The Reverend Jeri Gray-Reneberg




Pastor Jeri Gray-Reneberg has been Priest-in-Charge at St. Francis' for over six years. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. Her undergraduate degrees are in English and History, from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California. She was ordained in 1987 in an Episcopal and Lutheran congregation in the Denver area, and has served Lutheran and other mainline Christian congregations as pastor and clergy supply, in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and California. She has several years' experience working in the domestic violence field and in journalism; sings and plays the piano, organ and guitar; has written domestic violence resources for the general population and religious communities, and youth curricula for Group Publishing; and has participated in chancel drama and community theater. Pastor Jeri is active in both the Episcopal diocese and the Lutheran synod. She is a part of the planning committee for Camp Living Waters, a local Episcopal summer camp of the Diocese of Northern California. She also serves on the Convocation of California Lutheran University, representing the Sierra Pacific Synod. She has been a board member of Six Rivers Planned Parenthood (now Planned Parenthood of Northern California), and is a member of the local group, Clergy for Choice.


Her husband Perry volunteers at both the diocesan and synod levels, serving on the diocesan Communications Committee and the Friends of the Sierra Pacific Synod Resource Center. Their adult daughters, Wren and Linden, are also graduates of California Lutheran University (Linden: May 2017), often sing when they visit St. Francis', and have both volunteered for several years as summer staff of Camp Living Waters. Pastor Jeri is happy to be serving St. Francis' under the terms of "Called to Common Mission," a historic agreement regarding pulpit and altar fellowship, and the exchange of clergy, between The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Note: During the summer of 2017, she will take a three-month sabbatical and will travel to Scotland and England, as well as pursue other rest and renewal time.  She looks forward to sharing mutual experiences of growth with the congregation when she returns.

The Reverend Mara Arack




photo by Anna T. Mulvihill

The Rev. Mara Arack, ordained August, 2016, serves in two deaneries, Semper Virens and Russian River, and is assigned to two parishes:  St. Francis, Fortuna, and St. John’s, Petaluma. Coming from a Jewish Socialist background, she was baptized at Grace Cathedral in 1969.  In addition to her professions –she was a courtroom clerk in Los Angeles Superior Court and a community college professor of English – she has worked in social ministry since she was a teenager. Most recently, she was a volunteer ombudsman for residents in skilled nursing and residential care facilities for the elderly for Area 1 Agency on Aging in Humboldt county, and a volunteer chaplain for St. Joseph’s Health Systems at Redwood Hospital in Fortuna. Rev. Arack is engaged in community organizing in Humboldt county, particularly around issues of housing for the unhoused and looks forward to learning about her Sonoma county community where she will be living half of each year.  She serves as the Secretary of the Board of Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of Northern California.  She sees her ministry at St. Francis as furthering connections between the parish congregation and the needs of the wider community.   


She is married to George Arack, a member of St. Francis.  Between them, they have six children and five grandchildren.



Mission Committee

In the Episcopal Church in the United States of America the Mission Committee is a body of lay members, elected by the congregation, which elects the vicar of the church and conducts its secular and financial business. The vicar is an ex officio member of the Mission Committee, usually chairs its meetings, and only votes in order to break a tie. The leading lay members of the Mission Committee are the wardens. Each Mission Committee member serves a 3-year term.

Mission Committee Members and Support Staff

  Diana L---Senior Warden

Fannette D---Junior Warden

  Sandy H
  Anne W
  Mj G
  Cori B---Treasurer
  Perry G-R---Clerk


St. Francis Episcopal Church 568 16th Street Fortuna, CA 95540 • (707) 725-4686 • email: St.FrancisFortuna@gmail.com


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