MEET OUR STAFF AND LEADERSHIP
Father Luke Childs is the Rector (Priest or Pastor in-charge) of St. Francis Anglican Church.
Father Luke was born and raised in Wolverhampton, England, growing up through the Church of England. He then spent some years in the Orthodox Church before moving to California to marry his wife Trista and attending a parish in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) together.
Father Luke was ordained as a deacon in August of 2021 at a service attended by the Archbishop of the ACNA, the Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, and as a priest in May of 2022 by the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Eric Menees.
Father Luke lives with his wife Trista and their two young children, Ada and Henry. His interests include the Church Fathers, liturgical singing and chanting, science fiction, fast cars, and supporting his hometown soccer team of Wolves in the English Premier League.
Father Luke is also the current vice-president of the Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, and webmaster of the Vergers' Guild of the ACNA.
BISHOP ERIC MENEES
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Eric Vawter Menees was consecrated to be the Fifth Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin on September 24, 2011. Prior to his election Fr. Menees served as the Rector of the Anglican Church of the Resurrection in San Marcos, CA.
A graduate of the General Theological Seminary, Fr. Menees received his Doctor of Ministry from Seabury-Western in 2006. After he graduated from seminary Fr. Menees was ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and subsequently served as the Deacon/Priest in Charge of the Church of Epiphany and the Associate Rector of the Church of the Messiah, both of which were Spanish language ministries.
The Rev. Menees served as the Chaplain to the Bishop’s School in La Jolla prior to becoming Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in San Marcos, CA.
For reasons of conscience, the Rev. Menees left Grace Episcopal and founded the Anglican Church of the Resurrection in 2006. He is a vowed Third Order Franciscan.
The Rt. Rev. Menees is married to Florence Guadalupe Mira-Menees and has a daughter, Milagro, and a son, Sebastian.