Assisting Clergy & Staff

Non-Stipendiary Assisting Clergy

The Rev. Canon Elizabeth R. Geitz

The Rev. Canon Elizabeth R. Geitz

Assisting Priest

Canon Geitz serves as Consultant to our Evangelism Committee, in addition to celebrating, preaching and teaching seasonally. An Honorary Canon, she is the award-winning author of 7 books with Morehouse/Church Publishing and Wipf and Stock. With a focus on spirituality and justice issues, her writings speak to people of passion who want to make a difference in the world. Elizabeth is Founder and Chair of Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation which builds and operates Good Shepherd Academy in Cameroon, West Africa. She is the former Canon for Ministry Development and Deployment in the Diocese of NJ, CREDO Spirituality Faculty, and Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of General Theological Seminary. Canon Geitz holds a BS from Vanderbilt University, an MDiv from General Theological Seminary, and an MAT from the University of South Carolina. Elizabeth is blessed to be the mother of two grown children, Charlotte and Mike; grandmother of Lily and William; and prays she’s a good mother-in-law to Charlotte’s husband, Greg! She enjoys the ocean, biking, traveling, and reading. Elizabeth has served at Bethesda since 2017.

The Rev. Dr. Cecily J. Titcomb

The Rev. Dr. Cecily J. Titcomb

Deacon for Spiritual Direction & Pastoral Care

Phone: (561) 655-4555 x116
Email: titcomb@bbts.org

As a Spiritual Director, Cecie listens with wisdom and grace for the movement of God’s Spirit in those she companions. Her practice is open to all who desire to journey to that deeper place with guidance. In every religious tradition across the ages, people have sought companions for the Spiritual journey. They turn to someone who will journey with them to a deeper place, listening to the movement of God’s Spirit within. In Spiritual Direction, the Director and the Directee seek God who forms their heart and their lives. Meeting monthly helps the directee develop inner peace, grace, a greater understanding of life purpose and discernment in decision-making. Cecie was educated at Cazenovia and Williams Colleges, Oxford University, Luther Seminary and Barry University. She and her husband, Rod, are parents of four and grandparents of nine. She enjoys reading, gardening, hiking in Colorado, and travel in her free time. She brings a variety of Pastoral and Outreach experiences as a Deacon to Bethesda. Contact Deacon Cecie, if you are interested in Spiritual Direction. Cecie has been a member at Bethesda since 1979 and on staff since 2004.

The Rev. Clayton Waddell

The Rev. Clayton Waddell

Deacon for Port Ministry

Phone: (561) 655-4555 x130
Email: waddel@bbts.org

Deacon Clay is a native Floridian, born in Sarasota. Moving to West Palm Beach in high school, he has been a member of Bethesda since 1978. Clay is a graduate of Palm Beach Junior College and majored in History at the University of Florida. He has taught Social Studies in the Palm Beach County School district for 27 years, and is still a full time high school teacher. During the 80’s he was a SCUBA Instructor and USCG Licensed Captain at the Norine Rouse Scuba Club. After returning to teaching, he worked at Abernethy Scuba Adventures running dive boats in the summer. Clay was called to serve in the ordained ministry to serve the commercial seafarers who visit the Port of Palm Beach and Port Everglades. He is a volunteer Chaplain at Seafarers House in Fort Lauderdale and at the port of Palm Beach. Here at Bethesda, Deacon Clay oversees the Eucharistic Visitors Ministry and assists in hospital and home visitation. Clay and his wife, Jackie, have two children in high school, Wade and Savannah. He enjoys travelling with his family and of course boating and diving. Clay has served as Deacon at Bethesda since 2007.

Administrative Staff

Tierra Harper

Tierra Harper

Office Coordinator and Rector’s Assistant

(561) 655-4554
Email: harper@bbts.org

Tierra is normally the first contact church members, visitors, vendors, and the community have with Bethesda-by-the-Sea. She not only answers the phone, but also works with employees, clergy, committee leaders, and outside organizations as a point of connection between needs and resources, and is an information bureau, providing answers to general questions regarding the history of the church, the Episcopal faith, worship service hours, and directing inquirers to resources for more specific answers. She maintains the church calendar and manages requests for scheduling rooms for meetings and events. She also assists Father James with his calendar, correspondence, meetings, and other support. She is the person to contact if you need to speak with or meet with Father James. Tierra has served at Bethesda since 2020.

Coordinators

Douglas Kwoka

Douglas Kwoka

Communications Coordinator

(561) 655-4555 x111
Email: doug@bbts.org

As Communications Coordinator, Doug is responsible for attractively and effectively broadcasting the church’s activities to connect our parishioners and community to Bethesda. He works with employees, clergy, and committee leaders to gather content (both written and visual) to enrich the promotion of various ministries. Doug designs all the publications, and manages all the electronic communications such as our website, email newsletters, online worship videos, and our social media pages. Doug approves all communications about/for Bethesda in advance to maintain consistency with the quality of design and to ensure all our materials properly represent Bethesda. You should contact Doug with anything concerning communications, marketing, or advertising at Bethesda. Doug has served at Bethesda since 2017.

