In June 2015, the wardens of St. Bart’s, with the approval of the vestry, appointed a 15-member rector search committee.
Since then, the committee has been working on gathering input from members, clergy, staff and friends of St. Bart’s. They created and conducted a comprehensive parish survey and held a number of focus group discussions with members, known as Rector Roundtables. The findings from the survey and roundtables, together with deep discernment and contemplation about the past, present and future of St. Bart’s, have been incorporated into the parish profile.
Our rector search will officially be open to prospective candidates once the Parish Profile is posted on various databases of The Episcopal Church. The profile is a statement of who we are, what we aspire to be, and what we are looking for in a new rector.
Q: Who are the members of the rector search committee, how were they selected and what is their role?
A: In accordance with the search process outlined by The Episcopal Church, the wardens of the church (Anne Rabbino and Peter Kendall) appointed 15 members of St. Bart’s, including five current members of the vestry. The role of the search committee is to gather input from the parish, prepare the parish profile, review applications from potential candidates and conduct interviews of candidates. Their role ends with the submission of a slate of three top candidates for consideration by the full vestry. The 15 members of the search committee are: Tim Collins and Mary Krueger (co-chairs), Kathleen Breiten, Catherine Budd, Jamie Ferrara, Lucy Martin Gianino, John Gilliland, Robert Gutheil, Chris Harrell, Patrick Hornbeck, Jinsoo Kim, Kathy McKenzie, Susannah Wade Lewis, Dulcie Mapondera and Richard Reinhold.
Q: What is the expected timetable for the search process?
A: Once the parish profile is completed, the job opening and profile will be posted on The Episcopal Church databases, shared on our web site, and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. This officially begins the period when the position is open and is anticipated to occur in early February. The search committee will also contact key leaders in The Episcopal Church to ask for their prayers and suggestions of potential candidates. The job posting is expected to remain open for eight weeks. The search committee will review submitted applications on a rolling basis, narrowing the number of candidates to about 25. They will conduct further assessment with this group, and select up to 10-12 candidates for further consideration. Potential candidates will be vetted with the Bishop, reference and background checks will be conducted, web-based interviews will occur, and site visits by teams of three search committee members will be completed. The goal will be to develop a slate of three top candidates for submission to the full vestry for their consideration. The vestry will have the three candidates visit St. Bart’s for further interviews and meetings with the staff. The vestry makes the final decision about whom to call as the next rector; the decision must be unanimous.
Q: Who is the interim rector, how was he selected and what is this person’s role?
A. In accordance with the search process outlined by The Episcopal Church, the wardens of the church appointed the Rev. Dr. Bob Dannals as the interim rector of St. Bart’s church with the approval of the Bishop and the vestry. Bob began full-time as the interim rector in October 2015 and is available to remain with us until the next rector has been chosen and has joined us. During this transition period, Bob has assumed the typical rector responsibilities, supported by the vestry, other clergy and administrative staff.
Q: What will be the role of the existing clergy staff during this transition process?
A: St. Bart’s is blessed to have three very strong and committed clergy members in the persons of the Rev. Lynn Sanders, Rev. Edward Sunderland and Rev. Matthew Moretz. They will continue in serve in their existing pastoral, preaching and programmatic roles.
Q: Will the interim rector or the existing clergy be allowed to apply for the permanent rector position?
A: No, The Episcopal Church does not permit someone appointed as interim rector to be appointed the permanent rector. The same is true for existing clergy on staff. Some of you may recall that the Bishop of New York provided special permission in connection with the appointment of the Rev. Buddy Stallings as priest-in-charge (and then as the rector), bypassing a formal search process. The bishop has informed the wardens that he expects St. Bart’s to go through a full, formal discernment and search process this time around.
Q: If I would like to recommend someone for the position, what should I do?
A: Please ask that individual to apply for the position by going to our web site, and clicking the link in the parish profile to submit their cover letter, resume and OTM profile.
Q: What can I do to help the search committee and the vestry?
A: Please pray for the rector search committee and the vestry. Share the news that St. Bart’s is searching for a new rector with your friends and acquaintances, and encourage potential candidates to apply. Finally, please continue to support the church during this transition period by giving joyously and generously of your time, talent and treasure.
Q: If I have any other questions regarding the search process, whom should I contact?
A: Please send your questions to , or ask one of the members of the rector search committee directly.
