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Rev. A. Charles Cannon III

Rector of Saint Hilary’s

To the ministry of priest I bring a strong sense of values.  This can cause conflict when the tasks I am asked to do are not in line with my values. I also bring a need to be authentic.  I live my life as my true self.  If it seems right I walk in step, if it seems wrong I cannot go along.  Everything I do feeds my quest to adapt my life and values toward achieving connection with God and inner peace. Welcome to Saint Hilary’s!

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Rev. Cynthia Montooth ObJN


Deacon Cynthia Montooth is a native of the Central Coast of California. After conservatory training at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Cynthia served for thirty years as one of the founding members of the Kennedy Center Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Cynthia was raised up by St. Hilary’s, where she served as deacon for three years. She served as deacon for Epiphany, Atlanta for five years and at St. Timothy’s for five months. Cynthia is delighted to return to St. Hilary’s. Welcome to Saint Hilary’s!

Rev. Cynthia Montooth

Christine Bielski

Parish Administrator

Born and raised in New York City, Christine has extensive office and administrative experience, as well as a background in graphics and fine arts.  She moved to Southwest Florida nearly twenty years ago, when her twin daughters were born.  While a stay-at-home mom, she was active in many organizations, mostly for environmental causes, and served as Chair of the Bonita Springs Zoning Board, as well as volunteering in the Big Brother/Big Sister program and as a reading tutor in various elementary schools.  Christine also served on Charter review committees, both for the City of Bonita Springs, and Temple Beth El in Fort Myers.

Christine enjoys photography, especially taking pictures of our beautiful surroundings here in Southwest Florida, reading, writing and playing Scrabble.. Welcome to Saint Hilary’s!

Christine Bielski

Alena Michel


Originally from Minsk, Belarus, Alena’s musical career began at a school for young gifted musicians at the age of 7. An accomplished pianist and singer in her youth, Alena was awarded numerous recognitions for piano competitions and did solo work for the Minsk Philarmonic. As a teenager she was a voice for a popular cartoon called “Silver Bells.” At age 19 she started her teaching career at a college for gifted musicians, while continuing to work towards an advanced degree in piano.

Alena came to southwest Florida in 2002 and accepted a position as musical director and organist at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Cape Coral. After four successful years, she was hired by Saint Hilary’s as its organist/pianist. She thoroughly enjoys playing service music and considers the choir and congregation her family.

Outside of Saint Hilary’s, Alena participates in AGO organ recitals and is an active member of the Calusa Musicale. She is also chairperson of the Clara Blood and Betty Turon Scholarships. Her piano students have won numerous competitions including Stars of Tomorrow, Young Artist Awards, Steinway FGCU and the Bach Festival.

Alena is happily married and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She loves to travel and experience new places with her family. Welcome to Saint Hilary’s!

Alena Michel

Jerry Frantz

Saturday Musician

Jerry comes to St. Hilary’s as our Saturday worship musician.  An accomplished pianist, Jerry studied piano performance with Ann Rutledge and vocal performance with Barbara Manford at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, graduating with a double major in piano and voice.

Jerry’s music experience encompasses 22 years in directing all areas of Music Ministry primarily for three churches, ranging in size from 900 to 1,400 members.  His work has included directing adult and youth choirs, instrumental ensembles, and drama, and coordinating volunteers within the church. He has directed and written major musical/drama presentations, and made two recordings of Christian music.

You may have spotted Jerry playing piano or keyboard at area special events.  He has also recently performed as an actor with the Orpheus players in their presentation of “Sisters of the Sea.”. Welcome to Saint Hilary’s!

Jerry Frantz

Maria Hayes

Financial Administrator (CPA Accounting and Tax Solutions)

Maria is a CPA who works has worked for seven years with several churches in the area on financial management and reporting. Maria is the owner of CPA Accounting and Tax Solutions. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Maria has three children and one grandson. She lives in Naples.”. Welcome to Saint Hilary’s!

Maria Hayes

John Whiteman


St. Hilary's new treasurer, John Whiteman, served twenty-three years in the US Navy, retiring in 1981 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in the electronics and communications field. After retirement, he worked for Raytheon, Inc. in Pensacola for twenty years as a Senior Training Specialist, retiring in 2001. From there, he went to Virginia Beach, where he lived for twelve years, before moving to Cape Coral in 2014.

From 2002-2006, he was a member of the Finance and Budget Committee at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach. In 2007, he joined Old Donation Episcopal Church, also in Virginia Beach. He became a member of the Financial Audit Committee, was appointed to review the counting procedures used the weekly plate donation, and became the Chair of the Outreach Commission. As Chair, he was responsible for approximately twenty-five supported Outreach missions, with a yearly budget of about $40,000.00. He determined budget requirements, submitted budget requests, and allocated funds to individual missions.

John is an Episcopalian by birth, having been baptized in the Episcopal Church at the young age of four months, and confirmed at the age of twelve.  He spent his youth under the watchful eyes of his parents and Father Harry Hadley, rector at St. James Episcopal Church in Bradley Beach, New Jersey, a very small town located on the beautiful Jersey Shore!  He spent many Sunday mornings of many years sitting ramrod straight for two services as a member of the youth choir.  Welcome to Saint Hilary’s!


John Whiteman

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Lester Erich

Music Director

A native of Bethlehem, Lester started his career at the age of 2 singing with his parents in their church.  At the age of 9 he joined and attended  the “American Boychoir” (then the “Columbus Boychoir”) School, Princeton, NJ.  for 6 years.  After graduating from Easton Area High School, Easton, Pa.; he attended Westminster Choir College, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.  2 years of teaching in the Easton Junior High School, he returned to Westminster graduating with a Master of Music in Voice Performance. He has done post graduate studies at Perkins Theological Seminary and The Royal School of Church Music, London, England.

Lester has served churches in Oklahoma and Alabama, along with singing in choirs in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Florida.  While in Montgomery, Alabama, serving the “Westminster Presbyterian Church” he taught private voice lessons and was Music Director of the Montgomery Choral.  He currently is a member of the Ft. Myer’s Symphonic Mastersinger’s, the Ft. Myer’s Mastersinger’s Chamber Choir, is librarian for the Mastersinger’s choirs and serves on the Mastersinger’s Board of Directors.  

Lester Erich