Clergy Transition Time
May 12: Vestry Transition Puzzle Letter
May 2: Associate Rector Search Update: The search committee (comprised of Father Jim Croom, Cate Buckner, Dave
Pylipow, Sandra Johnston, and Davidson College students Nick Johnson and
Morgan Dunnigan) has received application materials of interested
candidates and will begin interviews this week. We anticipate that this
process will take place over the next few weeks, and we are hopeful that
we will be able to have someone in place to arrive during the month of
July, in advance of the students returning to campus. We ask for your
continued prayers as we meet with each candidate and discern God's call
for our shared ministry.
April 27: Rector Search Update: The Vestry has been hard at work preparing for our upcoming interviews, which will begin during the second half of May. After the posting for our position closed on April 23, we learned that we received applications from many highly qualified individuals, and that staff from the Diocese of North Carolina were conducting preliminary interviews on our behalf. Once this is completed, Bishop Rodman will select a slate of finalists to come to Davidson for on-site interviews with the Vestry. God willing, we are on track to make a call in June, and hope to have our new Rector joining us by the end of the summer. This will be a very busy time, and we ask that you keep the Vestry as well as all of the candidates and their families in your prayers.
April 18: The Vestry is excited to announce that The Rev. Edmund Pickup Jr. will be assisting St. Alban's in the Interim Associate Rector role through July. For the last 27 years Ed served as Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Franklin, Virginia.
As we approach the end of March, we have made significant progress in each of our searches and are excited to share the following updates:
- We've heard from the Diocesan Office that there has been a lot of interest and excitement about our Rector posting, and that applications are coming in! We've also placed an ad online at The Living Church magazine, which can be found here: https://livingchurch.org/. The diocese will continue to receive applications until April 23rd, after which time the Vestry will be provided with a slate of candidates to interview. We plan to conduct these interviews during the month of May.
- Meanwhile, we have met with individuals who would be willing to support Jim and Rebecca on a quarter-time basis, providing more support on Sunday mornings and one other day during the week. We hope to have this individual identified and in place by the end of the month! Watch for an announcement about this in the near future, and please help us to make them feel warmly welcomed when they arrive.
- We are coordinating with the Diocese and with Davidson College to begin a search for our next Associate Rector, who will continue to share their time between St. Alban's and Canterbury at Davidson College. Our hope is to have someone in place this summer, so that they will have time to prepare before the start of the next school year. We are still working out the details of this search and this position, and will provide additional information as soon as we have these details confirmed.
As always, please continue to pray for our Vestry and for our congregation as we continue to discern who God is calling for each of these three positions. We remain excited and energized by the work that is ahead of us, and the progress we have made.
March 5th: We made exciting progress during the month of February, and have
submitted all of the material needed by the Diocese to post the job
opening for our next rector. This posting will be up and advertised for
the next 6-8 weeks, at which point we hope to have a number of qualified
candidates to consider as we move in to the interview phase. Many
thanks to each of you who contributed your thoughts, whether in a parish
meeting or via the survey. The information we gathered through that
process was very helpful in creating our parish profile, which we plan
to post to the website for everyone to see. Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we move forward in our search.