Fr. Glenn Baaten is a Catholic priest in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. As commonly referred to, “The Anglican Ordinariate” is an extra-territorial diocese which covers all of the U.S. and Canada, and is comprised of former Anglican/Episcopalian priests and parishioners who have come into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. This Ordinariate is one of three worldwide, the two others being located in England, (the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham), and Australia (Our Lady of the Southern Cross). The Ordinariate was created by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009, with the promulgation of his Apostolic letter, Anglicanorum Coetibus.
Fr. Glenn is married to his dear wife of 34 years, Cathy, and they have two adult children. Christine and her husband Ryan live in the Portland, Oregon, area, with their one-year old son. Adam and his wife Victoria live in Newport Beach. Both the children and their spouses are converts to the Catholic Church as well.
Fr. Glenn has served the church in an ordained capacity since 1998. For thirteen years, he served as a Presbyterian minister (PCUSA), working as a solo pastor for a congregation located in Harrison, Ohio. After moving back to California, their home state, Fr. Glenn resigned his pastorate and his rostering with the PCUSA over differences of the theological direction of that denomination, especially with regard to their departure from traditional Christian morality. This began his journey with the Anglican Church of North America, an entire group who themselves moved out of the Episcopal Church for similar reasons. He spent a year of discernment with the ACNA and was ultimately ordained as an Anglican priest. He served St. James Anglican Church, in Newport Beach, as an assistant priest, while also establishing a new church plant in Irvine, CA. Even with his recent Anglican ordination, Fr. Glenn continued to feel the Holy Spirit leading him into seeking visible communion with the Catholic Church. His wife Cathy, also in serious prayer, felt a similar draw of the Spirit in her own way. On Christmas Eve, 2013, Glenn and Cathy were received into the Catholic Church. They were home! Though there was a possibility that Fr. Glenn might be considered as a candidate for priestly ordination, they became Catholics because it was clearly God's will and it was the right thing to do. Incidentally, Fr. Glenn began his faith walk with our Lord, by committing his life to Christ in the “Jesus Movement” in the early 1970s, at Calvary Chapel, in Costa Mesa. From Calvary Chapel to the Catholic Church... what a journey indeed!
Prior to working in church ministry, Fr. Glenn worked in the construction industry, as a carpenter and contractor, and in commercial real estate brokerage. When he and Cathy moved back to California, Fr. Glenn worked fulltime as facilities director for Newport Harbor Nautical Museum/ExplorOcean. It was while working at the Museum that Fr. Glenn was introduced to the leadership at Santiago Retreat Center. Here was a Catholic organization that could use both his construction and pastoral skills. A wonderful fit! Subsequent to his ordination, he continues his work with Santiago Retreat Center, as Chaplain, in addition his to ongoing involvement with construction projects. Fr. Glenn also is the parish administrator of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, in San Diego. St. Augustine is a group of converts who together moved out of the Episcopal Church and were received collectively into the Catholic Church in 2012. In large part, Fr. Glenn was ordained to serve the continuing and growing needs of this new parish.
Fr. Glenn's call to serve Christ and His Church is three-fold. Pastoral, ecumenical, evangelism: pastoral care for the two flocks the Lord has put under his spiritual guidance; inviting our Protestant brothers and sisters into dialog and relationship with the Catholic Church; and, evangelizing those who haven't yet heard the Good News of Christ's love poured out to them and to all!