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The Reverend Charles Hamill
Charlie was born and raised in the Episcopal Church at St. Stephen’s 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, religion 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, and began his ministry at Christ Church North Hills in July. Six months later he was ordained as a priest in December of 2012. Charlie would serve as Assistant Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 5.5 years and Priest-In-Charge of All Saints Episcopal Church in Brighton Heights, a neighborhood of the city of Pittsburgh, for 1.5 years (serving both churches at the same time). Charlie was also a regular supply priest at the Monday morning lunch services at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Pittsburgh for almost 4 years.
Prior to becoming the Rector at Grace Church in 2018, Charlie had been involved in various ministries in Pittsburgh, including youth ministry, young couples' groups, men's Bible study, Eucharistic ministry and more, as well as serving on a variety of Diocesan Committees. He even started a short lived bar ministry called “Frank Theology” at a small bar in Pittsburgh where people could gather together over dinner and beers and talk about theology and life. He has a passion for preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, writing poetry, enjoying nature and loves to chat about theology in general. In addition to his ministry at Grace Church, Charlie currently serves as the vice-chair of the board of directors of both the Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries, as well as the Old Saybrook Senior Housing Inc.
Charlie married his wife Bethany in June of 2013, and they welcomed their first son, Owen, in March of 2018; they welcomed their second son, Benjamin, in May of 2022. They love living along the shoreline, taking walks and going to the beach, as well as enjoying the beauty of coastal New England through the seasons. Though Charlie would prefer a little more snow in the winter, Bethany is glad not to see it.
Bethany and Charlie are thrilled beyond measure to join us in Old Saybrook, and they look forward to all that God has planned for them at Grace Church.
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