The Reverend Charles Hamill
Charlie was born and raised as an Episcopalian in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Quaker Valley High School and later attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he received a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology.
After 13 years of living in Columbia, bartending for 8 of them, the Lord placed a call on Charlie's heart to pursue other endeavors. He moved back to Pittsburgh in 2007, eventually spending four months living in the Swiss Alps at L'Abri, founded in the 1960s by Francis Schaeffer as a place for people to work and study philosophy, religions and Christianity within the structure of a living Christian community. It was there that he truly began to feel his call to theology and ministry.
He came back to settle in Sewickley where he worked at The Sharp Edge Bistro as a cook, and later a bartender, for four years to support himself while attending seminary. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in June, 2012, having served as a seminarian at St. Brendan's in Franklin Park for two years, and at St. Paul's in Mount Lebanon for several months. He was ordained as a deacon following graduation in June, began his ministry at Christ Church in July and was later ordained as a priest in December of 2012. Charlie served as Assistant Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Priest-In-Charge of All Saints Episcopal Church in Brighton Heights, a neighborhood of the city of Pittsburgh.
During his years of ordained ministry, Charlie has been involved in various ministries at both churches, including youth ministry, young couples' groups, men's Bible study, Eucharistic ministry and more. He's also assisted as a supply priest at Trinity Cathedral for four years, as well as serving on a variety of Diocesan Committees. He has a passion for preaching and teaching, writing poetry, and loves to chat about theology in general.
Charlie married his wife Bethany in June of 2013, and they welcomed their first child, a son, Owen, in March of 2018. Bethany and Charlie are thrilled beyond measure to be joining us at Grace Episcopal Church in Old Saybrook.
They look forward to all that God has planned for them here at Grace Church.