Our Church Leadership

Our Church thrives because of the energy and style of the people who are a part of our leadership. Here are a few of the people that make our church community special:




The Rev. Ian Delinger - Priest

Our Rector, Rev. Ian Delinger began his ministry with us on May 1, 2016.  Prior to coming here, Rev. Ian served as the University of Chester’s Chaplain to the Warrington Campus and to the Faculty of Health & Social Care.  He was born in California, and was raised in both rural western Nebraska and on the central coast of California. Fr. Ian is very interested in showing the Church and active faith in a positive light in the public arena, including in the media. 






The Rev. Karen Faye Siegfriedt  - Associate Priest

Pastor Karen comes to St. Stephen’s with 25 years of ordained ministry experience.  Born in Boston MA, she made her way out to California in 1981 as a research assistant and later worked as a hazardous waste manager.  Feeling called to the priesthood, she attended the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and graduated in 1992.  She has served as an assistant at Holy Innocents in SF and St. Luke’s, Los Gatos.  She was rector of St. Jude’s in Cupertino for 12 years and rector of Trinity Church in Sutter Creek for 7.  She has an educational background in nursing, chemistry, environmental management, and theology.  The three great loves in her life are Medicine, the Church, and Steph (her partner).  She and Steph moved to Morro Bay at the end of 2017 and are delighted to be part of the St. Stephen’s family.  .




Stephanie Olsen - Office Manager

Stephanie Olsen, a California native, is married to Mark Olsen and is the proud fur mom of two cats named Strider and Eowyn. 






Jen Crompton - SLO Campus Ministry Chaplain

The Canterbury Board is pleased to announce a new chaplain, Jen Crompton. Jen has been appointed by the Bishop as the first Community Trailblazer. The Community Trailblazer role is designed for a recent seminary graduate to work with the churches to connect with their communities in new and vital ways. Unlike historical curacies, the Trailblazer is not being “trained” to be a traditional parish priest—although there will be many of those skills learned along the way.  The Trailblazer is an explorer, who guides the parish outside its walls and its comfort zone to find ways to be New Church. Jen (they/them) just finished their studies at Church Divinity School of the Pacific as a Candidate for Holy Orders Sponsored by The ECR. In their role as the Community Trailblazer, Jen will be working with Saint Benedict's Church in Los Osos and as chaplain with SLO Canterbury on Cal Poly Campus.



2022 Vestry


Senior Warden:Bill Crewe

Junior Warden:

Lee Hollister


Kathyrn Bumpass

Jim Gates

Shannon Larrabee

Kay Lewis

Craig McCollum

Kathryn Marshall

Dennis "Skip" Parks

Elizabeth Potter

Clerk of the Vestry:

Alison Preston


Bill Crewe

Delegates to Convention:

Sophia Agbo

Liz Frost
Bruno Giberti

Dennis "Skip" ParksGail Taylor

The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. Vestry members are elected at the annual parish meeting, usually held in January. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.


The Clerk of the Vestry records minutes of the Vestry meetings.

The Treasurer administers the financial assets and liabilities of the parish.

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