St. Mary’s Clergy
Fr. William “Bill” Faupel, Priest In Charge, email@example.com, (239) 992-4343
“Father Bill,” as the Rev. Dr. D. William Faupel our Priest-in-Charge likes to be called, came to St. Mary’s as Priest Associate in November 2018 and assumed his current position on May 1, 2020. “Coming to St. Mary’s is the culmination of spiritual journey,” he said when asked about how he felt when assuming his new position. “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 in 1966 as a Pastor in the Assemblies of God in Manistee, Michigan. They paid him $10 a week. “Fortunately, I was able to land a teaching position teaching 3rd grade, so I did not starve.” After a year, it became clear that at 22 he was not mature enough to pastor, so he resigned and moved to Kentucky to pursue an M.Div. at Asbury Theological Seminary, a United Methodist school. “It was there
Mtr. Gail Tomei, Priest Associate, GailT@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 then moved to Pennsylvania where we could live closer to family. It was time to retire. However, after a few months in the Lancaster area, the Lord drew us to a small church where we were greatly needed. I served there for three years before being called to ‘help out’ another church until they found a new Rector.
The Lord then provided me with another opportunity to serve as Rector of a church
Reverend William K. Gilmore, Deacon, firstname.lastname@example.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 family moved to southwest Florida in 2000 and for the next 15 years I worked with my brother in construction material supply companies. In 2005 we built a home in Bonita Springs Florida and started attending Saint Mary’s. At Saint Mary’s I was involved in numerous ministries and was also junior warden. I am currently the property superintendent for the First Presbyterian Church Bonita located next door to Saint Mary’s
In 2015 I
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, Mr. 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.
After retiring, he became an honorary assistant at Grace Episcopal Church in Port Huron, Michigan and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Naples, Florida, then settled as honorary assistant at St. Mary’s Church in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Academically, Fr. Salt is a graduate of Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in 1949. A short time later, he secured a Master of Arts in history in 1951 and
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How Our Vestry Works
The vestry is an elected group of members who serve as the legal representatives of the parish of St. Mary’s with regards to its corporate function. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation, support the church’s mission by word and deed, select the rector, ensure effective organization and planning and to manage resources and finances. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are usually two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings.