St. John’s is engaged in a thorough and prayerful process of calling a new rector. Having been blessed by the devoted, 30-year leadership of The Rev. Peter Elvin and, during this interim time, by the steady hand of The Rev. Libby Wade, we now look with excitement to our future.
Potential candidates can get a quick sense of who we are from the position flyer below and a closer look from our portfolio (click HERE).
St. John's is in a special place
We lie at the heart of a New England college town marked by a rare combination of natural beauty and intellectual and cultural stimulation.
People come here from across the country and abroad to study, work, and start a new life after their careers.
Pastoral needs and social injustice do exist in town and, more deeply, in surrounding communities still in recovery from the loss of industry.
We come from various faith backgrounds, hold a variety of beliefs, embrace a range of private spiritual practice, and, in matters of faith, value questions as well as answers.
There's hunger to learn. Our small groups, including study groups, are well attended.
Our spirituality is enhanced by the arts. The music program is especially vibrant and our community room doubles as an art gallery.
Our story starts with a gathering of Williams students for Morning Prayer in 1853.
In 1915 President Woodrow Wilson worshipped here at the baptism of his nephew Francis B. Sayre, Jr., the future Dean of Washington National Cathedral.
Most recently we've been blessed with 30 years of deeply caring and able leadership from our retired rector.
What we prayerfully seek now
is a rector of deep and visible faith
who's able to lead with warmth and humor an active parish with strong lay leadership
and can inspire and equip us, by word and example, to address our challenges
which include operating more outside our doors, attracting and better welcoming newcomers, and learning how to incorporate children and teens in our worship and parish life.
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To learn more, please contact Canon Rich Simpson, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, at (413) 737-4786 x117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer for St. John's Rector search process
God of abundance and grace, you have gifted the members of St. John’s church with love for one another and with joy in our community. Help us to discern your will and be open to your guidance as we seek a new rector for our parish. Grant us the ability to hear your voice as we listen to one another. Give us wisdom and patience, courage and calm, mutual respect, and clarity of vision that we may receive a priest who serves with warmth and humor, enthusiasm and faithfulness, and who challenges us with the demands of love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.