Our Story

Mission & Meaning

We are the faith community you have been looking for - where progressive Christianity meets the tradition of common prayer, social justice and outreach.

St. Hilary's Episcopal Church is committed to befriending followers and non-followers of God, acting in a compassionate manner and being subject to one another. We have learned that honest gestures and beneficence is the most meaningful way to embody the love of God. We welcome you to join us.


Our Rector

The Rev. A.Charles Cannon, III
Priest & Rector
Fr. Cannon is a lifetime Episcopalian who enjoys learning, serving and interacting with all people.  

He was educated in the Liberal Arts, and has earned Master's Degrees in Clinical Social Work and Theology.  

His passions in ministry include providing Pastoral Care, Preaching the Gospel, Teaching the Faith, Shaping and Presiding over Liturgy and Building Strong and Faithful Communities of Faith.  

He is certified in Walking the Mourner’s Path - 2017

He is certified in Fresh Start – 2011 & 2014

He received Project Management - 2007 from the University of Florida 


St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church is one of 77 parishes in the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

We are a constituent member of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church in the United States. 

The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith is the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, serving as our spiritual leader.

We are 77 parishes and missions total some 31,000 baptized persons who share an exciting pilgrimage of ministry. On any given Sunday, about 13,000 people worship in Episcopal churches in Southwest Florida. 


Our Vestry

Saint Hilary's Vestry - Our Elected Governing Body

The vestry is the elected governing body of the parish that works cooperatively with the Rector to oversee the business operations and property of the parish. 

The vestry essentially assists the Rector (AKA: priest, pastor, or minister) in defining the mission and executing the ministries of the church.

The vestry is primarily responsible for the promotion of the message of hope, love and salvation found in the Gospels of Jesus Christ.  They are also responsible for maintaining the physical plant of church and its finances. 

The vestry is elected annually at the Annual Parish meeting, by church members. Each member serves a 3 year term.

The Vestry meets monthly on the third Sunday at 11:30 am at the church. All are welcome to attend and learn about the exciting ministries of the parish.


Our Staff

Please feel free to contact us with questions, suggestions and concerns via phone (239) 936-1000 or email: frcharles@sainthilarys.org


Rector and Priest - The Rev.. A. Charles Cannon, III, has a passion for ministry and would love to speak to you about how St. Hilary's can offer you opportunities for timeless Anglican Worship, Christian Education, Fellowship with Loving and Inspired People, Life-changing Outreach to those in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness or any other adversity; and Personal or Relational Healing through Pastoral Care.

Parish Deacon - The Rev. Cynthia Montooth has a passion for liturgy and pastoral care.

Youth Group Coordinator - Karin Winter


Parish Administrator - Christine Bielski

Children's Church - Valerie Kienzler
Parish Organist - Alena Michel
Adult and Child Choir Director - Lester Erich


Nursery Supervisor - Angeli Chin


When You Walk Into Through The Glass Doors
At Saint Hilary’s we believe in creating a welcoming hospitality. 

Beside the command to “love one another,” we find clear evidence in our Bible.

that loving one another is the imperative of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

• We greet each worshiper at the door of the church

• We freely offer information about our faith,our worship and our community of faith

• We set out our finest linens and silver on the altar to honor the living Christ in our midst.

• We welcome all who come seeking God into our fellowship