Staff

The Rev. Michael K. Fincher, Rector

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Prior to becoming a priest, Fr. Michael had a 20-year career in environmental consulting, specializing in transportation planning. In 2003, he left his previous career to pursue a calling to the priesthood. He attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, graduating with his Masters of Divinity degree in 2006. He was ordained deacon in June, 2006 and as priest in January, 2007. Since then, Fr. Michael has served as curate at St. Alban’s in Westwood and Episcopal chaplain at UCLA; associate rector at Trinity in Redlands; and as priest-in-charge of the blended congregation of St. Paul’s Episcopal & Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Santa Paula. While not engaged in church activities, Fr. Michael enjoys traveling, cooking, fine dining, attending theatrical productions, hiking, spending time with close friends, and watching political news.

E-MAIL: rector@stgregoryschurch.com

Music Director David Feit-Pretzer

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David did his undergraduate and graduate work in Choral Conducting at California State University in Fullerton studying with David Thorsen and Gordon Paine. He was the founder and director of the Canterbury Carolers who entertained audiences for over twenty-five years. He has arranged music for, conducted and accompanied both the Master Chorale of Orange County and the Californians, a select group from the Master Chorale. He is the representative of the Orange County Chapter of the National Association of Church Musicians and is a past National President of NACM. David also currently serves as Dean of the Long Beach Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has toured Europe with the University Singers from CSUF and the Master Chorale. In 2000 he led a group from First Presbyterian Church of Westminster on a tour of Germany and Austria with performances in Salzburg and Vienna. Several of his choral ensembles have participated in concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York. He began his tenure as Director of Music and Resident Organist at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Long Beach in August 2004, where he founded the Festival Choir and the highly successful Music at Four concert series.

Parish Administrator Allen Ronk LaFoe  (On Leave of Absence) 

allenpic-225x300Allen Ronk LaFoe is a self-proclaimed Renaissance man and brings with him his many years of management and organizational experience in both the not-for-profit and private sectors.  As an event coordinator, he has worked for various organizations including the Arts Council for Long Beach, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Latin American Art and Smithsonian Institution.  Allen plays several instruments including keyboards, drums, recorders and crumhorn, and is especially interested in Latin American and Middle Eastern music.

E-MAIL: info@stgregoryschurch.com

 Kevin Wood, Acting Parish Administrator
562-841-5785
sparkstgregs@gmail.com

Laura Samaniego, Nursery Caregiver & Coordinator Christian Education 

 


 Vestry

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Fr. Michael K. Fincher
rector@stgregoryschurch.com

2015-2018

  • Terry Baker
  • Rick Crowe
  • Patrick McDonough
  • Sharon Nemitz

2016-2019

  • David DeMent
  • Holly Graham
  • Cheryl Rodi
  • Elizabeth Spencer

2017-2020

  • Michael Carr
  • Steven Cleantis
  • Deborah Henry
  • Dawn Lewis

Senior Warden:  Terry Baker
Junior Warden:  Michael Carr
Treasurer:              Bob McRae
Clerk:                      Cheryl Rodi


CONTACT INFORMATION

The Reverend Michael K. Fincher, Rector
562-420-1311
rector@stgregoryschurch.com

David J. Feit-Pretzer, Director of Music
714-899-1902

Kevin Wood, Acting Parish Administrator
562-841-5785
sparkstgregs@gmail.com

Allen Ronk LaFoe, Parish Administrator (On Leave of Absence)
562- 420-1311
info@stgregoryschurch.com