We are blessed to have THE REVEREND ROBERT WILLIAM FISHER, former Associate Rector of All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara, California, as the fourth rector of Saint Dunstan’s church.
Rob was born in 1975 and grew up in Carpinteria, California, a fourth generation Californian. As a youngster he attended All-Saints-by-the Sea and coincidentally served as an acolyte during the time recent Interim Rector, Bishop Gethin Hughes, was Rector there. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in Japanese language and literature. While at Yale, he was active in the leadership of the Yale Russian Chorus, an a cappella singing group formed in the 1950s to preserve Russian folk and liturgical music at a time when it wasÂ outlawed in the Soviet Union. With the YRC he had the experience of singing before Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin in the White House, on tour in Eastern Europe and twice in Carnegie Hall.During this time with the YRC, Rob became energized by what a small group of people could do with some organization and dedication.
During his college summers, Rob worked as an English teacher in Japan and a backpacking guide in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Rob lived in the San Francisco Bay Area during the years after college and worked for various nonprofit organizations and one dot-com during the tech bubble years.
After discerning a call to ministry, he returned to the East Coast to attend seminary at Yale Divinity School During seminary years he was on the staff as a part-time associate for 20s/30s ministry at Saint Bartholomew’s in Manhattan, and served as Chaplain intern for one year at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. He graduated in 2005, receiving an Anglican Diploma from the Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal Seminary at Yale. After he was ordained to the priesthood he spent his first two years of ministry serving the parish of St. Edmund’s in San Marino, California, and served on the board of Union Station Foundation, an organization serving the poor and homeless of the San Gabriel Valley.
One of Rob’s passions is preaching. As he puts it, “Good preaching is an outgrowth of the caring that is shared between the minister and the congregation. I aim to always preach sermons that connect with people’s lives and that offer parishioners something to carry with them into the week ahead.” He is a contributing author to Feasting on the Word, a new lectionary commentary series for preachers, edited by Barbara Brown Taylor and David Bartlett.
In 2004 Rob married Sarah Wood, a journalist, who holds a Bachelors degree from Trent University in Canada and a Masters degree in Journalism from New York University. Until recently, she was Editor-In-Chief of Absolute Return Magazine, the leading trade publication for the U. S. hedge fund industry. She is now a free-lance writer and Mom and is passionate about cooking and nature. She and Rob are the proud parents of Zoe Fisher, born on September 16, 2006, in Pasadena, California.
Rob’s outside interests include surfing, playing the guitar, singing, hiking and sharing the joys of parenthood with Sarah.