interim period

In this interim period, we welcome our Priest-in-Charge Sharon Sheffield to St. John the Divine.

Susan dow

Children's Minister & Parish Administrator

I joined the ministerial staff in the Fall of 2013 and am charged with the oversight of our Nursery Care, Godly Play and re:form programs. My teaching background includes art instruction, special needs students, and ESL. I hold a B.S. in studio art from Western Michigan University and a M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to moving to Orange County, my husband Jim and I served for 20 years as co-managers of Fuller Seminary Bookstore. Jim and I have two grown children, Katie and Graeme. The bits and pieces of life that get filled in around all of the above include good coffee, country music, walks on the beach and designing jewelry.

Jerika Hayes

Music Minister

I have been on the St. John staff since June of 2014, and couldn’t be happier. I am a recent graduate of Vanguard University, getting a Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Studies. I have been a part of church music since I was 12 when began playing bass for the worship team at my church. Throughout the following years I have continued my church music ministry by leading, playing piano (and sometimes organ) here in Orange County. I also love performing my own original songs at coffee shops and small venues as well as being involved in theatre pit orchestras. Besides music and the Lord, I love film, good food, the ocean, and my husband.

Julie Ward

Child Care Coordinator

Let me introduce myself to you. My name is Julie Ward. Not only do I enjoy playing with the tots each Sunday, I also indulge my other passion each fall. For at least 20 years I have hosted, on behalf of St. John’s, the African Team Ministries display each fall for two weeks running. They send a box of goodies including wooden carvings, musical instruments, soapstone objects, scarves, purses, and precious jewelry for purchase. Prices range from $4 to around $70. All the proceeds go back to East Africa and provide books, uniforms, tuition, school fees, etc. for orphans, also refugee relief and evangelism. Please check out the website You can purchase items directly at any time of the year or make a donation. This year the dates to mark on your calendar are November 9th and 16th. So com on by and buy – maybe get a jump on the Christmas list. Just looking is also encouraged. I look forward to serving you for this worthy cause.