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(Eventually to become Faith Episcopal Church)
(Source: 1989 photo directory)

St Pauls Port GambleSt. Charles Episcopal Parish, Diocese of Olympia, is in the unique position of having two churches under its jurisdiction - St. Charles, Poulsbo, and St. Paul’s, Port Gamble. Originally a mission, parish status was reached on November 8, 1980. In numbers, the parish has grown from about twenty original members in 1932 to around three hundred members in 1986, with the majority attending St. Charles Church, Poulsbo.

The churches are nine miles apart and are over one hundred years apart in age and appearance. However, they may be used interchangeably by church members who also share the services of the parish rector, have the same lay governing body - the vestry - and the same budget.

Although St. Paul's was built in 1870, it was not originally used by an Episcopal congregation. It became a full mission of the Diocese of Olympia on February 2, 1932.

In the early days much of the responsibility for carrying on the work of the church was shouldered by many lay persons who gave generously of their time and talent. Priests from near-by congregations served on a part-time basis. Then on July 1, 1956, St. Paul's received its first fulltime resident priest and Sunday morning services were held regularly.

St Charles Poulsbo 1989About this time, a study of projected growth in Kitsap County was made and the Diocese of Olympia decided to develop a new congregation in the area of Poulsbo Junction which seemed to be the center for an increasing population in the northern part of the county. The new church, St. Charles, was an outreach ministry of the congregation at St. Paul's in Port Gamble.

For two years services were held in Poulsbo at the Stone Chapel of the Lewis Funeral Home. Then, in 1965, a gift of land in Poulsbo was received from a long-time parishioner which became the present site for St. Charles.

The first service here was held in portables on October 9, 1966. The present church building was begun in 1977 and dedicated June 18, 1978. The parish hall was built in 1982.

St Charles Poulsbo Sign 1989Many members of St. Paul's congregation left to attend St. Charles because of the new church's proximity to their homes. The earlier predictions regarding changes in population development in the area came true so that we now find in the 1980's the "parent" church has reversed roles with its mission church and St. Paul's is now know at St. Paul's Chapel. However, the members of St. Paul's congregation are still an integral part of St. Charles Episcopal Parish giving continued financial support and participating in parish activities.

In October of 2004 St. Charles in Poulsbo announce they were breaking off from the Episcopal Church to align with a conservative Anglican bishop in Brazil. December 2006 The Olympia Diocese announces agreement with St. Charles Anglican Church’s congregation to allow them to continue in its Poulsbo facility. St. Charles aligned with the same Brazilian bishop as other Episcopal churches in the area. They affiliated with the Rt. Rev. Robinson Cavalcanti, who, unlike some other conservative bishops, was willing to take on those parishes headed by a woman or by a divorced and remarried man. (Source: Seattle Times, February 19, 2007 article)

Prior to St. Charles’ breaking off from the Episcopal Church, in the mid 1980's, a group of St. Charles’ members began meeting separately in area homes and community facilities. In 1990 this small group became a Mission Church of the The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia (The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia) as Faith Episcopal Church. After St. Charles vacated the church facilities on Little Valley Road in Poulsbo in 2015 the same small group who re-organized as Faith Episcopal Church began to occupy the church facilities in March of 2016 and continues to the present time.

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Bishop Rickel’s 10 Rules for Respect

10 rules for respect featuredI every Letter of Agreement Bishop Rickel has with congregations, and now with the Diocese of Olympia he has asked that the “10 Rules for Respect” spelled out below be made part of the agreement. He first saw these in an article by Church of the Nazarene pastor Charles Christian. He believes that they are quite helpful in framing our communication and life together.

He vows to do his best to follow them and invites you to do the same. We will all fail, but through gentle challenge and loving encouragement these can become a foundation for healthy communication for us all.

Faith’s Bishop’s Committee also uses this model as a rule for how we conduct our business and are in relationship with one another.

Read more: 10 Rules for Respect

Meet the Bishop's Committee

The Bishop's Committee members are listed below: 
Kay Rawlings Senior Warden (2020-2022)
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Bob Kernaghan Junior Warden (2021-2023)

Dave Edwards (2021-2023)
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Laurie James (2022-2024)
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Bob Kernaghan (2021-2023)
Ada Kornmeyer (2022-24)
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Ronnie Sue Leith (2022-2024)
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Steven Randolph (2020-22)
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Paul Steinke (2022-2024)

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Dorothy Timma (2022-2024)

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Deb Hurd (Committee Clerk 2021-23)
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Here are the biographies of those running for the 2022 Bishop’s Committee (in alphabetical order): 

Laurie James

James Laurie 03As the youngest of nine children, in a combination “his, hers, and theirs” family, I grew up as a third generation Free Methodist with strong involvement in the Seattle First Free Methodist Church.

