An Inclusive, Welcoming Faith Community in Santa Barbara


Rev. Jeannette Bertalan Love, Pastor

Reverend Jeannette Bertalan Love, SFCC (Sister for Christian Community), was ordained a Roman Catholic Womanpriest on September 12, 2010. Prior to that she was a vowed religious sister for 19 years. Jeannette received a master’s degree through the University of Creation Spirituality conferred by Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Jeannette is a Spiritual Director and offers that gift in service to others.


Rev. Suzanne Dunn, Pastor Emerita

Reverend Suzanne Dunn, SFCC (Sister for Christian Community), was the founding Pastor of the Catholic Church of the Beatitudes. She was ordained a Roman Catholic Womanpriest on September 7, 2008. Suzanne holds a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Seattle University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is currently an Assistant Program Coordinator for the Western region of Roman Catholic Womenpriests USA.


Rev. Christine Fahrenbach, guest Presider


Reverend Christine Fahrenbach was educated at the University of Notre Dame, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and the California School of Professional Psychology. She has participated in ministry for over 30 years, and is a practicing professional psychologist. She has worked as a campus minister, high school religious studies teacher, liturgist, liturgical musician, and spiritual director. Chris provides leadership for a house church in Santa Cruz, CA, and participates in social justice and homeless ministry through a local parish. She continues to weave together the common threads of psychology, theology and spirituality in all aspects of her work. She is a regular monthly guest presider/preacher here at the Beatitudes Community in Santa Barbara. Chris and her life partner Helen Mayer, were married in 2007 and make their home in Aptos CA.