| August 1, 2020
Holy Conversations are a time of listening and conversation in parish community to explore our hopes and dreams...
Generally speaking, the search is a 3-step process. In the first step we as a congregation define our purpose. In step 2, the committee assesses the criteria and skills of appropriate candidates, and then in step 3, the committee engages the best-fit candidates in a process of prayer and discernment to determine who the next rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will be.
The vestry has hired an experienced calling consultant, Anne Schmidt. Anne is the daughter of an Episcopal priest and resides in Dallas, TX with her husband, two college age children, and a cat. She is the Director of Evangelism and Welcome Ministries at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. Anne is very familiar with St. Peter's, having served with Luke on the board of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes. Anne’s expertise has already proven valuable, as she attended the initial committee retreat and instructed members in protocol, roles, and responsibilities as a committee.
The vestry has provided us with a highly talented interim rector, Dr. Robert (Rob) Voyle, who will guide the whole congregation in discerning our purpose. Rob has over 25 years in Episcopal ministry focused on congregations in transition. Together Rob and his wife Kim have formed the Appreciative Way, a publishing and training organization in association with the Clergy Leadership Institute that provides post-ordination leadership training, which they also direct. Rob has told us that the theme of his work with St. Peter’s will be “Staying in Love, in the midst of our world that is filled with hate and fear mongering”. Rob will be joining St. Peter’s in March, so stay tuned for the many opportunities to engage with him and the rest of the congregation.