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The Reverend Joy Magala, has been called to serve as Interim Rector for Christ the King Episcopal Church, following the retirement of The Reverend Canon Brian Cox, who served as Rector for twenty five years. Joy Magala will be the interim until Christ the King calls a permanent Priest or Rector.

Rev. Magala served churches in Uganda and here in the United States. Joy was the associate priest at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Van Nuys, California for 12 years. She has also served as the visiting priest at Christ the King for the last six years when Rev. Cox was away.

Joy Magala is a native of Uganda. She received her education at Makarere University in Kampala, University of Nottingham in England, and International Theological Seminary in Pasadena. She also holds a Masters degree in Special Education.

She is married to Sam who is also an Anglican Priest. They have five young adult children.


The Reverend Canon Brian Cox has retired as Rector of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara, California, Senior Vice President of the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy in Washington D.C., and Director of the PACIS Project in Faith-Based Diplomacy of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. In 2001 he was named an Honorary Canon of the Diocese of Los Angeles in recognition of his faith-based reconciliation work in the national church and in international conflict situations. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He received his B.S. in Geological Sciences at the University of Southern California and his Master of Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received a Master of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law and is a trained professional mediator. In 1975 he was ordained an Episcopal priest, and since then he has served congregations in Southern California and Northern Virginia. He and his spouse Ann married in 1973 and have two adult children, Clare and John, and three grandchildren.

A cradle Episcopalian, his relationship with Jesus Christ has been profoundly affected by involvement in such renewal movements as Cursillo, Faith Alive, Marriage Encounter, SOMA, and Kairos. The three most important things to know about him are his love for Jesus Christ, his heart as a pastor and his passion for Christ's work of reconciliation.

To learn much more about Fr. Cox's national and international Faith Based Reconciliation ministry, click here.


Rector's Secretary: Leslie Smith
Music Director and Organist: Michael Fay


About the Vestry

The Vestry, comprising the Rector and 9 elected members from the congregation, is the governing board of the church. It is responsible for making decisions which follow from the vision and goals outlined in the Master Plan. Those persons 16 years or older who are regular in worship, members of the church, and financial contributors, are eligible to serve on the Vestry. The Senior Warden is a Vestry member appointed by the Rector each year, and the Junior Warden is elected from among the Vestry members.

Other administrative committees include the Finance Committee, the Stewardship Committee, and the Buildings and Grounds committee.

Vestry Officers for 2019
Senior Warden: Steve Bunting
Junior Warden: Teri Bradford Rouse
Clerk: Michael Powers
Treasurer: Robin Denny
Gail Fischer
Toni Percival
Karl Burrelsman
Marie Tuohey-Mote
Dick Morrow
John Parsons