Episcopal Foundation of
Northern California

The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California was established in 1983 to enhance the “financial vitality of our congregations and institutions.” Since 1992, the Foundation has facilitated over $36 million in gifts, and is currently working on a program to promote planned gifts. The Foundation also facilitates the Bishop’s Partnership Appeal. The bishop of the diocese is ex-officio the chair of the board of the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California. For more information contact Michelle Karimi in the Office of the Bishop.

Foundation Board Members

Members of the Board of Directors of The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California are acknowledged leaders and have an understanding of stewardship, an interest in planned giving, a willingness to give active support to this ministry, and a commitment to attend necessary meetings and events.

Board Members represent all areas of our Diocese and bring a wealth of professional and volunteer expertise to this ministry.

Names of potential candidates for membership on the Board should be sent to: info@norcalepiscopalfoundation.org

Please include your name, address, phone number, church affiliation and a brief (2 -3 sentences) statement of the talents, gifts and skills this person would bring to the EFNC Board.

Bishop

Learn more about the bishop here.

President

Occupation:   Self-employed general contractor

Past and Present Church Service:

  • Member, Grace Episcopal Church, Fairfield (since the 1980’s)
  • Vestry Member, Junior Warden, Senior Warden
  • Godly Play story teller
  • Licensed Lay Preacher
  • Choir member
  • Rector Search Committee
  • Delegate, Diocesan Convention
  • Presenting team, Episcopal Marriage Encounter

Other Background:

  • BA, English Literature, University of Tennessee
  • Veteran, United States Air Force
  • Former Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 93, Fairfield
  • Former Chapter president, Business Networking International (BNI)

Vice President

The Rev. Perry W. Polk was reared in Waco, Texas.

He graduated from Baylor University with BBA majoring in economics. After a 20-year Air Force career, he settled in Fairfield. He retired as a school district Information Technology Director after 18.5 years and consulted for another five years.

Called to ordination in 2005, Rev. Perry began seminary at the Pacific School of Religion. At the end of his middle year, he chose to change denominations and seminaries. He earned an MDiv at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in May 2008. Rev. Perry was ordained Priest on June 13, 2009 and became an Associate Priest at Grace Church in Fairfield. After serving as Long-Term Supply Priest at Grace Church, on July 1, 2014 he became the Interim Rector and held that position until August 31, 2018. He holds an MBA from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Northwest Nazarene. While an assistant professor of economics and management at the Air Force Academy, he worked on doctoral courses in finance and organizational behavior at the University of Colorado.

He is a member of the board of the Episcopal Foundation of Northern California and the Diocesan Commission on Canons and Constitution. He serves as the Squadron Commander of the Civil Air Patrol squadron at Travis AFB.

Secretary/Treasurer

Occupation:   Retired School District CFO (Chief Financial Officer)

Past & Present Church Service:

  • Member, St. Michael and All Angels Church (since 1978)
  • Vestry member, Sr. Warden
  • Choir member, bell choir
  • Licensed Eucharistic Minister, Lay Reader; Lay Ministry scheduler
  • Participated on Rector Search Committee
  • Delegate, Diocesan Convention and Bishop Election
  • Shared Ministry (with Trinity Lutheran)
  • Redwood Empire Cursillo (active since 1993)

Other Background:

  • BA, International Relations, minor Mathematics from UC, Davis
  • Attended graduate school in Norwegian Language and Literature at UC, Berkeley
  • Coursework at University of Oslo, Norway

The Episcopal Foundation of Northern California

Tel: (916) 283-8216

Fax: (916) 442-6927

Email: info@norcalepiscopalfoundation.org