Rector Search

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is seeking a new rector, and the Vestry has formed a Search Committee to work with the parish and diocese to undertake this vital task. The committee has set up this web page to keep our parish informed of progress and to gather information to use in the search process.


The Parish Survey is live!

The search committee is excited to announce that a major component of the rector search process, the parish survey, is live and ready for your input! It is designed to be taken online, but we will have paper copies available for those who are unable to take it online. The survey will help us determine:

  • What activities you value most in the parish

  • What qualities we value in a rector and in the preaching at St. Paul's

  • The makeup of our St. Paul’s community

Everyone's voice is important! We hope that everyone 13 years and older will complete the survey; it should take 15-20 minutes.

An online version of the survey can be found in the E-pistle from February 15th. If you prefer a paper copy, please reach out to the search committee,, or see an usher during the Sunday service over the next three weeks. You can return your paper copies to an usher, or in a designated 'drop box' in Sherrill Hall.

We will also have laptops available (and folks able to help get you to the link) at various times over the next few weeks

  • Sunday, 2/24, from 8:45-9:45 in Sherrill Hall

  • Sunday, 3/3, from 8:45-9:45 and from 11:15-11:45 in Sherrill Hall 

The survey will be open for three weeks until Sunday, March 10th. 

Thank you in advance for your participation!!

Search Committee Process

At present, the Search Committee is in the “Information Gathering” phase. During this time, we seek to listen to as many people as possible in as many ways as possible, as we build our parish Profile. Currently, we are conducting pre-survey interviews to gather information that will assist us in developing the parish survey questions. If you would like to be interviewed, please contact Alisa Skatrud or Karen Van Voorhis. We will soon be circulating the parish survey and, thereafter, conduct focus groups. When the time comes, we will invite everyone to participate in the survey and the focus groups. Please be on the lookout for more information!

Click on the image at the right to see a general overview of the stages of the search process and a very approximate timeline; we will update and communicate to the parish all along the way.


Prayer for the Search Committee

Almighty God, look graciously on the people of St. Paul’s. We ask your direction and guidance for those who will seek and call our new rector. Give them wisdom and courage to select a spiritual leader to join our community, one who will care for us and equip us for our ministries in the world. Give them grace to hear your guidance and the will to act as you lead them. This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.