R.I. Clergy Change Churches

Three congregations in greater Providence, Rhode Island, said goodbye to their clergy teams on the same Sunday, and the next Sunday five clergy were welcomed to new parishes.

“We recognized that we were facing some major strategic staffing challenges on the West Side of Providence,” said Bishop Nicholas Knisely. “My staff and I began conversations with the congregational leadership and clergy about how we could most appropriately support the mission needs of each congregation. We wanted each congregation to decide how best to provide clergy leadership in its own context, recognizing that we all share the same mission to proclaim the Gospel effectively in our neighborhood.”

The congregations and clergy involved in the changes are:

  • All Saints’ Memorial, Providence: The Rev. Judy Mitchell is moving to All Saints’ from St. James, North Providence, to serve as the priest-in-charge and will be a mentor to the Rev. Julie Hanavan, a new deacon who is a former parishioner of hers. They will work as a team at All Saints’ once Hanavan is ordained to the priesthood.
  • St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s, Providence: The Rev. Mary Alice Sullivan is moving to St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s from All Saints’, where she served as a bridge priest. She will be assisted by the Rev. Jim Kelliher, a vocational deacon, who also is being reassigned from All Saints’. She will work with Sullivan and Kelliher during a time of transition, and then the congregation and its new clergy team will engage in a full restart, working with the bishop’s staff and the Congregational Development Commission.
  • St. James, North Providence: The Rev. John Reardon has been appointed by the bishop as priest-in-charge of St. James. He was recently received into the Episcopal Church from the Roman Catholic Church, in which he was a member of a religious order.

Other Appointments

  • The Rev. Richard Budd is priest-in-charge of St. Stephen’s, Newport News, VA.
  • The Rev. Patricia Cashman is rector of Gloria Dei/Old Swedes’ Church, Philadelphia.
  • The Rev. Robert Certain is interim rector of Grace, Cuero, TX, through July.
  • The Rev. Kelly Conkling is long-term supply priest for St. Timothy’s, Cotulla, TX.
  • The Rev. Suzanne M. Culhane is canon for stewardship in the Diocese of Long Island, and continues as priest-in-charge of St. Philip’s Church, Brooklyn.
  • The Rev. Robert Dannals is interim rector of All Saints’, Beverly Hills, CA.
  • Grae Dickson is executive director of Cathedral Ridge, Woodland Park, Colorado.
  • The Rev. John Dukes is interim rector of St. Andrew’s, Maryville, TN.
  • The Rev. Bradley C. Dyche is rector of St. Luke’s, Stephenville, TX.
  • The Rev. Paul Elliott is interim rector of Ascension, Birmingham.
  • The Rev. Dick Elwood is interim rector of St. Christophers, Bandera, TX.
  • The Rev. Jeff Evans is rector at St. Stephen’s, Huntsville, AL.
  • Lynn Farlin is canon for formation in the Diocese of Southern Virginia.
  • The Rev. Margaret Finnerud is priest-in-charge of St. Saviour’s, Greenwich, CT.
  • The Rev. Paul Frolick is rector of St. Matthew’s, Liverpool, NY.
  • Michael Funston is associate for youth and campus ministry in the Diocese of Kansas.
  • Beth Gaertner is program director at St. Crispin’s Summer Camp, Wewoka, Oklahoma.
  • Devin Gillespie is lay curate at All Saints, Safford, and Sts. Philip and James, Morenci, AZ.
  • Carrie Graves is director of communications in the Diocese of Maryland.
  • The Rev. Nickolas C. Griffith is rector of Christ Church, Redondo Beach, CA.
  • The Rev. Anne Grizzle is chaplain at Boys Home of Virginia.
  • The Rev. Charles Hamill is rector of Grace, Old Saybrook, CT.
  • The Rev. Bob Honeychurch is priest-in-charge of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, CA.
  • The Rev. Torey O. Johnson is priest-in-charge of Holy Cross, Pittsburgh.
  • The Rev. Duncan Johnston is rector of St. Paul’s, Westfield, NJ.
  • The Rev. Mark Johnston is interim director of the Gray Center, Canton, MS.
  • The Rev. Robin Kassabian is priest-in-charge of St. Mark’s, Van Nuys, CA.
  • The Rev. Sarah Lamming is rector of St. Mary Magdalene, Silver Spring, MD.
  • The Rev. Kimberlee Law is associate rector at Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson, AZ.
  • The Rev. L. Scott Lipscomb is assistant rector at St. Mark’s, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
  • The Rev. Greg Millikin is vicar of Grace, New Lenox, IL.
  • The Rev. Virginia Monroe is interim rector of Nativity, Huntsville, AL.
  • The Rev. Ezgi Saribay Perkins is an associate for ministry at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Fond du Lac, WI.
  • The Rev. Tom Phillips is priest-in-charge of Incarnation, Oviedo, FL.
  • The Rev. John Pitzer is associate rector of Trinity, New Orleans.
  • The Rev. Annis Rogers is vicar of St. Thomas, Northern Cambria, PA.
  • The Rev. John Rouser is deacon at St. Peter’s, Chattanooga, TN.
  • The Rev. Gigi Sharp is interim head of school (2017-18) at All Saints’, Morristown, TN.
  • The Rev. Canon SuzeAnne Silla is interim rector at St. John’s, Johnson City TN.
  • The Rev. Richard Speer is interim rector of Trinity, Pharr, TX.
  • The Rev. Nancy Springer is rector of St. Nicholas, Midland, TX.
  • Adrian Tubbs is lay curate at St. George’s, Holbrook, AZ.
  • The Rev. Sarai Wender is deacon at All Saints’, Morristown, TN.
  • The Rev. Howard (Doc) Whitaker is priest-in-charge of Grace, Elmira, NY.

Ordinations: Deacons

  • Central FloridaKevin Benjamin Bartle, Kathryn Sarah Gillett, and Kathy Ann Hulin
  • East TennesseeClaire Brown of St. Paul’s, Chattanooga; Spencer Cantrell; and Elizabeth Farr of Good Samaritan, Knoxville

Ordinations: Priests

  • Central Florida — Kenneth Nolen
  • East TennesseeAmy Morehous
  • El Camino RealJanet Helen Wild
  • MarylandJanet K. Kuria

Received

  • Springfield (for Maryland) — Donald Schranz

Retirements

  • The Rev. Gary Bradley and the Rev. Peg Bradley, as rector and assistant rector of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, CA
  • The Rev. Canon Bill Bryant, as canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Western Louisiana
  • The Rev. Canon Richard W. Davies, as overseer of Old St. Luke’s, Pittsburgh
  • The Rev. Hal Hutchison, as rector of St. John’s, Johnson City, TN
  • The Rev. Mike Meyers, as deacon at St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson, AZ
  • The Rev. Ann Staples, as deacon-in-charge of St. Thomas, Northern Cambria, PA
  • The Rev. Christian Villagomeza, as rector of St. Chad’s, Tampa, FL
  • The Rev. Brigid Waszczak, as deacon at St. Matthew, Tucson, AZ

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