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. 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, and he was also active in liturgical roles within his home parish of Christ Church.
The Rt. Rev. Greg H. Rickel, Bishop Visitor
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. 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. Bill Tarter, OSF, lives in Port Ludlow, WA. Bill is originally from New Mexico and joined the Franciscans (OFM) in 1971. He received his solemn vows in 1981 and was ordained a Franciscan Roman priest in 1983. He holds a Masters of Divinity from the Athenaeum of Ohio and an MA in School Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. After leaving the Franciscans he worked in hospitals and schools and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Br Bill was received as an Episcopal priest in August, 2012 and serving as an associate priest at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sequim, WA.
Br. Chuck Runge, OSF - Chuck calls St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dousman, Wisconsin his parish home. In addition to serving in a full-time ministry assisting students with special needs at a local Middle School, he continues to work on other ministries such as: job training activities in Milwaukee; volunteering at the VA Hospital in the Mental Health Ward, Spinal Injury and Intensive Care Units; an art ministry called, 'A Brush with God', which prepares individuals to discern through creative work how God might be speaking to them. 'A Brush with God' has recently been incorporated into a local Women's Rescue Center, to aid women in overcoming previous trauma.
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 - Les is a member of and worships at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN. He is new to the Nashville 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. David Anthony De Verny, OSF - David is a very busy parish priest on the South Coast of England. He has a special interest in migration issues and works locally and nationally for the welfare of migrant workers and their families.
Br. Alan Spurgeon, OSF - Alan resides in Bonney LAke, WA, and is active within his parish, St. George: Maple Valley (Eucharistic Visitor, Eucharistic Minister, Worship Leader). Br Alan is currently undergoing discernment to the deaconate and his ministries include working with the elderly, assisting the homeless and raising two sons.
Br. Jeremy Froyen, OSF – Jeremy currently attends Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA and serves as Seminarian at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. He is a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Southeast Florida and calls West Palm Beach home. In addition to liturgical ministry, Jeremy has been involved in youth ministry and homeless outreach.
Br. David Carpenter, OSF - David worships at St. Luke’s in the Meadow: Ft. Worth, and serves as the Parish Administrator and Sexton, as well as Lay Eucharistic Minister/Visitor, and in other liturgical roles. His ministries include committee member of the Diocesan Indaba (Listening Process) Committee, working with Integrity Fort Worth as the chapter’s Secretary, Tarrant Area Community of Churches, and the West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association.
Br. Philip Bentley, OSF - Philip resides in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. He is a former member of the Third Order, Society of St. Francis in Australia. He currently works as a high school teacher and is a volunteer street chaplain/drink safe officer. He worships at St. James Anglican Cathedral in Townsville, where he serves as lay reader, side’s person, and member of the Parish Council. He is an Aspirant in the process toward ordination in the Perpetual Diaconate. Philip holds a PhD from Curtin University, and has recently completed two Graduate Certificates in Philosophy and Theology.
Br. Michael Melendez, OSF - Michael serves as a deacon at the Cathedral of St Paul in Boston, MA. His ministries include work with the homeless, provision of pro bono clinical services to those in need, home/hospital visiting with communion. He is professor emeritus of the Simmons College School of Social Work. Currently he is Associate Bureau Director for Behavioral Health for the Boston Public Health Commission. Michael's clinical expertise is addictions, child maltreatment and trauma.
Br. Kipp Trembley, OSF - Kipp lives in Poulsbo, WA, and attends St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he attends the Education for Ministry class. Kipp serves in the parish counseling center, providing low-cost and pro-bono counseling services for people in need. Kipp is a Home Care Aid provider and Psychotherapist in private practice; specializing in Mood Disorders, Grief and Loss, PTSD, Co-Occurring Disorders, and Developmental Disabilities. Kipp's ministry extends to his private practice through providing low-cost and pro-bono counseling to those in need. Kipp is in the dissertation stage of a Transpersonal Psychology PhD program at Sofia University.
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. Steven Rickard, OSF - Steven lives in Denver, Colorado. He attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, and serves in a number of capacities, including acolyte, lay reader, catechist, and as a member of various committees. Steven volunteers at the St. Francis Center and in the on-site shelter provided by St. Andrew’s for the homeless women of Denver.
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. Jeff Norris, OSF - Jeff resides in Lansing, IL, and attends Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Munster, IN, where he leads the ‘Good Shepherd’ ministry, sits on the vestry, and serves as an acolyte when needed. Jeff frequently serves and prepares meals, collects clothing donations, and helps with Food Pantry orders for the Good Shepherd Mission in East Chicago, IN.
Br. Kris Hebble, OSF - Kris attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Elyria, Ohio, where he is a Chorister and a member of the Vestry. He is also head of St. Andrew’s Outreach Committee, and works in the parish food pantry and the community meals program. He holds an MA in history from Cleveland State University.
Br. David Rutledge, OSF – Br. David worships at St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At St. James, he co-chairs the Mission & Justice committee. The committee organizes social outreach ministries including staffing the emergency Winter Shelter, anti-racism activities, mission work activities and assisting with a feeding program at a local elementary school called “Power Packs”. He also volunteers at the parish breakfast program for the needy called “Anchorage”. Br. David co-leads Evening Prayer on Wednesdays, helps with adult formation programs and is a Eucharistic Minister. He is a retired high school counselor and adjunct college professor.
Br. Michael Newago, OSF - Br. Michael is a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Ashland, WI where he is director of liturgy and worship. Br. Michael is a seminarian attending Nashotah House and a postulant for holy orders with the Diocese of Eau Claire. He is a lifelong resident of the south shore of Lake Superior, has been Involved in church work and ministry since age 8 where he plans on working in parish ministry after ordination. HE received a Bachelor's is Psychology and Theology from Quincy University in Quincy, IL. Br Michael shares his life with wife Karen and their daughter Chloe.
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. Barnabas-Francis McPhail, OSF – Br. 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 Saint Barnabas, Bethnal Green in east London, UK where he serves as Sacristan, Altar Server, Parochial Church Council Treasurer, Deanery Synod Rep, and general dogsbody. Outside of church activities 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 currently working with Brother Vaughan at PRAXIS – a charity helping asylum seekers and refugees as well as alongside the Sisters of Saint Margaret at their homeless outreach in east London.
Br. Christopher Jennings, OSF - Br. Christopher lives in Seattle and is a parishioners at Saint Mark’s Cathedral and Trinity Episcopal in Everett, WA. Br. Chris was baptized in the Antiochian Orthodox Church at age 19. He found the Episcopal Church in 2013 and began his Franciscan journey. His passion and ministry are in LGBT youth activism and Anglo-Orthodox worship.
Duncan Eyre 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.
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.