Ellen Baxter led last Sunday’s service at the Stinson Beach Community Presbyterian Church.   David Briggs

Ellen Baxter was living in Louisville, Ky. when a pastor in her church told her she should fly out to California to see the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo. “I was a brand-new single mom and thought it was crazy,” she said. “But I flew out here and it just felt like it was exactly what . . .

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