Rector Search

Saint Hilary’s Announces the Calling of Our Third Rector


St. Hilary’s vestry and search committee are happy to announce that Reverend Charles Cannon, III has accepted the call to be the third rector of Saint Hilary’s.

Father Charles will join us January 5, 2014.

Please read a message from Father Charles, along with a brief biography here.

St. Hilary’s Parish Profile


As part of the search process, the committee prepared a beautiful online brochure to highlight the best our parish and the Ft. Myers area has to offer to our new rector. Please click here or on the image above to view our parish profile.

Parish Survey


The Search Committee wishes to thank all those who completed our parish survey.  A summary of the results has been created and is ready for review.  Click here to read the summary of our parish survey. Though we have only reported the highest ranked responses throughout this summary report, we have thoroughly studied all members’ responses and they will be given full consideration in choosing our new rector.  If you wish to see the complete survey results or have questions about the process or summary, please contact Libby Maxwell of the Search Committee at

Your Rector Search Committee 


(Back row, left to right) Dennis Carlton-Jones; Trevor Whitley; Bob Casper; Tyler Bumsted; Ben Lane, Chair
(Front row, left to right) Debby Tripp, Chaplain; Libby Maxwell; Eric Jones; Nancy Terrell; Karin Winter, Vice-Chair
(Not pictured) Anne Kearns, Clerk

You can contact the Search Committee by filling out our online Contact Form here.

The Vestry has instructed the Search Committee via a “charge” or “mandate,” which you can read here.

A Time to Pray

We are the righteousness of God and our prayers are received before His throne. – Proverbs 15:29 Every Sunday after the 10:30 am service in the sanctuary we meet to pray for our parish, vestry, search committee, staff and clergy, and our future rector. Our purpose is to cover our transition time in prayer. Our call, in all things, is to pray without ceasing. Come join us! If you would like more information, contact Debby Tripp at 239-995-3709.

The following is a prayer used at weekly church services: Almighty God, giver of every good gift; Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Diocese of Southwest Florida’s Fresh Start Program

Fresh_Start_Buttons_-_Polos_webAs a congregation negotiates the twists and turns of a transition, life can get complex for the wardens, treasurers, search committees and other parish leaders. There is little in their experience to prepare them for the uniqueness of a transition in an Episcopal Church.

Fresh Start also prepares lay leaders by equipping them with terminology and trends in basic congregational development. But more than that, it allows them to let down the walls of the parish and to move from competition to cooperation.

Fresh Start sessions are open to everyone. Please click here to learn more about the Fresh Start Program.