Father Mark Hallahan, Rector
Mark Hallahan was born and raised near Youngstown, Ohio. After a number of years as a Franciscan Friar he left the Order and moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to work with the Catholic Worker Community on Skid Row. Mark then began a twenty-year career in social services, working for agencies devoted to assisting the homeless. For three years (1983-86), he worked as a member of a retreat team at a Jesuit retreat house in Dublin, Ireland. There he met his spouse, Jim Kenny.
Mark joined the Episcopal Church in 1986 at St. Athanasius Parish in Echo Park. 1990 he decided to take a "leave of absence" from organized religion and went on an exciting and transforming spiritual journey that eventually led him back to Christianity. He was hired as a lay staffer at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, where he was Coordinator for Mercy and Justice Ministries .
Mark was ordained priest in 2006 and temporarily worked at Diocesan Center while assisting at Church of the Ascension in Tujunga.
He was sent to St. Paul’s Pomona in 2006, as Priest-in-Charge under Special Circumstances and was elected Rector the following year. He and his spouse were married at St. Paul's in August of 2008 and reside with their dog, Sally, in northeast Los Angeles.
Rev. Dennis Sheridan, Deacon
"Following a “first career” as a high school social studies teacher, Dennis Sheridan, Ph.D., Ed.D., entered the world of college student development nearly 30 years ago at Texas Christian University, where he served as a residence hall director while pursuing a master’s and doctorate in Christian education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Upon completion of the doctorate, he became vice president for student life and dean of students at California Baptist University.
After 10 years in that role, and upon the completion of his Ph.D. from UCLA, he moved to APU as a faculty member, program director, and department chair. At APU, he helped expand the master’s program in college student affairs and helped develop the doctoral program in higher education leadership. In 2006, he became director of the doctoral program in higher education leadership at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks."
St. Paul's is thrilled and blessed to to have Rev. Sheridan as our new deacon.
Richard Fabian Reynalte, Spanish Minister
RICHARD F REYNALTE, nació en Perú, es el último de cuatro hermanos. Estudio Teología en la Facultad de Teología Pontificia y Civil de Lima - Perú. Fue ordenado Sacerdoteen la Iglesia Católica Romana el 08 de Agosto de 1987. Trabajó en varias Parroquias en Perú y ejerció la docencia durante esos años en las Escuelas públicas y privadas de Secundaria. En el 2001 obtuvo el grado de Bachiller en Educación, en la Universidad Marcelino Champagnat, y una Licenciatura en la especialidad de Psicología. En el 2006 fue invitado a trabajar en la Diócesis de San Bernardino, California. Luego de ejercer su ministerio en varias Parroquias hasta el mes de Junio del 2013, decidió incorporarse a la Iglesia Episcopal de San Pablo en Pomona. Actualmente es miembro del Vestry y está en proceso para ejercer su Ministerio en la Iglesia Episcopal.
Diane Luftig, Senior Warden
Diane was born and raised in Binghamton, N.Y. There she met and married her husband Rich. With their two children, Amy and David, they moved to Oxford, Ohio where Rich taught at Miami of Ohio. During that time, Diane went back to school to obtain a Master’s Degree in Program Planning in Gerontology. She worked at the Area Agency on Aging in Cincinnati for almost twenty years planning and developing programs for low income older adults.
After raising two great kids who both ended up out west, the couple retired in sunny Pomona, C.A. They searched for a spiritual community that was open, progressive, accepting and yet deeply spiritual. One Sunday morning they woke up and decided to give “that church with the pretty dome” a try. St. Paul’s was like coming home and they have been there ever since.
Bill Laws, Junior Warden
Bill’s journey to St. Paul’s began in 2013 when he and his fiancée, Geronimo asked Father Mark if he would be willing to officiate at their wedding. Father Mark not only offered to officiate but asked the couple if they would like to get married at St. Paul’s. Being raised as a Southern Baptist in the heart of the Midwest, the idea of being able to get married in a church seemed impossible. Bill and Geronimo were not only married at St. Paul’s but stayed on to become an integral part of the Parish.
Bill now serves as Jr. Warden on the Vestry and is a dedicated member of the Altar Guild. Though he has shared that their growing commitment to the church has enriched his and Geronimo’s lives, it is all of us at St. Paul’s who feel blessed that they have become part of our spiritual family.
Janette Henry, Godly Play & Treasurer
Jesus Toro, Musician
Jesús Manuel Toro was born in Caracas, Venezuela. His teachers include Prof. Alejandro Slobodianik at the “J.J Landaeta” Music Conservatory in Caracas, Prof. Carlos Urbaneja at the Centro Mozarteum School of Music and Prof. Enrique Graf at the College of Charleston, SC. Jesús Manuel has played recitals throughout Venezuela, as well as the Young Artist Series of Piccolo Spoleto (USA), the Perugia Music Fest in Italy where he played as a soloist with "I Solisti di Perugia" orchestra. Also he has been engaged to perform with several professional orchestras in Venezuela, such as the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, the Venezuelan Philharmonic and the Solistas de Venezuela Orchestra. He was selected as one of the best music students at the Centro Mozarteum School of Music and he was chosen to participate at the Aspen Music festival and School. In addition to his musical accomplishments, Jesús Manuel obtained his Law degree at Santa Maria University in Venezuela. Recently he won fourth prize in the V category of the Liszt International Piano Competition in LA. Currently Jesus Manuel is attending the Artist Certificate Program in Azusa Pacific University and teaching piano lessons in the Yamaha Music School, Diamond Bar.