Order of Saint Francis

A Contemporary Expression of Franciscan Tradition within the Anglican Communion

Brothers

Brotherhood

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.

Eternal Order

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

Bishop Greg Rickel is the 8th Bishop of Olympia. The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is geographically made up of the western third of Washington state running from the peaks of the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean and from Canada to Oregon. Greg was ordained/consecrated bishop on September 15, 2007

The Rev. James Thibodeaux, Chaplain

Rev. James Thibodeaux serves as Chaplain to the OSF. He is the Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in the International District of Seattle, and lives in the Rectory along with his wife Annika and their two children.

Minister General

Br. Zane Young, OSF (Minister General) - Br. Zane resides in the Pacific Northwest, where he is a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in the International District of Seattle, as well as St. Barnabas: Bainbridge Island. He is also a member of St. Stephen's: Wichita Falls, when he is in Texas. He is employed as a Research Coordinator at Texas Tech University, working in air quality research, and he also teaches Geography online for Cameron University.

Life Professed

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.

Professed

Br. Charles Hannan, OSF - Chuck worships at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tucson, AZ, and at The Church of Our Saviour in Lakeside, AZ. At Grace St. Paul’s, Chuck serves as Sub-Deacon, Anointer/Healer, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, and as a member of both the Pastoral Care Team and the Social Services Ministry team. Much of his ministry centers on serving the poor—especially those who are about to lose utility services or be evicted, and the homeless and marginalized in the Tucson community. At Church of Our Saviour, Br. Chuck serves as Chalicer and Lay Eucharistic Visitor, and is currently building a ministry to the homeless and the homebound in that metropolitan area.

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 lives in Ashburn, VA and worships at St. Matthew's in Sterling, VA, where he serves on the Spiritual Formation Committee and as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. His external ministries and passion is working with those in jail, as a one-on-one religious mentor, and with those who are recently released from jail/prison.  Br. Les has recently been appointed as Executive Director of the Loudoun Aftercare Program, a ecumenical faith-based mentoring program, designed specifically to help men and women who are currently incarcerated make a smooth transition back into society.

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, a 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. 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.

Novices

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. 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, where he serves as an acolyte. Andrew likes to keep busy by actively serving in the local prison ministry, Food Pantry, and children's Sunday school. 

Br. Kipp Trembley, OSF - Kipp lives in Poulsbo, WA, and attends St. Pauls Episcopal Church where he serves as Lay Reader, Eucharistic Minister, and attends Education for Ministry class. Kipp also serves in the parish counseling center, providing pro-bono counseling services for people in the community. Currently a psychotherapist and family crisis interventionist in private practice, with a psycho-spiritual orientation, 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. Kevin David Crinks, OSF - Kevin is a formerly professed Tertiary of the Society of St. Francis and works as a parish priest in the north west of England. His parish has a particular ministry to asylum seekers and refugees and Kevin has concern for community relations and has a ministry among those with homelessness issues. Before ordination Kevin was a nurse working in caring for the dying.

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.

Postulants

Robert Rhodes lives in Sequim, WA, on the Olympic Peninsula. He was ordained Deacon and Priest in 1979, and is currently the Rector of St. Luke’s in Sequim. In addition to parish ministry, Robert was a volunteer firefighter/EMT for 20 years, has twice served as Chief Officer, and continues responding to emergency calls as an Advanced EMT. He served the American Red Cross in both local and national disasters as a volunteer and Supervisor. Robert and his wife Patricia have twice been involved in medical missions to Dangriga, Belize. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Harold Cowherd lives in East Lansing, MI and attends All Saints Episcopal Church where he is involved in music, adult education and social justice ministries. He holds Masters degrees from Long Island University and Syracuse University in music composition and counseling psychology, and a Ph.D in music composition and theory from Michigan State University. He is a nationally recognized freelance composer, and has presented research in psychology on the success of urban youths, intercultural communication, the infusion of LGBT content in arts and humanities courses, and mental health barriers (and remedies) for Hispanics.

Kris Hebble 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.


Paul Dahlke lives in Kirkland, WA, where he attends St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. He is currently serving as an Usher and Vestry member, and in numerous other roles in his parish. He is also a Software Tester, and has worked for numerous technology companies, both large and small, throughout the years. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Washington State University. Paul also keeps busy supporting his family members with their activities in education and the arts, and he often works with the elderly.

Paul Myatt 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.

Jeff Norris 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.

Greg Musick 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. 

Advisory Council

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.


Council Members


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