Our Roles

The rector is the priest in charge of the parish and has authority and the responsibility for worship and spiritual jurisdiction. The rector is responsible for selection of all assistant clergy and oversees the church and parish buildings and furnishings. The rector or a member of the vestry designated by the rector presides at all vestry meetings.



The Rev. Dr. Michael G. Rowe


Priest Associate

The Rev. Dr. D. William Faupel


Deacon Bill Gilmore


The Rev. William K. Gilmore


The Rev. Dr. Alfred Salt

Honorary Priest Associate

The Rev. Al Salt



Music Director

Kathleen V. Pignato


Office Assistant, Barbara Mitchell

Youth Coordinator

Nancy Vaughn


Office Administrator, Ian Mitchell

Office Administrator

Ian Mitchell


Office Assistant

Barbara Williams


Office Assistant, Barbara Mitchell


Sandy Gunger


2020 Vestry Members

Pictures and Names of the St. Mary's Vestry for 2020
  • Paul Judkins
  • Jon Gunger
  • David Bergquist
  • John Craun
  • Joan Croteau
  • Ruth Davies
  • Hilton Jervey
  • Paul Scheible
  • Jill Rock Smith
  • Charles (Chuck) Phillips
  • Holly Pittman
  • Frederick (Rick) Velde

Fr. Ryan Wright

Fr. Ryan Wright, Rector, rector@stmarysbonita.org, 239-992-4343

Father Wright, 44, is the youngest rector in the parish’s history. He is a native of Naples who has lived in Southwest Florida most of his life, most recently with responsibility for Church of the Epiphany in Cape Coral and St. John’s Episcopal Church on Pine Island. He is credited with growing those two diverse churches to their present state of health from previously precarious conditions.

A graduate of Stetson University in Deland, FL, and The General Theological Seminary in New York City, Father Wright came to Christ as a young adult and uses his experience as an “unchurched” youth


Fr William Faupel

Fr. William “Bill” Faupel, Assistant Priest, bfaupel@stmarysbonita.org, (239) 992-4343

“Father Bill,” as the Rev. Dr. D. William Faupel likes to be called, came to St. Mary’s as Priest Associate in November 2018, and served as Priest in Charge May 1, 2020 until June 30, 2021.   “Coming to St. Mary’s is the culmination of spiritual journey,” he said when asked about how he felt as a priest at St. Mary’s.  “I feel that all the forks in the road that I have taken, in retrospect, were designed to lead me here.”

That this journey has had many forks is an understatement.  Fr. Bill began his pastoral ministry

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Reverend William K. Gilmore, Deacon

Reverend William K. Gilmore, Deacon, bgilmore@stmarysbonita.org, (239) 992-4343

I was born in Portsmouth Virginia in 1959. At the age of 5 my family moved to southern California. In 1979 I joined the Army as a Paratrooper and Pathfinder looking for college money and some travel. Retiring 21 years later as a First Sergeant, I had traveled all over the world and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Troy State College in Alabama.

While serving in the Army I met my wife Susan and my first daughter Haley was born in 1983. My second daughter Callie was born nine months after I retired in 2001. My

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The Rev. Dr. Canon Alfred L. Salt

The Rev. Dr. Canon Alfred L. Salt, Priest Associate Emeritus
Fr. Salt was ordained to ministry at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec City, Canada, as a deacon in 1951, and as a priest at St. George’s Church in Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada in 1952. From 1952 to 1954, while completing his theological degree, he was priest-in-charge of St. Phillips Church in Sawyerville, Quebec, Canada. From 1954 to 1993, Fr. Salt was rector of Christ Church in Stanstead, Quebec, followed by St. Michael’s Church in Sillery, Quebec. Fr. Salt then served for many years as Rector of All Saints Church in Millington, New Jersey.



Mtr. Gail Tomei

Mtr. Gail Tomei, Assistant Priest, gtomei@stmarysbonita.org,  (239) 992-4343
I was called to be a Priest Associate at St. Mary’s Bonita Springs in 2006.
At that time I was a certified Hospital Chaplain working at both Naples Community Hospital South and Naples Hospice, as well as serving at St. John’s, Naples until their new priest arrived.  I had only visited St. Mary’s once when I was immediately drawn into the presence of the Lord through the beautiful Sunday liturgy.  At St. Marys, I was invited to teach, celebrate Holy Eucharist and serve in a number of full time capacities for the next three years.
My husband and I

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