The Rev. Kenneth Parris

Deacon / Law Enforcement Chaplain
St. James’, Fremont

The Reverend Kenneth W. Parris was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California on December 2, 1995; the 33rd anniversary of his baptism. His home parish is Christ Church, Alameda. Deacon Parris is a Life Member of the Association for Episcopal Deacons and a member of the Society of Catholic Priests.

Deacon Parris is currently assigned as a Deacon at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Since his ordination Deacon Parris has served as Chaplain Command Advisor and Police Chaplain for the Oakland Police Department and is a founding member of the Oakland Police Chaplain Corps. He is also a Sheriff’s Chaplain for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Senior Police Chaplain for the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, and Character Development Instructor in the Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps.

His parochial assignments include Christ Church, Alameda as Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults; St. Anselm’s, Lafayette as Parish Deacon and Youth Minister; St. Paul’s, Oakland as Parish Deacon; St. James', Fremont as Parish Deacon; and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco as Deacon. Deacon Parris was appointed by Bishop Marc Andrus to serve on the Diocesan Ad Hoc Committee on Gun Violence Prevention.

A graduate of the Episcopal School for Deacons in Berkeley, Deacon Parris holds a Bachelor of Theological Studies (1995). Additionally, he holds a BA in Political Science from California State University, East Bay (1987) and an AA with Honors in Social & Behavioral Science from Merritt College, Oakland (1985). He is a graduate of the 114th Recruit School of the Oakland Police Academy (1985). Deacon Parris received a Diplomate credential from the International Conference of Police Chaplains in 2017. He is a graduate of the only California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training certified course for law enforcement chaplains. Deacon Parris has also been awarded Advanced, Supervisory and Management certificates from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Deacon Parris is a retired (Nov 2012) Lieutenant of Police, Oakland Police Department with 27 years of service where he received the Oakland Police Medal of Merit among numerous other awards. He presently holds the grade of Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary where he serves on the national staff, having been a member since 1976. Civil Air Patrol has awarded Deacon Parris the Civil Air Patrol Distinguished Service Medal with Bronze Clasp, among numerous other awards. Previously he served as the Civil Air Patrol's California wing commander, in charge of 3,600 members, in over 70 units with over 29 aircraft across the entire state. Deacon Parris is a former US Army Reserve Infantry Officer and was commissioned in 1983 at the University of California, Berkeley Army ROTC program. He served 8 years in the US Army Reserve, during which he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Infantry Branch Qualification Cord.

Deacon Parris has travelled abroad visiting Canada (including Québec) England, Ghana, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Mexico and Puerto Rico. However, his favorite destination for travel is Hawai’i…any island.