Rev. Julian Hills


I was born in London and educated in England and the U.S., receiving my doctorate in New Testament and Early Christian Origins from Harvard University in 1985.  In the same year, I was ordained an Episcopal priest at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston.  Since then I have taught at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and served part-time in two parishes in the Episcopal diocese of Milwaukee: St. Mark’s, on Milwaukee’s east side (assisting priest, 1985-2000), and St. Simon’s (priest-in-charge, 2000-present).

As an academic, my research and writing concerns both New Testament and non-canonical early Christian writings.  As priest and pastor at Emmanuel Church in Boston, I participated in an early (1980s) pastoral response to the AIDS crisis.  In the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee I was for many years a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue Committee, and for three years Ecumenical Officer for the diocese.  I also served as co-chair of the diocesan Commission on Racial Justice.


At St. Simon’s, we – the Wardens, Vestry, and I – have worked hard to sustain and build up this “family-sized” parish through joyful and well-ordered worship, regular fellowship (our renowned Sunday Coffee Hours, for example!), thought-provoking Christian education classes, responsive pastoral care, and a variety of outreach activities, e.g., our continuing commitment in service to Heritage Home and Harbor Village.

I am married to the Rev. Nancy Hays Hills, recently retired as a graphic designer with the City of Milwaukee Health Department, who serves as deacon at Christ Episcopal Church, Whitefish Bay.  Among other things, we share a love of music, especially church music.  Our son James lives in Nashville, Tenn., where he pursues the dream of a future in music alongside a “regular” job in cancer research administration.

Rev. Mary Limbach

Assisting Clergy

Pastoral Care/EmergencyPlease call Fr. Hills at 414-332-3115 or email


The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller, Bishop

Mary-Beth Boling, Safety Officer

Kent Larimer, Sexton


Senior Warden:   Tiffany Kindschy

Junior Warden:    Chris Boling

Treasurer:             Meridi Woltring

Clerk:                    Jackie Huybers

Members:            Jerry Damrow  (2022)
                             Mary-Beth Boling  (2020)
                             Pat Kindschy  (2020)
                             Don Fenno  (2021)
                             Maurie Saffarrans  (2021)

Sharing the Warmth of God's Love, Worshiping in the Historic Christian Tradition, Casting Our Nets for New Life in Jesus Christ

© 2020 by St. Simon the Fisherman Episcopal Church.

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