St. Pauls' Clergy and Staff
Reverend Thomas Skillings
Thomas first served St. Paul’s as a youth minister in 1981. After his ordination, Rev. Skillings served three parishes in the East Bay before returning to St. Paul’s as Rector in 2002.
A native of Walnut Creek and Concord, Rev. Thomas Skillings was raised a Roman Catholic, but became an Episcopalian at age 13.
B.A. Human Development Cal State Hayward
M.Div. Yale Divinity School
Reverend Julie Graham
A lifelong Episcopalian from Lubbock, Texas, Rev. Graham attended college in New Mexico, before moving to California, where she received her Master's of Divinity at Church School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA . She was called by St. Paul’s to be Associate Rector for Youth and Families in 2007. She was later elevated to Associate Rector in August 2019.
Rev. Graham has previously served parishes in locations as diverse as Haight-Asbury, Oahu, San Ramon and Walnut Creek. She has also served as a Youth and Young Adult Coordinator for the Diocese of California. When she isn’t working, Julie enjoys reading and hiking, especially in our national parks. If she were not a priest, she might have been a history professor.
Pastoral Associate, Jocelyn Sideco
Jocelyn most recently served as the director of community service and social justice at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, where she oversaw the community service graduation requirement and developed opportunities for students to deepen their practice of justice and advocacy. Prior to that, she had been a teacher in the East Bay and served as the executive director of Contemplatives in Action, an educational and spiritual retreat center in post Katrina, New Orleans.
Jocelyn has a master’s degree in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology and completed a year of clinical pastoral education at UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics with a focus on mental health.
As Pastoral Associate, Jocelyn will take the lead in deepening and expanding our connections with teens and young adults. She will bring her experience to support and enrich our ministries of outreach and justice.
Email Jocelyn or call her at 650-348-4811 x2.
Director of Music, Dr. Susan Jane Matthews
Dr. Matthews has been Director of Music at St. Paul’s since 2005 where she serves as organist and director of the choirs, including founding director of the Choir School and the Evensong series (2007).
Susan grew up in Pennsylvania, graduated from Haverford College as a chemistry major, and attended two years of medical school during which time she found a home in the Episcopal church while searching for a place to practice organ. This began a journey to a completely different doctorate, to concertizing in amazing sacred places around the world, and to her vocation as a church musician in the Episcopal Church where music is an integral part of the liturgy.
Email Dr. Matthews or reach her by phone at 650.348.4811