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The Very Rev. Canon Michael D. Archer

Fr. Michael joined the staff of St. Wilfrid's in 2005, after more than 20 years of ministry in Oklahoma, Arizona, and California. Subsequent to his appointment as priest-in-charge in April 2008, Michael was elected the 4th rector of St. Wilfrid's in October 2009. His ministry is marked by a deep love for Holy Scripture and a commitment to extending the inexhaustible grace of God to as many people as possible.

Rev. Karen graduated from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pa., in May of 2007. After six years serving three churches in the Inland Empire (St. Peter’s, Rialto; St. Clare of Assisi, Rancho Cucamonga; and St. Luke’s, Fontana) with her late husband, Fr. Dave Maurer, they begin their ministry in February, 2014 here at St. Wilfrid’s. Rev. Karen is committed to caring for God’s people, working with and alongside St. Wilfrid’s staff, members and the wider Huntington Beach community, listening and paying attention to the movement of the Holy Spirit, and serving Jesus with love, enthusiasm, humor and an understanding of God’s unmerited grace.

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 the Bishop’s Commission for LGBTQ Ministry in the diocese since 2011 and is currently serving as the commission’s 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 Burbank with his partner, Erick, and is thrilled to be a part of the St. Wilfrid’s family.

Associate and Minister of Music, William 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. William 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. Canon Charles Sacquety

Rector Emeritus

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.

Before I came to St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church in 2004, I was very satisfied with my vocations: family, teaching and work in the medical field. The day I entered the office to inquire about ministries at St. Wilfrid's, I found my "avocation:" fellowship, i.e., working and planning weddings, events and so on. I was already a certified event and wedding planner, so this was right for me. I could go on but I feel this is enough about me. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet you and hear your story.

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