Fr. Roger WhartonFr Roger Wharton was ordained in Wisconsin in 1976 and has served congregations in Wisconsin, New York, and Alaska before coming to the SF Bay Area. Here he has served as associate and supply priest for many years. He was the Episcopal Campus Minister at SJSU for 14 years. Chaplain Roger currently is in his 23rd year as a Hospice Chaplain.

Happily he was called to be the part-time Interim Parish Priest at Good Samaritan Church in November of 2022 and looks forward to meeting you. Fr Roger is available for pastoral care, spiritual education, prayer & counseling for life’s challenges, specializing in end of life spiritual care; whether or not you are involved in a church. He can be reached through the church phone — 408-377-0158 or directly at 408-605-1687


Education. I hold the following degrees: BS (with distinction and biology honors), Outdoor Teacher Education (24 semester hours), M. Div., M.S. in Spirituality, D.Min in Sacred Ecology.

Coordinator of Wilderness Manna since January 1986. The informal Christian outdoor education and wilderness program that I had been conducting for several years was formalized as a special ministry of the Episcopal Churches in Juneau in 1986. Through this program we offer wilderness trips that are designed to be spiritual adventures in which people are encouraged to learn from the Book of Nature as well as through the Book of Holy Scripture in an experienced based Christian learning environment.

Parish Experience. I have served congregations in Wisconsin, New York, Alaska, and California. I also served as the coordinator for youth ministries for fifty-six congregations in New York.

Organized Camp Experience: I began as a camp nature counselor at age fourteen and worked for many summers in various camps. I was a Camp Director for camps in Ohio and Wisconsin.

Teaching Experience. I have taught junior and senior high science and was an instructor at an outdoor environmental education school. I have also conducted workshops, retreats, conferences, and outdoor experiences in many settings. I contributed chapters in several books and have had articles printed in magazines.