The Most Rev. Blair W. Schultz
Archbishop, Anglican Province of Christ the King
On June 14th, 2023, on the Feast of Saint Basil, the Council of Bishops elected the Right Reverend Blair W. Schultz as the fifth Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Christ the King. Archbishop Schultz was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of the Atlantic States in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 21, 2017, by The Most Reverend Frederick G. Morrison, The Right Reverend Donald M. Ashman, The (then) Right Reverend Doctor John E. Upham, and The Right Reverend Frank W. Brulc, to serve in the Diocese of the Atlantic States (DAS), Anglican Province of Christ the King (APCK). Bishop Schultz was elected Bishop Coadjutor in 2021 and became Bishop Ordinary upon the passing of Archbishop John Exley Upham.
Archbishop Schultz was granted a Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry from Monmouth College, Illinois, in 1972 and a Masters of Science in Forensic Science in 1974. He became a a Physical Science Technician, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, in Washington, D.C. and then worked for the Illinois State Police for thirty years.
Called to the priesthood, he attended St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College in Berkeley and received a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 2007. Ordained Deacon in 1998, he was ordained Priest in 2006, to become Rector of All Saints Anglican Church in Bolingbrook in Illinois in 2008. He was appointed Canon to the Archbishop of the APCK in 2012 and Canon to the Bishop of the DAS in 2015.
Archbishop Schultz was also given a plaque to honor his work as a Forensic Scientist and an exemplary service medal from All Saints Anglican Church. He was recognized with the Hall of Achievement Award from Willitts School, Monmouth, Illinois.
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.
The Rt. Rev. Peter F. Hansen
Bishop Coadjutor; Rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Chico
The Right Reverend Peter Falconer Hansen was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of the Western States in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 21, 2017. In spring of 2021, the Synod of the Diocese of the Western States elected him as coadjutor.
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. He began 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, Jamal, and four grandchildren who live in Texas.
Nancy J. Silvera has been with us since 2008. She originally hales from Gilroy, California, and now lives in Chico. She is the proud mother of her son, Justin, who has served with Cal-Fire for many 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.
Deacon Brian Faith
Deacon to the Parish
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.
Giti Z. Hansen
Church School Director
Giti has been happily married to Bishop Peter Hansen since 1973. Her conversion from Islam (Giti was born in Tehran, Iran) came joyfully in 1979, and since that year she has been an inspired teacher of the faith, the Bible, spiritual warfare, and lay ministry to many. Her focus at St. Augustine's is older children. Her classes are given 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sundays.
Educated with two master's degrees from Grand Canyon University, in marriage and family therapy and in Christian studies with an accent on leadership, she has two professional counseling licenses, multiple certifications and her own counseling office.
She and Bishop Hansen have one son, Jamal, his bride Robyn, and grandchildren: Alexis, Mark, Chander and Zephyr. They explain the Hansen's frequent visits to San Antonio, Texas.