Spotlight on abuse: Hod vice president Wallace Arthur Frey

By | April 10, 2022
Episcopal priest Wallace Arthur Frey
Episcopal Church House of Deputies Vice President Wallace Arthur Frey (Wally) resigned from the priesthood in 1992 after revelations that the married father of two had engaged in a long-term pattern of sexual activity with “probably fewer than 10” young men and teenagers in his pastoral care “over a lengthy period of time.” Frey was chairman of the House of Deputies committee on sexuality. Ordained in 1961 after receiving a degree at the former Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Frey was an outspoken advocate for gay and lesbian inclusion in The Episcopal Church. He was chairman of the Joint Nominations Committee of General Convention, chairman of the Board for Theological Education, a member of Executive Council from 1988 to 1992, chairman of Education for Mission and Ministry, and a member of diocesan council in the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York. He was rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church, DeWitt, New York from 1964 to 1992. In a letter to the diocese, Central New York Bishop David Joslin said “One of the spiritual challenges before us now is to help our minds and hearts learn how to acknowledge the present news in the context of [Frey’s] greatness.” Frey retired to St. Paul’s Church on the Green, Norwalk, in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.
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