Revered Doctor

Raymond Hess

Father Ray Hess was born in Pennsylvania and came West to attend college at Stanford University, graduating in 1969. He went to Church Divinity School in Berkeley and received his Master of Divinity in 1972. He studied for his Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, completing his course of study in 2000. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1975, and he has served congregations in California, Montana, Iowa, and Colorado. He and his wife Deborah live in Elk Grove and have three grown children and four grandsons. He creates watercolors and does tennis, golf, and skiing in his spare time. He has been priest-in-charge at St. George’s since 2013.


Robert Olsen

Deacon Bob was born in central California, initially living in what was and still is the very small town of Biola, west of Fresno.  Before starting school his family moved to Galt, another small town, where he would attend school, graduating from Galt High.  When he was eight years old, thanks to neighborhood friends he and his brother were invited to attend St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where he was confirmed and served as an acolyte.  He attended college at California State University Stanislaus earning a BA in Fine Art.  To beat the draft during the Vietnam War he enlisted for Army OCS and then forgot to get out for 20 years, serving at various post in the United States, Korea and Germany.  While in the military he received his MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  While in the service he was licensed as a Lay Reader and Chalice Bearer (now Worship Leader and EM).  After retiring from the Army, he and his wife Sandy and their son’s moved to the Sacramento area and began attending St. George’s.  After retiring from the military he initially worked for a housing developer and then for twenty years the State of California in various position, from analyst to Hearing Officer, in the Social Security Administration Disability Program.  (If you have a half hour to kill, he can try to explain why as a Calif State employee he was doing SSA disability work).  During that time he felt a calling to ordained ministry, but not as a priest, rather as a vocational Deacon.  After attending the School for Deacons for 3 years and obtaining a BA in theological Studies, he graduated and was ordained a Deacon on July 28, 2001, beginning his service at St. George’s.  

Music Director

Tess Testeza

"Eastern-European by birth, Tess Testeza received her classical music education and a 4-year music teaching degree overseas. She played music at St. Matthew’s Episcopal (2003-2008 and then 2011-2014) for both traditional and Hispanic services before she joined St. George’s, first as a sub in 2014 and later as Music Director in 2015.

Tess enjoys playing accordion at the outdoor worship services (such as Animal Blessing) as it doesn’t depend upon electronics or electricity. Besides her main duties, she also helps in St. George’s outreach to the local community as an interpreter."    

Office Staff

Lana Engler

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Bridget Engler

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