Welcome to Faith Episcopal Church
seek a deeper understanding of the mystery of God,
offer the hospitality of the Gospel, and
strive for a just and compassionate community for all.
The Rev. Dawn Vukich with Faith Episcopal Church takes part in the annual feast day of St. Francis of Assisi celebrating and blessing horses at Nellie Gail Equestrian Center in Laguna Hills on Sunday, Dec 10, 2017. “I love all animals. They were given into our care and they bless us. We should bless them too,” she said as she made her way around the stables, talking to and blessing about 40 horses. Trainer Mickey Hayden gave her a personality profile on each one.(Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Faith Episcopal began as a mission of St. Clements by the Sea in San Clemente in 1989. Originally the small congregation met in people’s homes, a local bank and at the Design Center in Laguna Niguel. From 1994 to 2004, they shared sanctuary and office space with Shepherd of the Hills Church.
In 2002, Faith received a bequest from the estate of Nan and White Sutton that was the realization of a dream to have a permanent home. By March 2004, space was purchased and in January 2005 construction began that turned office space into sacred space.
The Right Reverend John Taylor, Bishop Diocesan
Rev. Taylor was consecrated as the seventh bishop of the Los Angeles diocese in December 2017. Taylor served as vicar of St. John Chrysostom Church and School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, from 2004 to 2017.
View his inaugural address, Feeding Hungry Hearts, to hear his inspirational vision for the diocese.
Our Clergy Team
The Reverend Dawn Vukich, Vicar
Rev. Vukich feels privileged to be with Faith Church and encouraged for its future. To know her is to know her love of God, of Scripture, and of how God relates to each of us. After Easter and Christmas, her favorite day in the church year is the Blessing of the Animals (read about her 2017 Blessing of the Horses at Nellie Gail Equestrian Center). She’s been ordained for 12 years and in active ministry for almost 26 years. She serves on the board of Canterbury Irvine and is an avid golfer.
As Vicar, Rev. Vukich celebrates the Sunday services most weeks.
The Reverend Valerie Hart
Born in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio and raised in the Episcopal Church, Rev. Valerie Hart received her B.S. in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She and her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1984 where she taught psychology part-time at several graduate schools and had a private clinical practice. In response to a call to the priesthood, she enrolled in the Church Divinity of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, and received her M.Div. in 1991. She was ordained to the priesthood in 1992. For twelve years she served as the vicar of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Brentwood followed by seven years as rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Arroyo Grande. Since her retirement in March 2014, she has traveled extensively in her RV and been working on several writing projects, including a play about the women around Jesus during the weekend of his crucifixion, and a book on how church can better welcome people home to a relationship with God. She has three grown children and five grandchildren and lives in Laguna Niguel.
Rev. Hart is on call from April through October as supply clergy when needed.