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2018 Rector Search

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In May 2018, Father John Weatherly announced that after 21 years as our rector, he will be retiring. His last service will be on September 9, 2018. 

Check this page regularly for the current transition status and rector search process.


Our transition for seeking a new rector will be an ongoing process. Your Vestry is working with the diocese to follow a spirit-led process for St. Mark's.  Please pray for God’s guidance.

 Click here to go to the Virginia Diocese's transition process.

What’s happened so far:

5/17/2018: Father John announced his retirement.

6/12/2018:  Vestry met with the Rev. Mary Thorpe, Director of Transition Ministry, Diocese of Virginia. She explained the two options for hiring a new rector: 1) a priest-in-charge who is recommended by the Diocese for a three-year contract that can be extended; or 2) the traditional model of hiring interim rector, followed by a search committee and then a full-time rector.

6/24/2018:  The Vestry met to discuss the process for hiring a new rector. Nine non-vestry members of the parish attended. The options presented at the 6/12 meeting with Rev. Mary Thorpe were discussed. The Vestry voted unanimously to pursue the traditional process of hiring an interim rector and selecting a search committee to interview candidates to be our new rector.

7/1/2018: Vestry began forming the Rector Selection Committee members. The goal is to have 5-7 people on the committee. No vestry members can be on the committee.

7/5/2018:  Saturday, September 8, 2018 was selected to celebrate Father John’s retirement. To volunteer to help with the celebration, please contact Sheryl Sims, Jim Bailes, Charlotte Brown or Kathy Hughes.

7/15/2018:   One of the topics at the Vestry meeting was to announce the following potential members of the Rector Search Committee: Ashley Bryda, Al Dominic, Gaby Pineda, Sheryl Sims, Mary Jane Stockstill, Eric Murchie-Beyma, Rosa Krewson, and Bonnie Wilkins.  The committee will be commissioned and will begin their search in September. The search committee will not be able to share with the vestry or church members who they are interviewing or what church they are visiting until a recommendation is made to the vestry. The search process will take 12-16 months.