The Rev. James Ward
James S. Ward, a native San Franciscan, attended Aptos Jr. High and graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High School. He received a BA from Yale College and a MDiv. degree from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. As an ordained Episcopal priest, Jim served a number of parishes around the Bay Area including in Saratoga, Orinda, and East Oakland before retiring after 16 years as Rector of St. Stephen’s, Belvedere, where he oversaw an award winning parish hall rebuild. He is also responsible for bringing Senior Access to St. Stephen’s and the Belvedere Tiburon community.
In retirement Jim has been an active volunteer with Marin Cursillos and Kairos Prison Ministry in San Quentin where he also volunteered as facilitator of Victim Offender Education Groups (a restorative justice program) and leads an anger management group called Managing Anger and Practicing Peace (MAPP) in low security H-Unit. Jim’s wife Janet is Director of Marin Formative Christian Preschool, where he tells Godly Play stories for chapel. He also served on the Board of Directors of Senior Access before being asked to take over as Executive Director in 2012. Since retiring from that position in 2016, he has continued to volunteer as facilitator for their caregiver support group.
Jim and Janet live in San Rafael Meadows where they enjoy a vegetable garden and a dozen fruit trees. Jim has two children by his first marriage and four grandchildren. He and his wife Janet home-schooled their three children who are now grown.
Margaret and and her husband, Rich, are very happy to be joining the community at Church of the Redeemer. Margaret was ordained a Vocational Deacon in 2009 and has served at All Saints’ and St. Luke’s parishes in San Francisco. Following their move to San Rafael in 2015 Margaret served at Church of Our Saviour in Mill Valley until her retirement from formal parish ministry this past November. Margaret is a retired RN, and was the Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department at San Francisco General Hospital, which is where she met her husband Rich, who was a Firefighter-Paramedic with the San Francisco Fire Department. They met over gurneys when he would bring patients in to the ER. He retired as a Paramedic Captain. Margaret completed a dual master’s degree in Community Health and Adult Psychiatric Nursing at UCSF when she was the Nurse Manager of Homeless Programs for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Following her ordination she served for 6 years on the Board of Episcopal Community Services, and also coordinated weekly Eucharist services at the Next Door Homeless Shelter. Upon moving to San Rafael, she went on the board of the Ritter Center in San Rafael. She and Rich continue in their volunteer work with persons who are homeless. Margaret and Rich are also supporters of Episcopal Relief and Development. Margaret has traveled with them to Ghana and Israel. She and Rich support Project Pearls, an organization working with families who live on the garbage dumps in Manila, and Margaret travelled there in 2014 with parishioners from St. Luke’s. She also travelled to Guatemala last year to support the work of another DioCa| Deacon Phyllis Manoogian, who runs an after-school program, as well as other programs serving special-needs children in Guatemala City.
Mike Providenza has been a member of Redeemer since baptism. In his youth he was support by the church in participation of camps at the Bishop’s Ranch and a church service trip to Alaska. After undergrad he did a year of service with the Jesuit volunteer Corps where he worked for Catholic Charities of San Antonio and the Bexar Co. Probate Court helping adults with disabilities.
He is the head water polo coach at San Rafael high school. A water polo coach with SOMA aquatics, a swim coach with swymnuts masters and a life guard at the JCC.
Mike holds an MA in philosophy from Boston College and a BA from Fordham University, also in philosophy.
Jessica Luiz – Bishop’s Committee
Jessica is a recent college graduate from Chico State with a degree in Parks and Recreation. She is currently working as a Watershed Aid specializing in volunteer management. As a local to Glenwood neighborhood she grew up attending Redeemer and St. Dorothy’s Rest, a beautiful Episcopal summer camp near Occidental. She contributes event planning knowledge and a love for community to the leadership team.
Cindy Poulos – Bishop’s Committee & Secretary
Cynthia, less formally known as Cindy, has spent the last 18 years as a member of Church of the Redeemer, where she has found her spiritual family and home. When not helping out with Redeemer activities, she works part time as a freelance administrative assistant, designer, artist. She also loves hiking and volunteering at Halleck Creek Ranch.
Kelly is a long time member of the Church of Redeemer since 2000. She has served as the Senior and Junior Warden of the church vestry and enjoys serving the Redeemer community by organizing, maintaining, and coordinating the servicing of the buildings and grounds of the campus. Kelly is a Registered Investment Advisor and is looking forward to supporting the Pre-School community.
Originally from the East Coast, Redeemer’s Music Director has been active as a leader from both the piano and the organ, as a worship leader, and most recently as a composer. Justin maintains a busy teaching and accompanying schedule and collaborates with many local Bay Area artists; including in the group Sight and Sound, which strives to work with other artists, scientists, and technology experts to find new ways to make classical music more accessible and interesting in the modern era. Justin is interested in composing more and enriching the worship experience by weaving together music and spoken word.
Roy Falk – Webmaster
Roy is a retired guy who stays active in the community through various volunteer activities.