The clergy at All Souls are always accessible to meet with newcomers and members to talk about their faith journeys, doubts, questions, or life as part of the congregation. The quality of their care, compassion, and love for the members of All Souls is a big part of our parish’s spirit of acceptance and loving kindness.
Our rector is the Rev. Phil Brochard, assisted by several volunteer assisting clergy who lead, preach, and serve on Sundays and at other services, and staff members Emily Hansen Curran, Associate for Ministry Development; Jamie Apgar, Associate for Music; Annie Rovzar, Administrative Assistant, and Scott Garriott, Sexton; and Steve Zimmerman, Bookkeeper.
The Reverend Phil Brochard (he/him) joined the staff as the 12th Rector of All Souls in 2008. Fr. Brochard is a native of the Bay Area. He completed his undergraduate work in media and education at the University of California, Berkeley, and worked in broadcasting in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Sponsored for ordination from the Diocese of California, he received his Masters of Divinity at the General Theological Seminary, gaining a national perspective on the Episcopal Church. He came to All Souls from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek, where he was the associate rector. Phil, his wife Sarah Oneto, and sons Benjamin and Jonah live in Albany. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Hansen Curran, (she/her) Associate for Ministry Development, joined the team at All Souls in the fall of 2015. Originally from Modesto, Emily and her wife Megan have put down roots in West Berkeley. She studied theology, ministry and poetry at Fuller Theological Seminary, and also brings the knowledge of what it takes to make a feast happen from time spent working at Tacolicious in San Francisco. Emily’s work focuses on welcoming newcomers and connecting new members into the community, facilitating the health of our many ministry teams, supporting parish life, and leading the Catechumenate. Next time you’re at church, stop by to see the amazing ministry map covering her office wall, and look for where you want to add your name! Email: email@example.com.
Dr. Jamie Apgar, (he/him) Associate for Music, grew up singing in the Boys’ Choir of St. David’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD. After receiving his B.A. from Yale, he spent a year freelancing as an organist and countertenor in the Washington, D.C. area. In 2018 Jamie completed a Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of California, Berkeley, with a dissertation on music and religious politics in late Tudor and early Stuart England. In addition to running the music program at All Souls, he is Chapel Musician and Lecturer in Church Music at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Jamie and his wife Melanie, who teaches musicology at San Francisco Conservatory, live in Berkeley. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annie Rovzar, Administrative Assistant, is originally from Southern California (Long Beach and San Juan Capistrano) and has been living in the Bay Area since 2005. She received an MFA in Poetry from the University of San Francisco in 2013, and for the past decade, she has taught creative writing in numerous settings, including San Quentin State Prison and USF. She currently teaches poetry and performance at a high school for pregnant and parenting teens in the Mission when she’s not in the office at All Souls. Having summers off (the perks of being a teacher!) afforded Annie the immense blessing of walking the Camino de Santiago five times (and counting, it seems)—she’s happy to chat with anyone making the journey. Email: email@example.com.
Steve Zimmerman, Bookkeeper, joined All Souls in the summer of 2016. Steve has lived in the Bay Area since 1968 with the exception of two years in Stockton while attending the University of the Pacific and two years in New York finishing his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University. Steve has prior experience with church finances and also serves as the internal auditor for the Diocese. He was born in Johnstown Pennsylvania and is a life-long Steelers and Pirates fan. Steve has two adult children, and four wonderful grandchildren living in Pittsburg (CA). He is an avid cyclist having completed numerous 100 mile bike rides. In addition to cycling, Steve enjoys kayaking and hiking, and of course spending time with his grandkids. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rev. Dani Gabriel (they/them) is a poet and writer, author of Diakonia available at www.episcopalcafe.com and the forthcoming Low Rent Prophet (Nomadic Press), among other titles. They are the Poet Laureate of El Cerrito, CA. They have a passion for the places where art, spirituality, and social justice intersect. They and their family have been proud Allsoulsians for almost a decade, and they are now thrilled to be serving both All Souls Parish in Berkeley and St. Alban’s in Albany as deacon.
The Reverend Joseph Delgado, Assisting Priest, was ordained as a priest into the Roman Catholic Diocese of San José, CA in 1994, and received as priest into the Diocese of California in December 2012. Born on Guam, he resides with his husband, the Reverend Michael E. Lemaire, Jr. in Oakland with their miniature Schnauzer, Andy. Joseph is currently a Medical Social Worker in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for people living with infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis A, B and C) and has served for over 12 years. He and Michael are extremely active in the life and spiritual growth of the communities they serve.
