Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
– Hebrews 11:1
…to Faith Episcopal Church, where your heart and soul and intellect are all engaged on the journey. Christianity is a challenging path to follow and better with companions along the way. Come walk with us.
Faith Episcopal began as a mission of St. Clements by the Sea in San Clemente in 1990. Originally our small congregation met in people’s homes. From there we moved to a bank and then to the Design Center in Laguna Niguel. In 1994 we entered into an agreement with Shepherd of the Hills of Laguna Niguel to rent sanctuary and office space. This wonderful and generous relationship continued for ten years.
In 2002, Faith received a bequest from the estate of Nan and White Sutton that allowed us to realize the dream of our own space. We purchased part of a building in an office park and moved in and began worshipping in March 2004. The construction to turn office space into sacred space began in January 2005. It was an exciting time, and the results are more than satisfactory.
The Right Reverend Jon Bruno, Rector
As a mission congregation, the Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles is our Rector. Bishop Jon Bruno is the 6th bishop of this diocese. He is responsible for the nearly 150 congregations and 400 clergy that make up this sprawling diocese that spreads into six counties from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs. He is the first native Angeleno to serve as bishop here. Before being ordained a priest in 1978 Bishop Bruno served as a police officer in Burbank.
Our Clergy Team
The Rev. Valarie 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.
The Rev. Dawn Vukich
Let me begin by saying how wonderful it is to be with you all again and how encouraged I am for your future. I’d say that to know me is to know my love of God, studying Scripture, and how God relates to each of us. I can also tell you something about myself by saying that after Easter and Christmas my favorite day in the church year is the Blessing of the Animals! I’ve been ordained for 10 years and in active ministry for almost 25 years and I’m looking forward to serving with you and getting to know you better.
Faith, the experiment of our Lord.