Clergy & Staff


The Rev. Joseph Hickey-Tiernan, Preacher & Celebrant

On Sunday in May, June, and July 2019, during Katherine’s sabbatical

Joseph grew up in Philadelphia, and attended Roman Catholic seminaries in Baltimore and Washington, DC. After ordination, he taught theology at St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore, WA. He was received into the Episcopal Church, already a priest, and served congregations in Olympia, Edmonds, Portland, and Bainbridge Island. In Portland, he was also dean of the Center for the Diaconate and a founder of the Portland Organizing Project, a grassroots ecumenical alliance for social and economic development. In 2005, he explored the role of theologian-in-residence at Christ Church in Tacoma. He was soon invited to teach full-time at Pacific Lutheran University, in the field of  Scripture and Modern Religious Thought, from 2006 through 2013. Between then and now, he has served in the role of Priest-in-Charge at St. James Parish, Kent, and then at Holy Spirit Parish on Vashon Island, while both congregations were experiencing the transition between rectors.

Deborah, his spouse and a gifted liturgical artist, make their home together in Tacoma. They enjoy their role as grandparents for seven youngsters. They recently served together for six years on the board of the Summer Institute for Liturgy and Worship at Seattle University, and worked with other gifted diocesan leaders, including The Rev. Dr. Ann Lukens and Dr. Jason Anderson, on the Liturgy and Arts Commission.

After discovering that parish transitions are dynamic opportunities for renewing, refocusing, and strengthening parishes for their next stage, a new vision with a new rector, Joseph found he was being called  to fill a new role himself. His very small contribution at St. Michael’s, however, will be very different from his interim positions, because our rector is renewing her gifts during sabbatical, to return refreshed for continuing ministry with us. Nonetheless, he hopes our time together during these three months will be refreshing for us, and give us a thirst for a new and bright season of hope ahead for the ministries and spiritual community at St Michael’s.

To contact Joseph, please email Tina Blondino, Ministry Associate, or Anita Donahou, Interim Parish Administrator.

The Rev. Katherine Sedwick, Rector

On sabbatical from April 29 — August 29, 2019

An important part of a sabbatical is to take a complete break from congregational life. To honor the guidelines of her sabbatical, email sent to Katherine during this time will not be opened or saved, and texts or calls to Katherine’s mobile number cannot be responded to during her sabbatical. In the unlikely event she must be reached, the Wardens will be able to do so. Click here for a list of whom to contact during Katherine’s sabbatical.

The Rev. Katherine Sedwick has been our rector since 2013, and is excited by what a faithful, forward-thinking and energetic church this is. She enjoys encouraging people to listen to where God calls them to explore and grow in their faith, and how we as the Body of Christ work to reveal God’s love and care to those around us.

She is active in local community concerns as well as diocesan ones. She currently works with efforts to prevent teen drug use in the Issaquah-Sammamish area, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Cathedral Foundation of the Diocese of Olympia, and the Disciplinary Board for the Diocese. She is also the Chaplain to the Little Sisters of Saint Clare, a diocesan religious community. In the past she has served on Diocesan Council, as a Disabilities staff person for General Convention, and chaired the Commission on Ministry for six years in the Diocese of Minnesota.

Her educational background includes a bachelors from University of Washington and MDiv from Seattle University, a Jesuit-founded ecumenical school of theology and ministry. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Servant Leadership in North Carolina. She has a special love for the intersection of faith and the arts, the study of icons, and thoroughly enjoys backpacking, hiking, cycling, walking the beach and reading literature and poetry.

Katherine+ and her husband Michael have been married since 1984 and enjoy living in the heart of Issaquah. They have two adult daughters and delighted to welcome their first grandchild in 2018. She is occasionally accompanied during the week by their golden retriever, Sadie.

Dr. Jason Allen Anderson
Associate for Liturgical Arts, Youth Formation, and Communications

A man of diverse musical interests and talents, Dr. Anderson has served as Associate for Liturgical Arts and Youth Formation and Organist/Choirmaster at St. Michael’s since October 2002. He was named Director of the famed Compline Choir in residence at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, Washington in July 2009. He has served on the Liturgy & Arts Commission for the (Episcopal) Diocese of Olympia and currently serves as Vocal Faculty Coordinator for the Midsummer Musical Retreat. Prior to arriving in Seattle, he maintained an active career in Portland as a professional soloist and chorister for the Trinity Consort at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Interim Director of Music Ministries for First Presbyterian Church, and recording artist with Oregon Catholic Press.

Jason is equally at home on the stage and in church as a performer, singer, conductor, organist, liturgist and composer. He hails from Franklin, Indiana, and is a graduate of Butler University, Portland State University, and the University of Washington. Dr. Anderson’s dissertation “The Life and Works of Peter R. Hallock (b. 1924)” was completed in June 2007.

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Teri Quaranta
Youth Coordinator

Teri has been a member of St. Michael’s for 25 years. Her three kids were all baptized in this church and although they are either through college or almost through, kids are still a very important part of my life. She is invested in our kids from St. Michael’s. Having been a teacher here for over 20 years, it’s important for her to share in growing in the spirit together and teaching the sacred stories through Godly Play. Another part of her ministry here has been coordinating and supporting the teens while chaperoning the Mission trips over the years. As she now steps into a new role of Youth Coordinator, she looks forward to working with the youth on a deeper and more consistent level.

Teri began work as Youth Coordinator on April 3, 2019.

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Anita Donahou
Interim Parish Administrator

Anita is a “cradle Episcopalian”, and her family joined St. Michael’s in 2002, when they moved to Sammamish. She has worn many hats over the years, here and at previous parishes: Choir, Vestry, Fellowship, Capital Campaign, Search Committee, work parties, etc. She currently serves as Vestry member and has taken on the role of Interim Parish Administrator.

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Rector Emeritus

  • The Rev. Dr. Ann Lukens

Priest Associates

  • The Rev. Marilynn Brown
  • The Rev. Tom Ortung
  • The Rev. Richard Marchand
  • The Rev. John Allen