Clergy & Staff
The Reverend Judy Baldwin
The Reverend Judy Baldwin is a retired priest and psychotherapist who obviously is still working in both fields!
She was active in New Hampshire in parish ministry and chaired the Diocesan Task Force on AIDS in the 1980’s and the Task Force on Domestic Violence in the early 1990’s. After moving to the Diocese of Newark in New Jersey, Rev. Judy was chaplain at an Episcopal clinic for persons with AIDS, which focused on families and children. She had a diverse parish in downtown Newark where immigration and education were special ministries.
Rev. Judy is thrilled to be a part of the dynamic ministry at Holy Nativity, which focuses on community and social justice.She says it is a joy to be in a beautiful place “where all are welcome.”
Margie Wakeman Wells
Margie is a member of the Holy Nativity vestry and is a volunteer in the church office. She assists the interim rector, the Reverend Judy Baldwin, with directing the activities and administration of the church.
Margie holds a BA from the University of California Santa Barbara and is a long-time teacher. Currently she does online consulting work for College of Court Reporting in Indiana and travels giving lectures to court reporting associations on “All Things English.” She has written and published several books through Margie Holds Court Publishing. Check out her website: margieholdscourt.com.
Margie has two grown sons and lives with her husband, Bill, in Culver City, California.
Dr. Brad Elliott Stone
Adult Christian Education Director
Dr. Brad Elliott Stone holds a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis; was a William J. Fulbright scholar, Spain; and speaks five languages. He is a Professor and Graduate Director of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University.
Brad heads the FEAST program (Faith Enrichment and Spiritual Training) at Holy Nativity. As the head of this Christian education program for adults, Brad has instituted the “Six for Supper” program; teaches Bible study, having just completed a survey of the Bible called Bible 101; and heads up the God Talk Book Club, where we have read Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castles among other selections.
Brad has been certified by The Right Reverend J. Jon Bruno to preach and does so several times a year.
Dr. Rose Chen
Accompanist and Choir Leader
Pianist Rose Chen came to the U.S. in 1997 after winning numerous piano awards and making her solo debut at the National Concert Hall in her native Taiwan. In 2010 she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music. Rose’s music journey has also taken her to concert stages in Canada, Austria, Brazil, France, Israel, Hong Kong, and China.
In addition to her lifelong interest in western classical music, Rose shows her eclectic taste in music by partaking in projects including composing/recording music for a short film called Tasting Wednesday, the world premier of Suite Adeline for solo piano by techno pioneer Bruce Haack, and making new choral arrangements of Taiwanese folk and popular songs.
Rose is currently a music faculty at Cypress College and the music director of Los Angeles Taiwan Center Chorus. rosechen.com
Azita joined Holy Nativity as its Garden Manager in March, and has immediately made an impact with her energy and enthusiasm. She is also the Garden Educator at the Community Healing Garden in Watts, and the Nursery Manager at Homegrown Gardens in Venice. She has a B.A. from Humboldt State University. Azita is passionate about seed saving and storage and is Chair of the Seed Library of Los Angeles.
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
Michaela Matsumoto is a professional administrator, admirer of monastic life and a true child at heart. She enjoys finding ways to encourage others to listen for their sacred calling, particularly the children of Holy Nativity. She loves spending her free time reading about local history and drawing trees. Her academic background includes, fine arts, biblical studies and higher education administration. She was also mentored under a Hebrew Bible scholar for three years. She and her husband are currently in the process of becoming Oblates in the Benedictine tradition. Together they are proud to call Holy Nativity their spiritual home.
Barbara is an office manager in the Holy Nativity church office. She enjoys assisting the interim rector, the clergy staff, the parish administrator, and the congregation and community members.</p>
Barbara has a background in the fields of education, finance, and marketing research.She holds an AA degree from Los Angeles Pierce College.In addition, she is a California Notary Public and a licensed California real estate salesperson.Barbara is a Los Angeles, California native.She presently resides in the Park La Brea area of Los Angeles and enjoys attending movies and musical theater, gardening her prized hibiscus trees, and spending time with her family.
Lay Associate for Pastoral Care
Roxanne graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in sociology and a double minor in French and psychology. She later earned a Master of Arts degree in religion at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.
Roxanne has served as Liturgical Assistant at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, where she is currently the Lay Associate for Pastoral Care. She also serves as chaplain to incarcerated women at the Century Regional Detention Facility.
In addition, she is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer. Her diverse interests include sustainable living, HIV/AIDS work, and event planning. She also enjoys Indian and Caribbean dance and likes to travel.