This Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. at St. Margaret’s, Jackie (Bray) Pippin will celebrate her first Eucharists following her Saturday, May 6 ordination to the priesthood at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego.
Pippin was a member at St. Margaret’s from 1996 to 2009, when she moved to San Diego for college and discerned call to ordained ministry with St. Paul’s Cathedral. She worked at a finance company and as a youth minister at both St. Bartholomew’s, Poway and St. Paul’s Cathedral. After graduating from San Diego State University in 2013, Jackie attended seminary at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. She completed her field education at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Bethesda, Maryland and served as the Student Body Vice-President during her time at VTS. After graduation in May 2013, Jackie was ordained as a transitional deacon in June, and married First Lieutenant Scott Pippin (USAF) in July. While Scott completed F-16 training in Alamogordo, New Mexico, Jackie served at St. John’s, Alamogordo. In September, Jackie and Scott moved to Misawa Air Base, located on the northern part of the main island of Japan. Jackie worships at St. John’s Anglican Church in Hachinohe, which is part of the Diocese of Tohoku. The priests wife, Kanako Koshiyama-san, has patiently worked with Jackie to teach her Japanese so she can have more leadership opportunities at the parish. Most recently, she read the Gospel at the Easter service.
Since arriving in Japan, Scott and Jackie have enjoyed eating the vast array of food, snow boarding, and many festivals in different town, but they are not yet sold on driving on the left side of the road. They adopted a kitten that they named Yuki (snow) to commemorate the 10 feet of snow they received at Misawa this winter. They anticipate remaining in Japan for the next 2.5 years and after, they will go wherever the Air Force sends them next.