We are a brotherhood of like-minded men who follow St. Francis’ example as a discipline in service to God. We are an order that exists apostolically: our brothers are embedded in the world with normal lives, rather than enclosed in a monastery. We live in different parts of the world, each with our own individual ministry, based upon the needs of our respective local communities and parishes.
Br. Rich Atkinson, OSF (Formation Director) - Rich lives in San Rafael, California, which was founded by Franciscans in 1817. He is a member of the Redeemer Episcopal Church, where he is a Eucharistic Minister. His other ministries Include: working at a free dining hall, offering regular services to residents at a local nursing home, and street chaplaincy for the homeless.
Br. Derek Nelson, OSF - Derek is the Assistant Verger for Christ Episcopal Church: Pensacola, where he also assists with the youth of the Church. Derek is an employee of Izon Models, is active in fitness training, and attends Pensacola Junior College working on an Associate Degree in Drama/Theater.
Br. Mark Jenkins, OSF - Mark currently lives in Tappahannock, VA, in the Diocese of Virginia, and is a member of St. John's Church, Lunenburg Parish, Warsaw. There he serves as acolyte and chalicer. Mark also serves as chalicer at Farnham Church, North Farnham Parish, Farnham, VA. The two parishes make up the Episcopal Churches of Richmond County, VA.
Br. Jim Di Napoli, OSF - Jim currently resides in Rowley, Mass., where he is an active parishioner of St. James: Groveland, serving on the Vestry, parish nursing team, as LEM and Eucharistic Visitor, and in Healing Ministry. A graduate of the University of New York at Albany, he is the clinical director of a home health nursing agency in the Boston area and works with the mentally ill and those with substance issues.
Br. Les Roberts, OSF (Secretary General) - Les is a member of and worships at Trinity Episcopal Church in Elkridge, MD. He is new to the Baltimore area and is currently exploring the ministry needs of his community. His passion is working with those in jail as a religious mentor and with those who are recently released from jail transitioning back into society.
Br. Jeremy Froyen, OSF – Br. Jeremy lives in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and currently serves as the Associate Rector of Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church. His ministry has been focused on youth ministry, both with the youth of the parish and at the diocesan level. He is a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in June of 2016. In addition to his Master of Divinity, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church History from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to entering seminary, Br. Jeremy served as a Firefighter/Paramedic for 14 years in both the Memphis (TN) Fire Department and the Collier County (FL) EMS and Fire Department.
Br. John Ryan, OSF - Br. John is on staff at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Shoreline, WA, serving as the Pastoral Associate of the Congregation, and worship leader, serves in healing prayer ministry and feeding the hungry program. He is a former member of O.F.M. and founder of The Order of the Community of the Paraclete. John holds a degree in Philosophy with an additional three years of theological study. He is a Certified Body, Mind and Spirit Healing Specialist, a practitioner of Therapeutic Touch, and an active member of the American Academy of Bereavement. John served the Diocese of Olympia for 20 years in hospital chaplaincy working in the Providence and Swedish Healthcare system. He is also a spiritual counsellor.
Br. Chuck Hannan, OSF - Chuck is a member of Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tucson, Arizona. There he serves as a Chalicer, sub-deacon, and Lay Eucharistic Visitor. Chuck also visits the sick and the homebound as a member of the Pastoral Care Team, and serves on Grace St. Paul's Social Services ministry. Chuck also volunteers at Poverello House, a daytime respite center for homeless men in Tucson that was founded by a Franciscan friar.
Br. Alan Spurgeon, OSF (Director of Communications) - Alan resides in Bonney Lake, WA, and is active within his parish of St. George, Maple Valley as a Eucharistic Minister, Worship Leader and is on the Altar Guild. His calling to serve includes working with the elderly, assisting the homeless, support for animal companions, and raising two sons.
Br. John Huebner, OSF - John is missioner at the Church of the Advocate, a worshipping community of the Diocese of Western North Carolina. The mission offers a place of community and hope for the homeless, marginalized, and working poor of Asheville, NC. At the mission, Brother John leads a lectio divina group, gathers and organizes supplies, and is involved in the ministry of healing. He discerned and answered a call to the Franciscan way after starting the religious life as a religious brother in the Community of the Gospel. A highlight of his formation as a religious brother was a year spent as a co-worker with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
Br. Jeff Norris, OSF – Jeff lives in Lansing, IL, and goes to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Munster, IN. He lead the ‘Good Shepherd’ ministry at Saint Paul. With a lot of help from friends he whip up some grub and feed anyone who walks through the door at the Good Shepherd Mission, no questions asked. He picks up bread at a local store and hands it out to people on the streets. Jeff also work with registered sex offenders.
Br. David Rutledge, OSF (Director of Education) – Br. David worships at St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he co-chairs the Mission & Justice committee. The committee organizes social outreach ministries including staffing the emergency Winter Shelter, anti-racism activities, mission trips and assisting with a feeding program at a local elementary school called “Power Packs”. He enjoys "empowering others" for ministry. Br. David co-leads Evening Prayer on Wednesdays, has organized retreats, helps with adult formation programs and is a Eucharistic Minister. He is a retired high school counselor and adjunct college professor.
Br. Philip Bentley, OSF - Philip resides in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia and worships at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Mount Isa Queensland. His ministries are chairperson, church elder and in formation for ordination as a Pastor and also continue to work as a high school teacher. Philip holds a PhD from Curtin University, and has recently completed two Graduate Certificates in Philosophy and Theology.
