Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
– Hebrews 11:1
…to Faith Episcopal Church, where your heart and soul and intellect are all engaged on the journey. Christianity is a challenging path to follow and better with companions along the way. Come walk with us.
Faith Episcopal began as a mission of St. Clements by the Sea in San Clemente in 1990. Originally our small congregation met in people’s homes. From there we moved to a bank and then to the Design Center in Laguna Niguel. In 1994 we entered into an agreement with Shepherd of the Hills of Laguna Niguel to rent sanctuary and office space. This wonderful and generous relationship continued for ten years.
In 2002, Faith received a bequest from the estate of Nan and White Sutton that allowed us to realize the dream of our own space. We purchased part of a building in an office park and moved in and began worshipping in March 2004. The construction to turn office space into sacred space began in January 2005. It was an exciting time, and the results are more than satisfactory.
The Right Reverend Jon Bruno, Rector
As a mission congregation, the Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles is our Rector. Bishop Jon Bruno is the 6th bishop of this diocese. He is responsible for the nearly 150 congregations and 400 clergy that make up this sprawling diocese that spreads into six counties from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs. He is the first native Angeleno to serve as bishop here. Before being ordained a priest in 1978 Bishop Bruno served as a police officer in Burbank.
Bishop Coadjutor Candidate Statements
To view, please click on this link:
Each video includes the respective candidate’s answers to these two questions:
1. To what opportunities and priorities do you believe God is calling the Diocese of Los Angeles at present?
2.. What in your view will characterize faithful, collaborative responses in these areas?
In preparation for the Dec. 2- 3 election by Diocesan Convention, prayers are invited for the candidates and diocesan community. From the Book of Common Prayer, page 818, A Prayer for the Election of a Bishop:
“Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a Bishop Coadjutor for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our Clergy Team
The Rev. Pat Eustis
The Reverend Patricia Eustis is a retired clergy new to this Diocese. She is from Boston, Massachusetts, but doesn’t “Pak her Ca in Havad Yad.” She has served parishes in Massachusetts, Maryland, and New Jersey. Currently, she also is Adjunct Clergy at Church of the Messiah in Santa Ana where she preaches, does Bible Study, and offers Pastoral Care. She graduated from The Episcopal Divinity School in 1998 with a Masters in Divinity in Pastoral Theology, and a Certificate in Ecumenism and International Mission. She is the author of “Honor You, Honor Me” a training manual for the Boston Police and gang members in understanding non-violence and ethnic diversity. She has three children: Will, who is married and is a chef in Los Angeles; Kathryn, the Senior Development Director for United Way; and Bryan, the Executive Director for Partners in Health in Liberia. She looks forward to getting to know Faith parishioners.
The Rev. Valarie Hart
Born in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio and raised in the Episcopal Church, Rev. Valerie Hart received her B.S. in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She and her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1984 where she taught psychology part-time at several graduate schools and had a private clinical practice. In response to a call to the priesthood, she enrolled in the Church Divinity of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, and received her M.Div. in 1991. She was ordained to the priesthood in 1992. For twelve years she served as the vicar of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Brentwood followed by seven years as rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Arroyo Grande. Since her retirement in March 2014, she has traveled extensively in her RV and been working on several writing projects, including a play about the women around Jesus during the weekend of his crucifixion, and a book on how church can better welcome people home to a relationship with God. She has three grown children and five grandchildren and lives in Laguna Niguel.
The Rev. Brad Karelius
Father Brad Karelius has been an Episcopal priest in Diocese of Los Angeles since 1970. From 1970 to 81 he was associate rector at St. Mary’s Laguna Beach; 1981-2011 Rector at Messiah Parish, Santa Ana; 2013 Interim Pastor at Blessed Sacrament Placentia CA. He has also been Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saddleback College since 1973. His wife, Janice, retired from Mission Hospital Laguna Beach ER as Family Nurse Practitioner for past 45 years. They have two adult children and live in Laguna.
The Rev. Dawn Vukich
Let me begin by saying how wonderful it is to be with you all again and how encouraged I am for your future. I’d say that to know me is to know my love of God, studying Scripture, and how God relates to each of us. I can also tell you something about myself by saying that after Easter and Christmas my favorite day in the church year is the Blessing of the Animals! I’ve been ordained for 10 years and in active ministry for almost 25 years and I’m looking forward to serving with you and getting to know you better.
The Rev. Karen Wojahn
Pastor Karen is a retired priest who has lived in Orange County almost all of her life. A “late vocation priest,” graduated from Claremont School of Theology in 2000 and was ordained in 2001. She has served at St. Wilfrid’s of York and St. John Chrysostom, and as a supply priest since taking early retirement. Prior to that she was a professional writer, speaker, and editorial consultant, and a teaching assistant for the Christian Writers’ Guild correspondence course. She was on the staff of the Episcopal News from 1989 to 1994. She spent many years as a volunteer working with persons with developmental disabilities, which is one of her passions. Among her hobbies, Karen is an amateur genealogy buff, and part of her spiritual practice includes makes Anglican rosaries, coloring mandalas, and exploring the spirituality of film. She has been married to her husband, Roy, for 49 years. They have three adult children: Trudy is a Lutheran pastor in Sacramento, Bethany teaches violin and viola and plays in the Black Hills Symphony in South Dakota, and Nathan is a Mathematics Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Karen and Roy also have 5 adult grandchildren, and one granddaughter in high school.
Faith, the experiment of our Lord.