St. Mary's Clergy
The Rev. Dr. William W. Rich, Interim Rector comes to St. Mary's having recently retired from Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston after nearly seventeen years there in a variety of roles, including Interim Rector from 2017-2019.
Bill grew up in Baltimore, MD, and received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Williams College. After receiving his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, he served parishes in the Baltimore area from 1980-1987. From 1987 through 1999, he was the Chaplain to Goucher College, where he also taught in the Department of Philosophy and Religion.
Bill studied in the Psychiatry and Religion Program at Union Theological Seminary in NYC, where he earned his Ph.D. (2002). After graduating, he taught pastoral psychotherapists in training at the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute in NYC, as well as seminarians at Union Theological Seminary in NYC. In the years immediately preceding his arrival at Trinity, Boston, Bill served as the Interim Rector in three different parishes: St. Paul’s, Doylestown, PA, Christ Church, Bronxville, NY, and St. David’s, Kinnelon, NJ.
The Rev. Charlie Nichols, Deacon was ordained a Deacon on September 13, 2017, by The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of New Hampshire.
For thirty years, Charlie worked for several community banks in areas of operations and technology. He also served as a patient and family volunteer for a NH community hospice.
In 2015, Charlie was the first from New Hampshire to attend the newly created Province One School for Deacons, a two-year formation program serving most of New England. When asked how long his process took, Charlie likes to say “About 50 years!”
Besides serving at St. Mary’s, Charlie serves on the steering committee for Food4Kids, a summer food service program hosted by Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans. He also serves as co-convener of the Nauset Interfaith Association, a 25 member interfaith consortium on the Lower and Outer Cape.
Charlie and Christine moved to Provincetown in June of 2019 after ten years of frequent visits. They love to travel and are nourished by their companionship with the Society of St. John the Evangelist.
The Rev. Bruce Mason, Deacon