The New Testament teaches us that every member of the Body of Christ has been given gifts to use in service to Christ. We encourage all members of our church to discover their gifts and use them to help build up the Body of Christ. Our staff consists of both ordained clergy and gifted lay people who have been called to serve Christ at St. Matthew’s Church.
The Rt. Rev’d Stephen Scarlett, Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Holy Trinity & Rector of St. Matthew’s Church
Bp. Stephen Scarlett was born in Walnut Creek, California and was raised in the East Bay area of northern California. He attended the University of Oregon, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate. He pursued theological studies at St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College in Berkeley and Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, where he received an M.A. in theology.
Bp. Scarlett began his ministry as a lay reader by founding St. Mark’s Church in Kentfield, CA. in 1983. He was ordained as a Deacon in February of 1986 and moved to Birmingham, Alabama. He spent his brief time there traveling around the south, visiting and serving Anglican churches in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Florida. He was called to St. Matthew’s in October of 1986. He was ordained as a priest at St. Matthew’s in December of 1986 and has served as rector of St. Matthew’s since that time.
Bp. Scarlett and his wife Nancy have three teenage sons, Alexander, Eric and Michael. They are residents of Irvine, having lived in Woodbridge since 1987.
The Rev’d Blake E. Schwendimann, Associate Rector
From 2007-2009 he studied in residence St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College in Berkeley, CA. While in the Bay area he served pastoral internships at St. Thomas Church in San Francisco and St. Ann Chapel in Palo Alto. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Mast3er of Theological Studies from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA. He is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist through the Grief Recovery Institute.
He is married to Chau and has three small children. Aside from his work at the church, Fr. Blake enjoys reading, cooking, baseball and jazz music.
The Rev’d Hayden Butler, Assistant Priest
Fr. Hayden was born in Amarillo, Texas, and grew up in Orange County. He was baptized a Methodist as a child, and was then formed by various Evangelical churches throughout adolescence. In early adulthood, he attended a very good Bible college, and began attending an Anglican church. He was confirmed in St. Matthew’s Church, where he has since received formation for Holy Orders and served as an acolyte and teacher. Dcn. Hayden was ordained by Bishop Stephen Scarlett in April of 2014, and presently serves as an instructor for the Inquirer’s Classes.
Fr. Hayden was educated at Biola University, the Torrey Honors Institute, and the University of California at Irvine. He is a teacher of Biblical Studies and English Literature at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools in San Juan Capistrano. In the off-time, he is an experienced martial artist and enjoys reading, running, and cooking. He and his wife Christy live in South Orange County.
The Rev’d Dr. Ted Leenerts, Assistant Priest
Father Ted was born in San Francisco and raised in a military family primarily in Nebraska and Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Aeronautical Technology. As a Navy pilot and then as an airline Captain, his call into ministry occurred later in life. Returning to school, he earned a Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology at Pepperdine University; a Master of Divinity (MDiv) and a Master of Theology (Th.M.) at Fuller Theological Seminary; A Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; and a Certificate of Anglican Studies from the Nashotah House Seminary.
His ministry career began in the Presbyterian Church as a Pastor and as a Police Chaplain for the Newport Beach Police Department. Later, returning to active duty as a Navy Chaplain, Fr. Ted served with the Marines at Camp Pendleton. He is also a Board-Certified Hospital Chaplain and the founder of a missionary aviation organization serving the Native Americans on reservations throughout the Southwest.
Father Ted was ordained in the Anglican Catholic Church by Bishop Scarlett in October 2018, and resides with his wife, Carol, and their yellow lab, Gracie, in South Orange County. He is an avid motorcycle and car enthusiast, missionary pilot, and enjoys traveling and RVing.
Lisa Marion, O/OSB, Pastoral Associate & Spiritual Director
Lisa has been a member of St. Matthew’s Church since 1986. Her parents, still in attendance at St. Matthew’s Church, were part of the original members. During the last twenty-five years she has served the Parish in many capacities. Currently she oversees ministries to young adults and women. She is also available for spiritual direction, having journeyed herself through many crises. In 2004 Lisa, along with three other women at St. Matthew’s Church began a small chapter of the Order of St. Benedict. They meet monthly to discuss current readings and together share in their spiritual Journey. The chapter is in a continuous study of the Rule of St. Benedict. After raising a family with her husband of thirty years, Lisa returned to finish her college education. In 2008 she received her BA in Religion with an emphasis in Ministry Development and Leadership from Vanguard University, in Costa Mesa. Lisa is a native Californian and has lived in many different cities within Orange County. She currently makes her home in Westminster and, with two of their five children out of the nest, she is looking forward to her years as a grandmother. Visit Lisa’s Blog: www.dailypax.com.
Browse through the sections below to meet the various other members of our church staff.