The Reverend Michael Lemaire Jr, Assisting Priest, grew up on a dairy farm in Stowe, VT and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College in 1988. After working for 10 years as a chef in New Orleans and San Francisco, he received his Master of Divinity from The Jesuit School of Theology in 2000. He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at Saint Francis Hospital in San Francisco and received his Board Certification as a Chaplain from the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2006. He earned a certificate of Anglican Studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2010 and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of California later that year. He works as the Adult Palliative Care Chaplain at Kaiser Permanente East Bay. He has been a member of All Souls Parish with his husband, Joseph Delgado since 2003.
The Reverend Dr. Ruth A. Meyers, Assisting Priest, is Dean of Academic Affairs and Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Prior to her 2009 appointment to the CDSP faculty, she taught liturgics at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Currently the chair of the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, she is an associate member of the Council of Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission and a past president of North American Academy of Liturgy, and she has served on the Steering Committee of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, in which she continues to be an active participant. Her publications include Continuing the Reformation: Re-Visioning Baptism in the Episcopal Church (Church Publishing, 1997); Worship-Shaped Life: Liturgical Formation and the People of God, co-edited with Paul Gibson (Canterbury Studies in Anglicanism, 2010); and numerous articles. From 1999 through 2007 Dr. Meyers was a member of the Anglican/Roman Catholic Consultation in the United States. Her current research focuses on the relationship of liturgy and mission.
The Reverend Dr. Paula Nesbitt, Assisting Priest, and her husband (Kirk Miller) have been at All Souls since 2002. Following her M.Div. and Ph.D. (Harvard), she was ordained a priest (1992) and then taught and directed an ethics institute at the University of Denver prior to serving as a visiting associate professor of sociology at U.C. Berkeley for 10 years. Her current appointment is at the Graduate Theological Union (Visiting Professor of Sociology of Religion). She also serves on the Steering Group of the Anglican Communion’s Anglican Peace and Justice Network as well as the International Anglican Women’s Network, and as a research consultant for varied Anglican and Episcopal projects. Her books include Indaba! A Way of Listening, Engaging, and Understanding across the Anglican Communion (Church Publishing, 2017), Feminization of the Clergy in America: Occupational and Organizational Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 1997), and Religion and Social Policy, an edited collection (AltaMira, 2001). Interests include religion and multicultural societies, ethics and social justice, spirituality, and congregational studies.
The Very Reverend Dr. Peggy Patterson, Assisting Priest, is recently retired after ten years as Dean of the Cathedral Church of Saint John in Wilmington DE. She has also served as Chaplain and Head of the Religion Department at The Episcopal School of Dallas, Canon Pastor of St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas, and Associate Rector at the Church of the Holy Faith in Santa Fe, NM. In retirement, Peggy also served as a Hospice Chaplain in Santa Fe and surrounding Pueblos and villages. Peggy has three children and five grandchildren. They live in suburban New York, Dallas, and Albany, CA. Her passions are music, travel, dinner with friends, reading, Centering Prayer, and Pilgrimage. Peggy has led Pilgrimages to Assisi, Taizé, France, and Chartres and loves her Ten Day Silent Retreats at St. Benedicts Monastery in Snowmass, CO. Peggy also teaches Introduction to Pastoral Theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific as Adjunct Faculty.
The Reverend Dr. Daniel Prechtel, Assisting Priest, was ordained in 1984 and served as rector of St. John’s Church, Charlotte, Michigan for 11 years. Daniel was adjunct faculty for spiritual formation and sometime chaplain at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he earned his doctor of ministry degree in 2002. He served 12 years as a faculty member, practicum supervisor, and small group leader program director for the Institute of Spiritual Companionship. In 2009 Daniel moved to the Bay Area with his wife, Ruth Meyers. Daniel supervises spiritual direction students for the Chaplaincy Institute’s interfaith spiritual direction program. He is an Oblate with St. Gregory’s Abbey, a Benedictine community of Episcopalians in Three Rivers, Michigan. He is the author of two books published by Morehouse: Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Spiritual Direction for Small Groups (2012); and Light on the Path: Guiding Symbols for Insight and Discernment (2016). Daniel has operated Lamb & Lion Spiritual Guidance Ministries since 1993. For more information on his spiritual guidance, healing, discernment, and spiritual journeying assistance go to his website at llministries.com.