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
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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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 - 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. 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. 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 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.
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. 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. 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. 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 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.
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. 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.
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 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.
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