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Sherryl L. Parks, Kalamath

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the only church in Del Mar, has been searching for just the right person to serve our unique community of parishioners and we are pleased to announce that Reverend Paige Blair will begin leading the church on May 26. Her husband Gene Fox will join her while her stepdaughter Adriana will join them when free from her college studies.

Reverend Blair was born at March AFB in Riverside California. She grew up in a military family, primarily in Alaska and Colorado, yet went back east for her education. Blair received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University in 1992 and her master of divinity degree in 1995 from the Boston University School of Theology. She has continued her post-graduate studies at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., as well as the Harvard Divinity School. Additional continuing education has been done with emphasis on the Millennium Development Goals, Byzantine Iconography, and Mind-Body-Spirit Ministry and Pastoral Care.
Blaire will be coming from St. George’s Episcopal Church in York Harbor Maine where she served as Rector for 8 years. Paige stood out early in the review process as a person of exceptional gifts, talents, and skill. She is well prepared to bring those gifts to a parish such as St. Peter’s.

Blair will be remembered especially at St. George’s for her inspiring preaching style as well as introducing the U2charist community service which is especially appealing to church youth. She will leave behind an active outreach ministry called Angel Food. Her vibrant personality was attractive to the Diocese of Maine and she was interviewed frequently by several media regarding her role as one of the founders of the U2charist movement.

Blair will be taking on a much larger church community here in Del Mar but she looks forward to helping continue the outreach programs of feeding our homeless, hosting the Community Connection events, the life stories classes, and the Del Mar Rotary Club.

Please keep your eye out for Paige and Gene at the Del Mar dog park since they will be bringing two family members, Labradoodle and Gracie-Roo. Paige is also likely to be spotted at the 10am Friday morning yoga classes offered to through Community Connection’s at St. Peter’s church. She is an avid student of Ashtanga Yoga because, as she says, “it reminds me to breathe.”

Gene is a librarian and a poet and is looking forward to exploring the energetic academic life, which San Diego offers. Gene and Paige will live in Del Mar at the St. Peter’s Church rectory on 11th Street.


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