Meet our Staff
The Reverend Edmund Harris – Rector
Father Edmund has been rector at St. Peter’s since March of 2015.
Prior to St. Peter’s, he helped to start Church Beyond the Walls, a street church community in Providence, Rhode Island, and served as Assistant to the Rector at Church of the Epiphany in East Providence, RI.
Before being ordained, Edmund served as a chaplain at a shelter for LGBTQ homeless kids in Chicago, worked at a foundation in Boston offering tuition-free educational support to children and families, and spent time in communities affected by AIDS in southern Africa.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, where he received the E. William Muehl Prize in Preaching. He gratefully shares his life with his spouse Michael, who teaches ethics at Seattle University, and their cat Madeline.Email
The Reverend Deacon Polly Shigaki – Deacon
A native of Seattle, Deacon Polly grew up on nearby Beacon Hill where she attended the Buddhist Church with friends before her parents became Christians. Polly first discovered the Episcopal Church and St. Peter’s when she married her husband John in 1966. It was then that she began her journey to ordained ministry. She was ordained a vocational Deacon in November of 2013.
Before returning to St. Peter’s, Polly served at historic downtown Trinity Parish. At Trinity, her ministry was focused around building community in an urban setting, addressing homelessness, hunger and poverty related to children, women and families.
Polly is a graduate of the University of Washington with a background in apparel design and textiles. She and John retired in 2013, after working together for more than three decades in their family business, JAE Awards.
They have three daughters, and became the proud grandparents of their grandson Kai in 2015. Outside of St. Peter’s, Polly enjoys babysitting Kai, gardening, walking labyrinths, visiting the Hood Canal, visual arts, reading, and quilting.Email
Sara Bates – Communications Director and Parish Administrator
Sara grew up in Eastern Washington and discovered a love of international travel as a teenager following a mission trip to Ukraine. Sara is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary in New York City with a Masters of Divinity, this is in addition to her Bachelors of Science from the College of Idaho and a Masters of Public Health from Drexel University. Besides her work at St. Peter’s, Sara is also the program director of Edible Hope Kitchen, a daily feeding ministry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Ballard.Email
Niki Basile – Minister of Music
Niki grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a home shared by four generations of her Italian-American family. Her first musical instrument was the violin, and she took up voice in high school after receiving a scholarship from the Longy School of Music. After completing a BA in music at Antioch College in Ohio, she continued her voice studies at the University of Iowa.
Niki has been a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Queen Anne for nearly 25 years and studied the organ with St. Paul’s musician Gary James. She has previously served as organist at St. Peter’s UMC in Bellevue and organist/choir director at Broadview United Church of Christ in Greenwood. She is thrilled to be back “home” playing in an Episcopal community and hopes to bring choral music to St. Peter’s.
Niki lives in the Bitter Lake area with her teenage daughter Claudia and their two cats.Email
Michael Lott – Wiggle Worship Minister
Michael grew up in San Jose, California, where he and his family were very involved in the life of their local parish. In high school, he served as a leader in his parish’s middle school ministry, and worked for his college’s campus ministry department as a sacristan. Michael came to St. Peter’s looking for a new faith community following his graduation from Seattle University. During the week, Michael works with immigrant and refugee youth to support their transition out of foster care. His passion for working with children and youth was sparked by his time volunteering as an English teacher at a school in Guatemala City. Michael usually spends his vacation time returning to Guatemala to visit. In his free time, Michael enjoys knitting, reading, and rock climbing.Email
Mari Yoda – Custodian
Mari was born in Japan and grew up in south Seattle. She now lives in Beacon Hill. Outside of St. Peter’s, she runs a house cleaning business.