Clergy and Staff
The Rev. Michael Seiler
Michael was called to serve as the Interim Rector of St. Michael’s in July 2017. In November 2018 he was elected Rector.
Before coming to St. Michael’s, he spent 15 years on the clergy staff of the Parish of St. Matthew in Pacific Palisades, California, where he served as Managing Associate and as Acting Rector. While administering St. Matthew’s parish activities and supervising the church’s lay staff, Michael also worked closely with the headmaster and trustees of St. Matthew’s Parish School.
Michael served his curacy at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, where he was ordained priest in 1998.
Michael is a member of the Fellowship of Saint John, a group of priests and lay people who study and pray under the guidance and inspiration of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (www.ssje.org). He has completed the three-year training program for spiritual directors offered by the Stillpoint Center for Christian Spirituality. He is also a certified Godly Play teacher.
A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Michael’s seminary training and ongoing study centers on Scripture, biblical languages, and patristic theology. He lives in Seal Beach with his partner and their tyrannical but beloved Abyssinian cat, Clement.
Dr. Ray Urwin
Minister of Music
To say Dr. Ray Urwin is an accomplished musician is like saying Chopin was a pretty good pianist.
Dr. Urwin earned his Doctorate in Music at Yale University. He is an organist, pianist and harpsichord player, as well as a singer. He is a contributing composer to the 1982 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church, and has composed other pieces of music commissioned by churches across the country.
In addition to playing the organ or piano at our 10:00 a.m. service each Sunday, he conducts the choir from September to June, and teaches the Sunday School students about music once a month. He is much in demand as a performer at venues and worship centers around Southern California.
Director of Christian Education
Susan Caldwell has taken Christian Education at Saint Michael & All Angels to the next level.
Susan has a Master of Arts in Education from Concordia University, Irvine. She has both her Single and Mutliple Subject California Teaching Credentials. She spent several years in Australia, where she was a religious instruction teacher for the Council for Christian Education for Schools.
At Saint Michael & All Angels she has overseen the implementation of "Godly Play," a curriculum for elementary age children, and has helped launch new programs for middle school and high school students. She has developed an innovative Vacation Bible School program over the past four years. She is also in charge of acolytes, and oversees our nursery care.