The Rev. Richard Yale, or Father Richard as many call him, has been the Rector at St. John’s for almost 18 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 is currently finishing his dissertation for the Doctorate of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

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.

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.