Br. Sam Hawk, OSF - Sam lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and is active at the Episcopal Church of St. Clement's, serving there as Eucharistic Minister and chorister. He will soon also be serving in the parish Healing Ministry. He volunteers at the local homeless shelter offering primary care services to those in need, and he recently started his own primary care practice. He feels called to the Healing Ministry and has been very active in spiritual healing, having been trained since a young age.
Br. Donald Smith, OSF - Don lives in Hammond IN and attend Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in East Chicago, IN. He serves as Crucifer, Torchbearer and Acolyte. Don cooks and serve suppers for those in need at least once a month. He collects clothes, food and other items for the Good Shepherd Mission. At the mission we receive a generous load of bread from a local Strack & VanTils grocery store. Some of the bread is left at the mission the remainder is taken to the housing projects and given away.
Br. Barnabas-Francis, OSF – Barney - comes to us after testing his vocation for 4 and a half years with the First Order of the Society of Saint Francis. He is attached to the Parish of The Holy Trinity and Saint Barnabas in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway of the Scottish Episcopal Church in Paisley, near Glasgow, in Scotland. Barney is passionate about social justice and tries to live his life according to the Gospel values recorded in Matthew 25: 31 – 46 and is helping to feed the homeless and disadvantaged in his area alongside the RC Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.
Br. Frank Lawler, OSF - Frank attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Tacoma WA. He is attending Faith Lutheran Seminary in pursuit of a Masters of Divinity. Frank was brought up in the Roman Catholic church and became an evangelical Christian in 1981. He has served as a police officer in New Jersey, a Marine and an Army Reservist. He has completed degrees in Administration of Justice, Political Science and International Relations and a Doctorate in Chiropractic. Frank has extensive knowledge and training in the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) field. He is a retired military officer and currently works as a chiropractor at Madigan Army Medical Center. He has two grown sons and four grandsons.
Br. Christopher Jennings, OSF - Chris and his spouse live in Seattle and are parishioners at Trinity Episcopal in Everett, WA. He was baptized and chrismated in the Orthodox Church at 19. He found the Anglican Communion in 2013 and began his Franciscan journey with the OSF soon after. Chris is a mortuary office administrator by day, and his spiritual passions are ministries in LGBT youth activism and Anglo-Orthodox worship.
Br. Duncan Eyre, OSF - Duncan lives in Newarkm, NJ. He attends Grace Church and helps out with food pantry and whatever is needed. Duncan assists the chaplains at The Seamans Church Institute which provides spiritual care for sailors both at sea and in port through prayer, mass, providing a listening ear and contacting relatives back home.
Br. Bill Bales, OSF, - Bill lives in Ohio and is a deacon in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. He is happily married and likes to cook.
Br. Carlos Antonio, OSF - Carlos lives in Miami, Florida. He attended Barry University where he received a doctorate in Education and then received a Masters in Divinity at Yale Divinity School. Carlos was a counselor at Miami-Dade public schools for 14 years.
Br. John-Paul Markides, OSF - John-Paul lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Sam attends Christ Church Cathedral in Downtown St Louis. He helps serve at Miss Carol's Breakfast on Saturday mornings and leads Saturday Morning Prayer. He serves as an Acolyte and a Eucharistic Minister. He serves on the Communications Committee and handles the Cathedral Facebook page.
Donald is a parishioner of St. Anna's Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA. There he serves as the Food Pantry Coordinator, Lay Eucharistic Minister and Usher/Greeter.
Dustin resides in Seattle with his spouse Br. Christopher. Dustin is originally from West Georgia and the Pentecostal faith tradition. Dustin was baptized at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle on Epiphany 2015, and was confirmed in the Spring of 2016. In the working word Dustin is an Optician. His ministries include feeding the Seattle homeless, and LGBT advocacy. Dustin and Br. Chris have two cats, Grandpa & Frankie.
Br. Bill Tarter - OSF
Past Order: O.F.M. (Professed 1981)
Roles: Director of Education
Br. Nicholas Kis, OSF (1946-2009)
Br. Nicholas passed away on August 3rd, 2009. The Order of St. Francis was founded by Br. Nicholas and he served as Guardian until his death. Originally a Greek Orthodox monk, Br. Nicholas left that order, joined the Episcopal church and became a Franciscan. Through the Order of Saint Francis, he was devoted to ministering to the sick, caring for animals, and he was also active in liturgical roles within his home parish of Christ Church.
Br. Kris Hebble, OSF (1983-2018)
Br. Kris passed away on March 29, 2018 surrounded by family. Kris attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Elyria, Ohio, where he was a Chorister and a member of the Vestry. He also headed St. Andrew’s Outreach Committee, worked in the parish food pantry, and the community meals program. He held an MA in history from Cleveland State University. Br Kris was made a postulant in 2013, took his professed vows in 2016 and became life professed in 2018.
"My calling is to serve God in any capacity that I am able, and to love all of those with whom I come in contact. In God's mercy, they have allowed me to be on this wonderful path of the OSF, which has helped me not only grow as a person and allowed me to be the true person I am, but also to magnify the love of God within me, so that I am overcome with desire to spread this love. Every interaction, every conversation , I am able to share this love with the world"
"My life is service, and my language is love. I will follow this path in what ever capacity you deem right, my Brothers, you are my guides and companions. God bless you all, and I send my love."
- Br Kris Hebble
The Rt. Rev. Greg H. Rickel, Bishop Visitor
Chaplain: Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews
The OSF Advisory Council was formed in 2008 in order to advise the Minister General and the Brothers on certain areas of operations. The individuals which comprise the Advisory Council are selected by the Minister General for their knowledge and expertise in relevant areas, and serve the Order for a specified period of time. The Community-at-large members serve for two year terms and are selected from diverse areas within the various communities where the Order has a presence.