The Very Rev. William J. Keith, Father Wil, came to Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church on July 29, 2012. As God intended, there was meaning in our call to him as our Rector. Father Wil is the first Rector our church has called in our brief history as a Parish, and our call was Father Wil’s first as a Rector. We had much to celebrate at his Institution and at our Celebration of Ministry on August 29, 2012.
A lifelong Episcopalian, Father Wil grew up in a small church in Asheville, NC, serving proudly as an acolyte for the greater part of his youth. In 2002, he received a B.A. in philosophy and religion from Appalachian State University, and was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests in the Episcopal Church after graduating from the School of Theology at Sewanee.
Prior to coming to Holy Cross Faith Memorial, Father Wil served four years in parish ministry: three years as an ordained minister and one year in youth ministry. During this service, he began a Young Adult Ministry with focus on parenting, newcomers, and marriage enrichment. He also created a comprehensive confirmation curriculum for 37 high-school aged youth and 10 adults.
Father Wil is committed to outreach, a ministry for which HCFM is known. At his prior parish, he was involved with a homelessness prevention agency as well as a community home for adults with disabilities. He also comes to us with a variety of credentials including Education for Ministry (EfM) mentor, Safeguarding God’s Children trainer, and Disciples of Christ in Community (D.O.C.C.) presenter and facilitator.
Father Wil has come to Holy Cross Faith Memorial with a passion for advocacy in the community, outreach within and outside of our church, an energetic and meaningful Christian education program, and a profound spirituality reflected in worship, fellowship, teaching, preaching, and following Christ.
With deep gratitude for answering our call to join us at Holy Cross Faith Memorial, we welcome Father Wil, Amanda, Lily, and Willow to our faith community. God brought Wil and his family to us and we are blessed in their presence.