Office of the Bishop

David C. Rice

Bishop David

Bishop David

The Rt. Rev’d. David C. Rice

The Rt. Rev’d. David C. Rice is the Diocesan Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin.  An Episcopal Bishop offers governance over the diocese in which he or she has been consecrated or translated (moving from another diocese).  This governance occurs through various synodical processes.  Their presidency includes ordinations and confirmations.  A bishop supervises the clergy of his or her diocese and is the Chief Priest.

David was formerly the Diocesan Bishop in the Diocese of Waiapu in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Polynesia.  The geography and agricultural emphasis of/in Waiapu is not dissimilar to that of San Joaquin.  Moreover, the inclusive emphasis of both dioceses and the focus on “missional ministry” are included in the fascinating list of similarities which these dioceses share though hemispheres apart.  Prior to David’s consecration as the fifteenth Bishop of Waiapu, he was Dean of the Cathedral of St. Paul’s in the Diocese of Dunedin in New Zealand.  And before David’s deanship, he was Vicar of Mt. Herbert Parish on Banks Peninsula in the Diocese of Christchurch also in NZ.  David became an Anglican Priest in 1997, prior to that he was a United Methodist Minister.

David has been involved in the ministry with young people for many years.  He was the Youth Liaison Bishop representing the House of Bishops in the “youth scene” in the three tikanga (culture) church in New Zealand.  Equally, David is a strong “ecumenist” and has a history of exploring ways in which the church can be far more collaborative and collegial across denominations and faiths.  David also has a heart for social justice ministry and continues to seek ways in which the church can join with all of God’s People where ever they are.

David has a M. Div from Duke Divinity School, Duke University and a B.A. from Lenoir Rhyne University, both in North Carolina.

David is a keen sportsperson.  He has been a competitive cyclist and runner.  He loves fly fishing (understatement)!  He loves to travel and he enjoys exploring ways he and Tracy can connect with family and friends who live all over the world.

David is married to Tracy, their son is Ian and their daughter is Zoe and their third kid is Lexi, their golden retriever.



Anna Carmichael

Canon Anna

The Rev’d Canon Anna Carmichael

The Rev’d. Anna Carmichael serves The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin as the Canon to the Ordinary.

Anna is from a small farming community in North Carolina, and later lived in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia with her parents and sister. Anna graduated from Barton College, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has a Master of Science in Community and College Counseling from Longwood College in Virginia.

After graduation Anna moved to San Marcos, Texas and worked at what is now Texas State University (previously Southwest Texas State University) in the Student Affairs Division working with first generation college students and freshmen.

After a few years in Texas, she accepted a position at Virginia Tech, again in Student Affairs and Housing, working with college students in special programs.

It was during her time at Virginia Tech that she was encouraged to consider the priesthood. However, Anna moved to Costa Mesa, California to attend Vanguard University and got a Master’s in Theological Studies. At Vanguard, with the mentorship of The Rev. Dr. Barbara Stewart, then Rector of St. John’s in Costa Mesa, of Bp. Neff Powell (Southwestern Virginia) and Bp. Jon Bruno (Los Angeles), she was able to begin discernment to the priesthood. Anna was accepted to seminary at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, and was warmly received by Bishop Jon Bruno into the Diocese of Los Angeles. There she completed her Candidacy for Ordination, and was ordained transitional deacon, and then priest.

Anna’s first call out of seminary was to St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and School in San Juan Capistrano, California. There she served as an Associate Priest and taught classes in the high school in the areas of Old Testament, Philosophy and Ethics, and Mythology. She also served her last year at St. Margaret’s as Chair of the Religion and Philosophy department.

In 2010, Anna was called to serve as Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Hood River, Oregon. At St. Mark’s, she served on Diocesan Council and Standing Committee, and the Futures Committee. Anna was Chair of the Hood River Warming Shelter (now Hood River Shelter Services) and the coordinator for the Emergency Voucher Program.

Since 2011, Anna has been working on her PhD in the Religion and Philosophy, with a specialization in Women’s Spirituality through California Institute of Integral Studies. It is her hope to begin writing her dissertation in the fall of 2017.

Anna is married to Matt Carmichael. Matt has recently completed his Master’s Degree in History, which is in addition to his degree in Library and Information Science. They have two amazing cats—Ted and Georgia—who are their “fur children”.


Ellen Meyer

Ellen Meyer

Ellen Meyer

Diocesan Administrator

Ellen Meyer services the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin as the Administrator. As part of the diocesan staff, Ellen serves the Bishop and Canon and works with the Treasurer and Chancellor.  Ellen is responsible for the office management serving the needs of clergy and lay.  She currently is the coordinator of the Diocesan Congregational Peer Review Committee and the B+E+S+T (Bishop Executive Secretaries Together) Province Representative for Province VIII.

Ellen grew up in Sacramento, California and attended St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church where her family was very active. Ellen received an Associated Arts degree from American River Junior College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Management at Humboldt State University.

After graduating, Ellen was hired in the Kmart Apparel training program and managed two stores in Orange County and one store in Phoenix, Arizona. She was then promoted to district manager in northern Colorado and was promoted again to be the district manager in the San Joaquin Valley. While raising her children, Ellen worked in personnel at Macy’s training new associates. Ellen assisted opening a trendy furniture and accessory store as manager and assistant buyer. Most recently Ellen was an associate with an advertising agency in Modesto, CA and worked with sales, ad campaigns, bookkeeping and was the office manager and later worked with a political consultant before serving with the Diocese of San Joaquin.

Ellen enjoys volunteering in the community. She has been a member of the League of Women Voters of Stanislaus County for 23 years and served as President 2007-2010. Ellen is an active Rotarian with Modesto Rotary Club and is a graduate of the Modesto Chamber’s Leadership Modesto program. Ellen has served on the Modesto Salary Setting Committee created as part of the Modesto City Charter Review. Ellen enjoys history and is in a history book club, the arts, and gardening. She has two children, now young adults, Derek and Carolyn.