Staff and Vestry
- The Rev. Alex Leach
- Priest In Charge
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Woodland is pleased to announce the appointment of The Rev. Alex Leach as Priest in Charge. The discernment of the Priest in Charge position has been a mutual process of the Vestry, our Bishop Megan and Rev. Leach and his family. All three groups came to an unanimous decision.
Rev. Leach has been appointed to an initial term of two years as Priest in Charge. There will be a mutual ministry review with the Bishop’s office after the first and second years. If all three entities agree to move forward after two years, then Alex is eligible to be called as our rector.
Many may recall Alex’s previous service with St. Luke’s as deacon.
Our beloved Interim Rector, The Rev. Carren Sheldon, will be departing for her new Call in Astoria, Oregon after Sunday, May 9. Watch for announcements regarding our good bye celebration for Rev. Carren. Join us to wish her well in her new adventure!
Alex’s first Sunday Celebration with St. Luke’s will be Sunday, June 6. We will be arranging for supply priests for the services in between Rev. Carren’s departure and Rev. Alex’s first Sunday, June 6.
Dean Mora has been playing organ and piano for various denominations since 1989, including services for Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic, and Episcopal churches. Dean is a recent transplant to the Sacramento area, having moved here from Los Angeles in 2014. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Northridge. In addition to his duties here at St. Luke’s, Dean is also the choral accompanist for the River City Chorale and the Yuba-Sutter Master Chorale, and has also worked with the Opera Department at CSU Sacramento. In addition to church organ, Dean also plays theatre organ, most notably in accompanying silent movies since 1991, and as a staff organist at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
Laurie Moore has been involved in the early childhood field for the last 40 years. She has a BA in early childhood education from Sacramento State University, attended the early childhood education and leader ship program at Pacific Oaks College, and recently graduated from UC Davis’s extension studying professional work/life coaching. Laurie‘s background includes working as a lead teacher with infants through pre-K children. She has been an associate, co-director, and director at various private nonprofit, church based center, and state funded programs. Laurie worked five years as a program director overseeing eight centers in Northern California. Laurie enjoys mentoring early childhood students, teachers, directors, and has led a number of Center’s through the NAEYC accreditation process.She has spoken at a variety of teacher and parent education conferences and workshops. Laurie‘s experience include’s serving young children and families from diverse social economical, cultural and ethnic backgrounds at several different early childhood learning centers. She has a number of years experience creating and maintaining effective programs that serve the practical needs of staff, children, and families. She believes in the importance’s of providing a high-quality learning environment for young children, teachers, and families.