Leadership & Clergy



Our Rector is head priest and pastor at Church of Our Saviour. He oversees the ongoing spiritual life and pastoral care of the congregation and church staff, coordinates our lay leadership, presides and preaches at many of our worship services, and works with the Vestry in overseeing the institutional life of the parish.


Gerry Caprio



Our Ecumenical Associate assists the Rector in overseeing pastoral care in the parish and works with our Family Ministries Coordinator and volunteer leaders in providing programs and education for our youth and children. Gerry brings a passion for the intersection of religion and science and interfaith relationships with his many years of youth ministry and pastoral experience around the Bay Area into this position.




Akosua Ombanga

Our Family Ministries Coordinator leads the parish’s vibrant programs for our youngest members -- Godly Play and Faith Quest -- and works with our families and staff to provide youth, intergenerational, and a family education, programs, and activites throughout the year.

Akosua Ombonga is a communications and program management specialist with a Master’s in Politics and International Relations and a background in Family and Child Studies. She loves inspiring change in the communities she finds herself in, and for five years, that passion inspired her work with the United Nations in Ghana. Through Family Ministries at Church of Our Saviour, she enjoys helping children, youth, and families find and understand their faith.


Muneera Mansuri

Our Communications & Office Administrator attends to the day-to-day business of the community, assisting the clergy and staff in their work, and coordinating the office, parish calendar, communications and social media for the congregation.

Muneera Mansuri is an experienced administrative support professional. She is also a passionate artist and a single mother to a spirited five-year-old girl, embodying resilience and compassion in balancing career and motherhood. Beyond her professional and parental roles, she thrives on forging new communities, actively bridging diverse backgrounds, and broadening horizons with learning about various cultures, religions, and lifestyles. With a heart full of curiosity, she embraces each day as an opportunity for growth and connection.

As an entrepreneur, Muneera has contributed to the vibrant culture of San Francisco through various artistic endeavors, including a mural on Haight Street dedicated to the enduring pursuit of equality. Through her floral designs and a passion for mixed media art, she created photographs to promote a vision of a safer America, capturing the beauty of nature to inspire unity and resilience, which was showcased at Fort Mason Gallery. She also has had the opportunity to create beautiful memories for many Bay Area families with floral and event designs through Raspberry Studio.


Michael Gilbertson

Award-winning composer, church choral director, and keyboardist Michael Gilbertson directs the Choir of Our Saviour and leads music in our Sunday liturgies.

He has previously served as organist and music director in congregations in the Northeast and Midwest. In 2018, his chamber work Quartet was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in composition. He cultivates a vibrant composing career while teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. During the pandemic, he has also been serving as interim organist and choir director at Christ Church, Sausalito, which has joined Church of Our Saviour in several combined musical endeavors.


Christine Maxwell
Senior Warden

Our Senior Warden works closely with the Rector and the Vestry, helping oversee the fiduciary matters and mission of Church of Our Saviour. As the appointed “Rector’s warden,” she helps chair Vestry meetings and assists the Rector in leading the parish in its many programs and ministries.


Mike Peters
Junior Warden

Our Junior Warden works the Vestry, Rector, and Sexton in helping oversee the maintenance and improvement to our facility. And as “the people’s warden,” elected by the vestry, he also assists in Vestry leadership in coordination with the Senior Warden and Rector.


Our 2024-2025 Vestry:

The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer (Rector), Christine Maxwell (Senior Warden), Mike Peters (Junior Warden), Jennifer Dodge (Clerk), Gay Johnson (Treasurer), Jennifer MacCready, Molly Markman, Kathryne Monier, Pamela Olivier, Joan Peck, Randy Tarpey-Schwed, and Frances Whitnall

Learn more about the Vestry and its work.


Healing Team

Our Healing Team works with all the members of our staff in ensuring prayers for those who are in need, visits, and that the ancient healing sacraments of the Church are available to all of the parish. Contact Br. Richard Edward at if you have a prayer concern.


Lisa Salkever, Caroline Gibbs
and Amy Paulenich
Pastoral Care Coordinators

Our Pastoral Care Coordinators, with the assistance of the Rector and and other parish leadership are living into a new initiative in 2022, COS Cares, expanding our pastoral outreach in Mill Valley and beyond. Our Coordinators also help lead the care we bring to our members and neighbors in crisis and acute need with food, check-ins, and mobilizing other essential assistance during difficult times.


Ros Patterson
Eucharistic Ministry Coordinator

Our Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors, with the help from our coordinator and staff, bring the sacrament of Holy Communion to those who cannot regularly attend our worship, and also serve in assisting administration of the sacrament during our Holy Eucharists.


Josh Dubin
Sexton

Our Sexton helps maintain the church property and grounds, attending to basic repairs and maintenance.


Koko Peters
Altar Guild Coordinator

Our Altar Guild Coordinator leads the entire Altar Guild in ensuring our liturgies and worship space remain vibrant and beautiful. Often working behind the scenes, they coordinate, with the Rector and Staff, our seasonal worship customs and liturgical traditions.


Gay Johnson
Treasurer & Bookkeeper

Our Treasurer helps maintain the financial records and works with our Stewardship Team in sustaining the finances of the parish.

Calendar


Friday
June 7th

St. Anne's Circle
10:00 am

Sunday
June 9th

All Parish Picnic
11:30 am
Old Mill Park

Sunday
June 16th

Strawberry Tea & Father's Day Celebration
11:00 am

Monday
June 17th

COS Finance Committee Meeting
4:00 pm
By Zoom

Monday
June 17th

Meals with Mark
6:00 pm

Thursday
June 20th

Vestry Meeting
6:30 pm
Fireside Room

Friday
June 21st

St. Anne's Circle
10:00 am

Monday
August 19th

COS Finance Committee Meeting
4:00 pm
By Zoom

Thursday
August 22nd

Vestry Meeting
6:30 pm
Fireside Room

Monday
September 16th

COS Finance Committee Meeting
4:00 pm
By Zoom


Monthly Calendar




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