The Rev’d Eric N. Mancil

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Father Eric Mancil, a native of Alabama, began serving as rector of St. Catherine’s on January 2, 2017. Before moving to Chelsea, he served as curate at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas, where he spent most of his time focused on ministry to young adults and college students, liturgical arts and worship, and pastoral care.

After three years of theological study, Father Eric graduated in May of 2015 with a Master in Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to discerning a call to ordained ministry, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Auburn University and worked for several years as a junior high and high school choral music director. Father Eric’s wife, Chelsea, a registered nurse, has spent most of her career working in pediatrics and neonatal intensive care. Eric and Chelsea have two children, Sophie and Jude.

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The Rev’d Frank Young

Priest Associate
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Father Frank Young retired from active ministry in 2009 after 35 years spent in 6 different churches in Alabama, Michigan, and Virginia. He is also a retired Army Reserve Chaplain (LTC). His wife, Elizabeth, is a retired labor and delivery nurse. They have three grown children. Frank and Beth now live in Oak Grove where Frank leads the town Neighborhood Watch, works with a local environmental group, and serves as a volunteer hospital chaplain among several other avenues of continuing service.

St. Catherine’s is quite blessed to have Father Frank and Beth as part of our community. This became even more apparent when rector John Mark Ford went on sabbatical during the summer of 2013; Father Frank led our Sunday and Wednesday worship services, provided spiritual support, and participated in all of our community activities- from outreach to Vestry meetings, website meetings, and work days around the grounds. With Father John Mark’s departure in August 2015, he again provided much needed support to the St. Catherine’s community until interim rector, Bill Blackerby, arrived on September 1, 2015.

The Rev’d Margaret Taylor

Priest Affiliate
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An Air Force brat, Maggie Taylor traveled extensively throughout the U.S. as well as Germany, Japan, and India.  As an adult, she lived in Taiwan for 15 years, and Asia is her lifelong passion. She received her undergraduate degree in religion from Colorado College because women were not yet ordained in the Episcopal church.  For five years she worked in youth and college ministry, then moving to Taiwan with her first husband where she continued in youth ministry, teaching, and cross-cultural training.  When she and her husband separated, she completed her M.A. in counseling at Fairfield University in Connecticut and returned to Taiwan for five more years.  In 1987, she went to General Seminary in New York City.  She served as Assistant to the Rector at Nativity, Huntsville, for four years, then was called to Birmingham as founding rector of Holy Apostles, Hoover.  She was there for 17 years and retired in 2011.  Her husband Charles, who died in 2013, was also a priest, and after retirement he supplied a number of times at St. Catherine’s.

The Rev’d Dn. Clyde Pearce

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Deacon Clyde was ordained as a vocational Deacon in October 2004 after four years of Education for Ministry (EFM) and two years of diaconate school. He attended The Church of the Epiphany in Leeds, Alabama for 24 years. Then, he served at Epiphany for four years as Deacon before transferring to help start St. Catherine’s. He is a retired contractor and is married to Charlie (Carole), with two children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Clyde and Charlie are very involved with Kairos Prison Ministry, Cursillo, Camp McDowell, and the Special Session at Camp McDowell.