The Rev. Nate Rugh, Rector
The Rev. Nathan A. Rugh has been serving as Rector of St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church since September of 2011. He has a passion for theological inquiry, spiritual growth and working for social and economic justice that influences his preaching, teaching and in his service to the wider community. Nate is also active with the Diocese of Los Angeles as a mentor to the newly ordained, by serving on the recent Bishop Co-Adjutor Search Committee, and as the Treasurer/Secretary of Deanery 3.
Before coming to St. Augustine’s, he served as Associate Rector at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, PA for five years. He was also chaplain at St. Edmund’s Academy leading chapel worship for first through eighth grades. At Calvary, Nate revitalized both the evangelism and outreach committees, built and fostered interfaith relationships,
and led Christian formation for all ages. At the diocesan level, he served on the Committee for Canons and Constitution during a time of ecclesial upheaval. Prior to Calvary, he served at St. Mark’s Capitol Hill in Washington DC.
Nate received his MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2006, graduating Cum Laude and earned his BA in philosophy at the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to ordination in 2006 he served as an editor, coffee shop manager, and construction worker. Nate is married to Rebecca Coursey-Rugh, a doula and birth photographer, and they have three middle-school through college aged sons.
The Rev. Katie Cadigan, Associate Rector
The Rev. Katie Cadigan joined St. A’s in 2014. She brings a passion for nurturing spiritual growth and discipleship that all our lives become conformed to Christ’s - lives filled with God’s love, peace and radical justice, and lives dedicated to bringing that love, peace and radical justice to the world.
She is starting a sacred co-work community at St. A's called The Divine Office, a holy mashup of sorts of monastic-style spirituality with co-working space, a supportive community for digital nomads and people who work independently. At the diocesan level she serves on the program groups for Communication and Recovery Ministries.
She came to the priesthood after a 15-year career as an award-winning documentary film producer and director. Her most prominent credits include People Say I’m Crazy (HBO/Cinemax) produced with Academy Award winner Ira Wohl, profiling an artist's agonizing battle with schizophrenia, and When Medicine Got it Wrong (PBS) which told the story of 1970’s-era parents rebelling against being blamed for causing mental illness. Katie also taught documentary film production for undergraduates and graduates at Stanford University.
Katie was ordained in 2014 after earning her Masters in Divinity from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and serving on Berkeley at Yale's Board of Trustees. She also holds a diploma from Yale Divinity School’s Institute of Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts (ISM). She earned a M.A. in Communication from Stanford University's documentary film program and a B.A. from Brown University.
Katie lives by the beach in Marina del Rey with her spouse of over 25 years, Mark Vickers.
The Rev. Dr. Kathryn Pitkin Derose, Deacon
The Rev. Dr. Kathryn Pitkin Derose has served as Deacon at St. Augustine’s since 2009. Kathryn was ordained in 1998 and has served three additional parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles – multi-cultural and bilingual (English-Spanish) parishes in Inglewood, Lincoln Heights, and Highland Park – and has a particular ministry in the area of health justice.
Kathryn is also Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation and Professor of Health Policy at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on understanding and addressing health disparities, both for underserved populations in the U.S. and in Latin America. She has extensive experience working with a variety of stakeholders, especially faith-based organizations, in planning and executing community-based research initiatives. Dr. Derose is principal investigator of several studies funded by the National Institute of Health and developed a long-term collaborative effort between the UN World Food Program and RAND to address the food insecurity and nutritional needs of people living with HIV in Latin America. She also examines Latino immigrants' health care access and quality in the United States and has worked collaboratively with public parks to increase community physical activity.
Kathryn is bilingual (English-Spanish), having lived and worked in community health and development in Latin America for six years before coming to Los Angeles. She is recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent career, and a former Fulbright Scholar to Ecuador. Kathryn has a PhD in Health Services Research and MPH from the UCLA School of Public Health and a BA in Comparative Area Studies – Latin America from Duke University. She and her husband, Dr. Stephen Derose, have two children.
The Rev. Kevin Gunn, Deacon
The Rev. Kevin Gunn came to St. Augustine’s in 2013 as part of his ordination formation program. After ordination in 2015, he has been serving as the Deacon at All Saints Parish in Highland Park. Since becoming a Deacon, his ministry has been focused on helping to provide services to the growing homeless community in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. He continues to serve at St. A’s as the Deacon at the Wednesday morning market day mass.
Kevin is a Vice President in the Business Affairs department at HBO, located in Santa Monica. Kevin has worked at various companies in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He also served as the first Chief Financial Officer of the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in central Los Angeles.
A native of Nebraska, Kevin has lived in Los Angeles for 36 years, in Echo Park for 33 of them. He graduated from Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont in 2009 and earned his BS in Political Science and Economics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Kevin also spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo teaching high school mathematics at an all-boys Roman Catholic mission school.
Kevin’s interests include fitness, mainly focused on long distance running and biking, having successfully completed two marathons and the California AIDS Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. He has also recently taken up boxing as part of his fitness routine. Other interests include opera, movies, television, gardening, and anything having to do with food: growing it, preparing it, and sharing it. Kevin is also a graduate of bartending school and enjoys preparing craft cocktails.