Luis Obispo. Previously, she performed the roles of Suzel from L’amico Fritz, Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni, and Countess from Le Nozze di Figaro. She has also presented lecture recitals at the CMS National and International conferences and also at various universities.

Ms. Kim also recently served as the interim music director and organist at Grace Episcopal Church in Martinez and previously at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in San Luis Obispo. Prior to this, she served as music director for First Baptist Church of Muncie, Indiana, and also as a soprano section leader for various churches.

Ms. Kim taught at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo as a voice instructor for the last six years prior to moving up to the Napa valley area. She previously taught voice at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion and IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne). Ms. Kim received her doctoral degree in vocal performance from Ball State University. She received her master’s from Indiana University and her bachelor’s degree from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea.

 

 

 

 


 






St. Francis Vestry and Deanery

2018 Vestry

Ann Gordon, Senior Warden, annmgordon@comcast.net

Mary Santora, Junior Warden, Hospitality and Vestry Secretary, marysantora@gmail.com

Julie Jacobson, Treasurer, juliejacobson222@gmail.com

Bill Burrell, Outreach, bburrellhome@hotmail.com

Frank Lewis, Outreach,  frankalewis@live.com

Roy Gale, Facilities, roygale67@comcast.net

Allison Waterworth, Community Outreach, Allison@DrWaterworth.com

Rowena Hutchinson, metrelineg@gmail.com

Beverly Roberts, beverlyrobertsreo@gmail.com

 

2018 Vestry

(Left to Right): Bill Burrell, Ann Gordon, Frank Lewis, Bev Roberts, Allison Waterworth, Mary Santora, Roy Gale, Rowe Hutchinson. Julie Jacobson (not pictured).


2018 Deanery Representatives

Bill Roberts

Carole Dillon-Knutson 

Frank Lewis

 

(Left to Right): Bill Roberts, Carole Dillon-Knutson, Frank Lewis






Church History 1948 to Present

Our Church began as a Mission founded in 1948. On November 7 of that year, Paul and Marie Brindel, Novato citizens who wanted an Episcopal Church to inhabit the vast and rural area that was Novato, hosted a group of twenty people at their home to meet with the then Bishop of California, Karl Block. Bishop Block allowed the creation of an Episcopal Mission, and the people chose Saint Francis to be the mission’s patron saint. The choice of Francis was twofold: for one, the church was located a mere 30 miles from the great city by the same name; and two, Novato was a land rich in peaceful, natural settings.

In 1950, the Mission worked with the diocese to purchase an acre-and-a-half of quiet, ancient-oak-tree studded farmland to be the grounds for that Mission.  The first building, a humble chapel named after Saint Clare, was carved out of the very earth on which it stood, a monument to the Mission’s connection with nature and its humble beginning. Over-time St. Francis grew from a mission to parish.

 






Teri Clark, Director

St Francis Preschool

Send Email  •  (415)892-2597

Nestled among tall oak and pine trees, St. Francis Preschool has been serving families in the North Bay Area for more than forty years. A safe environment, physically and emotionally, is provided where children are given the opportunity to become curious learners who are socially competent, cooperative, self-reliant, motivated, confident, and considerate. To learn more about our preschool and to schedule a tour call Teri Clark, Preschool Director, at 415.892.2597.






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