Father Richard Smith

Vicar

Father Richard Smith, Ph.D. is the Vicar of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco’s Mission District. He holds a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and has taught Religious Studies at various Bay Area universities. He has worked for immigration reform at the city, state, and national level and has worked for social justice in both El Salvador and Nicaragua. To respond to neighborhood violence by individuals, gangs, and law enforcement in the Mission, he organized Mission Nightwalks, a coalition of neighborhood faith communities. He is an advocate for police reform in both San Francisco and at the state level in California.

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