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 onbeing.org 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.
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.