Clergy & Staff
The Rev. Canon James M. Thomas, Jr., PhD, Priest-in-Charge
The Reverend Jim has been Trinity’s Priest-in-Charge since 2011. A native of Missouri, Jim earned his B.S. (Biology/Chemistry)from Drury College, Springfield, MO, in 1963, afterward serving in the U.S. Air Force, where he achieved the rank of Captain. After his honorable discharge, Jim returned to school, receiving a M.S. (Psychology) from Eastern Washington State University, and his Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) from Oklahoma State University.
He was in private practice in Oklahoma for 31 years as a clinical psychologist working in the educational and criminal justice fields, later enrolling in the Virginia Theological Seminary, followed by his ordination as a priest into The Episcopal Church in 2001.
The Reverend Canon Stephen Brannon, Rector Emeritus
Sheila Whitney, Music Director
Sheila performs jazz, pop, Broadway tunes and classical repertoire, including Opera, Art Songs and Sacred music. She graduated from Dominican University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, where she was trained in the classical style. Voted most popular performer in Sonoma Valley two years in a row, she is currently the soloist and Music Director at Trinity Episcopal Church and the soloist at the Sonoma Valley Chorale. She has produced many shows in various venues throughout the North Bay.
Steve Rubardt, Organist & Pianist
Steve is a freelance musician based in Petaluma CA (San Francisco Bay Area). Primarily known as a band-leader, jazz pianist and keyboardist, Steve also works in recording and music production, as well as keeping an active teaching schedule.
Wendy Mustain, Parish Administrator
Wendy is a native of Massachusetts but feels as though California is really home to her. Growing up in the Bay Area was a wonderful experience, full of good schools, sunshine and endless adventures for a kid with a bicycle. Gone were the days of runny noses and wet winter clothes! But Wendy would not stay in California forever, and she would travel to Virginia and Washington state for graduate school and jobs before returning to her beloved Bay Area. While most of Wendy’s career was spent in education – she has taught students from kindergarten through university levels – she decided to leave education and seek out opportunities elsewhere. She worked as the Communications Coordinator at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento, and then had the fortunate opportunity to find herself an affordable living space in Sonoma, where, after a short (but interesting!) stint as a Friedman’s cashier, was recruited by Father Jim Thomas to work at Trinity Church in Sonoma. In all, Wendy has most enjoyed the work environments of the churches she has served, where she has met, and worked with, extraordinarily wonderful people.