Ordained a priest in 1972, Canon Colville Smythe spent his entire active ministry working in parishes: Phoenix, Fullerton, La Crescenta, Boston (using sign language with the deaf), Whittier, Santa Ana (in Spanish), Ben Lomond (7 years as rector) and Altadena (12 years as rector). He was Dean of the West San Gabriel Deanery until his retirement in 2007, and is now a Canon of the Diocese.
Today Colville teaches ‘Literature of the Bible’ at Citrus College, and supplies on Sundays at churches around the diocese. He chairs the Board of the Ecumenical Council of Pasadena Area Churches.
Colville & Sylvia married in 1989; they share a love of music, dancing, travel and family. At his retirement, Sylvia furnished Colville with an idyllic Garden Library (the library just keeps expanding) under the avocado trees—but Colville hasn’t had time to sit and enjoy it yet!