April Lawrence

April Lawrence

Evangelism, Fellowship & Membership Coordinator

(561) 655-4555 x112
Email: april@bbts.org

As Fellowship and Membership Coordinator, April will assist Fred Staley and Hal Pysher while also providing support for our Fellowship and Hospitality Committee and that group’s programs and ministries. April is responsible for maintaining a dynamic membership database. She is also responsible for keeping the Necrology List current. You should contact April if you have any changes to your address, e-mail, or phone numbers; if you are interested in volunteering or connecting with others in any of our Ministry Groups; if you have any questions about vestry meetings; or if you want to learn more about Bethesda, become a member, or transfer to Bethesda. April came to Bethesda in 2014.

Ayana Pineiro

Ayana Pineiro

Worship and Pastoral Care Coordinator

(561) 655-4555 x117
Email: ayana@bbts.org

Ayana coordinates monthly schedules for all our worship ministries, prepares the prayer list and intercessory prayer list, and coordinates hospital lists for pastoral care. She also coordinates funerals and pastoral visits by clergy, Eucharistic Visitors, and others, and assists Father Burl with his calendar. If you would like to have memorial flowers dedicated to someone, or, flowers in honor of someone, contact Ayana. You should contact Ayana for any general questions relating to Worship or Pastoral Care, Bethesda Cares, prayer list requests, weddings, baptisms, and funeral inquiries. Ayana has served at Bethesda since 2015.

Sextons

Jonathan Rivera

Jonathan Rivera

Sexton for Hospitality

(561) 655-4555 x121
Email: rivera@bbts.org

Jonathan is responsible for all the logistics for meetings and events. He takes care of room layout, food and beverage coordination, and audio-visual needs. His regular hours are Tuesday through Friday evenings and Saturday during the day. Jonathan has served at Bethesda since 2018.

Bob Mancuso

Bob Mancuso

Sexton for Liturgical Support

(561) 655-4555 x123
Email: mancuso@bbts.org

Bob is responsible for the church on Sundays. As Sexton for Liturgical support, he handles setting up rooms, clean ups, and transitions. It is Bob’s responsibility to ensure Sunday services have what they need, from Hymnals in the pews to proper sound and light. Bob is also responsible for support for weekday services, for funerals and inurnments, and, providing support for the worship guilds. If you need something for a service, Bob is your man. Bob is also generally responsible for keeping the Bethesda campus in good order. During the week he assists with grounds upkeep and building maintenance. Bob has served at Bethesda since 2013.

Keith Risley

Keith Risley

Sexton for Grounds

(561) 655-4555 x122
Email: risley@bbts.org

As Sexton for Grounds, Keith is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of the Church grounds, the Rectory, Vicarage, and the Church Mouse. Those duties include mowing, trimming, irrigation, planting new shrubs, trees and flowers, pressure washing, as well as maintaining the Koi pond and all of our fountains. He schedules and supervises sub-contractors for trimming as well as fertilization, pest control, and tree work. Keith assists our Flower Guild, especially at Easter and Christmas. Keith has served at Bethesda since 1985.

William (J.R.) Thompson

William (J.R.) Thompson

Sexton for Building Preservation and Lead Sexton

(561) 655-4555 x120
Email: thompson@bbts.org

As the Sexton of Building Preservation and Lead Sexton, it is JR’s job to handle all of the day to day maintenance issues around the Church and church buildings. This can include anything from a leaky faucet to running a new data line for a new computer or phone system. He is also responsible for routine maintenance such as as painting and HVAC maintenance. JR has served at Bethesda since 1999.

The Church Mouse and The Shoppe Staff

Daisy Alvarez

Daisy Alvarez

General Manager for Retail Operations of The Church Mouse and The Shoppe

(561) 659-2154
Email: daisy@bbts.org

Daisy is in charge of the daily office operations and bookkeeping for The Church Mouse. At The Church Mouse, she manages the donations stockroom, pricing, and merchandise flow onto the sales floor. At The Shoppe, she supervises the product selection and buying, working closely with the new and existing wholesalers. In addition, she coordinates the volunteer scheduling for both outlets. Daisy has served at Bethesda since November of 2010.

Evaristo (Coy) Riestra

Evaristo (Coy) Riestra

Manager of The Church Mouse and The Shoppe

(561) 659-2154
Email: riestra@bbts.org

As Manager of the Church Mouse and The Shoppe at Bethesda, Evaristo who is known as Coy, is responsible for the stores’ operations, employees, and volunteers. He coordinates the pickup of donated items, the merchandising of the stores, and the training of the volunteers. Coy has served at Bethesda since March of 2010.

Jonathan Goodine

Jonathan Goodine

Employee of The Church Mouse and The Shoppe

(561) 659-2154
Email: jonathan@bbts.org

As a Church Mouse employee, Jonathan is responsible for processing donations and writing donor receipts. Having excellent customer service skills, he assists donors and customers by carrying large items to and from vehicles and helps wherever he is needed. Jonathan has been with Bethesda since 2007.