A Welcome From the Dean

Welcome to our Web site.

episcopal church Rev David BirdPlease browse and see and read for yourself something about who we are and the ministries we are involved in.

Central to who we are is the conviction that everyone is welcome at God’s table. Our simple motto is “a place at God’s table for everyone.” We believe that was the attitude of Jesus and must be ours. As such we are consciously a very diverse congregation.

Jesus’ life was characterized by prayer, care, study and rigorous intellectual questioning. All this we attempt to do. As a congregation, we seek to follow the bishop’s charge to a new parish pastor: “care alike for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor;” proclaim the Gospel; and “Love and serve Christ’s people. Nourish them, and strengthen them to glorify God in this life and in the life to come.”

But enough of this. Look for yourself at who we are in picture and print. If you are looking for somewhere to worship or serve other people, you might like to visit us. If you have any questions, send us an email at [email protected] or give me, David Bird, a call at 408-293-7953. Enjoy the site.

About The Very Rev. David Bird

The Dr. David Bird David Bird has been Dean of Trinity Cathedral since July, 2003.  He is married to Diane Bird, a mechanical engineer. They have two children, Michael (14) and Alexandra (10).

For the past twenty-four years, David has served in parishes with a very strong ministry to the neighborhood.  At Trinity Cathedral, he is proud of the broad range of activities and programs which reach out to the community where God has placed us.  These include the College of Adaptive Arts, StreetsTeam, feeding programs for the poor and elderly, as well as Scouts and very diverse Twelve Step programs.

As part of outreach beyond his local parish, David has served on an Institutional Review Board for Clinical Trials and Surveys Corporation, Baltimore, Md., since 1993.  From 1992-2003, he was a member of an Institutional Review Board for The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

He has contributed to two books on the ethics of physician assisted dying and two books on approaches to Christian Unity.  He has also published articles in both these fields.  Since 2002, David has served on the national Committee of The Episcopal Church-United Methodist Church Dialogue.

David served for three years as a part-time member of the theology faculty at Duquesne University and for roughly five years as adjunct faculty at The College of Preachers in Washington, DC.  David has also served in different dioceses as canon theologian, examining chaplain, camp chaplain and school chaplain.

In his spare time, David loves the arts, especially poetry and music; sports (he played Rugby for his college in Wales); and reading.


Dean-Bird-Internal-Image-247x300This interview was conducted with the Very Rev. David Bird, dean and rector of Trinity Cathedral in San Jose, California. Built in 1863, Trinity is an historical landmark, the oldest church structure in continuous use in the state, and serves as the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real. Dean Bird is asked about his childhood, education, literature, theology, vocation, and life lessons. The exchange occurred on February 9, 2015, at the San Jose location, and the interview is twelve minutes in length. You may access the audio track below by clicking the arrow on the left.

CLICK HERE here to listen to David Bird’s interview on The Centre for Early Christian Studies website.