Clergy and Staff
The Very Rev. Canon Frank M. Alton, DMin, Provost
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 six 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.
The Rev. Yein Esther Kim, Parish Associate
Born in Seoul, Korea in an Anglican family, with a long history of Anglican priests in the lineage, Yein studied Political Science and International Politics in college and graduate school. She graduated from seminary with an MDiv with focus on Liturgy. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at Good Samaritan Hospital, and was ordained to priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
She has lived in many cities and countries including Toronto, Canada, Beijing, China and Cambridge, USA. In addition to English and Korean, she speaks Chinese (Mandarin) and wants to add Spanish to the list.
She is the primary pastor for the Korean congregation at St. Athanasius, and works with Fr. Frank for the Spanish and English congregations. Her participation in Asian/Multicultural ministries goes beyond the Diocese as she participates actively in Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry (EAM), Li Tim-Oi Center, and Iona Collaborative. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union.
She lives in Redondo Beach at the Rectory of Christ Episcopal Church, where her husband Fr. Nick C. Griffith serves as the Rector.
Awarded Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, Evan J. Griffith has been creating music since age five. Studying at Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Stephen Hamilton and Mr. McNeil Robinson, Evan went on to pursue a dual degree in Music and in Psychology at Dartmouth College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He has held numerous organist and choir director positions across faiths, including at Temple Emanu-El NYC, among the largest Jewish congregations in the world, as well as at West Lebanon Congregational Church, Rollins Chapel in Hanover, Church of Our Saviour on Park Avenue, and many more. A commissioned composer of liturgical music, Evan is also active in the contemporary and commercial music space. After working as a talent scout for Sony Music Epic Records, he has since launched his own artist management practice, Fire Tower Entertainment, out of West Hollywood. Evan was honored to be welcomed to the Saint Athanasius congregation in Spring of 2019, where he currently serves as organist and choir director.
Mezzo-Soprano Rachel Labovitch began her artistic career as an actress in London before discovering her love and talent for opera. Her extensive career as an opera singer has included such roles as Carmen in Carmen, Dorabella - Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart), Nicklausse -Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach), Romeo - I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Bellini), Olga - Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Prince Orlofsky - Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Polina/Milovzor - Queen of Spades, (Tchaikovsky) Flora - La Traviata (Verdi), Cherubino - Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart). Mrs. Herring - Albert Herring (Britten), Angel – Demon (Rubinstein) and many more. Rachel debuted her operatic career playing Karolka in Janacek’s Jenufa with Opera Slavica NYC and has sung in numerous recitals and concerts across the United States and Europe with such focus as German Lieder, sacred music, and Mozart. Concert work includes: alto soloist for Mozart’s Requiem in Santa Clarita, alto soloist for Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and alto soloist for Beethoven's Mass in C both for the Rolling Hills United Methodist church. Rachel is proud to be the cantor for St Athanasius at the Cathedral Center of St Paul.
Roberto A. Salazar
El Sr. Salazar empezó a dar sus servicios como músico para la Iglesia Episcopal en el año 1990, actualmente alternando entre la Iglesia de San Esteban en Hollywood y San Atanasio en Echo Park, también ha servido en el ministerio de la música para el movimiento cursillista por varios años. El Sr. Salazar labora como especialista en publicaciones financieras, es casado, y tiene cuatro hijos.