September 21, 2016
Earlier this week, the Rector Search Committee concluded its work. After deep and prayerful consideration of the information gathered during the course of the search, the committee submitted a short list of candidates to the Vestry. During October, these candidates will visit St. Bart’s to meet the Vestry, clergy and staff. The Vestry anticipates that they will make a final decision and extend a call to the next Rector by the end of November. Please keep the members of the Vestry in your prayers as they go about these final steps in selecting our next Rector, and feel free to direct any questions you might have to .
Members of the Rector Search Committee are currently conducting site visits at the home parishes of a short list of candidates. The visits will be completed by the end of August. In mid-September, the search committee will meet to designate a final slate of up to three candidates, which will then be presented to the Vestry. Final candidates will travel to New York in the subsequent weeks to meet with Vestry members, staff, and clergy. Please keep the Search Committee and Vestry in your prayers, and feel free to direct any questions you might have to .
June 13, 2016
On Sunday, June 12, Canon Deborah Tammearu of the Diocese of New York joined the Search Committee members at a special Forum on the search process. Together, they shared updates on the progress of the search, outlined the remaining steps of the process, and answered questions. Listen to an audio recording of the Forum. We also invite you to view the PowerPoint that was shared at the Forum.
Please continue to join the committee in prayer for the success of our search, and do not hesitate to contact them with any questions at .
May 31, 2016
The committee has begun conducting video interviews with a select group of applicants. As our work proceeds, we invite anyone interested to join search committee members and Canon Deborah Tammearu of the Diocese of New York for a special Forum on the search process on Sunday, June 12. At the Forum, we will share more updates on the progress of the search, outline the remaining steps of the process, and answer questions as best we can. Please mark your calendars and join us if you are able. Please also continue to join the committee in prayer for the success of our search, and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions: .
April 24, 2016:
Review of the applications for Rector that we have received continues to be underway, and the committee will update the parish to the appropriate extent as the process continues. On Sunday, June 12, Canon Deborah Tammearu of the Diocese of New York will join Search Committee members at a special Forum on the search process: please mark your calendars and join us if you are able. In the meantime, please continue to join the committee in prayer for the success of our search, and do not hesitate to contact us at with any questions.
April 17, 2016:
The search committee is pleased to announce that the period for receipt of applications for the position of Rector has ended. Review of the applications is already underway, and the committee will update the parish to the appropriate extent as the process continues. In the meantime, for those interested, St. Bart’s Central continues to have a limited number of copies of the Parish Profile available for those who would like one (or download a PDF). Please continue to join the committee in prayer for the success of our search, and please do not hesitate to contact the committee at with any questions.
February 7: Report from the Search Committee
A brief update on the search process was given at the annual meeting on February 7th. You may listen to an audio recording here. Should you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to email the search committee at .
February 5, 2016: Parish Profile
The St. Bart’s Parish Profile is now available here. We are now accepting positions for the Rector position at St. Bart’s. Please review out Parish Profile and click here for more information on how to apply.
January 2016: Parish Survey and Roundtables
On January 17, at the Forum, the Rector Search Committee shared the results of the parish surveys and roundtables.
From the Search Committee: December 2015
We are hard at work analyzing Parish Profile Survey responses, as well as the results of the Rector Roundtables. Preparation of the Parish Profile is also underway, and parishioner input via the surveys and roundtable will give shape and content to that document. The profile will provide a detailed statement of who we are as a parish, and who we hope to become, and will be important reading for candidates for the rector position.
On Sunday, December 13, we provided a brief update on the Rector search (from the chancel) at all four services. Members of the Search Committee were also available after each service to answer questions.
On Sunday, January 17, we will share our findings from the survey and roundtables at the Forum
Once again, the Search Committee wishes to express its gratitude to all who contributed their views via the survey and roundtables.
October 1, 2015:
St. Bartholomew's is pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Robert S. Dannals as Interim Rector
- Survey + Roundtables Follow-Up (9/22/15)
- Sunday Forum with the Search Committee and diocesan consultant the Rev. Canon Deborah Tammeru (audio recording: 9/13/15)
- Rector Roundtable: Search Feedback Opportunities (9/8/15)
- Letter from the Search Committee: Parish Profile Survey (8/30/15)
- Rector Search Committee Update (7/27/15)
- A Word from the Wardens: Rector Search Committee (6/5/15)
- A Word from the Wardens: Interim Rector Announced (5/19/15)
- Letter from the Wardens: Buddy Stallings's Retirement (1/29/15)