Clergy Transition

The Rev’d Randolph Charles retired on May 31, 2015, after over 20 years as Rector of the Church of the Epiphany. This page provides information for parishioners and others about our clergy transition.

What you’ll find here: Rector Search Job Opening, The Parish Profile, information about the Calling Committee & process, Updates on the Transition


Contacts:   Calling Committee     Vestry Wardens


Rector Search

For Candidates

Epiphany is a city parish with a large physical plant, diverse congregation, and many urban ministries. ASA 190; two Sunday and four weekday services. Compensation up to $112,000, depending on experience and diocesan salary guidelines.  Click here to view the Parish Profile. See more details on the OTM website, and apply by sending resume and your OTM portfolio to the search committee by October 21. 2016.

As they we receive them, the search committee will review submitted applications and conduct further assessment to select candidates for deeper and more thorough consideration. We will conduct web-based interviews to further refine our selection and finally make site visits by teams of search committee members. Our goal will be to prayerfully discern a slate of two to four candidates for submission to the full Vestry for their consideration. The Vestry makes the final decision about whom to call as the next rector. This part of the process is highly confidential.

How to help: For Parishioners & Friends of Epiphany

  • Most important, continue to hold the Rector Calling Committee and our mission in your prayers.
  • Share the news that Epiphany is searching for a new rector with your friends and acquaintances, and encourage potential candidates to apply by sending their OTM Profile and resume to epiphanysearch2015@gmail.com.
  • Finally, please continue to support the church during this transition period by giving joyously and generously of your time, talent and treasure.

Gracious God, we pray for this parish church and for the Calling Committee as we seek to call a new Rector. Help us to be strong, open, forgiving — and truthful to those discerning a call to minister in this place. Accompany us on our journey in the knowledge of your love for us and your power to unite us all. AMEN


The Parish Profile

Click here to view the Parish Profile.

About the profile

To produce the Parish Profile, The Calling Committee incorporated the results from the survey, the input from Fellowship Groups, and individual conversations together with deep discernment and contemplation about the past, present and future of Epiphany into the Parish Profile. The Profile represents this deep listening to the Spirit in a prayerful discernment of who we are, who we hope to be, and our hopes for the strengths and gifts we seek in a new rector.

Acknowledgements: We are deeply grateful for the prayerful support received from the parish. At times when the way seemed long and the questions difficult, we reminded ourselves of the many people who were upholding us in prayer and of the constant presence of God’s Spirit in the process. We also want to thank all the parishioners of the Church of the Epiphany who contributed their love and knowledge of Epiphany to the Parish Survey and Fellowship Groups, to Carter Echols, David Downes and Bob Wallin who drafted the Profile, to Bea Dermer and Ann Gordon who edited the Profile, to Farley Lord Smith who did the graphic layout, to Marybeth Sanders-Wilson and Kathrine Ebert who provided help in finding the art and photos, to Jeff Levin and all the photographers who offered us images for the Profile, and to Sid Stucki who did the final copy editing, This Profile is the result of many hands and many hours and a deep love for the Church of the Epiphany.


Calling Committee & The Search Process

Members of the Calling Committee:

D’Oniece Dillard, Kathy Haines, Sandi Ingram, Caroline Klam, Judy Lokerson, Peate Pegues, Irvin Peterson, & Lee Tyner

The Search Process

Overview of the Process

Diocesan Support


Updates

September 21, 2016

The search for Epiphany’s new Rector is now open to candidates nationwide. The job listing has been posted on the website for the Diocese of Washington, and through the national church OTM portal. The listing will be open until October 21, 2016. The Committee earnestly requests the help of the Parish to identify as many potential matches as possible in the coming 4 weeks. Full details about the process can be found on Epiphany’s website.

HOW CAN THE PARISH HELP?

