Ministry Transition Updates

St. David’s Church has begun its search process for a new rector. Below you will find the progress and updates of the search committee.

The Vestry of St. David’s is pleased to announce the members chosen to be on the Search Committee for a new Rector. The decision as to who to choose for the committee was an extremely difficult task as all nominees were equally well qualified to serve. The names below represent a cross section of areas within the church and parish life. Many thanks to everyone who put forth a nomination.

Justin Bartels
Carlene Deschaine
Rebecca Ford
Kevin Kane
Sally Lawrence
Gen Van Catledge
Carol Van Zoeren
Jeanne Marie Yohe

The Rector Search committee is honored to lead this process,
in which there are two main phases:

PHASE 1
The first phase entails compiling what is referred to as a parish profile and will take
several months. The search committee will need your input to create a robust and
comprehensive parish profile. In the coming weeks and months you will receive a survey asking for your thoughts and input on various components of this profile. The search
committee will also hold small group meetings in order to gain your perspective.

After the parish profile is complete, the Rector position will be posted and advertised
nationally and there will be a period of time while the committee collects and evaluates candidate resumes.

PHASE 2
The second phase involves interviewing candidates. After a comprehensive interview
process the search committee’s candidate recommendation will be presented to the
Vestry of Saint David’s.

Presenter: Sally Lawrence

 

Hello, for those who may not know me, I am Sally Lawrence and I am the co-chair of the search

committee for our new rector. I have been a parishioner at St. David’s for just about 10 years. I

joined when my husband, Kirk, and I moved to North Wilmington from the Washington, D.C.,

area and quickly felt welcomed and comfortable in the St. David’s community. Kirk and I have

two young daughters, Olivia and Cate. Co-chairing the search committee along with me is

Carol Van Zoeren. Carol is traveling today and cannot be in attendance, but I definitely wanted

to take this opportunity to introduce the other members of the search committee. As a

committee we were blessed to serve in this capacity at a commissioning ceremony at this

morning’s service and accept the promises and commitment that we are called to carry out.

Could the search committee members in attendance please stand? The search committee

members are Justin Bartels, Carlene Deschaine, Rebecca Ford, Kevin Kane, Genevieve

Van-Catledge, and Jeanne Marie Yohe.

 

I speak for the entire committee when I say that we are humbled and honored that you have

entrusted us in the search for a new rector. We are also aware of the enormous responsibility

and task ahead of us. To that end, this is not a task that the search committee can accomplish

alone, and we appreciate your support, trust, and input when called upon in the coming days,

weeks, and months.

 

The search committee is also operating under the guidance of a Rector Search Consultant,

Sherry Goodill. Sherry has experience in participating in a successful search at a neighboring

parish, and has and will provide guidance throughout the process regarding next steps and to

make sure we stay on track as a search committee. Canon Brad Hinton will also provide

administrative support during very specific times during the search, as his duties require, in his

position as canon to the ordinary in the Mission Support Office for the Episcopal Church of

Delaware.

 

Today I’m going to provide a general outline of the search process as well as expectations on

how you can help.

 

There are two main phases to the search process.

The first phase entails compiling what is referred to as a parish profile and will take several

months. The parish profile is a comprehensive document about St. David’s history, mission,

ministries, and congregation, and includes information that reflects on the past, reviews the

present, and asks us to look to the future of our parish. It will inform potential candidates for the

rector position about St. David’s and the Day School, what type of community we are, as well as

our wealth of activities and ministries, and vision for the future. The search committee will need

your input to create a robust and comprehensive parish profile. In the coming weeks and

months you will receive a survey asking for your thoughts and input on various components on

this profile and the search committee will also hold small group meetings (with coffee and

snacks?!) in order to gain your perspective needed for this document.

After the parish profile is complete, the rector position will be posted and advertised nationally

and there will be a period of time for resume collection and resume review.

The second phase involves designing the interview process and then interviewing candidates

who have submitted applications for the rector position and who have been preliminarily vetted

by the Episcopal Church of Delaware. After a comprehensive interview process the search

committee’s candidate recommendation will be presented to the St. David’s vestry.

The search committee has vowed to be as transparent as possible during this search for a new

rector and we will continue to provide updates to the congregation at critical junctures during

this process. We appreciate your prayers, support, and patience as we, the search committee,

strive to conduct a deliberate, comprehensive, and unbiased search that will result in a new

rector who will continue to shepherd St. David’s and the Day School, and allow us to continue to

be a vibrant and impactful congregation and welcoming community.

 

Thank you.