St. George's is in the midst of a period of discernment that will lead to the calling of our 8th rector. Our longtime rector, the Rev. Bernie Poppe, has left to serve as priest-in-charge at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he is closer to his family as he prepares for retirement.
A rector search typically takes 12-18 months. In the meantime, the church will be led by two interim co-rectors, the Rev. Gary Commins and the Rev. Lauren Ackland.
During the search period, the congregation assesses its strengths and weaknesses as a spiritual community, and considers what qualities are most important in choosing the next rector. A Profile Committee of church members captures this information in a Parish Profile, which is then made available throughout the broader Episcopal Church.
Interested priests apply for the position, and the Diocese of Newark identifies a number of finalists to present to the church. A Search Committee of different church members then conducts in-person interviews and, where feasible, site visits to see the priests in action in their own churches. The Search Committee chooses one candidate to be presented to the Vestry. The Vestry makes the final decision, and a new rector is called.
St. George's has set an aggressive goal of having a new rector in place for the start of the next program year, in September 2019. The Profile Committee's interim goal is to complete the Parish Profile in time to present to the Vestry for its January meeting.
The members of the Profile Committee are:
Katie Rickard (vestry member)
Jane Ungaro (vestry member and committee chair)
The members of the Search Committee are:
Marymae Henley (vestry member)
Dan Mitchell (vestry member)
All of these people will be happy to talk with other parishioners about any interests or concerns regarding the process.