The Reverend Susan Bek
The Reverend Bek comes to St. Paul’s from St. Stephen’s parish in Santa Clarita, California, where she served in several positions over 15 years, most recently as Priest-in-Charge. Prior to that she also served as Curate of the parish, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries and also as Chaplain of St. Stephen’s Preschool.
The Reverend Bek is a graduate of Claremont School of Theology as well as Bloy House, The Episcopal Theological School at Claremont. She received a Master of Divinity in 2010 and was recognized with the Award for Highest Academic Achievement. The Reverend Bek also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Science from Pacific Western University, Los Angeles, in 1996. She was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church in 2010 and became a Priest in 2011. That same year she was also named co-chair of the Program Group for Christian Education and Formation for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
“I am delighted to have been called to St. Paul’s parish. It is an honor to serve this church and its wonderful people. Together we will celebrate the continuing ministry of St. Paul's and work to discern where the Spirit is calling us on our journey together” commented The Reverend Bek.
Skilled in American Sign Language (ASL), The Reverend Bek has the rare ability to preach and celebrate communion in both spoken English and ASL simultaneously. She is married to Jon Bek, a professor at Santa Barbara City College. They have four children and four grandchildren.
The Reverend Ed Steever
A long time ago in a diocese far, far away…
Deacon Ed was ordained in the Diocese of Spokane in 1980 as a member of the first class to graduate from the Spokane diocesan school of theology. Spending 15 years serving St. James', Pullman, Deacon Ed moved briefly to western Washington (Diocese of Olympia) and then came to Ventura. In 2004 he was assigned to St. Paul’s as deacon assistant.
At St. Paul’s he has worked to train acolytes, Eucharistic ministers, and ushers, as well as assist in teaching confirmation classes. He takes part in the Sunday services, assisting the celebrant and any visiting clergy. Deacon Ed’s calling to following Jesus in his secular job as a high school teacher is to work with students who are having difficulty transitioning in the high school social environment, making a place for them to feel welcome at school and in class.
The Reverend Dick Swanson
The Rev. Dr. Richard Swanson started assisting at St Paul's in 2011, after moving to Channel Islands Harbor from Bodega Bay, a small fishing village north of San Francisco. He retired as rector of All Saints, San Leandro in 2001, after serving there for fourteen years. Previously he had served worldwide as an Air Force Chaplain for twenty years. Fr Dick, and his wife, Jan, are delighted to be living in such a lovely setting and close to their daughters and grandsons. Jan 's retired from being a university professor at several schools in the Bay Area and San Antonio, TX. She began as a public health nurse in Detroit before earning a Ph.D. and then went on to teach Public Health Nursing and Epidemiology, to nursing students, as well as working on federal grants involving health care delivery in the United States.