Meet the Chaplain
The Rev. Michael Fincher began serving as the
Chaplain for the Episcopal/Anglican Campus Ministry @ UCLA in August 2006.
He has lived in Southern California since he was 16. He earned a BA in
Social Ecology (emphasis on Planning and Public Policy) from UC Irvine, and
a Master of Divinity degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in
Evanston, Illinois. Prior to entering seminary and ordained ministry,
Michael had a career as a transportation planner, working for an
environmental consulting firm in Riverside. He was ordained as an Episcopal
deacon on June 3, 2006, and was ordained as a priest on January 6, 2007.
In addition to serving as Chaplain at UCLA, Michael is the
Curate at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Westwood. His non-parish
activities include working with the Kaleidoscope Institute, an organization
dedicated to the work of building inclusive communities. He is also
interested in studying Benedictine spirituality and its applicability to
secular life. He enjoys traveling and cooking, and relaxes by watching TV
crime dramas, such as Law & Order and CSI. He lives in Los
Angeles with his cat, Akasha.
Michael's office is located at St. Alban's Episcopal Church
(580 Hilgard Avenue), and is accessible from the patio in front of the
church. While he does not maintain specific office hours for the chaplaincy,
Michael is generally in his office Tuesday through Friday. When not in his
office, he is likely somewhere on campus, such as Bruin Walk or in Ackerman
Union. Feel free to stop by to see him, or contact him for an appointment.
He can be reached via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling
310.208.6516 x26. Also visit his blog,
Fincher's Freeway of Faith,
to read his sermons, see what mysteries of the universe he has been
pondering, or for updates on what's been going on with the
Episcopal/Anglican Campus Ministry @ UCLA.
Where'd that other chaplain go?
Updates on chaplains of the recent past...
The Rev. Ruth Monette, chaplain from 2004 to 2006,
has moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to be with her partner. She hopes
to continue her ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada. You can keep up
with what's going on in her life by checking out her
The Rev. J. R. Lander, chaplain in 2003-04,
now lives in Seattle, Washington.
The Rev. Mark W. Speeks,
chaplain in 2002-03, now serves as Assistant Priest at St. Mary's, Kilburn, and St. James's, West Hampstead, in the
Diocese of London, England. Visit the website of the
as well as Mark's
The Rev. Winnie Varghese, chaplain from
1999-2002, is now the Episcopal
Chaplain at Columbia University in New York City.