Meet Our Vestry
Member of the Vestry
Daniel is originally from Marlboro, NY. He moved to Las Vegas, NV, in 2017 after joining the United States Air Force, where he serves as a Civil Engineer Officer. Daniel is not only passionate about all things building related but also passionate in serving youth and the LGBTQ community. Before the Air Force, Daniel held jobs as a case manager in a homeless shelter for at-risk youth in Detroit, Michigan, was a Building Performance Specialist specializing in Residential Green Building, was a teaching assistant, and worked as an assistant manager at a group home for teens with behavior issues. He has also volunteered as a group facilitator in an LGBTQ center in Detroit and served in Big Brother Big Sister in NY. He LOVES his new home here in Las Vegas that he shares with his sassy dog Luna! At All Saints, he serves on the Vestry, as a Delegate to the Annual Diocese Convention, teaches teen religious education, serves as an Usher, and is a part of the All Saint’s Needlers.
Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information System (GIS), Virginia Commonwealth University
Coursework towards a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, Virginia Commonwealth University
Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Minor in Environmental Studies, University at Buffalo
Associate in Science in Industrial Technology: Drafting & Design, SUNY Ulster
Favorite Food: Seafood
Hobbies: Crocheting, kayaking, playing with my dog, construction projects, crafting, antiquing, wine tasting, art festivals
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation
What is your favorite attribute of God? Humility and All-Loving
What is your favorite Bible verse or saying? Colossians 4:23 “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord.”
I was born in Springfield, Missouri, in the first six months of my life there, and I do remember they had red geraniums in the yard. Then we moved to Seattle Washington, where my father was discharged from the Navy. We then continued to live and Washington and Oregon. My father was a telegraph operator for Northern Pacific Railroad, and we moved every 3 or 4 weeks from one telegraph depot out in the middle of nowhere to another. We simply followed the Harvest. Rarely did we live in places where there were more people or children than the three of us. By the time I got to first grade, we had moved 35 times.
Having grown up in the Northwest one morning when I was 27, I decided to move to New York City, and a month later, I was there sleeping on a pier off of Hell’s Kitchen. The dean at St John the Evangelist in Spokane Washington gave me some introduction to people he knew at Trinity Wall Street, and my life grew into the city from there.
As I moved onto life in Manhattan, I had a great time working with interior design architects on renovation projects on 5th Avenue and Park Avenue apartments and penthouses. But my real favorite job was as a gardener for the parts department and the newly renovated Union Square Park. Where I am community leaders of that area collaborated to create large public floral gardens to be enjoyed. One of my favorite projects at that time was the floral display of the American and French flags intertwined made from 40000 red white and blue petunias in Battery Park for the reopening dedication for the Statue of Liberty. I was also a privilege to work with private citizens and their Penthouse Gardens. CEO s of Revlon, Warner Communications, and Jackie Onassis.
I have now lived in Las Vegas for 19 years. I have never lived anywhere that long, though I have lived in four different addresses since I’ve been here. I have lived at my present address for 13 years. I have been with my husband since 2002 we have been married now for seven years. He is Japanese.
Things I love are watching sunsets, snowstorms coming at you across Lake Tahoe, staring at a blue sky through the branches and flowers of a Palo Verde. It is in these things I am in the beauty of God and can sense the love. ” But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven” Matt.5:44-45
Clerk of the Vestry
Karl Edmund Gustafson IV was born in Würzburg, Bayern, Germany, before the Fall of the Wall to a military family. As is the custom in all military families, he moved everywhere. Texas, West Virginia, back to Germany- When dad skipped out of the military after a family tragedy, he ended up in Wyoming for half of his growing years. Then after dragging a baritone home to the trailer park behind a future McDonald’s that would be there years later, he learned of a city called “Las Vegas.”
Plunged into a Pepto pink house in the center of hell, he was consigned to be drug to his Spiritual home, All Saints’ Episcopal church. “Make friends!” they said. “You’ll like it!” they said. Begrudgingly, I have to tell you that he did make friends, and he did like it. He would even hang out in the parking lot with his friends when he had to drag his tuba to Twin Lake Elementary down the road. He’d brag that it was his church. Six schools and a diploma later, Karl (Better known now as “Guss”) got busy with making kids, and his son, Karl Edmund Gustafson V, was born at UMC and christened at All Saints by the Original Priest in the family, with his grandpa, The Deek, looking on.
For a career, Guss cooked, and other things, because cooks don’t make enough to live any sort of real life. He has a broad view of life and living due to his experiences. He has served as the Clerk for the Vestry at All Saints for several years. He is also the Leader of the Pastoral Care Team, and the Social Media Ministry ( so the service streams are his fault) feel fr