St. Hilary's Episcopal Church

An Episcopal church in Fort Myers, FL
St. Hilary's Episcopal Church
St. Hilary's Episcopal Church
St. Hilary's Episcopal Church

Who We Are

As the largest Episcopal church in our area, St. Hilary’s attracts a diverse group of people to its services, ministries, and programs. Several of the founding families of our church still worship with us each Sunday alongside new faces. People come from all over Lee County to worship, and we welcome both full-time and seasonal residents. Our pews are filled with people of all ages, from newborns to nonagenarians.

At St. Hilary’s there is something for everyone. Our services run the range from very traditional to modern praise, so that we can meet the needs of all people. Our educational, outreach, and social opportunities comprise an additional part of our faith community. Above all else, we share a love of God and of each other.

As our mission says, “We strive to be a welcoming community in which people can know Jesus Christ through worship, prayer and fellowship, and make Him known through outreach and service to those in need in our local community and in the world.” We hope you’ll join us in our joyful fellowship.

About Us

Vibe
Casual, Traditional Liturgy

Programs
Community Service, Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education

Music
Traditional Hymns, Contemporary

Denomination
Episcopal

Networks

Size
Large

Language
English

Founded
1958

Plan Your Visit

Services

Contact

Address
5011 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Phone
(239) 936-1000

Website

Directions
Get directions on Google Maps

Our Services

What are services like?
We have 4 services a week. Thursday @ 10am - small and intimate Saturday @ 5pm - contemporary music and casual Sunday @ 8am - no music and traditional Sunday @ 10:30am - hymnal and majority families

What if I'm not a Christian?
You are welcome here. We proclaim and adhere to the word of Christ our Savior. We love all people Christian or not, you are always welcome in our church.

Leadership View all

Denise Gray-Guinta

Denise Gray-Guinta

Denise Gray Guinta was born in Arlington, Va and grew up in Great Falls, Va. She is a “cradle Episcopalian” and the youngest of five children. She graduated from Herndon High School in 1980. Denise enlisted into the United States Coast Guard in 1986 and became a Drill Instructor. She met her husband, Ron Guinta, while stationed in Cape May, NJ and they were married in 1988. They have two college aged sons, Nicholas and Dustin. Denise received a BS in Commercial Recreation and Parks Administration with a minor in Business from University of South Alabama while stationed in Mobile. She began to discern a call to be an ordained Priest in the Episcopal Church while in Sitka, Alaska. She received a MA in Pastoral Theology degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2004. She was ordained a Deacon in Sitka, May 25th 2002 and ordained Priest on June 14th, 2003 in St.Petersburg, FL. Denise currently lives with her family in Palm Harbor, FL. Her passion for empowering the laity has led her to transitional ministry. Denise has experience as Assistant Interim Rector, Assistant Rector, Interim Rector, College Chaplain and Priest-In-Charge. She believes in the Priesthood of all believers and has geared her ministry to lifting up and celebrating the God-given gifts of all faithful people. She has extensive knowledge and experience in Church Consulting, Appreciative Inquiry, Family Systems Theory, recruiting and training lay leaders and Education for Ministry mentoring. She has a certificate in Church Consulting and Facilitating from The Center for Congregational Health with an emphasis in visioning and strategic planning for congregations. And is a trained Interim Ministry Network member. Because of her experience in growing healthy congregations, Denise was asked by Bishop Dabney Smith to begin a dormant Episcopal Chaplaincy at University of South Florida. She was subsequently asked to stay on the Diocesan staff in Southwest Florida as a Congregational Development troubleshooter and “FreshStart” facilitator. She has extensive experience in team building and creating collaborative models of leadership. She has achieved building community and a greater understanding of being “Christ’s body” among clergy and parishes

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