The Very Rev. Canon Frank M. Alton, DMin
Frank is the Provost at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul and the Pastor of St. Athanasius Episcopal Church. He has served this congregation for three years. Prior to coming to St. Athanasius, Frank was the pastor at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church for fifteen years. In addition to pastoral duties there, Frank was active in congregation based community organizing throughout Los Angeles, focusing his attention primarily on the areas of immigration, education, housing and labor.
Frank graduated from seminary with an MDiv in 1977 and was first ordained as a Presbyterian pastor in 1978. In the middle of his seminary years he spent sixteen months in Costa Rica and Colombia, learning Spanish and serving as a campus minister. After seminary he served for seven years as Associate Pastor at the Bel Air Presbyterian Church. While there he led mission trips to Africa, Mexico, El Salvador, Northern Ireland and Louisiana, and spent a sabbatical in Lima, Peru. He completed his DMin in 1985.
While on sabbatical in Lima, Peru in 1984 working among squatters and studying Liberation Theology, Frank sensed a call to start a ministry in Mexico City, living and working among the urban poor, and hosting a program for seminary students to do part of their theological training in that setting. He spent nine years there, teaching in two seminaries, coordinating a project of community transformation, and hosting over 300 people on immersion experiences. In 1995, he returned to Los Angeles to become the pastor at Immanuel.
In 2010, Frank was confirmed as an Episcopalian, and was ordained as a priest in 2012. He has been at St Athanasius since that time. He has three grown children and four grandchildren, and is married to Saul Renteria.