Meet the Clergy


Rev. Shay Gaillard


A Charleston native, Shay worked in youth ministry in several parishes of the Diocese of South Carolina and at Camp St. Christopher near Seabrook, where he was the Summer Camp Director. After receiving the call to ordination, he attended Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pa., from 2001 to 2003, where he received his Master of Divinity. He returned to the diocese and served as assistant rector before being called to Church of the Good Shepherd in Charleston, where he served as rector for 10 years until receiving the call to St. Helena’s. Shay and his wife, Tara, have four children. He enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, football, and water sports. "Because of St. Helena's rich history, including the Beaufort Revival of 1831, I believe that God has great things in store for this community."

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Rev. Todd Simonis

Senior Associate

Born and raised in Green Bay, Wis., Todd first discerned a call to youth ministry in 1998. From 2003 to 2016, Todd served in various positions at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The final six years at St. Andrew’s were spent as Campus Planter and Pastor of St. Andrew’s City Church in Charleston, S.C. Todd has an M.A. from Wheaton College and received his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Todd and his wife, Elizabeth, are proud parents of Annie and Luke. In his free time, Todd enjoys golf, tennis, and cheering on his beloved Green Bay Packers. “I am excited to come alongside what God is already doing here at St. Helena’s.”

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Rev. Matthew L. Rusch

Associate for Discipleship

Matt grew up in Slater, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree and spent time working in youth and college ministry. After college he spent four years as an adjuster for Nationwide Insurance. He later received a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala. Matt loves studying Scripture, theology, and church history. As a result of these interests, he wrote his master’s thesis on Martin Luther’s Christocentric Hermeneutic. In 2013, he accepted a call to St. Helena’s where he has been able to pursue his passions of preaching and making disciples, as Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matt enjoys watching and playing almost all sports. He is married to Catie, and they have three boys.

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Rev. Mark W. Warter


Mark joined the clergy staff in 2010 as Deacon. His ministry includes pastoral care to the homebound, the ill, the bereaved, and all those who are undergoing personal crises. He also co-leads the Stephen Ministry program for the parish. Concurrently, he serves as chaplain to the Lady’s Island/St. Helena Fire District and to the S.C. State Police. Prior to moving to Beaufort, he served as Deacon at the Cathedral of St. John in Providence, R.I. Previous to his ordination, Mark served as a college dean, a vice president of human resources at a Fortune 500 company, and founded a nationally recognized executive search firm. He is passionate about the Stephen Ministry program, whose mission is summed up in St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” He has been married for more than 45 years to his wife, Edith. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

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Rt. Rev. Alden M. Hathaway

Bishop in Residence

Bishop Hathaway grew up in Akron, Ohio. In 1955, he graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. After college, he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy where he served onboard the destroyer escort USS McGinty stationed in Pearl Harbor. It was in Honolulu where he met and married Anna Harrison Cox. Together they raised three children and enjoyed five grandchildren. After leaving the Navy, Bishop attended seminary at Episcopal Theological School. His career as an ordained priest began in Ohio and later took him to Michigan and Virginia. In 1981, he was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh where he served until 1997. Upon retirement in 1997, he joined the staff of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Fla., serving as bishop until 2006. While in Tallahassee, eight months shy of their 50th wedding anniversary, his wife, Anna, died. In 2007, he relocated to Beaufort as a widower and joined the staff of St. Helena’s as Bishop in Residence. Shortly thereafter, he met and married Barbara Nesbitt May, librarian at the Woodberry Forest School, and they have made Beaufort their home. The Bishop’s life has carried him to the far corners of the world: Personal travel; Navy duty; church relations; and pilgrimages to Japan and Asia, Central and South America, Greece and Turkey, England and Scotland, the Holy Land, and Africa. It has been the joy of his life to visit lands far away and to share in the lives of all kinds of people. It is what has given him his great heart for mission. His most compelling Bible text is Matthew 28:19, the Great Commission: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.”

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Rev. Charles D. Pollak

Chaplain for Prison Ministry

Chuck has served at St. Helena’s as Chaplain for Prison Ministry since 2008. Concurrently, he is the Assistant Chaplain at the Ridgeland Correctional Institution in Ridgeland, S.C. Before he experienced the call to ministry, and later to the priesthood, Chuck had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy. During his time in the service, he commanded the USS Lafayette nuclear submarine and served as Chief of the Division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff involved with the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) with the former Soviet Union. After he retired from the military in 1979, Chuck and his wife, Annie, spent 14 years exploring the world on their sailing yacht, Reverie, traveling 36,000 miles and visiting dozens of foreign countries. Chuck has a passion for serving those of the least of us through the Kairos prison ministry. His ministry verse is appropriately from John 1:8-10: “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” Chuck and Annie now live in a log home in Walterboro, S.C. They have three adult children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

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Rev. Chad E. Lawrence

Priest Associate/Headmaster HTCCS

Chad serves as Priest Associate at St. Helena’s. He is also the founding Headmaster of Holy Trinity Classical Christian School which was started in 2013. Chad received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. After two years as a missionary, he entered the teaching profession in California, earning a multiple-subjects teaching credential through the California State University in Bakersfield. During his time as an educator, he was named Franklin School Teacher of the Year and awarded the Kern County Excellence in Teaching Award. Discerning a call to the ordained ministry, in 2006 he and his family moved from Bakersfield, Calif., to Ambridge, Pa., where he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity School for Ministry. He was also awarded the Hebrew Exegesis Award, the Henning Award for Expository Biblical Preaching, and the Senior Leadership Prize. As Headmaster at Holy Trinity, Chad seeks to raise up young men and women who will go out into this world as ambassadors of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who live from a biblical worldview, who are trained with an outstanding education, and who are equipped to engage this culture. As Solomon writes in Psalm 127: “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” He and his wife, Wendy, have four daughters.

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