Having moved to Poulsbo from Seattle in 1980, I spent my entire teaching career with the North Kitsap School District Special Education Program. My first twenty- five years were at North Kitsap High School and the remaining years at Kingston High School until my retirement in 2019. My husband, Gary, and I married in 1983 while he was involved in a “sister” Free Methodist Church in Ballard. We raised our three children in Poulsbo while primarily having NK Baptist as our church home.

Gary and I began attending Faith Episcopal when we first became “empty nesters” about five years ago. We deeply appreciated the people at Faith, enjoyed the worship, as well as the opportunities for serving our community. Gary served most recently on the Bishop’s Committee, until his death in October of this year (2021). I am honored for the opportunity fulfill the remaining few months of Gary’s term. I am equally honored to be considered for a new term, as I am eager to follow the Lord’s leading in using my gifts to serve our community for Him.

Ada Kornmeyer

Kornmeyer AdaI’m Ada Kornmeyer; I was baptized at St. Paul’s episcopal church in Visalia, California as a very young child with my three older siblings. In 1956 the family moved to Placerville, California where we attended the Church of Our Savior, there I was active in the EYC. After Roy and I were married we attended various Episcopal churches through the years. Our last church where I was active was at Saint Michael & All Angels in Fort Bragg, California. My professional life was as a Building Designer and working for a Structural Engineer since completing College at 53 in Engineering. I retired last January and have been working on becoming a professional genealogist. I have been an active member of Soroptimist an international organization that works within our community to help empower women to live their dreams. Wherever we have lived I have enjoyed being part of the local community and enjoy giving back to the place that we call home. Since moving to Washington 8 years ago I have continued my membership in Soroptimist and have held various leadership roles, and I have sought out other ways to be part of the local community, volunteering at the Jefferson County Genealogical Society and working on the Port Ludlow Dog Park Committee. I would be happy to work on the Bishop’s Committee to help in preserving the mission of Faith Episcopal.

Ronnie Sue Leith

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I grew up in Whittier, California, and began my religious education in Sunday School in a Presbyterian church. After my freshman year in high school my family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, and I finished high school there. I attended college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a degree in Medical Microbiology. While in college I was a member of Pres House, a Presbyterian church run entirely by students. After graduation I returned to California to attend graduate school at Stanford University and earned a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology. I then made the switch to clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. My original plan was to specialize in Infectious Disease; but along the way I discovered that I would rather talk to people than do medical procedures, and I began to lean toward psychiatry. To be sure that I wasn’t making a mistake, I followed medical school with a one-year rotating internship at San Francisco General Hospital. At the end of that year I was sure that I wanted to be a psychiatrist. I did a three-year residency at UCSF and then went into private practice in San Mateo, California.

I maintained my private practice for 38 years specializing in individual psychotherapy with adults. As a sideline, I also did some work in forensic psychiatry, evaluating plaintiffs in lawsuits involving workplace problems. I loved interacting with people and could have continued that life indefinitely; but eventually I decided that I wanted to retire while I was still young enough to pursue other interests. In the spring of 2018 I closed my practice and moved to Port Ludlow, where I now live with my two dogs. I couldn’t quite give up my professional identity, however, and for the past two years I have been working two days a week at the North Olympic Healthcare Network in Port Angeles.

I have had a strong interest in training and showing dogs in competitive Obedience for most of my adult life, and I am currently an Obedience and Rally judge with the American Kennel Club. My other avocation has been music. I belonged to Saint Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, California, and sang in the choir there for over 30 years, as well as serving one term on the vestry. I also sang in a semi-professional community group, Masterworks Chorale.

I believe that God has been actively leading me through all the circuitous pathways of my life, and has now brought me to a new home at Faith Episcopal Church. I look forward to serving on the Bishop’s committee there.

