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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Montrose welcomed Reverend Paul Walker as full-time rector on Sunday, November 1. Father Walker most recently served as Vicar for Christ Church in Belleville, NJ. A native of Scranton PA, he received his Master of Science degree from Marywood College in Systematic Theology and Christian Education. He also has a Master of Divinity from Bexley Hall. He was ordained as a Deacon at the Church of the Nativity Cathedral in Bethlehem, PA in 1986 and ordained as a priest in 1987.
Father Paul also served the church in upstate New York, where he was priest for the yoked parishes of Grace Church in Scottsville, NY, and St. Andrews Church, Caledonia, NY. In addition to his work with those churches, he was also a member of the clergy association for both communities and served as the dean of the district for Monroe County for four and a half years.
Rev. Walker was involved with the Rochester Institute of Technology. For three years he served as the school chaplain and was part of its Interfaith Center, where he helped develop the Student Advisory Board, giving the students input into campus event planning. While in New York, he served as vice moderator for the Diocesan Council and he chaired the Department of Social Ministries.
Rev. Walker also chaired the task force on AIDS and helped to establish the Interfaith Network for the region. This network became the AIDS Consortium, which oversaw AIDS funding for the region's nine counties. As part of his community involvement in Rochester, he was the fire department chaplain. He also chaired the Wheatland Police Task Force, whose job it was to determine whether a local police force should be maintained or reliance should be put on the county sheriff's office. He was also trained as a substance abuse counselor for the Wheatland-Chili school district.
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