Rev. Franklin (Skip) E. Vilas, D.Min. was born and grew up in New York City. Attending Yale University and Virginia Theological Seminary, he was ordained to the Priesthood of the Episcopal Church in 1960. He has served at churches in New Canann, Ct., Beverly Farms, MA, Lower Manhattan, NYC, Brooklyn Heights, NY and in Chatham, NJ. He served for 5 years as Program Director of the Diocese of Connecticut, and for 6 as Executive Director of Wainwright House Conference Center in Rye, NY. Since retirement, Skip and his wife, Joyce, have served as an interim team in four New Jersey parishes and the Seamen’s Church Institute in Port Newark.
During his career, Dr. Vilas has been involved in the field of mental health, serving in the Carter administration as one of twelve members of the President’s Commission on Mental Health. In recent decades he has been engaged in the ministries of environmental stewardship and ecojustice. He is the founder of the national Episcopal Environmental Network (www.eenonline.org) and of GreenFaith, an interfaith statewide organization in New Jersey (www.GreenFaith.org). He serves on an interfaith advisory committee to the United Nations Environment Programme, (www.jc4cc.org) and represents GreenFaith on the Policy Committee of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition.