Saint Matthias is an orthodox Anglican parish in the heart of Oakdale. We worship the Triune God of the Christian faith and proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Our mission is to Worship Jesus Christ, to live in His Truth, & Bless others in His Name. Click the logo to learn more about what makes Saint Matthias a unique church in Oakdale.
Our Rector (head pastor), The Rev. John Roberts, has been leading Saint Matthias since July of 2011. Fr John earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Samford University. After studying for a time at Fuller Seminary, he received his Masters of Divinity from Wycliffe College. Fr John and his wife, Amanda, both hail from Huntsville, Alabama and have three elementary age daughters. In addition to spending time with family, Fr John enjoys reading & watching the Alabama football.
The Rev. Dcn. Dolores Vargas has attended Saint Matthias since early 2017 and was ordained in 2022. Before that, she attended an Evangelical Church where she played bass guitar in a worship band for more than 20 years. She & her husband, Peter, live in Modesto, where she works as a Lab Assistant at a hospital. In addition to spending time with their three adult children & five grandchildren, Dolores also enjoys running lots of miles, training their two rescue pups, & spending time with friends.
The Rev. Jim Stout is originally from Pontiac, Michigan and was raised in the Episcopal Church. He moved to California in 1955, where worked for FMC and Varian Associates, while studying for Holy Orders. He was ordained in 1985 and a decade later moved to the Central Valley, where he pastored in Copperopolis & Sonora. Since retiring, he has been assisting at Saint Matthias. He and his wife, Pamela, have a blended family of two sons, two daughters, 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Chaplain Eva Mauch is a Commissioned Lay Chaplain under the ACNA Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy. She serves at St Matthias and provides pastoral care in senior care facilities within the community. Chaplain Eva is a retired elementary school teacher. She and her husband Loren have been involved in ministry since 1984 including children's ministry, pastoral lay eucharistic ministry and music ministry. She enjoys spending time reading, & taking walks with her dog.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Eric Vawter Menees was consecrated to be the Vth Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin on September 24, 2011. He is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary and received his Doctor of Ministry from Seabury Western in 2006. Bishop Menees and his wife Florence Guadalupe Mira-Menees have two adult children: a daughter, Milagro, and a son, Sebastian.
The Most Reverend Doctor Foley Beach was elected the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America on June 22, 2014. He is also the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South, headquartered in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. He and his wife are life-long Georgians, and have two adult children.
Saint Matthias is a parish in the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin. This diocese includes over 100 clergy and over 30 congregations in the Central Valley of California and beyond! The vision of the Diocese is to Lead an Apostolic Community, Under Authority, That Brings People to Jesus Christ.
The Anglican Church in North America unites 112,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a single Church. On April 16, 2009 it was recognized as a province of the global Anglican Communion, by the Primates of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.