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. Kris Wilder, OSF - Kris is an active parish member of St. John the Baptist: West Seattle, in the neighborhood in which he resides. He also keeps busy with being an instructor of West Seattle Karate Academy. Kris is a published author and carries a black belt in karate.
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. 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. Louis Skipper, OSF - Louis (Louie) is rector of three small parishes in south Talladega County in the Diocese of Alabama. While his time in and out of the parish is spent in pastoral care and spiritual direction, he actively works with local agencies to provide help for hungry children and with the dying who are destitute.
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. 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. Alan Spurgeon, OSF - Alan resides in Ravensdale, WA, and is active within his parish, St. George: Maple Valley (Eucharistic Visitor, Eucharistic Minister, Worship Leader). Current external ministries include working with the elderly and assisting the homeless.
Br. Chuck Hannan, OSF - Brother Chuck is a member of Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tucson, Arizona, and The Church of Our Saviour in Lakeside, Arizona. He serves the Church as a Sub-Deacon, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Chali cist , and is a member of the Pastoral Care Support Team making hospital, assisted living and home visits to the homebound . Br. Chuck also serves on the Social Services Ministry Team where he is an advocate for the homeless community and those who are experiencing various types of personal and family crises in their life due to unemployment or underemployment. Once a month he cooks and delivers meals to a "drop-in center" for homeless men in Tucson that is run by a Roman Catholic Franciscan friar (OFM).
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Kipp Trembley, OSF - Kipp lives in Poulsbo, WA, and attends St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he attends and co-facilitates the Education for Ministry class. Kipp serves in the parish counseling center, providing pro-bono counseling services for people in the community. Kipp is a Home Care Aid provider and Psychotherapist in private practice; specializing in Mood Disorders, Grief and Loss, PTSD, and Developmental Disabilities. Kipp is in the dissertation stage of a Transpersonal Psychology PhD program at Sofia University.
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. 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. Greg Musick, OSF - Gregg lives in Seattle, WA, and attends St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where he serves as Lector and Usher. He volunteers for 'The Lord’s Table', a program which feeds the homeless of inner city Seattle, and also serves annually as Acolyte for ‘Ashes to Go’ on Ash Wednesday. He also works as an artistic liturgical planner, creates vestments and altar hangings, and is a writer of sacred icons. He hopes to soon begin ministries in grief counseling and reading instruction for adults. He is currently pursuing a second degree in interior design at Bellevue College.
Br. Paul Myatt, OSF - Paul worships at St. Barnabas Church in McMinnville, Oregon, where he serves as acolyte, chalicer, and thurifer, leads a weekly evening prayer service, and assists with youth ministry. He is an Aspirant in the discernment process for Holy Orders, and a student at Oregon State University, working toward completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Psychology.
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. David Rutledge, OSF – David lives in Strasburg, Pennsylvania and worships at Saint James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At Saint James, he co-chairs the Mission & Justice committee, volunteers at the parish breakfast program for the needy called “Anchorage”, assists with parish communications and leading the Daily Offices at Saint James and is a retired high school counselor and adjunct college professor.
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.
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.
The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel - Bishop, Diocese of Olympia
The Rt. Rev. Philip M. Duncan - Bishop, Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
Laura Vanderpool - Public Relations Specialist, Seattle, Washington
The Rev. Robert Wright - London, England
The Rev. David John Battrick - Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, New South Wales
The Rev. J. R. Lander - St. Columba Episcopal Church, Diocese of Olympia