The Very Reverend Canon Father Gene R. Wallace
The Very Rev. Fr. Gene R. Wallace has been active in parish ministry for over fifty years. When he was an eight-year-old boy, Fr. Gene heard a distinct call from God that convinced him of his call to the ministry. In 1970, he began his ministry in a protestant evangelical fellowship, United Evangelical Churches, a ministry he pursued for ten years while serving ecumenically on the staff of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He then went to the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to earn an MA in Historical Theology and was subsequently ordained an Episcopal priest in 1984 by Bishops John Coburn and John Burgess. In 1984, he began his ministry as an Episcopal priest at St. Michael and All Angels, Corona del Mar. From there he went on to serve as Rector at St George’s, Riverside and Church of the Transfiguration, Arcadia. During this time, Fr. Gene earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology; a degree that he says helped him immensely in his pastoral role. Fr. Gene also served on a number of diocesan commissions most notably as Chair of the Commission on Ministry in Higher Education. Although he officially retired in 2008, Fr. Gene continues to be active in ministry while happily serving on staff at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Covina.