About Us

St. Stephen’s is an Episcopal Church — a Christian community with a Biblical faith and traditions that draw upon both Roman Catholic and Protestant history. We combine the beauty and mystery of sacramental worship with intellectual rigor and openness to theological inquiry. We draw upon a deep and rich heritage of music and liturgy in our worship and spiritual life.

We welcome individuals of every race, nationality, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, and economic circumstance to participate fully in the life of the church as we seek to respond to God’s call to be a people of compassion and love.


Vestry of the Parish -Marshall Ward (Senior Warden), Bruce Ahlvin (Junior Warden), Kathy Fong, Mark Farmer, Clay Sorrick, Karen Koenig, Lynda Higson, Maureen Matteri, Joseph Eichenseher , Judi Steeves (treasurer), and Karen Sorrick (clerk).

The Rev. Christy Laborda HarrisThe Rev. Christy Laborda Harris - Rector
Christy received her Masters in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2007. She then served as vicar of two Spanish-speaking missions in Durham, NC and Seaside, CA. She began serving with St. Stephen’s in March of 2011. She and her husband Kai are thrilled to be at St. Stephen’s and living in Sebastopol!

Benjamin MertzBenjamin Mertz - Minister of Music
Benjamin is a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter who  has lived in Sonoma County since 2007 and served in church music ministry for nine years.  He founded the Joyful Noise! Gospel Singers, which rehearse in St. Stephen’s and perform benefit concerts in the community.  He is also adjunct music faculty at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa.

Tasha KrongardTasha Krongard - Parish Administrator
Tasha and her family have lived in Sebastopol for 8 years. Tasha is responsible for overseeing the creation of the bulletin and newsletter and scheduling the use of St. Stephen’s facility.