Rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakland
The son of the Bishop of Costa Rica, the Rev. Dr. Mauricio Wilson started preaching at age 17, and was youth director of the Diocese of Costa Rica for 15 years. A business major at the University of Costa Rica, he was a registered CPA in his home country, eventually working as an auditor for Coopers Lybrand Accounting, the Coca Cola Company and for a private bank. “My first calling was always to the priesthood,” says Wilson, who is bilingual in English and Spanish. “Accounting was my backup plan.”
Wilson is a member of the Executive Council of the Diocese of California and serves on its program and budget committee. He is co-chair of the Diocesan Committee on Nominations. As the rector of St. Paul’s, he holds seats on the Board of Clausen House in Oakland and St Paul’s Episcopal School. His hobbies include cooking, collecting wines and driving different kinds of vehicles. He’s looking forward to learning to drive an 18-wheeler and a race car someday. His favorite book is Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons and he figures he’s seen his favorite movie, The Matrix, 150 times.
Wilson became rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in 2009.