Rector Transition

Rector Search Committee

 

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

 


Interim Rector

 

Bishop Dave Bena, Interim Rector

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.

Questions & Answers regarding the transition (Click on the “+” symbol to see the answers):

Why is Clint leaving?

Clint was not looking to leave Immanuel. The Rector Search Committee of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church reached out to him. After much prayer, Clint felt called by God to join the process. Due to St. Stephen’s proximity to Trinity School for Ministry (the seminary from which he graduated), Clint will have the opportunity not only to lead a parish, but train future leaders in the Anglican Church in North America. This is a unique calling, blending Clint’s call to pastor with his interest in academic and leadership development.

When will Clint leave?

Clint’s last Sunday at Immanuel is currently scheduled for Sunday, August 11.

Who will lead us?

Diocesan Canons give leadership of the parish to the Senior Warden in the absence of the Rector. Rich Garon, Sr. Warden & Randy Murch, Jr. Warden have already met with Bishop Guernsey to discuss the transition. The Vestry will meet with Bp. Guernsey Monday, June 10 to discuss the topics of Interim Rector and the formation of a Search Committee. Other ministries and groups (such as the Move Team) will continue to function with the strong leaders already in place.

Who will serve as our Interim Rector?

The Vestry will select an Interim Rector. The Wardens have already asked Bp. Guernsey to compile a list of candidates. We plan to have someone in place mid-July so that they can overlap with Clint before he departs.

Who will be on the Search Commitee?

The Vestry will determine the makeup of the Search Commitee based upon counsel from Bp. Guernsey and Canon Mary Hays. Mary has already offered to serve as our search consultant, having led transitions like this for nearly 20 years in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. We plan to have the Search Committee selected and beginning work in July.

How long will it take to call a new Rector?

Immanuel should be able to call a new Rector by the end of this year or first part of next year, well before the move into the new building.

Will this transition affect construction of our new building?

We don’t think so. Most details are already in place to begin construction soon. We have a strong, orderly transition plan which should be acceptable to the bank.

If you have questions that are not addressed here, please email office@iachurch.org and your question will be directed to the appropriate party to provide an answer.