The Rev. Canon David M. Baumann, SSC
Father Baumann has been a member of the Episcopal Church all his life, and was ordained in 1973. He spent his entire career in Orange County, California, serving first as an assistant priest in San Clemente and then Garden Grove, then 34 years as Rector of Blessed Sacrament Church in Placentia. He retired in November 2012. After a year of retirement in Oregon, he became part-time Priest-in-Charge of St. John's in Centralia in April 2014. He also serves part-time as Priest-in-Charge of St. Thomas' in Salem.
Throughout his career he has been devoted to the Anglo-Catholic tradition. His life and teaching have been strongly influenced by the writings of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien
He began studying martial arts in January 1985, and is currently a fifth degree black belt and master instructor. He was founder and master of a Christian karate school for fifteen years before his retirement, during which time he taught hundreds of students and promoted 53 people to black belt, several of them to higher degrees.
He is also a published author of a nine-volume science fiction series.