Clergy and Staff
San Jose Episcopal Church is blessed with the dedicated services of clergy, staff members, and volunteers who help fulfill our mission.
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) who is studying Agronomy in college. You will see Katie around at church and enjoying many of our events both as a parishioner and church staff. Don't hesitate to email email@example.com if you have any communication needs.
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.
William (Bill) D. Peters M.M., Organist/ Director of the Choir
Bill Peters has had a lifelong interest in music and organs
In addition to serving as organist and choir director at San Jose, his music ministry takes him into Community Hospice where he regularly plays to share God's love to those in the Hospice community. He is overheard saying, “This weekly mission is the most rewarding of all.” Bill graduated with Master of Music degree in organ performance from Wilkes University and from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He completed additional study with his mentor and teacher Dr. George Markey, in organ and counterpoint, at the Guilmant Organ School in New York. Bill has celebrated sixty plus years as a church musician. He has presented recitals in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New York City at St. Thomas’ Church, Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Grace Episcopal Church in Lower Manhattan. Bill and his late wife Betsy spent lots of their spare time traveling around the United States. He has enjoyed playing organs in many European churches and cathedrals. As regional representative for the Allen Organ Company, Bill has presented many dedicatory recitals across Florida and Georgia.
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 writing and editing consultant, enjoys yoga, and sings in the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus.
Emily Lewis, Director of Youth Ministry
Emily Lewis grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach. She attended Episcopal High School and was very active in the youth group of Christ Episcopal Church. Emily graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Sport Management, working as a Youth Ministry Assistant throughout her college career. She went on to intern in Community Relations with the Kansas City Chiefs. As her internship drew to a close, she knew it was time to pursue her passion for Youth Ministry again. Emily served as an intern at San Jose until the opportunity of Director presented itself. She is excited to help youth discover their faith and potential in the church!
Melissa Spediacci, Director of Children's Ministry
Melissa oversees and develops programming for children through sixth grade. She has been a member of San Jose Episcopal since 2014. She and husband Scott have two daughters, Brynn and Talya.
Claire Backus, Church Nursery