Meet Our Staff and Leadership
Father Joshua Drake (also known by his Chinese family name Father Wu) is a California native, and his family is multicultural. His wife Alicia is originally from China; his oldest daughter, Imanuela Joy, was born when they lived in Thailand, and Evangeline Grace was born when they lived in China. They welcomed a son in August 2018, Caleb Elisha.
Father Joshua has been in full-time ministry for over 15 years. Over a decade of that was as a missionary in China and South East Asia where he worked in the areas of Church Planting and Bible Translation. He was ordained a Deacon on November 7, 2015 by Archbishop Foley Beach and then ordained a Priest on October 22, 2016 by Bishop Eric Menees. His last position was at Eucharist Church in San Francisco as an Assistant Priest where his role focused on pastoral care, community life, and outreach.
Father Joshua is passionate about Christian hospitality, liturgy, and missions. His heart is to see Saint Francis continue to grow as a multicultural and multigenerational church, proclaiming the Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ through Sacred Worship, Serious Discipleship, and Selfless Service.
Father Joshua and Alicia love having people over for tea—in particular, they enjoy doing the traditional Chinese tea ceremony for guests. If you are interested to get to know them more and join them for some tea and a Chinese tea ceremony, feel free to reach out to them. They would love to have you over to their home here in Stockton.
Bishop Eric Menees
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Eric Vawter Menees was consecrated to be the Fifth Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin on September 24, 2011. Prior to his election Fr. Menees served as the Rector of the Anglican Church of the Resurrection in San Marcos, CA.
A graduate of the General Theological Seminary, Fr. Menees received his Doctor of Ministry from Seabury-Western in 2006. After he graduated from seminary Fr. Menees was ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and subsequently served as the Deacon/Priest in Charge of the Church of Epiphany and the Associate Rector of the Church of the Messiah, both of which were Spanish language ministries.
The Rev. Menees served as the Chaplain to the Bishop’s School in La Jolla prior to becoming Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in San Marcos, CA.
For reasons of conscience, the Rev. Menees left Grace Episcopal and founded the Anglican Church of the Resurrection in 2006. He is a vowed Third Order Franciscan.
The Rt. Rev. Menees is married to Florence Guadalupe Mira-Menees and has a daughter, Milagro, and a son, Sebastian.
Deacon Jeff Stugelmeyer was born and raised in Lodi. He believed in Jesus all his life but was searching for a faith home which he found in the Anglican tradition. After attending a couple of years of Catechesis, he was baptized in April 2010.
He started his journey to the Diaconate by helping out around the church, which led him to becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister. He then began training for the Diaconate at Trinity School for Ministry through their online program. He was ordained as a permanent Deacon on April 25, 2015.
Jeff enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson, shooting, and spending time with his Rottweiler named Hondo. He is a big John Wayne fan. His secular job is taking care of a corporate jet. He got his start in aviation in the National Guard working on helicopters.
What does the Vestry do?
The Vestry in an Anglican church meets routinely, usually monthly, to give leadership and oversight to the mission and ministry of the congregation. The Vestry protects the stated vision of the parish, insures the values of the congregation, is charged with protection of the financial integrity of the church, and supports the Rector in his ministry.