Dear Heavenly Father, Please guide us with your wisdom and be with us as we begin to look for a new rector. Grant us patience and grace as a congregation, so that we may be unified in this time of transition. As our parish changes, grant us the courage and openness that we need to stay true to ourselves, while keeping you present in all that we do. All this we ask in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, Amen.
UPDATE – APPOINTMENT OF NEW RECTOR (April 30, 2021)
HOORAY! The Vestry is overjoyed to announce the appointment of our new Rector, the Rev. Anna Woofenden. Familiar to many of us from pre-pandemic times, when Anna and her husband David Howlett attended St. John’s after moving to Northampton in the fall of 2019, Anna brings the energy, creativity, leadership, pastoral nature, preaching, commitment to inclusion, openness to liturgical exploration, and experience with church growth that we sought in our parish profile. Anna’s work in social and racial justice is extraordinary. She has literally written the book on expanding outreach ministries that provide direct services to those living on the margins of society (see bio below).
We will be sharing much more about Anna and her family in the coming weeks. She is currently on parental leave and will begin her post on August 1.
Please join us in congratulating Anna and in thanking the Search Committee (Barbara Kellum, chair; Tamsin Jones Farmer; Jonathan Gosnell; Gwendolyn Greene; Maryanna Ham; Greg Macdonald; Allyson Spencer-Bunch; and Catherine Linberg) for executing a comprehensive search with a spectacular outcome.
For the Vestry,
Nancy Harvin, senior warden