We are conducting a search for a new rector at St. Bede’s. For information about the search process, please see our Rector Search page.
The Rev. Martha Korienek
Rev. Martha became the interim rector at St. Bede’s in July and will be with us until we call our next rector. She is originally from the Chicagoland area and has lived in many places since, including New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She enjoys interim ministry and liminal times of transition; they often spark creativity and big-picture dreaming of what could be. She also brings a strong pastoral presence, especially to St. Bede’s, which both lost their last rector and entered a pandemic at the same time. Talk about a double-whammy. She’s excited to see how God is at work in the midst of all of that.
Kathy has served as music director at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in San Francisco, conductor at San Francisco Boys Chorus, public school music teacher, and most recently as music director at First Lutheran Church in Palo Alto. In June 2014 she was named music director of the San Francisco Renaissance Voices, after serving as their assistant music director for seven years. As a private vocal studio instructor, she teaches adult professional and amateur singers who sing with San Francisco Symphony Chorus, community and professional theater groups, local opera companies, and church choirs. A cradle Episcopalian, Kathy has a love of liturgy and appreciation of the Anglican musical tradition as well as a deep knowledge of vocal pedagogy.
Rani has been playing the organ since she was twelve in Richmond, Virginia. She is a graduate of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has studied with Betty Lou Johnson, Larry Schipull, Grant Moss, Margaret Irwin-Brandon, and Peter Sykes. She has served on the boards of the Boston Clavichord Society, the American Guild of Organists, and has attended the McGill Summer Organ Academy. Apart from St. Bede’s she also teaches math at College of San Mateo and De Anza College.
When not laying out scripture and music in bulletins, Siri can be found supervising St. Bede’s gracious 5-acre campus: ensuring that contemplative Jarrow Garden is healthy and full of life, parking lot lights are on for St. Bede’s joyous choir, and the Viking Range is ready to cook a delicious dinner for the local unhoused. Most weekends you’ll find her outside, sketching wildflowers, embroidering over a stain on a favorite sweater, or nose deep in the latest sci-fi. She came to St. Bede’s from Stanford, where she worked in the School of Earth Dean’s Office, and at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.