Clergy

The Rev. Dr. Eric Kimball Hinds, Rector

650-342-1481 x788 | ekhinds@episcopalstmatthew.org

Fr. Eric arrived at St. Matthew’s in August of 2007 after serving as rector at St. Peter’s, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey for nine years. Born in New York City, Eric is a cradle Episcopalian who as a boy attended St. Philip’s Church, Garrison, New York located in the midst of the scenic Hudson River Valley. Fr. Eric earned his Master of Science degree from Syracuse University. He taught Middle and High School science at two different schools and completed a two year stint as a carpenter before attending The General Theological Seminary in New York City, where he was awarded his Master of Divinity degree in 1994.

With a science, history, and theology background; and parents who were artists (ceramics & ballet)—Fr. Eric has an eclectic range of interests which informs his preaching and teaching. Fr. Eric has traveled extensively with his family including a month long clergy exchange program in England. His trips to the Holy Land have enriched his ministry and teaching. Numerous visits to England, Scotland and Ireland have informed Fr. Eric’s interest in Celtic Christianity. Fr. Eric recently completed his Doctor of Ministry Degree in preaching from the University of the South, Sewanee.

The Rev. Jay Sapaen Watan, Associate Rector

415-309-8968 | RevJWatan415@gmail.com

Fr. Jay started as Associate Rector at St. Matthew’s in the fall of 2018. As a priest of the Church, he is passionate about creating communities that honor the soul, connect to truth, and invite the experience of God’s unconditional love. HIs lifelong spiritual themes center on discovering possibilities; living faith in action; cultivating wholeness and joy; and embracing moments with courage and a humble heart.

Previously, he served twelve years as the youth minister and school chaplain at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Foster City, CA. Fr. Jay’s professional experience includes education, law enforcement, and military service. Presently, he serves as the Lower School’s religion teacher at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School, and as a chaplain in the United States Army Reserves.

Fr. Jay was ordained in 2006 in the Diocese of California by the Rt. Rev. William E. Swing. He completed undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University, majoring in Inter-Disciplinary Social Science with a minor in Asian-American Studies, and earned a Masters of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA.

He lives in the Outer Mission District of San Francisco with his family and dog. Some of Fr. Jay’s many interests include: family time, traveling to world heritage sites, service projects, ukulele, Igorot Gangsa, drums, photography, church architecture, and food adventures, making road trips in a good car, San Francisco Giants Baseball and Golden State Warriors Basketball.

The Rev. Lauren P. McCombs, Deacon

650-740-1552 | lmccombs@episcopalstmatthew.org

Deacon Lauren began serving at St. Matthew’s in September of 2019. The ordination of a deacon states, “In the name of Jesus Christ, you are to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick and the lonely.” Deacon Lauren is committed to spreading the love of God through outreach and serving those in need, both locally and throughout the world.

Before Deacon Lauren joined St. Matthew’s, she served for over three years at the Episcopal Church of Epiphany in San Carlos. Previously, she served for four years at Christ Church in Los Altos. Deacon Lauren’s areas of ministry have included leading Healing Services and Outreach committees.  She established monthly outreach drives including 10 Books a Home, Help One Child, First Place for Youth and Second Harvest Food Bank.  

At St. Matthew’s, Deacon Lauren participates in Laundry Love, our local monthly outreach effort, where our church provides the means for families in need to do their laundry. 

Deacon Lauren serves as a board member at Bishop’s Ranch, our Diocesan Retreat Center in Healdsburg, CA. She is also a board member for the local chapter of United Way. Deacon Lauren is a member of the Peninsula Interfaith Cohort, which works to give a voice to the underserved in San Mateo County and beyond.

Deacon Lauren has a B.A. from the University of Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Geology.  She also has a B.A. in Diaconal Studies from the School for Deacons in Berkeley.

Staff

The Rev. Amber Stancliffe Evans, Chaplain – Day School
650-342-5436 x725 | chaplain@stmatthewsday.org

Janine Gerzanics, Christian Formation – Children and Families Ministries
650-342-1481 x789 | children@episcopalstmatthew.org

Philip Keil, Director of Music & Church Organist
650-342-9553

Victoria Wolcott, Parish Administrator
650-342-1481 x795 | office@episcopalstmatthew.org