St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is in the midst of a rector transition. We are holding Listening Sessions in December and January, and we ask that every parishioner sign up to attend a session. Your input is so valuable as we begin to write the Parish Profile to call our new rector.

Click here to sign up for a Listening Session.

Before attending a Listening Session, please consider the following questions:

In our recent parish life,

  1. What is the most powerful emotion you’ve felt in yourself?
  2. What is your greatest source of pain?
  3. What is your deepest fear and your best hope as we call a new rector? 
  4. What is your largest joy at St Peter’s right now?

About the Rector Search Process

The Rev. Dr. Clarke French is serving as our interim rector to shepherd us through this process. We have formed two Search Committees: one to write our Parish Profile and the other to conduct the search for our next rector. 

The Parish Profile Committee will open a conversation about the ministry of St. Peter’s, engaging us all in town halls, surveys, and discussion groups. They will help us to describe who we are, who we want to be, and what sort of parish God is calling us to be. The Profile that they write will paint a true and lively picture of the challenges and vision of our parish. This Profile will touch the heart of the priest who will be our next Rector. 
The Parish Profile Committee held a meeting with the parish on September 24, where they shared information about the rector search process and how the parish will be involved in the coming months. Click here to watch a recording of that meeting.
The Rector Search Committee will open the doors of St. Peter’s to clergy candidates whose experience, calling, and leadership style match up with what God is calling us to be. The committee will screen resumes, interview candidates, visit candidates to see them in ministry, and ultimately recommend one or more candidates to the Vestry. 

Search Prayer

Holy and immortal God, who has blessed and sustained us through the years, we stand before you at a time of transition in the life of St. Peter’s Church. We seek your guidance and help to lead us in the direction that will help us fulfill the life-giving ministry of your Church. Protect us from seeking our own will and all that prevents us from following where you may lead. Instill in us a right spirit of love and acceptance. Lead us to a faithful priest and pastor who will care for us and equip us for our ministries. And when we have discerned your will for us, give us the strength and courage to accept it and the resources to accomplish it. All this we ask in the name of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen

Further Details

If you have any questions about St. Peter’s Church Philadelphia or the rector transition, please contact Rector’s Warden Jay Newlin at [email protected].