Fr. Alistair was called to serve as the
40th Rector of All Hallows' Parish, South River on December 4, 2007 after a thorough,
intentional, and spiritual search process. He began his ministry with us on the Last Sunday
after Epiphany, February 3, 2008. In his first sermon at All Hallows', Fr. Alistair said, “ For
All Hallows' to become the vision of God….We need to see the face of God in each other.
We need to see the face of God in all of our diversity within and outside our parish boundaries.
If we rely on our own strength and effort, we won't go very far in breaking the chains
that enslave us in our own little worlds. But with God's help, and by God's grace alone,
we can achieve infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.”
Raised in Hong Kong, Fr. Alistair came to study biology in 1994 at American University
, Washington , DC, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Biology (1998). He also
earned a Master's degree in Microbiology and Immunology from Georgetown University , Washington
, DC (2000). Prior to the ordained ministry, he was a research scientist in the biopharmaceutical
industry. During these formative years, Fr. Alistair found his permanent home comfortably
both in the Episcopal Church and in the United States .
He received his Master's in Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria
, VA in 2005. After ordination, he served as Associate Rector and Priest-in-Charge pro
tempore of St. Martin's-in-the-Field Episcopal Church and Day School in Severna Park
, MD from 2005 to 2008. Recognizing his gifts both in science and theology, the Presiding
Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church appointed Fr.
Alistair to serve on the Executive Council Committee on Science, Technology and Faith
from 2006 to 2009. “I believe,” says Fr. Alistair, “that God has formed my priesthood
with science for a reason: I can reach out to people who have trouble reconciling science
and faith. For me, the God of Genesis is the same God I experience in the great discoveries
Fr. Alistair lives in Annapolis next to Quiet Waters Park where he frequently goes
jogging with his dogs, a Siberian Husky named Maxine, and a Husky/Doberman mix named Argus.
In addition, he enjoys reading, music, travelling, skiing, and white-water rafting.