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 retired priest of the Church of England now living in Dalbeattie, Scotland. 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 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, helping the food bank, support for animal companions 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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, 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. Michael Newago, OSF, is the Priest-in-Charge at Christ Episcopal Church, Bayfield, WI, and at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Ashland, WI. Mike was ordained a priest in the Episcopal church in 2017. He concentrates on serving the poor, homeless, and destitute of the parishes in Northern Wisconsin.
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 - 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.
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.
Bill lives in Ohio and is a deacon in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. He is happily married and likes to cook.
Carlos lives in Miami, Florida. He has 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.
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.