The Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna, Rector 

The Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna began her ministry among us in February 2017. Originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio, Rev. Claire earned her B.A. at Duke University. Before pursuing theological education, she co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning documentary film Miss Representation. Rev. Claire earned her Master of Divinity at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in 2014 and served St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, an urban African-American parish, as their seminarian. Rev. Claire came to us from The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco, where she was the Associate Rector. She is a guest contributor to and also serves on the board of the Nambale Magnet School in Western Kenya. As Rector of CCLA, she is also on the board and executive committee of our parish school, Ventana. Rev. Claire's husband, Haamid Shahzad, was born and raised in Pakistan and identifies as Muslim. They have two young children, Safina and Soren. You can reach Rev. Claire at

Eric Tuan, Director of Music
Music minister Eric Tuan enjoys a varied career as conductor, singer, collaborative keyboardist, and composer in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to his ministry at Christ Church, he serves as the founding director of the Peninsula-based chamber chorus, Convivium, and as a conductor with the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir. He has sung professionally with Volti, Cappella SF, and the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale, and is increasingly sought after as a composer for his compelling yet accessible choral works. Eric received his B.A. in Music with Honors from Stanford University and completed a Master of Music in Choral Studies with Distinction at the University of Cambridge with the support of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Through his multi-dimensional engagement with choral music, he aims to explore the ways in which it can serve as a medium for transcendence, creativity, and social justice. You can reach Eric at

Deanne Phillips, Parish Administrator / Human Resources

Deanne Phillips came to Christ Church after a spending more than 25 years in corporate communications working with a wide range of technology companies. During the years that her son played club soccer, she served on the Board of Directors for Sunnyvale Alliance Soccer Club and was instrumental in establishing online registration and Department of Justice background checks for the Cal North California Youth Soccer Association. Currently Deanne serves on the board of Sky's The Limit Fund, a non-profit organization that provides grants for youth in crisis to participate in Wilderness Therapy Programs and Transitional Support Services. She is a Bay Area native, passionate local sports fan and lives in Sunnyvale. You can reach Deanne at


Marcy Barton, Head of Ventana School

Hailing from a small town on Lake Erie, Marcy put full-time retirement on hold to become the Head of School at Ventana in the fall of 2015. Her journey in the field of education began in 1969-70 after receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She received a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in School Administration and Supervision from the College of William and Mary, and a second Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Instructional Technology from San Jose State. During her nearly 5 decades in the field, Marcy has been a classroom teacher, nursery school director, technology integration specialist, writing process specialist, public school and non-profit administrator, and a coach and speaker at Stanford University's Design Thinking Bootcamps for educators. She has written a two volume series of books on the “Integrated Exploratory” approach to education, and regularly contributes to education conferences around the world. She currently serves on the Board of Proyecto Itzaes. You can reach Marcy at