Welcome to St. Andrew’s by-the-Lake! We seek to be an inclusive community sharing Christ with one another and our world through worship, fellowship, Christian formation and outreach. We are located in downtown Lake Elsinore.
We invite you to join us. Please let us know how we may help you to find a home at St. Andrew’s.
A Biographical sketch of Lonell Wright
Fr. Lonell is married to Dessie B. Wright for 52 plus years. They are the proud parents of three daughters and three grandchildren. Fr. Lonell is also the father of one son. They reside in San Diego, California; their home since 1978.
Fr. Lonell’s call to the priesthood was a late one. He retired as an Administrator from Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, after twenty three years of service in various capacities; Lonell embarked upon a career as a McDonald’s Owner Operator in educationally and economically underserved areas of New Orleans for twelve plus years. During this time he became actively involved in the communities in which his restaurants were located. He saw the need for role models and saw that the underfinanced schools needed business partners to assist in creating incentives and to encourage the children to set and achieve goals. As a result of their involvement with schools, they Lonell and Dessie) were awarded “Small Business organization of the Year” by the Louisiana State Board of Education in 1995.
Fr. Wright’s call to the Priesthood came while he was a McDonald’s Owner Operator in his mid-sixties. Reluctantly, he accepted his call and entered Seminary in the fall of 2004. He attended Notre Dame Seminary (A Roman Catholic Seminary) in New Orleans for two years. He graduated from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in 2007. He was Ordained to the Priesthood in January 2009 in the Diocese of Louisiana at All Souls Episcopal Church where he served as Vicar while a transitional Deacon. He was the Vicar of this Lower Ninth Ward Mission Church until his retirement in December 2012. During his tenure at All Souls, they converted a flooded former Walgreen’s drugstore into a Church and Community Center with lots of help from Churches, charitable organizations and individuals from all over the U.S. and two Foreign countries.
We also started a Youth Orchestra and provided after school tutoring for Lower Ninth Ward children four days per week and provided summer camps with the goal of assuring that the kids were able to perform at age and grade appropriate levels. This was all accomplished with grants from individuals, churches and Charitable organizations.
Upon retirement from All Souls in New Orleans, he returned home to San Diego to join his wife Dessie who had returned home in late 2006.
He was asked to provide supply pastoral assistance at St. Andrew’s in July of 2015. He and the Parishioners of St. Andrew’s developed an affinity for each other as he served in that capacity through January 2016. He returned as Vicar in October 2016. Fr. Wright is happy to be here and invite you to join us. WE WELCOME YOU!
|Who are we?
As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.
The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
We believe the Bible to be the Word of God and to contain all things necessary to salvation.
Lay people (those who are not ordained) exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our Church.
We welcome men and women to be ordained as bishops, priests and deacons.
We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous. We also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced and remarried.
We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.