The Rev. Bruce Douglas O’Neill grew up in the East Bay and was sponsored for ordination by St. Anselm’s Church in Lafayette. After graduation from the University of California at Berkeley, with majors in English and Social Welfare, he worked as an Employee Benefits Consultant with the San Francisco law firm of Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro. Between his second and third year in the Master of Divinity program at Virginia Theological Seminary, Bruce served an internship at Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos. After graduation from seminary, and ordination at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, he served as Associate Rector of St. Bede’s in Menlo Park. In 1997, Bruce was called to be the Rector of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley.
Bruce chaired the Personnel Practices Committee for the Diocese of California from 2003 to 2019, and has served on the board of directors of Episcopal Charities, Stanford Canterbury and Berkeley Canterbury (past board president). From 1998 to 2003, he chaired the Department of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of California, and is a past board member and president of the Board of the Berkeley Food and Housing Project. Bruce has taught as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In his spare time, Bruce enjoys tennis, history, U.C. Berkeley athletic events, and spending time with his wife Michele and son Jeremy.