Almighty God, creator of the cosmos, the prophet Elijah did not find you in the shattering earthquake, in the mighty wind, or in the roaring fire; but out of the sheer silence, Elijah was led by your gentle, quiet whisper. In seeking our next rector, we ask for willingness and grace to release what has been, to still our clamoring minds, and to let go our expectations, so we can fully open our hearts to hear your guiding voice. In a spirit of enthusiasm and trust in the goodness of a new calling for our St. Mark’s family, we ask that you inexorably draw Priest and Parish together in the spirit of mutual love, care, and ministry so that we may better cherish and serve you and our neighbor, through the power and compassion of our Good Shepherd, Jesus the Christ. Amen. —St. Mark's Prayer for our Rector Search
The rector in an Episcopal Church is in formal relationship in mutual ministry with the congregation and with the diocese to provide priestly leadership in the community's common life.
St. Mark's has had 20 Rectors since it called its first in 1887.
We have now embarked on the discerning and prayerful process of calling our twenty-first rector; The Rev. Robin Biffle will retire on October 1, 2019, after more than 11 years of ministry and service at St. Mark's.
Eventually you'll find here a parish profile, and much more.
Until then we'll give a brief summary of work in-progress on this page.
Summary to date—January 27:
- The Vestry's next meeting re: the process is on 2/8.
- The Vestry has discerned membership for the Prayer Ministry Group, which will guide the congregation in prayer through the calling process and transition. Members have discerned their own call in this ministry and will be formally commissioned soon (illness prevented commissioning on 1/27 because not all members could attend!).
- The Vestry has called a chaplain for the process
- The Vestry has completed data-gathering and submitted the "State of the Parish Report" that will inform the work of the other ministry groups in the calling process
Please continue to hold us in prayer as we engage this holy work.