Rev. Janine Schenone


Get to Know Me

Janine is the rector (senior pastor/priest) of Good Samaritan. Raised in an extremely observant Italian Catholic family, she often asked why girls could not be altar servers or priests. This question nagged at her through high school vocational exams (“You are bested suited to be a priest, a stand-up comedian, or an editorial cartoonist”), graduate school in English and creative writing, a failed marriage, and many years of attending Catholic churches and feeling empty.

She worked in Silicon Valley as a technical writer, manager and web producer for dot coms for fifteen years. Then she worked as an English professor in Sacramento. In 2003, she finally walked into an Episcopal church and met Jesus. That’s when the call to priesthood became obvious (and possible). After attending Yale Divinity School, she served as theologian in residence at Christ Church in Bronxville, NY and as the first Senior Associate for Congregational Development and Welcome at All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA. She was called as rector of Good Samaritan in February of 2016.

Janine is also the chair of the San Diego branch of the California Public Policy Network; a member of the Center for Ethics and Spirituality at the University of California, San Diego; and part of the clergy caucus of the San Diego Organizing Project.
She loves meditating, hiking, running, reading, playing piano, and seeing movies with her daughter Georgia, who attends law school in San Diego.

Contact For:

  • All things liturgical: Sunday worship, baptisms, weddings, funerals
  • Pastoral care
  • Social justice advocacy
  • Bible study
  • Spiritual direction