Clergy & Staff
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, several ordained volunteer assisting priests who lead, preach, and serve on Sundays and at other services, and staff members Joy Shih Ng, Parish Administrator; Sara Gunter, Associate for Parish Life and Youth Minister; and Christopher Putnam, Associate for Liturgy and Music.
|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.
|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 where she is active in women’s and music ministry. She lives in Sausalito with her husband Don, an American Baptist pastor. Working at All Souls is just part of her ecumenical journey!
|Christopher Putnam, Associate for Liturgy and Music, has been at All Souls since 2004, where he oversees the parish’s vibrant and eclectic music program, including directing the choir, as well as playing the organ, piano, and washtub bass for church liturgies. A native Californian, he has held positions at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, San Diego and All Saints, Beverly Hills, before arriving in the Bay Area in 1994 to begin a nine-year association with San Francisco’s landmark Grace Cathedral. He lives in Berkeley with his spouse Caroline.
|Sara Gunter, Associate for Parish Life and Director of Youth Ministries, has her bachelor’s in Communication Arts and Sciences with a minor in Gender Studies from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. In Chicago she was active in youth ministry on parish and diocesan levels as a youth herself and later as an adult. She is excited to be working with the youth of All Souls Parish. She enjoys playing games, sharing food, exploring scripture, learning about different kinds of prayer and participating in service opportunities with the youth. In her free time she experiments with her spiralizer, practices Bikram Yoga, reads classic literature and fantasy novels, listens to NPR and watches “Parks and Recreation” As she studies grace, prayer and hospitality she has been most influenced by Martin L. Smith, Frederick Buechner, Anne Lamott and Henri Nouwen. She is intrigued by Orthodoxy, the Emergent movement and intentional community.
|The Very Reverend 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 Dr. Horace Griffin, Assisting Priest, joined the All Souls family in 2009. A native Floridian and School of Theology graduate of Boston University, he served most recently as Associate Priest for Youth and Family Ministries at All Saints Episcopal Church, Glen Rock, NJ. While on the faculty at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in the Diocese of Chicago, he was ordained a priest in 2005. A professor of Pastoral Theology and Leadership at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, he teaches courses in Congregational Leadership and Gender and Sexuality. His work at All Souls includes adult formation and pastoral care. As an openly gay priest and author of Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians and Gays in Black Churches (2006 Lambda Literary Award Winner), he is involved in progressive Christian conversations on race and homosexuality currently taking place in the Episcopal Church USA and Anglican Communion.|
|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 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, Dan 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 Dan 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.|
|The Reverend David Stone, Assisting Priest, joined the staff in early 2008. A graduate of CDSP in Berkeley in 1960, he served as a curate at a church in Portland before transferring to the Diocese of Idaho where he served in parish ministry. David and his wife Carol returned to live in Berkeley after a number of years in Idaho and he worked for the City of Berkeley, raised four children, and were foster parents to 25 youth. He regularly assists in the liturgy on Thursdays, and Sundays.|