The Cambrian

Cambria Episcopalians welcome new priest at St. Paul's

Brian Palmer officiates at a service. He will be welcomed officially at 4 p.m. April 26.
Brian Palmer officiates at a service. He will be welcomed officially at 4 p.m. April 26.

Episcopalians and community members will gather at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, for a “Celebration of a New Ministry,” commemorating the arrival of the parish’s new leader, the Rev. Brian Palmer.

Mary Gray-Reeves, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real, will officiate at the ceremony. The diocese includes San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties. 

St. Paul’s has about 80 parishioners. The church is at 2700 Eton Road.

Palmer, a plein air painter, lives in Cambria. He began his new assignment March 1. St. Paul’s previous rector for five years, Fred Heard, retired in September.

“I am so grateful for the call to St. Paul’s and Cambria,” Palmer said in a March 24 phone interview. “It’s truly a gift to be here with these extraordinary people and in this incredibly beautiful land. The land truly feeds me.”

Before Palmer came to St. Paul’s, he was an assistant at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Parish in Pacific Palisades. The Canadian native was ordained in August 2014. Prior to that, he had a long career in investor relations, primarily on Wall Street in New York City. He also used to develop properties in the United States and Argentina. 

The new priest attended Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va., then he was a seminary intern at St. John’s Georgetown in Washington, D.C. 

According to Julian Crocker, senior warden at St. Paul’s, Palmer “has a deep interest in pastoral care, preaching and evangelism. At All Saints’ Parish in Beverly Hills, he developed a pastoral care team” that included 140 members of the parish, plus people at two hospitals and a jail.

Brian Palmer can be reached at the church, 927-3239, or by email at