The Ranch Chaplain functions as an integral member of the Ranch Hospitality Team and helps provide gracious hospitality to all our guests, volunteers, residents and staff. The Ranch Chaplain provides pastoral/spiritual care for the Ranch staff. The Ranch Chaplain will have responsibility to ensure that spiritual needs of guests and staff are met in areas to which s/he is assigned.

Date posted: 4/18/2019
Status: Paid Position
Category: Part Time/Year Round
Start date: July 2019
Questions: Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to Aaron Wright, at


  • Maintain and strengthen the Sunday chapel service. Help the service and congregation become more welcoming and accessible to those not familiar with Episcopal tradition
  • Maintain the Ranch tradition of gathering for worship in silence, times for reflection in worship and of congregational participatory response to the readings.
  • Help the Sunday service find its future serving both the local congregation and retreat groups in residence; respond to retreat group worship needs and work to encourage common Sunday worship
  • Plan, organize, and lead chapel services that are appropriate and reflect the mission and values of the Ranch through Bible readings, liturgy, songs, and other spiritual messages
  • Support the Program Manager with enhancing current Ranch programs and developing midweek and weekend opportunities for people to experience spiritual renewal
  • Partner with other organizations to present offerings to a wide range of people
  • Partner with both the Diocese of California and the Diocese of Northern California for spiritual program offerings; lead day retreats or quiet days as well overnight events
  • Support summer camp staff and chaplains
  • Work with other Ranch staff and volunteers to provide liturgy and worship services for special events such as Acorn Society gatherings, diocesan picnics, board retreats and transitions such as new or restored facilities and new initiatives
  • Maintain chapel supplies of wine, communion bread, candles, linens, etc for Sunday services and use by groups throughout the week. Works with other staff to maintain and enhance the furnishings and decor of the chapel.
  • Maintain Library. Determine which donations are suitable for library, acquire new books, maintain the catalogue of books.
  • Model and encourage regular prayer and Maintain daily prayer.
  • Help maintain and enhance the volunteer Prayer Resident program, by connecting to and supporting existing prayer residents, recruiting new prayer residents, working with the hospitality team to schedule and host volunteer prayer residents to lead daily prayers at appropriate times, and if necessary preparing services bulletins for those services that are simple and welcoming.
  • Keeps the Ranch prayer list current.
  • Participate as member of the Hospitality Team and attend weekly team meetings and occasional retreats and planning sessions
  • Prepare Chaplain’s annual budget and operate under the guidelines of that budget
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Consult in planning processes as appropriate
  • Participate in diocesan affairs as desired or as required by the Diocese of California and Diocese of Northern California
  • Meet regularly with the Hospitality Director

Additional Duties as assigned

The position is envisioned to begin at 1/4 time, including Sundays and some midweek, yet may build from there as support of the Ranch mission is enhanced. Prioritizing of these different ministry tasks will be done in consultation with Ranch management and initiatives.



  • Ordination and good standing in the Episcopal or Lutheran Church with a passion for working creatively, contemplatively and inclusively within a diverse interfaith retreat context
  • Service-oriented with a deep love of people and the practice of hospitality
  • Is able to approach tasks with good humor and enthusiasm
  • Cultural Fluency in Spanish-Language Fluency preferred
  • Invested in the success of the Ranch
  • Summer Camp experience preferred
  • Mindful and passionate about the intersection of faith and creation care
  • Flexible team player
  • With initial direction, able to complete tasks alone 
and manage time
  • Excellent communication skills 

  • Strong interpersonal skills 

  • Volunteer management skills
  • Able to lift and carry tools and objects while walking over the property 

  • Environmental and religious sensitivity 

  • Able to adapt to flexible scheduling, including weekends 


The Bishop’s Ranch is a self-supporting institution of the Episcopal Diocese of California.

The mission of the Ranch is to serve God by providing for people of all walks of life a place where lives are changed; a place of hospitality amidst the beauty of God’s creation where renewal of spirit, mind and body is nourished, leading to spiritual growth and closer relationships with God and one another.

We fulfill the mission of the Ranch by providing hospitality for retreats, conferences and other gatherings to groups and individuals from the Diocese of California, other churches, and non-profit groups.  Our goal is to provide these services in a personal and relaxed but efficient way that enables guests to reach their goals for spiritual, personal, and organizational growth.

Working at The Bishop’s Ranch is service oriented, and doing our jobs successfully is based on teamwork.  Because of the wide-ranging nature of the tasks involved in caring for our guests and facilities, it may be necessary to perform tasks outside our usual line of work.  For example: when on duty in the kitchen a guest may come in and ask where sports equipment is found; an office worker may be called to help when a guest finds a broken water valve; a maintenance worker may need to help in the kitchen when a group suddenly has increased in numbers, or a cook must leave due to illness.  The flexibility to help in such a situation in order to support our guests and the overall goals of the Ranch is a requirement of working at The Bishop’s Ranch.