at St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church

  • The Rev. Canon Gary R. Hall, Priest-in-charge

    The Reverend Canon Gary R. Hall, Ph.D. joined St. Wilfrid's as Priest-In-Charge in November 2018 after serving as interim rector of Trinity Church, Santa Barbara since July of 2017. He retired in January of 2016 as the tenth dean of Washington National Cathedral. Prior to serving in Washington, he served as dean and president of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, rector of Christ Church Cranbrook, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. A native Californian, Hall was ordained in Los Angeles and served as senior associate at All Saints Church, Pasadena, and vicar of St. Aidan’s Church in Malibu and Epiphany in Agoura/Westlake Village. In the 1990s he served the Diocese of Los Angeles as the clergy sexual misconduct officer for which service Bishop Borsch named him an honorary canon in 2002. Canon Hall received his A.B. at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his M.Div. with distinction at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English at UCLA.  Hall has taught both theology and English literature at the seminary, college, and secondary levels. He has served the national church as a member of the Standing Commision on Ministry Development (two triennia) and the Task Force on the Episcopacy. He recently stepped down as chair of the Board of Trustees of Episcopal Divinity School  and continues to serve on that board and on the board of the Anglican Theological Review. He and his wife Kathy have one son, Oliver, a musician and writer living in Los Angeles.  Kathy and Gary live in North Hollywood, California.


    The Rev. Christopher Montella was ordained to the priesthood in January 2017, after receiving a Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA and a Diploma of Theology from Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological Seminary at Claremont in May of 2015. Originally from New York, Christopher moved to Southern California in 2003 and has served in a variety of church communities in the Greater Los Angeles area. He has been a member of GLEAM, the Bishop's Commission for LGBTQ+ Ministry in the diocese since 2011, and is currently serving as its chair. He is deeply committed to our Christian call to seek and serve Christ in all people, and to ensuring that our children and youth grow in faith knowing that they are loved by this community and by God. He currently lives in North Hollywood with his husband, Erick, and their dog, Dixon.  They are all thrilled to be a part of the St. Wilfrid’s family. 


    Fr. Bill is a native of Southern California and has studied music at Biola University and at the University of Southern California where he was awarded the Irene Robertson Organ Scholarship. He holds the Diploma in Theology from the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, where he received the Community Service Award, and earned the Master of Divinity from the Claremont School of Theology. He has completed the certificate in bioethics at Loyola Marymount University and the clinical course in ethics at Harvard Medical School. For twenty-nine years he served as the Minister of Music, Organist and Associate Pastor for Newport Harbor Lutheran Church in Newport Beach and for fourteen years as Adjunct Professor of Music at Chapman University in Orange, California. He was affiliated with the Crystal Cathedral as staff member, recitalist and organist for the renowned Glory of Christmas. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists for which he has served as dean and appeared as recitalist and service organist. Fr. Bill has performed with the Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale, with celebrated vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin, with the William Hall Master Chorale, at the historic St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City, in the recital series of Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and as service organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. As a hospital chaplain, he has trained in pediatrics, oncology, critical care and trauma at Mattel Children’s Hospital/UCLA Medical Center, the University of Minnesota Medical Center and the St. Joseph Health System. He is a survivor of pediatric cancer and a frequent speaker about his life and cancer heroes for medical conferences, fundraisers and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 


    Fr. Charles served as rector of St. Wilfrid's from 1978–1998. He has remained active on the Diocese of Los Angeles since his retirement, serving several congregations as interim priest and providing his unique leadership and assistance wherever our bishops have requested. Fr. Charles has returned to St. Wilfrid’s on a regular basis, assisting where needed and providing his warm smile and contagious laugh to the community and campus he worked so faithfully to build. 


    Terry and his husband Kurt, joined St. Wilfrid’s in 2004. Terry soon became a volunteer and served as treasurer and also handled all human resource matters. In 2011 Terry was privileged to join the St. Wilfrid’s staff as parish administrator. Terry considers his position a ministerial calling and he is honored to be able to assist the clergy and staff in meeting the spiritual needs of our parishioners. Prior to working at St. Wilfrid’s, Terry was a Vice President/District Manager for Wells Fargo Bank and served as a volunteer for various non-profits. 


    Since 1976, Deborah Pratt has taught and directed both preschool and school-age childcare. She obtained a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Human Development from Hope International University in Fullerton, California. She also received a Child Development Program Director and Site Supervisor permit from the State of California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Ms. Pratt is delighted to make a difference in our community, and looks forward to another year of sharing God’s love with staff, children and their families at St. Wilfrid’s Episcopal Preschool, and the School and Homework Club.