Pastor Liz Armstrong, Interim Rector
Once again, the Spirit has surprised me. At the St. Augustine Vestry retreat in early March, 2019 I officially announced to the Vestry that I would retire in the summer of 2020. With Canon Andrea facilitating we, as a leadership group, began our planning for the work we would need to do as a community as we moved toward that time.
When I received Canon Andrea’s phone call weeks later, asking if I would consider an appointment by the Bishop to be the Interim Rector for Faith Church, I was shocked. This idea didn’t fit into my plan for the next year or so, but I was immediately intrigued and said I would open my heart and mind to the idea and see where prayer took me. The feeling of being intrigued began to be coupled with a sense that the Holy Spirit might just be up to something.
I left Faith Church in November 2011 where I served as the Assistant Rector for over ten years. I will return to you a different person – shaped by my work at St. Augustine.
As unexpected as this new position is, I am very much looking forward to our time together. It’s hard to know what the Spirit has in mind for us, but let’s plan on keeping our eyes on Jesus and enter into this adventure together!
The Rev. Sonya Reichel, Assistant Rector
Rev. Sonya was called as Assistant Rector to Faith Church in January, 2018. She has served at a number of churches in the Diocese of Northern California, including St. Francis in Fair Oaks, St. Michael’s in Carmichael, and Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento. She has an M.A. in Ministry from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and an M.A. in Mathematics from CSU, Sacramento. Rev. Sonya is a math professor at American River College and has taught in the Los Rios Community College District for over 25 years. She has also worked as a chaplain at a Level 1 trauma center, acute psychiatric hospital, hospice, and medical center in Sacramento, along with interning as a Marriage & Family Therapist at Catholic Social Services in Sacramento. Rev. Sonya lives in Fair Oaks with her wife Katrina and their 5 furry companions (3 dogs, 2 cats). They enjoy hiking, kayaking, and just about any excuse to play in the water.