The Reverend Canon Robert Edwards
You can contact Fr. Edwards
at (949) 661-0110 (ext. 304)
or by e-mail
I have felt a call to priesthood since before I can remember. I tried for the longest time to do anything but this however I just couldn’t shake my call. I finally had it out with God one night when I was doing church work in Argentina. From that point forward I haven’t looked back. I love the fact that I get a chance to wake up everyday and make a difference. I have days when I want to get on a boat and drift with the tides but the rest of the time I love coming to work and doing what I do. I am a third generation priest so sometimes this job feels like second nature. My formula for healthy ministry is God first, family second and vocation third.
My responsibilities include:
I am the guy who is charged with creating the vision for this place. I am the Head Chaplain for the school.
My father is a retired Episcopal Priest who grew up in NYC. My mother is a California girl. She grew up in Ramona and is a retired RN. My parents meet at Norwalk Mental Hospital. When my Mom first met my Dad she thought he was one of the patients! I am the oldest of three boys. I am married to a wonderful woman Michele and we have been blessed with four children, Christina, Josiah, Davis and Jameson
How I met my wife:
I was coaching football at the school and we used to go over to the Denny’s Bar for a beer after some of the practices. The bartender took a liking to us and set me up with her best friend Michele. Our first blind date/meeting happened in the Denny’s Bar. It was love at first sight.
Nobody at St Margaret’s knows that:
When I was in eighth grade I sank on a deep sea party boat named the Westerner out of Davey’s Locker in Newport Beach .
BA in International Relations for CSU Chico. I have a Masters of Divinity from The General Seminary NYC.
How I became a Christian:
No matter what I did or where I went God tracked me down and wouldn’t let go of me. God graced me into Christianity.
How I came to be at St. Margaret's:
Out of seminary I was the first Chaplain of the school. After a three year stint I left to become Rector of Christ Church Redondo Beach. I returned to St. Margaret’s in 1999 as Priest in Charge under Special Circumstances and I was made Rector in September of 2000.
The best thing about being a Christian:
Grace and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Shawshank Redemption
Wood fired pizza and a big salad
Favorite place in the world:
Any beach on the Sea of Cortez
Murphy our miniature Dachshund
How I spend my days off:
Fishing when I can and dreaming about fishing when I can’t. I also go out and see movies with my wife Michele
A PERSONAL project I can't wait to finish:
Writing my first book
My first job:
Warehouse worker at Parnelli Jones
Excuse me Father I think we’d like the more traditional Ceremony
Most powerful book I've ever read (besides the Bible) and why:
The Grapes of Wrath. It was my first experience of experiencing a Biblical story being applied to contemporary American life.
What I'll ask Jesus when we meet:
Why there is so much misery in the world.
My prized possessions are:
My fishing poles.
A time when I felt very close to God:
Worshipping with the Aracarian Indians on an island outside Temuco, Chile.
I'd most like to meet:
My grandfather who was an agnostic and got healed by Sam Shoemaker. He left Wall Street and was ordained.
What I'd like to say to the people of St. Margaret’s:
I am so blessed to be part of your family, thank you for all your love. It is an honor to serve here.