Leadership


Rachel Ambasing - Pastoral Director

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Rachel Ambasing

Rachel Ambasing is a second-generation Igorot-Filipina and Chinese American, born and formed in South Bay San Diego. Much of her spiritual life has been shaped by both clergy and lay leaders from St. Matthew's, where she grew up attending with her grandmother, parents, and brother. In her late 20s, Rachel attended Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she studied writing and design for multi-media, developed a love for art history, gained experience in event coordination and photo shoot production, and interned as a Fashion Marketing assistant. 

Rachel believes deeply in the power of the Holy Spirit working through lay leaders. She dreams of co-creating brave spaces for folks to explore, develop, and share their unique and God-given voices, creativity and talents. Rachel also sings, plays the piano, and, on occasion, struggles to play the organ at St. Matthew's. She enjoys writing, star gazing, yoga, and meeting new people.

 

Elizabeth Jimenez - Children, Youth & Family Minister

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Elizabeth was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She graduated from Coronado High School, then attended SDSU and acquired a sociology degree with a minor in Counseling and Social Change. She completed her graduate program at Azusa Pacific University, where she earned a Masters in Education and Technology. Elizabeth currently works as a teacher to English Language Learners, a position she's held for the past seven years and counting. She has previously worked as a tutor and education specialist.

At a young age, Elizabeth learned how to be an educator through Mother Patricia Andrews-Callori's teachings at St. Matthews. The great leaders and experiences at St. Matthews helped Elizabeth strengthen her faith and love for God. Elizabeth was married to Clinton McVay by The Rev. Juan Acosta in 2011. She loves animals and is a pescatarian. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and anything related to art.

Julian Sanchez - Bishop's Warden

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Julian Sanchez, St. Matthew's National City

 

Julian was born and raised in National City. He graduated from Sweetwater Union High School, then served in the Air Force Reserve before joining the U.S. Coast Guard. He currently works at General Dynamics NASSCO.

Julian's spiritual growth is deeply rooted at St. Matthew's, where he was baptized by The Rev. Juan Acosta and grew up serving as an acolyte and musician. Julian and his wife Judith, are high school sweethearts and were married in 2003 at St. Matthew's by The Rev. Patricia Andrews-Callori. They have 3 beautiful children; Isaac, Mia and Ezekiel. 

 

 

Edward Saidro - Treasurer & Bookkeeper

Edward Saidro was born in the Philippines to an Episcopal family, where he was raised in the Episcopal tradition. He joined the US Navy in 1984 and served honorably for over twenty years. After relocating multiple times, Edward's family permanently settled back in San Diego in 2010. Edward and his family first attended St. Matthew's in 1990, and even through all their traveling, St. Matthew's community has remained close to their hearts. Since retiring, Edward has volunteered his services and talents in many roles over the years, including as a Vestry member, choir member, acolyte, Secretary, and Treasurer. Edward also enjoys traveling, hiking, and photography.