Search Committee

Meet Our Search Committee Members

Our search committee members bring a wealth of both professional and volunteer experience to the task and will do a wonderful job of identifying the right candidates and helping us to call a new rector for our next phase of parish life. Please keep them in your prayers.

Jon Backlund

I joined St. Bede’s nine years ago, but my wife Julie and I have been a part of the community since 1986, when our older son enrolled at Trinity School. The connections to Trinity School and St. Bede’s over the decades have been very meaningful and extensive, as our family has received and provided support in many ways. We have been the beneficiaries of St. Bede’s dedication to spiritual formation, social justice, outreach programs and the caring community – all have enhanced our lives and growth. Since joining St. Bede’s, I’ve participated as a worship, auction and community outreach volunteer. I served on Vestry for three years, and was Senior Warden in 2016. I have also been involved on the Buildings and Grounds Committee since 2013, and have chaired the committee since 2015. Professionally, I am currently employed, and have held technical and executive positions in several energy-related firms.

Douglas Blayney, Co-Chair

St. Bede’s is the fourth Episcopal parish in which I have been involved, as my career has taken us to various cities around the country. My wife Vicki and I have been at St. Bede’s for the last ten years. Previously, I served on the vestry of the first protestant church in the Los Angeles area (Church of Our Savior, San Gabriel), and I have served on several boards of directors overseeing volunteer organizations. I was raised as a Presbyterian, and became a serious Episcopalian while raising our three daughters. My work as a medical oncologist brings me into contact with people facing difficult times in their life, and my work setting is relentlessly secular. I am a Professor of Medicine at Stanford, and have research, teaching and clinical care roles.

Steele Harris

I returned to the St. Bede’s congregation in 2018 after a long absence. I am the son of long-time parishioners Allan and Betsy Harris; I was baptized here in 1962 upon my birth. When Al transitioned from life on Earth in October 2018, I decided that one of the best ways to honor my father’s life and his commitment to St. Bede’s was to return to the community and do my best to fill the void (which all of us know is just not possible). It is my desire to carry on my father’s legacy of service to the community. Al Harris served on the search committee which called Gia to St. Bede’s. He also was instrumental in the fund-raising efforts to finance the construction of Lehman Hall. While Al Harris’ shoes can never be filled, I am committed to supporting St. Bede’s as Al would have done himself. I welcomes stories and memories that each of you is willing to share about my father.

Ann Latta

I have been a part of the St. Bede’s community for many years and have served in spiritual formation for children and adults as well as served on Trinity School Board and on the Vestry. The fellowship of the flower team warms my heart. I am a retired academic librarian in the social sciences at Stanford and have lived a parallel life working for social and economic justice, particularly for children.

Miranda Pinckert

I grew up in Nyack, NY where I was an active member in the local Episcopal Church. As a member of junior choir and Sunday School, I was also in Episcopal Youth Fellowship and an acolyte for Sunday services. I attended Columbia University in NYC and moved to Boston for several years. Eventually I made my way to California and have lived in San Jose, Palo Alto and San Francisco before settling in Menlo Park, with my daughter Madeline and my husband Christian. A member of Stanford Memorial Church for several years, I searched for a closer knit spiritual community and found St. Bede’s. Professionally, I am a clinical psychologist and went to a mindfulness-based graduate program. I work with high-functioning individuals and couples. I approach counseling holistically, knowing that we can struggle in mind, body or spirit.

Sue Sartor, Co-Chair

Having grown up in Sharon Heights, I attended St. Bede’s as a child and young adult. Mike and I were married here in 1977, and then moved to San Jose. I have been regularly attending St. Bede’s since 1985 when we moved back to the family home down the hill from St. Bede’s. Our two daughters grew up at St. Bede’s, greatly benefiting from the fellowship and community support provided by the Sunday School and Youth Group mentors. Over the years, I have served on Vestry, twice as Senior Warden. I have experience with the stewardship, community outreach and personnel committees; served as Sunday School Director for five years; am currently active on Altar Guild; and have helped coordinate multiple parish events. I care deeply about St. Bede’s and look forward to working with fellow parishioners as we seek a new rector to guide us into the future.