The Rev. Dr. Scott Pedersen, Rector
Fr. Scott Pedersen was born and raised in Stuart, FL and received a call to full-time vocational ministry at age 16. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion at Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1989, West Palm Beach, FL. While working on a Master of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, he served as youth pastor at Knightdale Baptist Church, near Raleigh, North Carolina. Upon graduating in 1992, he served as Senior Pastor at Temple Baptist Church, near Statesville, North Carolina.
He later moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1997 where he met and married Dawn in 1999. He worked as a Teaching Pastor and missionary, working with inner city homeless and poor, at the Downtown Atlanta Vineyard. During their time as missionaries, they felt a strong call to plant a Vineyard Church in Greenwich, London, England and moved there in 2000. Their daughter, Kara, was born in 2002. While in England, he finished his Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA in 2003. Fr. Scott sensed God’s call to raise up a pastorally gifted British couple within the church to take over leadership and move with his family back to the United States. He was the Lead Pastor at a non-denominational church, in Visalia, California from 2005-2010. He has also worked as Adjunct Professor at South London Christian College, London, England; Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA; and at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.
Fr. Scott’s first liturgical experience was at a Via de Cristo weekend, the Lutheran version of Cursillo, while in University in 1988. In seminary in 1993, Fr. Scott further explored liturgical worship while studying Dr. Robert Webber. However, it was his positive influence by the Church of England, while living in the UK, which led Fr. Scott to further study, explore, and develop a deep appreciation and love for Anglicanism. After sensing God’s call to the priesthood in the Anglican Communion, Fr. Scott began his journey into Holy Orders in 2010 and was ordained a Deacon in May 2011. He and his family moved to Tustin, CA in July 2011, for a transitional period, where Fr. Scott worked with Todd Hunter, Pastor of Holy Trinity Church and Bishop of Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO). Fr. Scott served as Assistant Pastor at Holy Trinity, Clergy Formation Advisor for C4SO and Executive Director for Telos. He was ordained a Priest in November 2011.
God called Fr. Scott in October 2012 to be the next Rector of All Saints Anglican Church, Long Beach. His family moved to Long Beach and he started on November 26, 2012.
John Calley, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries
John Calley was born in Odessa Texas and moved to La Mirada California when he was 9 years old. John began working with youth in his church at age 18 and continued to serve as a Jr. High youth leader until he was 23. John received his B.S. in Visual Art from Biola University in 2003. That same year John married his wife Dorothy with whom he has two beautiful daughters. In 2006 John received his MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College.
John began working as an adjunct art professor at Biola in 2008, teaching Sculpture and other 3D art courses. John loves to teach young artists and to help them integrate their relationship with God into their lives as artists. John is also a practicing artist who seeks to glorify God by engaging with important cultural issues, examining how they play out in his personal experience.
In 2013 John was called to return to paid ministry within the Church and currently serves as the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at All Saints Church. John is actively holding his calling as an artist and as a minister in tension and is seeking ways to be authentically both.
Within his role at All Saints Church, John’s heart is to work with the leadership of the church to develop, implement, and lead “programs” for youth and children that build community and love for one another, make disciples who desire to know and follow Jesus, and to be on mission with God. John desires to build a coalition of leaders to work alongside him in this ministry. He has a hunger for authentic relationship and enjoys creatively meeting and fostering new relationships with young people in Long Beach and the surrounding area.
Arend Jessurun, Musical Worship Director
Arend Jessurun was raised in Clovis, California. He started studying music at age 11. Throughout high school, he played on and led youth worship teams. In 2011, he moved on to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at California State University, Long Beach. He will complete his degree in May 2015. While in college, he has continued to lead musical worship as a volunteer and paid minister for various congregations, including InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Arend has a love for scripture and prayer, and a heart for social justice and urban ministry. He is also passionate and eager to learn about what it means to partner in God’s mission through music. His other interests include writing, learning new languages, tea, and coffee.
Ruth Norman, Parish Administrator
Ruth Norman received her undergraduate degree at Westmont College, completed an M.A. in Intercultural Communications with an emphasis in ethnomusicology at Wheaton College Graduate School, and studied linguistics with SIL International. She served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for a number of years, both in their home office and overseas. Ruth married her wonderful husband Wayne in 1995. A lover of cats, she has worked at All Saints’ for 14 years with priests who suffer from cat allergies. She and Wayne enjoy the symphony and opera, traveling, and hiking and backpacking in God’s beautiful creation.
Dawn Pedersen, Office Assistant
Dawn was born in Aurora, Illinois and raised in Florida and Georgia. Her parents divorced when she was 3 years old. Dawn grew up in church and was baptized at the age of eight. Regardless of her involvement in church, her relationship with God was not strong enough to withstand the challenges of a broken home and a broken heart. Dawn looked for Daddy’s love in the world and drifted away from God for many years. At the age of 28, heavily in debt, at the end of herself, and in need of a Savior, Dawn cried out to God and made a decision to stop living for herself and start living for Him. She got back in church and found greater appreciation for the body of Christ, God’s church, than she had ever understood or experienced before. While attending the Atlanta Vineyard Church, she there met and married Scott in 1999.
She and Scott moved to London, England and planted a Vineyard Church in 2000. Their daughter was born in England. After 5 years, they sensed God calling them back to the States. Their journey has brought them into the Anglican tradition and eventually to All Saints Church in Long Beach, CA. There’s so much more to the story but you’ll have to hear more about it over a cup of coffee or a meal. Dawn loves the opportunity to share with others what God has done in her life.
“I enjoy good music, good food, and good conversation. “When I’m in nature, God’s beautiful creation, all is peaceful inside. I love going to movies, taking long walks, finding a good bargain, and spending quality time with my family and friends.”
Dawn has extensive experience in administrative support and loves putting her gifts and talents to use serving her Parish as the Office Assistant, supporting the Parish Administrator.