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Father Wall has been Rector of St. Paul’s since 2015. Prior to coming to St. Paul’s, Fr. Wall served as Rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, State College, in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania from 2009-2015. He was born in South Staffordshire, England, and did his undergraduate and seminary work at Oxford, studying at Christ Church and St. Stephen’s House, respectively. Sponsored for ordination by the Diocese of Liverpool, he was ordained in Chelmsford Cathedral in 2002, and served as Curate for nearly three years in commuter-belt Essex. In response to a call from St. Clement’s, Philadelphia, he ‘crossed the pond’ on Valentine’s Day, 2005; he served as their Curate for four years.
Mother Catherine grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and attended the University of California at Berkeley and San Jose State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, Catherine received a commission as an ensign in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. She later furthered her studies by pursuing a Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Her Navy assignments culminated with an exhilarating four-year tour overseeing Department of Defense and NATO construction projects in Iceland. After retiring from active duty, Catherine remained in public service as a federal employee with assignments in the Pentagon and the Office of Management and Budget, and more graduate school at the National Defense University. In 2015, Catherine resigned from federal service to discern how her desire to serve could have more direct and immediate impact. Eventually, she could no longer outrun the “still small voice” calling her to ordained ministry and the priesthood. Catherine graduated in May 2021 from The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Jeffrey Smith served Saint Paul’s from 1992 to 2004, and was reappointed in 2017. He previously served on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and as Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. He holds a doctorate from Yale University, and is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, the Royal School of Church Music, and the Guild of Church Musicians.
Dylan Thayer has worked in churches and ministries from Seattle to South Africa. He served as Christ Church Kensington’s Director of Youth Ministries from 2014 to 2016. He graduated with his B.A. from Hamilton College in 2013 and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2019. A longtime friend of St. Paul’s, Dylan has been a dedicated Grate Patrol volunteer since 2011 and joined the staff in 2020.
Ethan Bishop-Henchman is especially passionate about the intersection of social justice and voluntary action and is looking forward to exploring this passion at St. Paul’s. A native of Vermont, Ethan graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. Outside of his diaconate work, he serves as an Operations Director for a local public policy center. Ethan currently resides with his husband, Joe, and their enormous black lab, Magic.