Rector Search Committee
L to R: Joe Fucello, Kathy Oravetz, Scott Ankers, Angie Morlu, Carolyn Culbreth, Bill Harding, Deb Tomchek (Chair), Mike Harpster, Rich Garon
I am delighted to introduce to you the Rector Search Committee. These individuals have committed to praying, meeting, and discerning over the next several months as we seek the person the Lord has already identified as our next Rector. As you will see, the Committee represents a wide range of parishioners: people who have been at Immanuel a long time, others who have joined in the last few years. They are men, women, parents, grandparents, working, retired – all with a wide range of experience that they will bring to this important work.
The Committee is committed to providing regular updates to the parish regarding their work. However, many of the details of their work will need to remain confidential to honor the privacy of candidates who will be in the process.
As the Rector Search Committee begins their work, please commit to praying regularly for them and for Immanuel as we seek the Rector God has in mind for our church. Here is a prayer from the new ACNA Book of Common Prayer that powerfully expresses our desires for the Committee and Immanuel.
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who will choose a Rector for Immanuel that we may receive a faithful pastor who will preach the Gospel, care for your people, equip us for ministry, and lead us forth in fulfillment of the Great Commission; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Rich Garon, Sr. Warden
David is a Marine, Bishop of the ACNA, long-time member and friend of Immanuel, and former Interim Rector (just prior to Clint’s arrival). As our former Interim Rector, David led Immanuel through a difficult season that included a Rector’s surprise departure, the loss of our property through the lawsuit with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, as well as two worship locations. Yet despite these difficulties, Immanuel’s attendance grew under his leadership. Our giving grew as well. He led Immanuel through an informal capital campaign, raising an initial $250,000 for the purchase of our new property. He established our Move Team and grew our ministries as well. Finally, he guided our Vestry through the Rector Search Process that identified Clint Kerley as our Rector. He will begin his tenure as Interim Rector August 1 and serve through the end of 2019. David will be part-time, serving on Sundays and in the office a couple of days a week.
Announcement from Clint Kerley
On Sunday, June 9, Clint Kerley announced his resignation as Immanuel’s Rector effective Sunday, August 11. You can watch a video statement below.
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