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Karekin Madteos Yarian

Karekin Madteos Yarian lives in San Francisco, providing a ministry of spiritual direction to local clergy and laity across a variety of denominations. They are an author, poet, and social and political activist. In addition to their involvement in Sacred Space SF, an outreach ministry in the Castro’s LGBT*Q community, Karekin also works as Office Manager for San Francisco Night Ministry, as Parish Administrator for Trinity+St. Peter’s Church, and is the Brother Protector for a religious community in formation — The Companions of Dorothy the Worker — an ecumenical order founded to serve the queer community, and named for Dorothy Day. Karekin’s ministries also include work with the Recycled AIDS Medicine Program (RAMP), pastoral support to the queer activist community, and sacred resistance. Karekin is also a member of the Steering Committee of TransEpiscopal. Karekin’s book In Love and Service Bound chronicles the first forty years of the Brotherhood. Karekin’s second book, How To Be a Disciple and Digital, was released in the Spring of 2018. Brother Karekin lives with husband Anthony and their two dogs, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Changing Habits directed by Sarah Needham. Online, Karekin is known as PunkMonk, San Francisco.

Francis Sebastian Medina

Francis Sebastian Medina is a member of Saint John the Evangelist, San Francisco, where he serves as Subdeacon, Acolyte, Eucharistic Minister and Healing Minister.

Richard Edward Helmer

Richard Edward Helmer is Minister Provincial for Province 8. Rector of Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley, California, he also has recently served the Diocese of California and the wider church as Assistant Secretary of Diocesan Convention, president of the diocesan Standing Committee, as a deputy to General Convention, as Secretary of the House of Deputies Resolutions Review Committee, and on the Standing Commission for Structure, Governance, Constitution and Canons. He serves as the Brotherhood’s Webmaster, and develops the BSG Daily Office App. A classical pianist, Richard Edward performs and accompanies regularly in recitals around the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife, Hiroko, and their children, Daniel and Mari, enjoy road trips together along the California Coast and visiting friends and family as far flung as Okayama, Japan, and Arkansas.

Scott Michael Pomerenk

Scott Michael Pomerenk worships at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado, and at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, serving as a Eucharistic minister, acolyte, lector, Cathedral docent, and delegate to diocesan conventions. He was an Alternate Deputy to the 77th and 78th General Conventions, and has served in several governance roles in the Diocese of California. He writes and directs short Surrealist films and lives in Denver with his wife, Erica.

David Benedict Hedges

David Benedict Hedges is Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Church in Tucson, Arizona, and serves on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Arizona. He previously served parishes in the Diocese of Chicago, and as a Deputy to the 78th General Convention. He is married to Carly Flagg, a sign language interpreter, and they have a daughter, Zoe. Dave enjoys letter-writing and postal ephemera, and long road trips.