Christ Episcopal Church of Los Altos formally instituted the Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna as its ninth rector Sept. 16.
The service and reception, attended by approximately 200 people, celebrated the start of Ranna’s ministry at the church and its school, Ventana, which began in February.
The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, led the service, which featured special music from the Christ Church and Ventana School choirs, including a piece composed for the occasion by the church’s music director, Eric Tuan.
A graduate of Duke University, Ranna earned her Master of Divinity at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. She previously served as associate rector at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco.