Come And Meet Us!
Pastor Fr. Michael Carr
I would like to welcome you to Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Pauma Valley.
I have been with the faithful folks in Pauma Valley since July and I can witness to the wonderful feeling of acceptance and openness that is readily apparent. People come from Valley Center and Pauma Valley to join our Sunday worship. Our ranks are also swelled in the winter from several regular members who come to California for the winter months.
I studied theology in Wisconsin and that is where I met Kelly, my wife. We have three adult children who now live all over the country and we are hoping that a grandchild might come soon. I was ordained priest in this diocese in 1982 at
St. John’s in Chula Vista. We have served in several churches in Los Angeles, and we were in Washington State for over 12 years. I came back to California in 2007 to serve at All Saint’s Vista, the church where Kelly and I were married in 1980. I retired from full time ministry 2013, and have served as supply for churches in Hemet, San Marcos, and Fallbrook. I even served for summer supply at St. Francis for the past two summers.
Kelly and I enjoy the community of St. Francis and love to worship in a sanctuary surrounded by nature. I enjoy preaching from the center aisle, without a written text, while looking directly at those who I am trying to communicate with.
St. Francis is a small church where it is really impossible to go unnoticed. We are rooted firmly in the Anglican tradition and Holy Communion is shared at each service. Although not what I would call a “high church,” we do well in adjusting our Eucharist to the liturgical seasons throughout the year. We have a proportionally large number of worship helpers and are blessed with an excellent choir led by a Organist/ Choirmaster who is top notch. Sunday school teachers are always ready to work with children who bless our worship.
Our congregation has always been a good neighbor to the needs of our community, and each Sunday bags of groceries are gathered to help with the town food bank. We are always looking at ways to help others.
Come and join us! I am sure that you will be made to feel welcomed and that you will not be board.
Blessings and may God’s peace be with you.
The Rev. Michael Carr
St. Francis Vestry & Staff
Larry Luther, Jr. Warden
Steven A. Much, Senior Warden
Eva Rosa, Assistant Treasurer
Treasurer: Charles Mathews
Organist and Choirmaster:
Brett Michael Hauser
One of our most important ministries is helping provide for those suffering from food insecurity.
Christmas time truly is magical and our parishioners help make it a special time for less privileged children in our community
Our dedicated Sunday School volunteers help our young parishioners learn about their faith in fun and engaging ways.