Paul Steinke

Steinke PaulI had been a follower of Jesus Christ for many years the first time I opened the Book of Common Prayer. Discovering its celebration of the seasons and its rhythms of daily and weekly prayer seemed to me a treasure for which, up to that point, I had not known I was looking. Its integration of daily life with the life of Christ and the community of saints - past, present and future, provided me with a situatedness within the history of the Church and contemporary culture that pointed me toward a way of life journeying toward Jesus Christ for my life and for the life of the world

I'm from Nebraska, I live in Bremerton, and I've worked at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology for 20 years. But what I most want you to know is I long to know Life with my family. As Sarah, Pierce, Selah, Elle, and I have participated in the Episcopal way of life for over 10 years now, I have experienced something of a material world made transparent to the reality of a God who is seeking to draw all creation - including my family and my friends - to God's self. This is a dance is one in which I long to participate. I long to practice such a way of life, I long to know abundant life, I long to know Jesus Christ for my life, the life of my family, and the life of the world.

Dorothy Timma

Timma DorothyI am married and we have a son who lives near Albuquerque, NM with his wife and dogs, cats, chicken’s goats and more.

I work for a transportation company that has an office in Seattle, but our staff has been able to work remotely from home since the beginning of pandemic. (:

I started attending Faith because my sister Ellen was involved with the choir and invited me to attend with her. The first time that I attended Faith, we were in Kingston. That was quite a few years ago but I saw many of the same kind and familiar faces when we came back to visit in Poulsbo.

I would like to serve on the Bishop’s Committee because I Love the community of Faith Episcopal Church and I would like to experience the administrative process that has been a part of Faith’s continued success.

The community at Faith fills a void in my life that I don’t think anything else could right now and I want to help bring in new people so that they can hopefully experience that too.

Here are the biographies of 2020-22 Bishop’s Committee: 

Kay Rawlings:

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Dave Edwards

Hurd DebNo biography was submitted

Here are the biographies of 2019-21 Bishop’s Committee: 

George Daniels:
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I was raised in an American Baptist home in Southern California. At age 11 I accepted Jesus as my Savior and was baptized. My wife and I settled in Sacramento, CA where we were active members of a small Baptist church. I began attending an Episcopal church in 2006 where I found the services worshipful and focused on putting God at the center of each worship service. Faith Episcopal Church is my church home because of the worshipful experience I have here.

Diane Foster:
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For those of you who are new to our church, I would like to assure you that I have the best interests of the church at heart. Over the years I have served many times on the Bishop’s Committee and am honored to represent our congregation at these meetings.
Plus, I'm really nosy and I want to know what’s going on.
Diane Foster

Jean Hart:
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Gary James:
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Our family has lived in North Kitsap for 30+ years attending several different churches and not finding a home. After doing a bit of theological and historical reading, we decided that the Anglican/Episcopal church best fit our background and how we perceive God's interaction with man. We like Faith because of the location and size, it’s close enough to attend when able we’re and it’s a place where we can interact and serve with like-minded folks. It is a home church.

Here are the Canidates for the 2018-20 Bishop’s Committee: 
Deb Hurd Brenda Toth


Here are the Candidates for the 2017-19 Bishop’s Committee: 
Louise Kernaghan Annamarie Lavieri
Kevin Mace Fred Pomeranz

Faith Tax Exempt Status

Faith is a tax excempt non profit organization as described in section 501 c 3 of the IRS code. Our tax code number is 91-0200430.

Faith Episcopal Church is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax exempt organization [section 501(c)(3)] as listed in the Diocese of Olympia, Inc.'s "Cumulative List of Tax Exempt Organizations".

Accordingly, the IRS has issued the following in regards to this:

"Based on the information supplied, we recognized the subordinates named on the list you submitted as exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Code.

Donors may deduct contributions to you as provided in section 170 of the Code. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts to you or for your use are deductible for Federal estate and gift tax purposes if they meet the applicable provisions of sections 2055, 2106 and 2522 of the Code."

The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, also known as the Episcopal Church, whose federal tax identiication number is 31-1629166, is an unincorporated association that has since the 1940s continuously enjoyed an explicit federal "group" tax-exemption under the Internal Revenue Code. The Church's status is currently relected in its listing in the IRS Cumulative List of Tax Exempt Organizations, p. 2538 (2003 ed.) (note the Code "1" in the listing denoting group exemption).

Therefore, Faith Episcopal Church (as a Cumulative List of Tax Exempt Organizations) is covered by this exemption:

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
1551 10,h Avenue E (Box 12126),
Seatle, WA 98102
EIN 91-0200430.

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