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Luke 10:36-37

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

A Message from our NEW Rector

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

I have spent a few wonderful months in discussions with your calling committee and (more recently) your vestry, and I am so delighted that we mutually discerned a strong match between my passions and joys and your current needs and hopes for Good Sam’s future. I am grateful to your interim rector, the Rev. Daniel Pearson, for his leadership and guidance during your search. And I’m grateful to the calling committee and vestry for all of their work as well.

Your warm welcome, your care for one another and for others in the community, and your desire to include more families all speak to the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in your midst. I am excited at the prospect of moving to San Diego and working with you to spread the love of Christ in a world that badly needs it.

Meanwhile, please accept my prayers and best wishes for a holy Advent and a joyous Christmas. I will see you in February!



The Rev. Janine Schenone (pronounced “Sknone”) was born in San Francisco and grew up in Sunnyvale, California in a large Italian Catholic family. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing at Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing at UC Davis. She then worked in high tech in Silicon Valley in a variety of roles, from technical writer to business development manager to director of product management. At church, she sang in and directed choirs and worked with youth groups. She then was a professor of English at American River College in Sacramento for nine years. She began attending an Episcopal Church in 2003 and recognized again a call to the priesthood that she first had experienced in childhood.

In 2009, she sold the house and the piano and entered Yale Divinity School, where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. She was ordained to the diaconate in 2012 and to the priesthood in 2013. Encouraged to pursue a doctorate in systematic theology, Janine enrolled in a Ph.D program at Fordham University and served as a priest and Theologian in Residence at Christ Church in Bronxville, NY. However, she loved parish ministry so much that

she left the Ph.D. program and moved back to California in 2013 to serve as the first Senior Associate of Congregational Development and Welcome at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, CA.

Janine has a 24-year-old daughter named Georgia from a previous marriage. Her daughter works in Los Angeles as an assistant production coordinator on reality and scripted TV shows. Janine loves running, hiking, cooking, playing the piano, reading, and watching a certain baseball team to the north that tends to win World Series in even years.

You are invited to visit her Blog at janineschenone.net


Our Mission

The mission of Good Samaritan Church (Good Sam) is to “be the gospel of Christ by holding hands, reaching out to our neighbors, striving to love and be loved”.


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Our History

Good Sam was founded as a mission in 1970. Learn about key dates and milestones in Good Sam history.


Church DoorLocation and Facilities

Good Sam is located in University City, a community located centrally in the city of San Diego. Our campus includes two buildings, a 600-seat sanctuary, and a multi-purpose parish hall.


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Good Sam features a creative and innovative worship that builds upon Rite II in the Book of Common Prayer in a way that encourages and challenges participation in the Eucharist.


Newman Center

Newman Center Catholic Community at UCSD

For the past 15 years we have shared our space with the Newman Center. There are many areas of commonality that lead to multiple opportunities for joint worship and fellowship between the two communities.


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Strategic Plan

Good Sam has developed an infrastructure to support its transition to a program church. A major part of this transition is the flexible Strategic Plan, first developed in 2011.


Christian Formation

Christian Formation

Good Sam seeks to educate all its members to bring them into full life in the church.



Community Life

Community Life is what connects us more deeply to our Good Sam family.




The Outreach Ministry at Good Sam provides a wide range of opportunities for parish members to live into Christ’s call to serve as individuals or part of a larger group.



Pastoral Care

Through Pastoral Care, members of Good Samaritan strive to live up to their name with caring, intention, and purpose.



Vital Signs CAT Survey

Last October, 163 members of Good Sam completed the CAT survey. This section links to the Vital Signs report from that survey.