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 invite you to join us.


Our Rector

The Rev. A.Charles Cannon, III
Priest, Pastor & Rector

Fr. Cannon is a lifetime Episcopalian who enjoys learning about the Christian faith, serving those in need and interacting with all people who are seekers of God.

He was educated in the Liberal Arts at the University of Florida, Gainesville, earned a Master's Degrees in Clinical Social Work from Barry University, Miami, FL, and in Theology from the School of Theology in Sewanee, TN.

His passions in ministry include providing loving Pastoral Care, 

St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church is one of 77 parishes and missions in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida.  The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith is fifth Bishop of our diocese, and he serves as the spiritual leader of some 31,000 baptised persons who share in an exciting pilgramage of ministry.

We are a constituent member of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church in the United States.  Our roots date back nearly 2000 years, and our faith is pulling us ever forward.


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 Deacons - The Revs. Cynthia Montooth and Anne -Carlton Jones have a passion for liturgy and pastoral care.

Youth Group Coordinator - Karin Winter


Parish Administrator - Alicia Gibbons

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


Nursery Supervisor 


When You Walk Into Our Church
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

Preaching the Holy Gospel, Teaching the Faith, Shaping Lives through Discipleship and Presiding over Liturgy. His goal in ministry is to ultimately build Strong and long living Communities of Faith. 

He serves the Diocese of Southwest Florida through its Governing Council, its Endowment Board and the Committee to revise and update the Canons.

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 

Contact Fr. Charles Cannon at 239-936-1000, extension 102 or email frcharles@sainthilarys.org