In the Episcopal Church, the clergy are ordained ministers (bishops, priests, deacons) who are called and trained to carry out the pastoral duties and sacred rituals of the church. The priest in charge of a self-supporting parish, and the ecclesiastical authority of the parish, typically has the title “Rector”. The Rector has authority and responsibility for worship and the spiritual jurisdiction of the parish, subject to the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer, the constitution and canons of the church, and the pastoral direction of the Bishop of the Diocese. The Rector is responsible for selection of all assistant clergy, and they serve at the discretion of the Rector. The church and parish buildings and furnishings are under the Rector’s control, and the Rector (or an officer of the parish designated by the Rector) presides at all vestry meetings (lay leadership).
St. Peter’s has just entered a period of transition between Rectors. After 5 years of extremely helpful and loving service to our parish, our Rector (Fr. Tom Slawson) was persuaded to accept a position as Priest-in-Charge of a parish overseas with a special situation for which he is uniquely qualified. He celebrated his last service as our Rector on July 2nd, and will assume his new position in late July 2017.
We are working with the Bishop and Diocese of Maryland to rapidly identify a new priest-in-charge for St. Peter’s, and this process should be completed by September if not sooner. In the interim, we have a schedule in place for weekly Sunday services to be conducted at 9:30 AM throughout the summer by other priests who have offered to help us.
If you need to contact a member of the clergy, please feel free to call the church office (410-465-2273) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.