The Rev. Richard Yale, or Father Richard as many call him, has been the Rector at St. John’s for over 20 years. He grew up in Southern California, where he still has family.

Richard graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara with a degree in Religious Studies and has a Masters of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal theological school in Berkeley, California, graduating in 1985. He finished his dissertation on secularism and the Church for the Doctorate of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, which he was awarded in December 2015.

Richard started his pastoral ministry in several Southern California parishes, including an intern year in South Central Los Angeles, and being a pastoral assistant at two suburban churches. He also was an interim pastor at a congregation in crisis in the San Gabriel Valley. He and his family moved to Northern California in 1994 to be the pastor at St. Paul’s church in Crescent City, and was called to be rector in Chico in June of 1997.

Richard and his wife, Linda, met at Westmont College. They have three grown daughters, all living out of state, and one grandpup. Linda is the Controller at Western Woods, a wholesale lumber distributor here in Chico.

Richard has many interests and passions. While he is known around the parish as a grill master, he is also quite adept around the stove in creating a variety of dishes. In fact, he and Linda are known for their “Gourmet Fridays” when they kick it up a notch and prepare something special for dinner. Besides cooking, Richard loves to hike and snowshoe in the Sierras, and read history books. He also just got his first electric guitar, but currently only jams in the privacy of his living room.

In the community Richard is involved in several committees and organizations. He is a long time member of the committee at Enloe Hospital that approves experimental drugs and procedures to be used or performed here in Chico. He is also on a similar committee at Chico State that approves research by students and faculty with human subjects.

Richard has been very excited about his involvement in Chico Street Pastors, an ecumenical Christian ministry that patrols downtown on Friday and Saturday nights from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. The aim of the ministry is to care for the many needs of those who frequent downtown in those hours, whether college students who need assistance after a night of revelry or the homeless person seeking help.

During Lent of 2017 be began the process to become an oblate of the Camaldolese Benedictine monastic community in Big Sur. This spiritual journey is currently being discussed in the Rector’s Corner page on this website.

On September 1, 2017 Richard began his tenure as the Dean of the Alta California Deanery of the Diocese of Northern California.