Church Leadership

Resurrection Episcopal Church is a Mission Church of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona. Therefore, the rector (or head pastor) is the Bishop of the Diocese of Arizona, The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Reddall. Bishop Reddall appoints a pastoral leader in her stead called a Vicar. Additionally, there is an elected group of people from the membership of Resurrection who serve the community by conducting the business, administration, and visioning for the church. They are called the Bishop’s Committee and they are led by a Senior and Junior Warden.

Rev. Erika von Haaren
Interim Vicar

The Rev. Erika von Haaren has served in the Diocese of Arizona for nearly 15 years, primarily at Saint Barnabas on the Desert in Scottsdale where she was the Vicar to the Rector for 8 years. Born & raised in southern Minnesota as a cradle Episcopalian, she went to seminary at General Theological in New York City from 2003-2006. She is the wife of Alex and the mother of Christopher (11), and  Max & Ellie (twins age 7). Erika has a passion for wholehearted living as taught by the work of Brené Brown and is a certified facilitator of Brown’s shame resilience curriculums. She serves as the Chair of the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese of Arizona and formerly served on the Standing Committee. Her ministry combines strategic planning/visioning with a pastoral/compassion-based approach, the goal of all of which is to elicit courage enough to bring the Kingdom come in our daily lives.

Doug Haas
Senior Warden

Doug serves as our Senior Warden. He served on the property committee and the Bishop’s Committee prior to becoming Senior Warden. Doug and his wife Susan have been attending Resurrection since its founding and are lifelong Episcopalians. They both enjoy traveling in their leisure time and being an active part of the Resurrection family. They are looking forward to the next chapter in Resurrection’s story.

John Issitt
Junior Warden

John was raised in the Episcopal Church, growing up at several churches in Michigan, and was involved early on as an acolyte for 10 years. He and his wife Karen have been at Resurrection for about 5 years. They have one son, Brian, who’s a police officer in Phoenix and 4 grandkids that they both love very much. He’s an alumni of the University of Michigan and is passionate about Michigan football. In his spare time he likes to golf and volunteer at the USO in Sky Harbor Airport.

Tom Kevern

Tom and his wife, Rebecca, retired as Federal employees from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. in 2016 and relocated to Gilbert. Both are cradle Episcopalians and joined Resurrection within months of their arrival in Gilbert. Tom is a retired nuclear engineer who spends his weekday mornings engaged with the stock market. He enjoys the camaraderie at Resurrection and the opportunity to contribute his financial interests as treasurer.

Anita Joy

Anita has been a member of Resurrection for about 5 years and an Episcopalian since she was eighteen. In addition to being clerk of the Bishop’s Committee, she is a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Chair of the Newcomers Ministry & works with the Outreach Ministry. She enjoys baking (especially cookies), travel, retreats, group study, and is on her H.O.A. Board. (She REALLY likes meetings). She has 2 sons, 2 grandchildren, and 2 great-granddaughters.

Annette Harmon
Member At Large

Annette retired in Arizona from California after a lengthy career as a medical social worker. She joined Resurrection in about 2015. She is a 3rd generation Episcopalian and currently is very active on the Outreach Committee which is one of her primary interests. She is looking forward to the future possibilities for our church.

Joye Reese-Smith
Member At Large

Joye has been a member of Resurrection since October 2014. She is originally from New Jersey and has been a resident of Gilbert since 2002. She lives with her husband, Scott. Her daughter is currently in college in California. She is an usher and has served on the Welcoming Committee as well as the Community Visibility Committee.

Hazel Scott
Member At Large

Hazel retired and moved to Arizona to be close to her son and two grandchildren. She is a recent Episcopalian, joining Resurrection about five years ago. During this time, she served on the Welcoming Committee and is active in the community service activities of the Outreach Committee. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, traveling and sporting events.

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