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. Philip Brochard, assisted by the Associate Rector the Rev. Liz Tichenor, several ordained volunteer assisting priests who lead, preach, and serve on Sundays and at other services, and staff members Joy Shih Ng, Parish Administrator; Jess Powell, Associate for Youth Ministries; Emily Hansen Curran, Associate for Ministry Development; and Scott Garriott, Sexton.
The Reverend Philip Brochard 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
The Reverend Liz Tichenor began as Associate Rector at All Souls in 2014. Mo. Liz grew up in Indiana. She studied Spanish as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and later served there as the Episcopal campus minister. She received her Masters of Divinity at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and a Masters of Arts in Ethics and Social Theory at the Graduate Theological Union. After seminary, Liz served as the Resident Chaplain at Camp Galilee, the Episcopal Camp in the Diocese of Nevada, and as the Associate Rector for Children, Youth and Families at Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno. Liz, her husband Jesse, their daughter Alice, and son Sam live in Berkeley. Email: email@example.com
Joy Shih Ng, Parish Administrator, has a background in graphic design and publishing. She grew up in New York City, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, and granddaughter of a Methodist pastor. She arrived at All Souls in February of 1999 after serving in youth and music ministry at a congregation in southeastern Pennsylvania for twenty years. Currently she holds her membership at an American Baptist church in San Francisco and lives in Sausalito with her husband Don, an American Baptist pastor. Working at All Souls is just part of her ecumenical journey! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jess Powell, Associate for Youth Ministries, is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to the Bay Area in 2015 after a year of service in the Episcopal Service Corps in Davis. She has been active in the youth ministry field in various ways for several years, primarily by working in two churches and serving as a counselor and Day Camp Director at an outdoor ministry camp. Jess is thrilled for the adventures that formation, youth group, and collaboration with the rest of the diocese will bring! Email: email@example.com.
Emily Hansen Curran, 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 South 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jamie Apgar, 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 making a living as a professional organist and countertenor in the Washington, D.C. area. Jamie’s intellectual interests soon led him to the University of California, Berkeley, where he is completing a Ph.D. in Musicology. His research explores music and religion in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England, with a particular focus on the political, intellectual, and theological aspects of contemporary debates over singing, sound, and public worship. While at Cal, he has kept up his performance activities, playing organ and singing countertenor for some of the area’s premier artistic and religious organizations. Jamie and his wife Melanie, also a Ph.D. student at Cal, live in Berkeley. 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 Very Reverend Dr. Donald Brown, Assisting Priest, served parishes in Oregon and Southwest Washington before becoming Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento. He served in that capacity from 1987 until his retirement in 2005. In retirement, Don has become a road cyclist and rides each June in the week long 545 mile AIDS LifeCycle fund raiser. He serves as a mentor in the Episcopal Service Corps in the Diocese of California and is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He and his wife Carol Anne live in Berkeley. They have two adult children, Kevin of Berlin, Germany, and Meredith of New York City.
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, has been a priest associate at All Souls since 2002. She came from the Diocese of Colorado, where she directed an ethics institute and taught at the University of Denver. A priest since 1992, her areas of interest include religion and society, ethics, spirituality, congregational studies, and social justice. Paula also teaches sociology at U.C. Berkeley.
The Reverend Dr. Daniel Prechtel, Assisting Priest, was rector of St. John’s Church, Charlotte, Michigan for 11 years before moving with his spouse, Ruth Meyers, to Evanston, Illinois. In 1993 he founded Lamb & Lion Spiritual Guidance Ministries, llministries.com, for individual and group spiritual direction/companionship, retreat leadership, group spiritual guidance leader training, and spiritual formation programs. While in the Chicago area, Daniel was adjunct faculty for spiritual formation and sometime chaplain at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and a staff member and program director for the Institute of Spiritual Companionship. In 2009 Daniel moved to the Bay Area where he continues his spiritual direction ministry, writing, and guest teaching at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, The Chaplaincy Institute, and other locations.