Rector Christopher Seal retiring from Trinity Church in Nevada City

We’ve been doing some “toggling” between churches, including TRINITY CHURCH, NEVADA CITY, CASt. Nicholas’ Episcopal Church in Tahoe City and Mount St. Mary Academy in Grass Valley in our decade up in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra. Christopher Seal, the 32nd rector of Trinity, is retiring after 23 years.

Christopher is one of my favorite locals. He is generous, approachable, and also exceedingly well educated and traveled, and smart. I like his sense of humor too. I am a confirmed Episcopalian since childhood (“I sing a song of the saints of God …”), and I enjoy his observations and sermons. Christopher is a great husband to Gae Goodrich Seal, father, and grandfather. I have enjoyed watching one of his daughters, Moorea Seal McDaniel, build a successful business in Seattle, which has been featured in People and Sunset (

When our son was younger, we visited Christoper at Trinity Church and he took us on a tour. He gave Mitchell a brick from beneath the church, which is steeped in history. Michell has hung onto it as a keepsake. Congratulations Christopher on your years of service! Here’s a video that was made for his retirement:

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

2 thoughts on “Rector Christopher Seal retiring from Trinity Church in Nevada City”

  1. The Union finally got around to writing about this:
    Just like the ol’ Republic Roadhouse story. It was on the front page of The Union today but it appeared here in May!
    Go ahead R.L. Crabb and other “old timers”: Tell me how great The Union is. Some of residents here live in a bubble. But a lot don’t and it is changing.

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