The Most Rev. John E. Upham
Archbishop, Anglican Province of Christ the King
The Right Reverend John E Upham grew up in Raleigh and was confirmed by the late Bishop James Pollard Clark of the Diocese of the Southern States. Bishop Upham holds a Bachelor degree in Music Education and Performance (Voice and Organ) and a Master of Education (Counseling) from Campbell University, an M.Div. and a Master of Theology from Duke University Divinity School, a Doctor of Theology from St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary and a Doctor of Canon Law degree from St. Andrew’s. Archbishop Upham was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Clark on August 21 st , 1999 and in December 2001, he was called to be Rector at St. George’s Anglican Church in Raleigh. Father Upham retired from teaching in 2004 and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of the Atlantic States on August 15 th , 2012 and installed as Bishop Ordinary in 2016 by Archbishop Morrison. He has served as Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Christ the King since January 1, 2020.
The Rt. Rev. Donald Ashman
Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of the Western States
The Diocesan Bishop is The Right Reverend Donald M. Ashman. Bishop Ashman was elected Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of the Western States on April 22, 2016 and enthroned by the Most Reverend Frederick G. Morrison the following day at Saint Peter’s Pro-Cathedral in Oakland, California. Bishop Ashman was previously consecrated Suffragan Bishop on August 15, 2012 at Saint Peter’s Pro-Cathedral by the Most Reverend James E. Provence, the Most Reverend Robert S. Morse, the [then] Right Reverend Frederick G. Morrison, and the Right Reverend Dr. William C. Wiygul.
The Rt. Rev. Peter F. Hansen
Bishop Coadjutor; Rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Chico
The Right Reverend Peter Falconer Hansen was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of the Western States in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 21, 2017. In spring of 2021, the Synod of the Diocese of the Western States elected him as coadjutor.
In 1967, Peter Hansen thought he would train to be an architect, so he obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from U.C. Berkeley in 1972.
God had other ideas. Called to be an Anglican priest, Peter Hansen received a seminary degree from St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College in Berkeley and was ordained in 1985, serving churches in Sacramento and Chico, California. He has served as Rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, Chico since 1991.
Father Hansen was called to be priest to his congregation and to his city as well. He began and directed a pro-life ministry, ChicoLife; trained for and served the Chico Police Department as President of the Chico Police Chaplains Association (1999 to 2016 and three-time Chaplain of the Year); led his congregation to purchase and renovate a historic church building at 3rd & Salem Streets in downtown Chico and numerous other ministries.
Bishop Hansen lives in Chico with his wife, Giti Zarnegar Hansen, married since 1973. They have one son, Jamal, and four grandchildren who live in Texas.
Nancy J. Silvera has been with us since 2008. She originally hales from Gilroy, California, and now lives in Chico. She is the proud mother of her son, Justin, who has served with Cal-Fire for many years.
Nancy joined the St. Augustine's staff in 2008 as Office Manager. She has also served the parish in many ways, notably with our Altar Guild. She loves the outdoors, photography, and serving God. Nancy has a deep love for interacting with people. You may come in the office, Tuesday - Thursday, and talk with her.