Clergy & Staff
In September 2016, the Rev'd Canon Timothy M. Dombek became Rector of Advent Episcopal Church in Sun City West, Arizona; he also serves very part-time as Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving for the Diocese of Arizona. Timothy and his family moved to Arizona in late 2007, when Timothy became Canon to the Ordinary for Bishop Kirk Smith, a position he held for six years before becoming Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving in 2013. Prior to arriving in Arizona, Timothy served as rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville, South Carolina.
In 2014, along with co-author Michael Durall, Timothy published the book, Making The Annual Pledge Drive Obsolete: How Churches Can Get Out of This Business Once and For All, available from VitalCongregations.com and for Kindle at Amazon.com.
From 1996 to 2000, Timothy served as school chaplain at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, a K-12 college-preparatory school in Columbia, South Carolina, while also priest-in-charge of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, in rural Jenkinsville, SC, one of the five historic African-American missions in the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. The Dombeks moved to Columbia in 1996 from Church of the Transfiguration, in Dallas, Texas, after Timothy served a four-year curacy as Family Life Minister. Timothy graduated with his Master of Divinity in 1992 from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, in Evanston, Illinois.
Before ordained ministry, Timothy, worked five years as a Certified Financial Planner, following a six-year stint in broadcasting as a radio announcer in his home state of Indiana. He and his wife, Beth, a retired Elementary school resource teacher, have been married since 1990, and they have one adult child, Jonathan.
Deacon Debbie Greenleaf started attending the Episcopal Church in Idaho in January 1996 and in 2002 joined St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Boise. She was at once drawn to join the Mission Committee at the church and became actively involved in their many outreach programs. In 2010, Debbie started the process to become a deacon. She wanted to not only help her community but felt the need to inspire others to go out and serve as well. In the fall of 2012 she attended the Utah Ministry Formation Program in Salt Lake City, UT and was ordained on December 6, 2015 in Boise.
In March of this year, Debbie and her husband of 45 years moved to Sun City West and have been attending Advent Episcopal ever since.
Affiliated Clergy:Advent is blessed to be the home church of several retired clergy who offer their time and gifts to serve at the altar and preach on occasion. All serve on a volunteer basis and are non-stipendiary.
The Reverend Brian Couvillion graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business Management from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, then followed a business career for several years before beginning his seminary studies at the age of 38 at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. Brian was ordained Deacon and Priest in the Diocese of Western Louisiana and served congregations in Louisiana and in the Diocese of Chicago. After 26 years of full time ministry, Brian retired on June 1, 2013, following 10 years of service as rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Western Springs, IL. In addition to being licensed to function in Episcopal congregations in the Diocese of Arizona, he is also licensed to function in the Diocese of Northern Indiana.
God has blessed Brian and Judy with three children along with 6 grandchildren. Brian and Judy typically spend from October through May at their home in Sun City Grand and the summers with their son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons on Fish Lake in northwest Indiana or traveling in their RV. Brian and Judy are very excited about being a part of the family of the Church of the Advent and we look forward to getting to know everyone!
The Reverend Janet R. Gooltz, DMin began theological studies while raising four children. A "cradle" Episcopalian, she is a graduate of Weston Jesuit School of Theology and holds a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Following ordination in 1984 she became the first Director of Pastoral Care at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. She is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Much of her work was with patients, families, and medical staff assisting with end-of-life treatment decisions. Janet also served as assisting priest in the church of her childhood in Lexington, MA.
In 2007 Janet and her husband retired to Sun City West where she soon became involved in Advent's liturgical ministry. In the SCW community, Janet is a member of the Citizen's Corps Council and is a Fire Corps Volunteer.
Director of Music
Jill Tabata comes from a family of church musicians. Her grandfather was an organist, as well as concert pianist and conductor, and her grandmother was an opera singer who also sang in church, as does her mother. Jill grew up in Hawaii where she became a pianist at the early service at her church at age 11 and started taking organ lessons soon after. She holds a degree in Piano Performance and Academic Music Studies from Northwestern University. In addition to serving at Advent, Jill teaches piano lessons and takes care of her daughter and son.
Carrie Macon graduated from Cal Poly in Pomona, CA with a degree in Human Resources. After graduation, Carrie worked in the corporate world for many years before becoming a preschool teacher for 9 years.
Carrie is married with two children, joined the Advent staff in October of 2015, and is very thankful for God's grace and blessings.
Licensed Lay Pastoral Care Minister
Karin Williams pursued a career in pastoral ministry since she retired from the corporate world. She completed the four year program of EfM (Education for Ministry) administered by The School of Theology of the University of the South, Sewanee, TN and received her Certificate in Lay Ministry from the Whitworth University in Spokane WA.
During her working career, she volunteered extensively in places such as Army Community Services on Army Post around the world, as Crisis Intervention Specialist and Board member at the Women's Support Shelter in Tacoma WA, as well as Public Relations Liaison for the Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA. These opportunities helped prepare her for her current assignment at the Advent Episcopal Church.
Licensed Lay Pastoral Care Minister
Sharon Mather is a "cradle Episcopalian". She is a graduate of Education for Ministry (EFM), serves as a lay minister, and belongs to the Order of the Daughters of the King, Clare of Assisi Chapter. Other parish involvement includes Advent's ECW, Helping Hands for Children in Crisis, Advent's Neighborhood Link Coordinator. She is licensed by the Diocese of Arizona as a Pastoral Care Leader and as such will be doing pastoral home and hospital visitations offering the comfort of anointing, healing prayers and Eucharist.