Canon Elise Johnstone, Rector
Canon Elise joined us in August of 2021. Prior to joining St. John's, she served as the Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, in Kentucky, where she had served since 2014. Prior to that call, she served as Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity, Georgetown, KY, and the Assistant Rector of Good Shepherd, Lexington, KY. She has a Bachelor’s in Classics from the University of Georgia, a Master of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary in New York City, and a Doctor of Ministry in Liturgy from the University of the South School of Theology in Sewanee, TN.
Jackson Espeut, Minister of Family Life
Jackson grew up at SJB and has served as acolyte, thurifer, Eucharistic Minister, and more. He accepted the position of Family Life Minster in September 2023 and serves about 10 hours a week, coordinating Children's Chapel, Youth Group (along with Nora Jindrich) and other children/youth/family programs and events. Jackson is a 2023 graduate of Willamette University with a degree in history and religion. He was active not only in the St. John's youth group, but also in our Diocese of Olympia youth gatherings.
Nora Jindrich, Nursery and Youth Assistant
Nora's bio is coming soon! Nora joined us in June 2023.
Jeana Frazier, Parish Administrator
Jeana has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Creighton University. She grew up in Nebraska, moved to Seattle in 1996, and worked as a technical editor for Microsoft for about 10 years before relocating to England for her husband's job with Boeing. After spending 12 years in London and Dubai, Jeana and Monte (and their three daughters) returned to Seattle in 2018 and started attending St. John's. In 2019 the family officially joined the church. Jeana has served St. John's as a Eucharistic minister, lector, Little Free Pantry coordinator, youth mentor, vestry member, and Senior Warden.
David O. Ruberg, Communications
David “discovered” the Episcopal church while an organ major at the University of Oregon. He moved to Seattle on June 15, 1969, to work at Olympic Organ Builders, where they built a dozen instruments. Needing to earn a living, he then specialized in typography, which became graphic design and IT management in commercial printing. Meanwhile he continued to be a substitute/interim church musician/organist for nearly 200 congregations until called to St. John's in 2004. After 15 years of faithful ministry to SJB as Director of Music and Organist, David retired from that position at the end of 2019. David continues his ministry at SJB, now in the position of Communications and Bulletin Guru.
Wayne Heuschele, Sexton
Wayne is a born-and-raised West Seattleite. He and his twin brother were adopted at five days old to a wonderful Christian family. At three years old, they started taking tap lessons, performing at USA shows and school assemblies for 15 years. They were dedicated in the Presbyterian church at an early age and Wayne was baptized in 1980 at St. John's. Before SJB, he attended West Side Presbyterian church when school friends invited him to participate in the summer camp program. After high school graduation he attended Highline College, graduating with an Associate of Art degree in data processing. When the military draft came calling, he decided to enlist with the Air Force and spent three years in Spokane. Wayne met Mary and in 1967, they married at West Side Presbyterian church. After being discharged, Wayne worked at Seafirst Bank, now Bank of America, where he continued for 32 years. They started attending SJB in the early '70s. Mary and Wayne have two grown children, Dorotheann and Eric; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Anita McKay, Bookkeeper
Anita grew up in Eastern Washington and loves living on the green side of the state. After graduating from Washington State University, she worked in San Francisco for two years before moving to Seattle in 1986. She has lived in West Seattle almost ever since, with just a couple of years spent in Ballard. Anita and her husband, Peter, have two adult children who have made their way back to West Seattle. She has worked and volunteered as a bookkeeper or accountant ever since college, first with the Federal Government and then with small businesses and her church. Anita is a member of Tibbetts United Methodist Church. She enjoys international travel, sewing (especially quilting), gardening, and is willing to try most any craft.
Fr. Jerry Shigaki, Priest Associate for Pastoral Care
We give thanks for the life and service of Fr. Jerry, who passed away unexpectedly in October 2023. Fr. Jerry assisted Canon Elise in providing pastoral care, as well as other aspects of community support and development. He worked to redevelop a team of Eucharistic Visitors, and he was the person to call for pastoral emergencies when Canon Elise was unavailable. Fr. Jerry was no stranger to SJB. He lived in West Seattle and served St. John's in the past, especially when our community was between regular priests. Fr. Jerry also served as Diocesan Canon for Multicultural Ministries and assisted at Holy Apostles, Bellevue.