The wardens and vestry of Bethesda Episcopal Church are delighted to announce that the Rev. Charles Frazier Wallace has accepted our call to be our next priest in charge beginning August 1, 2020. We are confident that our extensive national search has identified the right leader for the next stage in our parish ministry.
Father Wallace earned his BA with honors in French and History from University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and his Master of Divinity with honors from Trinity College of the University of Toronto. After his ordination, he served as an assistant priest at a parish in Victoria, British Columbia, before becoming a chaplain at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Great Britain.
Father Wallace joins us after completing his service as headmaster of St. Thomas Choir School in New York City. He is currently overseas having completed a mission in Germany last month. He has just moved on to a mission with an Anglican Church in Switzerland. While still canonically a resident in British Columbia, he has the Bishop’s permission to serve as a priest in the Albany Diocese.
Father Wallace is especially excited by the opportunity to work with our church school and to create new programs and fellowship opportunities for the parish. With his lengthy service at St. Thomas Choir School, he found our rich sacred music program to be compelling. In addition, his mission trips and experience serving the less fortunate led him to be particularly interested in working with the parish as we expand our ministry to the larger Saratoga community through our new parish house and in conjunction with Mercy House of Saratoga.
Darren Miller, Senior Warden, says that “Father Wallace impressed me, and indeed the whole vestry, with the strength of his faith, his commitment to serving all, and his thoughtful demeanor.” Kate Berheide, Junior Warden, agrees noting that “Father Wallace is a particularly good fit for Bethesda with his considerable accomplishments as a spiritual leader and his administrative experience.”
We look forward to welcoming Father Wallace to Bethesda in August.
The Wardens and Vestry