Clergy and Staff

San Jose Episcopal Church is blessed with the dedicated services of clergy, staff members, and volunteers who help fulfill our mission. To contact members of our staff, email



Father Steph Britt, Rector

Father Britt graduated with a Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at Sewanee in 1996. He also has a Masters in British Literature earned at the University of South Carolina. Steph grew up in Naples, Florida. He is married to Carol Jarvis Britt, and they have one daughter, Katherine. Steph has previously served Episcopal churches in Tampa, Florida, and Augusta, Georgia.  


Susan Beaudin, Parish Administrator

Susan has been at San Jose, both church and school, for over 20 years. For the past seven years she has been our Parish Administrator. She is married to Matt and has a son, two daughters, three grandchildren, and two dogs. Susan is a gifted artist and likes to quilt and applique.    

Katie Bennett, Communications

Katie teaches our very own 'Kingdom Theatre" program for the Day School, which combines Religious Education through Drama. As communications coordinator for SJEC, Katie handles our weekly Wednesday email update, our Facebook page, and our church website. Katie is married to Scott, and they have a son Ben (SJEDS '05) and beautiful daughter in-law Caroline. You will see Katie around at church and enjoying many of our events both as a parishioner and church staff.  

Sue Dirghalli, Office Assistant & Publications

Sue came to San Jose in 2004. Sue puts together all of our bulletins and printed materials, and everything that isn't someone else's job is hers, too. Sue is married to Michael. They have three boys and a Golden Retriever. Two of Sue's sons are already Eagle Scouts, and the third is nearly finished with that supreme accomplishment, as well.   


Laura Jane Pittman, Newcomers Ministry

Laura Jane Pittman has been a member at San Jose since 1997, and she has served in a number of roles, including children's choir director, Parish Choir member, Stephen Leader, and vestry member. Laura Jane and husband Buck have three children, Heather, Lily, and Will. Laura Jane is also a communication strategist/consultant, enjoys yoga, and sings in the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus. 


Emily Waters, Director of Youth Ministry

Emily Waters has been involved in children's and youth ministries since she was in high school, when she taught children's church to elementary age kids. She has a degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Florida State University. In addition to serving as Director of Youth Ministry, Emily also teaches PreK-4 at San Jose Episcopal Day School.

Melissa Spediacci, Director of Children's Ministry

Melissa oversees and develops programming for children through sixth grade. She is a San Francisco/Bay Area native, and she and her family moved to Jacksonville in early 2015. Melissa has a Master's degree and teaching certification in Early Childhood Special Education from Santa Clara University. She has spent more than 14 years teaching, supporting, and encouraging children of different abilities and learning styles. Melissa, her husband Chris, and daughters Brynn and Talya enjoy going to the beach, swimming, and learning about places to explore on the First Coast. 

Stephen Fennell, Interim Musician

Stephen Fennell joined us in January of 2018 as our Interim Musician. Stephen was born in Lakeland, Florida. He is the son of an Assemblies of God Pastor and moved around a good bit, including a stint in Naples, where he attended the same elementary school as Father Britt. He started playing piano at the age of five. He attended FSCJ, JU, and UNF, and is currently the accompanist for the JU Vocal Department. He also plays for the Alhambra Theater, the Orange Park Chorale, and both Fleming Island and Mandarin high schools. Stephen also writes music, and he has played at San Jose Day School since 2007.

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