The Rev. Richard Gillespie Proctor, Rector

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Rector – The Rev’d Richard Gillespie Proctor, OA

See Fr. Proctor’s Blog of Sermons and Thoughts

Richard has served as the Rector of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa Beach, FL since the Summer of 2015.  He is married to the Rev’d Emily Rose Proctor, and they have two children – Julian Thomas (b. 2016) and Madeleine Rose (b. 2018). Emily serves as the Director of Outreach for Caring and Sharing of South Walton. Richard and Emily also serve as volunteer chaplains for the South Walton Fire District.

Richard was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL and received his early childhood and young adult faith formation as a 4th-generation member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Richard received his formal education at the University of the South (Sewanee), Florida State University, Columbia Theological Seminary, and the General Theological Seminary. Prior to becoming an Episcopal priest, Richard was a professional drummer/musician/songwriter, touring the United States and Europe with the band Tishamingo. He still plays drums with various local bands and musicians, and loves collecting records.

Richard is currently in the novitiate process with the Order of the Ascension, a dispersed Benedictine community that helps ground and center its members in their daily life and their roles as parish leaders and developers. He is also student of Bowen Family Systems Theory, and has participated in several workshops and clinics hosted by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. This work has greatly enhanced his ministry as a priest, husband, father, and son. Other areas of continuing education and interest include Congregational Development, Godly Play, Contemplative Prayer, and how the Rule of Benedict can be applied to parish and family life.

At the Diocesan level, Richard serves on the Commission on Prison Ministry, the faculty for the Diocesan School for Ministry, and has served as a Summer Camp Dean at Camp Beckwith.

Richard’s blog – Rhythm & Grace – can be found at

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