Clergy, Staff and Lay Leadership

The Rev. Canon John H. Taylor, Vicar
949.888.4568 (St. John’s); 714.970.7206 (home); 714.319.4421 (cell);

Dr. Michael Pratt, Head of School
949.858.5144, x222

Patti Peebles, Youth Pastor and School Chaplain
949.888.4536 or 949.290.0833

Bob Miller, Organist and Choirmaster

Cynthia A. Drennan, Administrator

Sheryll Grogan, Sunday School Director
949.858.5144 x344 or 949.858.0773

Lorraine Kamholz, Assistant Sunday School Director

Sandy Flick, Administrative Assistant
949.888.4595 x206

The Rev. Canon John H. Taylor, Vicar

Father John

Fr. John has been vicar of St. John Chrysostom Episcopal Church and School since October 2004. St. John’s Church has about 640 members and St. John’s School about 450 students from infancy through eighth grade. He is shown here with the bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, Jon Bruno. The bishop is the one in the purple shirt!

Born in Detroit, and into The Episcopal Church, Fr. John, the son of journalists, seemed destined for a career in journalism until former President Richard Nixon hired him in 1979. He became Mr. Nixon’s chief of staff in 1984, traveling with him to the Soviet Union, China, and many other countries, helping with six of his books, and overseeing plans for the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California. Nixon biographer Jonathan Aitken said his relationship with Fr. John was the best he had enjoyed with an aide since his White House days with Henry Kissinger.

Named Nixon Library director in 1990, he oversaw President and Mrs. Nixon’s funerals in 1994 and 1993. Chosen by Mr. Nixon as coexecutor of his estate, Fr. John helped pave the way for the opening of the Nixon White House tapes and other historical materials. In 2007, he coordinated the Nixon Library’s entry into the federal government’s system of Presidential libraries.

Fr. John began discerning a call to ordained ministry in 1997 and was ordained a priest in January 2004 by the Rt. Rev. Chester Talton, bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Bishop Bruno sent him to St. John’s later that year.

Fr. John is a member of the governing board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. For the Diocese of Los Angeles, he serves on the board of the Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union, Commission on Ministry, Commission on Emergent Ministries, and Committee on Constitution and Canons. He is chair of the Committee on Resolutions.

John has published two novels, “Patterns Of Abuse” and “Jackson Place”, as well as articles for many newspapers and magazines and writes for his blog. He is married to Kathy O’Connor (an active minister at St. John’s in her own right) and is the father of Valerie and Lindsay and the stepfather of Daniel and Meaghan, all grown and launched. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover (1973), the University of California, San Diego (1980), and the Claremont School of Theology (2003).

Twitter: @revjht