Meet Our Clergy

The relationship between priests and those whom they serve is essentially a personal one. It consists of knowing people as people; caring for them as persons. Then in the course of time, the priest comes into clearer focus for the congregation, just as they come into clearer focus for him or for her. No longer a dynamic collection of scattered individuals, but a pattern emerges – the pattern of people growing in experience of God's grace; increasing in faith and hope and love. That is the crown of every ministry – priest and people growing together into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

The Rt. Reverend Susan Brown Snook

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The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook was ordained and consecrated as the fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego on June 15 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego. Bishop Susan is the first woman to serve as bishop in the 45- year history of the Diocese of San Diego, and replaces the Assisting Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori.

Bishop Susan was elected on the first ballot at a special convention of the diocese on Feb. 2. She has served as the canon for congregational growth in the Diocese of Oklahoma since 2017. From 2006 to 2017, she served in the Diocese of Arizona as the church planter, vicar and then rector of a new Episcopal Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Episcopal Church of the Nativity.  Bishop Susan attended college at Rice University in Austin, Texas, where she earned her bachelor’s in English and managerial studies, and her master’s in business administration, and accountancy. She and her husband, Thomas Snook, have two adult daughters, one of whom lives in San Diego.

The Reverend Roger Haenke

The Reverend Roger Haenke is serving as the Interim Vicar.  Reverend Roger was born in Hastings, Minnesota and was raised in Rugby, North Dakota.  Following his completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care, Roger attended St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Roger was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 1, 1991.  He served as associate pastor at the Basilica of St. James in Jamestown, ND and Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo, ND.  He was the interim pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Grand Forks, ND and pastor of St. John’s in New Rockford, ND.

After much discernment, Roger decided to leave active ministry as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. He attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing.  He worked as a pediatric nurse at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.  Roger soon went into administration, directing the operations of the Pediatric Specialty Clinics at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and then similarly at Seattle Children’s in Bellevue, WA.  While in Seattle, Roger was an active member at St. Mark’s Cathedral, where he was received into the Episcopal Church.

Roger moved to San Diego in July of 2008, where he has held nursing director positions for Sharp Healthcare and St. Paul’s Senior Services as well as clinic director for Family Health Centers of San Diego.  Roger currently teaches nursing at San Diego State University.

In San Diego, Roger’s transition to the Episcopal Church was strengthened by his active ministry in St. Paul’s Cathedral.  After many years of discernment and preparation, Roger was received as an Episcopal priest in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego by Bishop James Mathes on May 26, 2017.  He served a summer internship with St. Andrew’s, Encinitas, and then began a curacy with Holy Cross in September, 2017.  He was named the Interim Vicar at Holy Cross on February 1, 2019.

As a priest, Roger has a passion for walking with others on their journey of faith.  It is an honor and a privilege to celebrate intimate moments in people’s faith journeys; new birth through water and the Spirit, being fed and nourished at the table with the Body of Christ, healing through anointing and reconciliation and the journey to new life through death.  Roger is moved by the celebration of the sacramental life of the church.  As Interim Vicar, The Rev. Roger will have opportunities to exercise his many gifts of priestly leadership as he experiences the breadth of parish ministry.

The Reverend Walter Edelman

The Reverend Walter Edelman was reared in Dobbs Ferry, New York. He earned a BA in History from Kenyon College, where he graduated with High Honors before being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in France. In addition to studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Paris Conservatory and privately with Marcel Dupre’ (organ), Fr. Edelman also studied at the L’Universite’ de Strasbourg and received a Certificate equivalent to a U.S. Masters in History. After earning his M.Div. from General Theological Union in New York City, he was ordained priest December 22, 1962 at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City by The Rt. Rev. Horace W. B. Donegan, the same bishop who had confirmed him years before. Over a long and rewarding priesthood, Fr. Edelman has served churches in Tarrytown, New York; Greenwich Village and the Bronx in New York City; and Coronado and Carlsbad, California. He has also served Episcopal Dayschools in Greenwich Village, New York City, and La Jolla and Coronado, California. Fr. Edelman’s sermons, like works of art, combine deep Biblical knowledge with solid Anglican theology, offering both comfort and challenge to his hearers. Fr. Edelman will celebrate 55 years of priesthood in December 2017.

The Reverend Theodore Atwood

The Reverend Theodore Atwood, a native of Augusta, Georgia, enlisted as a Seaman Recruit in the Naval Reserve when a Senior in High School. He was an enlisted member while earning his B.A. from the University of Georgia (1960). He served two years of active duty, discharged as a Third Class Machinist Mate, and was commissioned as an Ensign (Probationary) while a Theological student in Berkeley, California. He earned his M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California in 1963. Following ordination to priesthood in The Episcopal Church, Fr. Atwood served as Curate, Vicar and Rector of Episcopal Churches in Georgia for five and one-half years. He returned to active duty in January 1969 with the objective of serving with the Marine Corps in Vietnam. After an initial assignment to the Fifth Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, he served in the Republic of Vietnam with the First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. Captain Atwood retired in 1989 with 35 years total Naval Service. He resides in San Diego, California. Fr. Atwood recently celebrated 53 years of priesthood, and was the immediate predecessor of our current Vicar. His dual vocations in the U.S. Military and The Episcopal Church have given him unique experiences of service to God and country that are relevant to challenges of our time. His resounding voice brings strength and hope to his hearers.