The Rev. Rob Fisher has been the senior pastor of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Carmel Valley since 2010. Originally, from Southern California, he has a B.A. from Yale University in Japanese and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. During his time in seminary he took an extra year to serve full time as a hospital chaplain in Brooklyn, New York. The best thing about that year was meeting his wife, Sarah Wood, a financial journalist at the time who is from Upstate New York. After graduating from seminary in 2005 they moved to California to serve churches in L.A. and Santa Barbara before landing in Carmel Valley. They now have a 10-year-old daughter named Zoe. Five years ago, Sarah started a food magazine called Edible Monterey Bay, which tells the story of local and organic food production here in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.
St. Dunstan’s is a church with a long history of service, notably to farmworkers through Nancy’s Project, as well as with their 30+ year partnership with St. Andre’s School in Hinche, Haiti, a school that served 1,250 students. In recent years, St. Dunstan’s has built a noteworthy tracker-action pipe organ by Dobson Organ Builders, Ltd., and has likewise updated its worship space extensively.
For fun, Fr. Rob loves to surf, play guitar, hike, and of course help his wife with food research (especially tasting!) as often as possible.