Father Daniel Richards

Chief Kara Kalkbrenner and UPFFA President Steve Beuerlein are honored to announce the appointment of our new Phoenix Fire Department Chaplain, Father Daniel Richards. In addition to his new duties as PFD Chaplain, Father Richards currently serves as the Rector of the Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley.

Father Richards is replacing our beloved Father Carl Carlozzi whom we sadly lost last year to cancer. Father Richards was Father Carl’s recommendation for his replacement. The two had a longstanding friendship and working relationship that without doubt, has positively impacted countless lives. Father Richards had the honor of presiding over Father Carlozzi’s funeral service.

Father Richards will perform his first official duties as PFD Chaplain tomorrow at the funeral services for Phoenix Firefighter and Army Captain, Juston Doherty.

Father Richards is a passionate preacher and teacher who moved from a Southern Baptist childhood to ministry in the Episcopal Church where he met Father Carl in 1997. His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Worship from Grand Canyon University. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 2003 after serving at St. James Episcopal Church in San Francisco as a worship leader and intern and at the Diocese of California. He also served as the Associate Coordinator of Young Adult Ministries and Church Development.

He returned to California after seminary to be ordained and served in both Tucson and Phoenix. He left the Valley for seven years in Northern Michigan and returned three years ago. Father Richards reads voraciously, writes, and enjoys trail running. He lives in Phoenix with his wife Amy and their three children.

Father Richards will continue where Father Carl’s legendary work left off. He will work extensively with PFD administration and Ray Maione of Local 493 Member Services to support the spiritual and wellness needs of our members. On behalf of the Phoenix Fire Department and United Phoenix Firefighters Local 493, please join us in welcoming Father Richards to our family.