"When I joined IHS over seven years ago, what drew me to want to be the priest here, was that IHS is a church I wanted to join as a member. The multi-generational, child friendly environment was fun and energetic, and it still is today!"
Fr. Benjamin Gildas AF, Rector
Fr. Ben is our Rector, and joined IHS as pastor and priest in 2013. He's known for his warm, personable approach to ministry. He would love to hear from you. Text or call 484-841-9026 or email him firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Ben is known around the Episcopal Church as host of the podcast Priest Pulse and writing on issues like social media engagement, podcasting, divorce, long-distance parenting, family ministry, faith-at-home, and more!
Sometimes Fr. Ben is known as ThatGamerPriest for his work in tabletop roleplaying games and board games. He's the designer of the game Broken: a Tragic Romance Game and has hosted numerous podcasts and streams around game design and culture.
Father Benjamin Gildas
Fr. Ben is a professed member of a religious order called the Anamchara Fellowship. The Anamchara Fellowship emphasizes a celtic spirit, and members wear a cream and green habit which you can see pictured here. Fr. Ben took the name "Gildas" after St. Gildas of Wales when he took profession vows. His legal last name is Wallis, so you may also see his name displayed as Ben Wallis.
Fr. Ben is married to Melissa Wallis, and proud father of three.
The Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutierrez, Bishop of Pennsylvania
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