We are a brotherhood of like-minded men who follow St. Francis’ example as a discipline to serve God. We are an order that exists apostolically, living out in the world with normal lives, rather than as a cloistered order. Our members live in different parts of the world, all with our own individual ministry based on the needs of the local community and parish.
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 August 2009 upon his death. Originally a Greek Orthodox monk, Br Nicholas left that order, joined the Episcopal church and became a Franciscan. Through the Order, he was primarily devoted to ministry to the sick and was also active in liturgical roles within his home parish of Christ Church.
The Rt. Rev. Greg H. Rickel, Bishop Visitor
The Rev. James Thibodeaux, Chaplain
Rev. James Thibodeaux serves as Chaplain to the OSF. He is the Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal in the International District of Seattle and lives in the Rectory along with wife Annika and daughter.
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 Eucharist Minister. His ministries Includes working at a free dining hall, offering regular services to residents at a local Nursing Home, and is a street chaplain for the homeless.
Br. Derek Nelson, OSF - Derek Paul Nelson 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. 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 also a published author and carries a black belt in karate.
Br. David Anthony de Verny, OSF - Br 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. Mark Jenkins, OSF -- Brother Mark comes to the OSF from the Franciscan Friars of Fort Lauderdale. He currently lives in Tappahannock, VA in the Diocese of Virginia and is a member of St. John's Church, Lunenburg Parish, Warsaw, VA. There he serves as an 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. 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. Louis Skipper, OSF-- Brother 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, LEM, healing ministry, and as Eucharistic Visitor. 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 other liturgical positions. 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. Rayburn Barton, OSF - Rayburn is a member at All Saint's-Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where he is constructing a new spirit garden. Dr. Barton is currently Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort where he teaches courses in American National Government and Current Issues in American Politics.
Br. Les Roberts, OSF - Les lives in Ashburn, VA and attends St. David's Episcopal where he serves in several positions including: Prayer Ministry Co-Leader, Bible Study Co-leader, Small Group Leader, Morning Prayer Worship Leader, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, and as a member of the Welcoming and Domestic Outreach ministries. Les' external ministries include working in prison aftercare. Les is currently engaged in the discernment process for the vocational diaconate.
Br. Chuck Runge, OSF - Chuck comes to the OSF from the Third Order of The Society of St. Francis. He serves as an Acolyte at The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Mukwonago, WI. Chuck serves in a full time ministry assisting students with special needs in a local Middle School. He also volunteers at the VA Hospital in the Mental Health Ward and Intensive Care Unit, and at the Diocese of Milwaukee, Hospitality Center - a ministry of the diocese for the marginalized of society in Racine, WI at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Brother Chuck is starting a vocational retraining program designed to bring local industries together with various resources to develop a residential retraining program where the marginalized not only receive living quarters, but training in and by an employer that will result in a job offer.
Br. Andrew Jameson, OSF - Andrew resides in New Orleans, LA. He is an active member of St anna's episcopal church in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, LA where he serves as an acolyte . Andrew likes to keep busy by actively serving in the Prison ministry, Food Pantry, and childrens sunday school.
Br. Michael Boland, OSF - Mike lives in Oakton, VA and attends St. Anne's Episcopal in Reston, VA where he serves as crucifer, lay reader and Eucharistic Visitor. He recently joined the pastoral care ministry (Stephen's Ministry). Michael is in his third year of EFM (Education For Ministry - four-year program) and he organized a Walk for the Homeless.
Br. Michael Melendez, OSF - Michael serves as a deacon at the Cathedral of St Paul in Boston, MA. He is also a professor and Director of the M.S.W. Program at Simmons College School of Social Work. His ministries include work with the homeless, provision of pro bono clinical services to those in need, home/hospital visiting with communion, co-leading a parents group. Michael's clinical expertise is addictions, child maltreatment and trauma. He is in the process of developing ecumenical religious outreach services to those in residential treatment programs.
Br. Jeremy Froyen, OSF - Jeremy lives in West Palm Beach, FL and is a parishioner at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church where he is active in youth ministry, serves on the Vestry and as a Eucharistic Minister and Visitor, and is a member of the Parish Choir. He is also active in the Palm Beach chapter of Integrity where he currently serves on the Board of Directors and is a Youth Mentor at the Compass Community Center. Jeremy is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with degrees in History and Religious Studies and is currently engaged in the discernment process for the priesthood in the Diocese of Southeast Florida.
Community of Hope-International, and a member of the Pastoral Care Team and Social Services Ministry team. Chuck's ministry is serving the poor, the homeless, the sick, and the marginalized as an advocate, a quiet listeand resource person; helping people to get through the maze of the various local, state and Federal agencies.
He and his wife, Nan are 4th year EFM students.
Steven lives in Denver, Colorado. He attends St. Andrew’s 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.
Sam lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is active at the Episcopal Church of St. Clements serving as Eucharistic Minister, sings in the choir, and soon to be serving in the Healing Ministry. He volunteers at the local homeless shelter offering primary care services to those in need and 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.
Kipp lives in Bremerton, WA, and attends St. Pauls Episcopal Church. Kipp is serving in the parish counseling center, providing pro-bono counseling services for people in the community. Currently a psychotherapist in private practice, with a psycho-spiritual orientation, Kipp is in the dissertation stage of a transpersonal psychology PhD program at Sofia University (prev. "ITP"). This work involves advocacy, life skills and parenting education, psychotherapy, counseling, crisis management, and assistance with access to resources.
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 communities that the Order has a presence within.
The Right Reverend Gregory H. Rickel - Bishop, Diocese of Olympia
The Right Reverend Philip M. Duncan - Bishop, Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
Laura Vanderpool - Public Relations Specialist, Seattle, Washington
The Reverend Robert Wright - London, England
The Reverend David John Battrick - Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, New South Wales
The Reverend J.R. Lander - Vicar; St Columba Episcopal, Diocese of Olympia