The Right Reverend John E Upham grew up in Raleigh and was confirmed by the late Bishop James Pollard Clark of the Diocese of the Southern States. Bishop Upham holds a Bachelor degree in Music Education and Performance (Voice and Organ) and a Master of Education (Counseling) from Campbell University, an M.Div. and a Master of Theology from Duke University Divinity School, a Doctor of Theology from St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary and a Doctor of Canon Law degree from St. Andrew’s. Archbishop Upham was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Clark on August 21 st , 1999 and in December 2001, he was called to be Rector at St. George’s Anglican Church in Raleigh. Father Upham retired from teaching in 2004 and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of the Atlantic States on August 15 th , 2012 and installed as Bishop Ordinary in 2016 by Archbishop Morrison. He has served as Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Christ the King since January 1, 2020.
The Rt. Rev. Donald Ashman
Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of the Western States
The Diocesan Bishop is The Right Reverend Donald M. Ashman. Bishop Ashman was elected Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of the Western States on April 22, 2016 and enthroned by the Most Reverend Frederick G. Morrison the following day at Saint Peter’s Pro-Cathedral in Oakland, California. Bishop Ashman was previously consecrated Suffragan Bishop on August 15, 2012 at Saint Peter’s Pro-Cathedral by the Most Reverend James E. Provence, the Most Reverend Robert S. Morse, the [then] Right Reverend Frederick G. Morrison, and the Right Reverend Dr. William C. Wiygul.
Read more about Bishop Ashman here.
The Rt. Rev. Peter F. Hansen
Bishop Suffragan; Rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Chico
The Reverend Canon Peter Falconer Hansen was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of the Western States in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 21, 2017.
In 1967, Peter Hansen thought he would train to be an architect, so he obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from U.C. Berkeley in 1972.
God had other ideas. Called to be an Anglican priest, Peter Hansen received a seminary degree from St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College in Berkeley and was ordained in 1985, serving churches in Sacramento and Chico, California. He has served as Rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, Chico since 1991.
Father Hansen was called to be priest to his congregation and to his city as well. In the last 27 years, he created and directed a pro-life ministry, ChicoLife; trained for and served the Chico Police Department as President of the Chico Police Chaplains Association (1999 to 2016 and three-time Chaplain of the Year); led his congregation to purchase and renovate a historic church building at 3rd & Salem Streets in downtown Chico and numerous other ministries.
Bishop Hansen lives in Chico with his wife, Giti Zarnegar Hansen, married since 1973. They have one son and four grandchildren who live in Texas.
The Rev. Mr. Brian Faith
Deacon, St. Augustine's
Deacon Faith hails from Ridgecrest, California in the heart of the Mojave Desert. He moved to Chico in the fall of 1991 to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in History at CSU, Chico. Cassie, his soon to be wife, joined him there in January of 1992 and they were married in the summer of 1993.
Deacon Faith earned a B.A. in History in December 1994 and a Teaching Credential in January 1995, and an M.A. in History in the spring of 2014, all from CSU, Chico. He has taught History at Paradise Charter Middle School in Paradise, Ca. since 1996.
Deacon Faith was ordained to the Diaconate in the summer of 2004 and serves the congregation of St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church in Chico. He is a member of the Sunday school staff teaching students aged 9 – 12. He and Cassie conduct various Bible studies and prayer groups for college students drawn from the campuses of CSU, Chico and Butte Community College. Before his ordination, Deacon Faith served on the vestry at St. Augustine of Canterbury. He has also served for the past ten years as teaching leader at St. David’s Youth Retreat, the diocesan summer youth program.
Cassie and Deacon Faith have three sons; Spencer, Erik and Owen, all of whom serve as acolytes at St. Augustine. Spencer also volunteers his time in the nursery during the mass on Sunday mornings.
In his spare time Deacon Faith enjoys travelling across the country with his family in their tent trailer. He also enjoys music, cycling, and restoring his 1969 VW Beetle.
The Rev. Mr. David Jackson
Deacon, St. Augustine's
Deacon Jackson was a cradle Episcopalian, born in New York City in 1942. He was baptized at St. Bartholomew’s and later confirmed at Christ Church, Toms River, N.J. in 1956. He succeeded in school, graduating Pomfret School, an Episcopal prep school, and Haverford College (1967) with a National Science Traineeship and had plans to pursue an academic career in political science.
The late 60s happened instead. Enough said. He was away from church and launched businesses and a short career in teaching. In 1991 he again tried the Episcopal church of his youth, but found it didn’t exist anymore. He was un-churched until finding St. Augustine’s in November of 2002.
David was made deacon in St. Thomas’ Day, December 21, 2015 and continues in that role. He assists Bishop Hansen as needed, weekly serving at the altar.
He is married to Bette Jackson, a medical professional who “does her best to keep me healthy and in line.”
Deacon Jackson reaches out to the elderly with Evening Prayer and Communion at local assisted living facilities and visits parishioners who are sick and shut in. He finds that a continual study of theology, ecclesiology, liturgy and the Word of God, both at Church at independently, are among his chiefest delights. The love of God and St. Augustine of Canterbury Church and Bette are the most important things in his life.
Director of the Church School
Giti Hansen has taught the Christian faith and led Bible studies since 1980, making disciples of Christ and spiritually forming many.
Giti is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Studies.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Giti came to America with her family when she was an infant. Although Giti grew up in America in a bi-cultural home, she traveled back and forth between Iran and America five times before graduation from high school. The switching of cultures, worldviews, and languages had a profound effect on Giti’s personality development and perception of reality. Giti believes that God used these cultural circumstances to develop her skills as an empathetic and sensitive counselor who is able to understand and appreciate the world view of her clients.
In 1978, Giti graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern Studies. After graduation from Berkeley, Giti had an unexpected and life-saving conversion to Christianity that involved no human agency. For over thirty-eight years, Giti has been serving the Lord in lay ministry as a teacher, mentor, advisor, intercessor, trainer, retreat leader, and Biblical counselor.
She and her husband, Bishop Peter Hansen, have been married for over forty-five years. Since 1991, Giti and Bishop Hansen have served at St. Augustine’s Church in Chico.
Nancy J. Silvera has been with us since 2008. She originally hales from Gilroy, California, and now lives in Paradise. She is the proud mother of her son, Justin, who has served with Cal-Fire for 23 years.
Nancy joined the St. Augustine's staff in 2008 as Office Manager. She has also served the parish in many ways, notably with our Altar Guild. She loves the outdoors, photography, and serving God. Nancy has a deep love for interacting with people. You may come in the office, Tuesday - Thursday, and talk with her.