The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer, BSG, has served as Rector for over ten years. His vision in leading Church of Our Saviour is to build community that cultivates a thriving, engaged, and curious faith in Christ that nurtures a life of Christian service and witness for all generations.
Br. Richard Edward is also a professed member of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory, a religious community of The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion devoted to service to God’s people and in keeping a common rule of prayer and witness suited for an apostolic life — a religious life lived out in the world, rather than in a monastery or cloister.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been invited to speak at Interfaith events and retreats on Christian vocation and spirituality, his sermons have been published in Sermons that Work, his reflections have been published by the Episcopal Café, and he posts regularly at his own blog, Caught by the Light.
Ordained to the priesthood in 2002, Richard Edward served previously as Vicar of Christ Episcopal Church — Sei Ko Kai, San Francisco. Having worked in a wide variety of church councils and community organizations concerned with ministry and social justice, he remains active in the ministry of the wider Episcopal Church, having served recently as president of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of California and as a deputy to General Convention, the church’s highest governing body. In 2015, he served at General Convention as secretary of the House of Deputies Resolutions Review Committee. He is also currently serving as Minister Provincial of Province 8 of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory.
Richard Edward grew up in central Kansas, the son of an Episcopal priest and a technical writer. He pursued chemistry and music as an undergraduate, graduating in 1997 from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. He also furthered his musical studies at Northwestern University and the Aspen Music Festival. In 1999, after answering a call to ordained ministry, he attended the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, where he was honored with an Excellence in Ministry Scholarship. Following his ordination in the Diocese of West Missouri, he began his ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of California.
In addition to his vocations in religious and parish life, Richard Edward performs regularly in chamber and solo venues locally and collaborates regularly in musical events of the community.
He and his wife, Hiroko, are raising two children, Daniel and Mari. Together, they enjoy road-trips on the California Coast and spending time with friends and family as far-flung as northwest Arkansas and Okayama, Japan.
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