Fr. William Mendenhall, 1986 – 1992

Fr. Bill as he was affectionately known to all, took over as an intellectual. He had studied Russian literature at the University of Washington and he spoke fluent Russian. Trevor Lautens of the Vancouver Sun described him as a feisty priest of serious intellect and skillfully shaped ideas. He was given numerous duties on top his Parish responsibilities, and he often gave lectures and interviews with the media. His Sunday homilies were intellectually stimulating. When he was sent to Russia in 1992, Fr. Donald Larson administered to the needs of the Parish until the appointment of Fr. Ronald Thompson.