MEET OUR STAFF

at St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church

  • The Rev. Dr. J. robert Honeychurch

    Interim rector

    Bob Honeychurch is a pastor, preacher, teacher, conference and workshop leader in the Episcopal Church. He is the Professor of Church Leadership at Bloy House – the Episcopal Theological School at Los Angeles, in Glendale CA, where he teaches courses in Parish Leadership and Mission and Ministry.  Bob also has served as an Interim Priest in six different congregations across the Diocese of Los Angeles.

    Previously, Bob served as the Missioner for Congregational Vitality with The Episcopal Church Center from 2008 to 2012.  Prior to joining the Church Center staff, Bob had been a parish priest for 24 years, serving in parishes in a variety of settings… from small rural churches in the mountains of northwest Montana, to a parish in a mid-size town in southeast Idaho, to a Native American reservation, to two interim pastorates in a Lutheran Church, to a suburban parish in the San Francisco Bay area.

    Bob’s passion lies in the area of building and sustaining healthy and life-giving models of congregational life so that the members of those congregations can experience holy transformation in their own lives, and then engage in the work of sharing with God in the transformation of all creation.

    Bob lives in Altadena CA with his wife, The Very Rev. Dr. Sylvia Sweeney, who is the Professor of Liturgy and Preaching, and the recently retired Dean and President of Bloy House.

  • THE REV. WILLIAM E. WELLS
    ASSOCIATE AND MINISTER OF MUSIC

    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. 

  • The rev. Nancy sinclair

    Pastoral care

    Rev. Nancy graduated from the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont with a Diploma in Theology and earned her Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology. Rev. Nancy served as Vicar at St. Theodore's in Seal Beach for eight years. Prior to St. Theodore's, she served as Religious Education teacher at St. Mark's School in Downey and assisted at St. Mark's on Sundays. As a mom to six grown children, and grandma to seven, she cares deeply for the welfare of all children. Rev. Nancy served on the Board of Directors for Holy Family Adoption and Foster Care for four years and continues to support their ministry to children. She has also been active in the Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Los Angeles for over 30 years, serving on Secretariat several times, as a layperson and as a priest. After retiring from full time ministry, she returned to St. Wilfrid's, her sending church and her spiritual home. In her own words, "It is truly a blessing to serve this congregation in whatever way I can."

  • THE REV. Steve Swartzell

    Director of children, youth, and family ministries

    Rev. Steve graduated from the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont with a Diploma in Theology and earned his Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology.  Steve has been on staff at St. Wilfrid's since 2019 and is working with the Children, Youth and Family's ministry of the church.  Prior to serving at St. Wilfrid, Steve for the last 24 years worked in the legal field in the specialty of Bankruptcy Law. In his own words, "St. Wilfrid's is a place of healing and renewal."


    Steve lives in Orange, with his husband of thirty-three years.

  • TERRY ROBERTS

    PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

    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. 

  • DEBBIE PRATT

    PRESCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR

    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.

  • Jamond McCoy

    Minister of music for the table service

    Jamond is an improvisational jazz and gospel influenced vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger, session singer, and accompanist creating music for various venues and other fellow musicians. He is dedicated and committed to giving each musical endeavor the passion, energy, and respect it deserves. His current endeavors include teaching at studios, and working as an assistant director at the Monterey Jazz Summer Camp, and giving back to the church communities that helped shape him as a music director. Jamond is looking forward to pushing the limits and carrying on the legacy of M-pact music group for which he now sings baritone. Outside of music, he absolutely loves all things food and puts as much passion into eating and making food as he does music.

  • DARLENE YORK

    WEDDING COORDINATOR