  • Most important, continue to hold the Rector Calling Committee and our mission in your prayers.
  • Share the news that Epiphany is searching for a new rector with your friends and acquaintances, and encourage potential candidates to apply by sending their OTM Profile and resume to epiphanysearch2015@gmail.com.
  • Finally, please continue to support the church during this transition period by giving joyously and generously of your time, talent and treasure.

If you have questions about the process you can send them to epiphanysearch2015@gmail.com or contact any one of the members of the Rector Calling Committee individually by phone or email (we are in the Directory) or after either of the Sunday worship services.


September 18, 2016

Greetings!

A year ago in September, 2015, the Vestry appointed the Rector Calling Committee. Since then, the committee has been working on gathering input from members, clergy, staff, volunteers and friends of the Church of the Epiphany. We created and conducted a comprehensive Parish Survey and held a number of Fellowship Groups with members. We have incorporated the results from the survey and the input from both Fellowship Groups and individual conversations together with deep discernment and contemplation about the past, present and future of Epiphany into the Parish Profile. The Profile represents this deep listening to the Spirit in a prayerful discernment of who we are, who we hope to be, and our hopes for the strengths and gifts we seek in a new rector.

We are deeply grateful for the prayerful support we have received from the parish. At times when the way seemed long and the questions difficult, we reminded ourselves of the many people who were upholding us in prayer and of the constant presence of God’s Spirit in the process. We also want to thank all the parishioners of the Church of the Epiphany who contributed their love and knowledge of Epiphany to the Parish Survey and Fellowship Groups, to Carter Echols, David Downes and Bob Wallin who drafted the Profile, to Bea Dermer and Ann Gordon who edited the Profile, to Farley Lord Smith who did the graphic layout, to Marybeth Sanders-Wilson and Kathrine Ebert who provided help in finding the art and photos, to Jeff Levin and all the photographers who offered us images for the Profile, and to Sid Stucki who did the final copy editing, This Profile is the result of many hands and many hours and a deep love for the Church of the Epiphany.

WHAT NEXT?

We have submitted the Profile and other required information to the Diocese which will submit them to the National Church. 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. The search committee will review submitted applications and conduct further assessment to select candidates for deeper and more through consideration. We will conduct web-based interviews to further refine our selection and finally make site visits by teams of search committee members. Our goal will be to develop a slate of three candidates for submission to the full Vestry for their consideration. The Vestry makes the final decision about whom to call as the next rector. This part of the process is highly confidential and the committee will keep the details in confidence.

HOW CAN THE PARISH HELP?

Most important, continue to hold the Rector Calling Committee and our mission in your prayers. Share the news that Epiphany 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.

If you have questions about the process you can send them to epiphanysearch2015@gmail.com or contact any one of the members of the Rector Calling Committee individually by phone or email (we are in the Directory) or after either of the Sunday worship services.

Grace to you and peace,
The Rector Calling Committee


August 1, 2016

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We’re very happy to announce that we have called the Rev. Geoffrey Hoare to be the next interim rector of our church. Rev. Hoare comes to us from All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta, where he has served as rector since 1998.

A native of England, Geoffrey came to America as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina in 1976. After taking an additional degree from Cambridge University, where he was a member of Magdalene College, he returned to the United States and to the Yale University Divinity School together with its Episcopal component, the Berkeley Divinity School.

Geoffrey was ordained Deacon and Priest in the Diocese of North Carolina. He served at Christ Church in Raleigh (1982-1987), and as Rector of St. Paul’s Church Alexandria (1988-1998). During those years he also served as adjunct faculty at Virginia Theological Seminary. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and is a member of the Compass Rose Society of the Anglican Communion. Additionally, he has served as an instructor in the contextual education program of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Throughout his career Geoffrey has actively engaged in critical issues including domestic violence, AIDS, child abuse, and homelessness. He served as director of Visions, Inc., an organization devoted to combating modern racism and other relationships with inherent differentials of power, and currently serves on their Advisory Board. Among All Saints’ many outreach ministries is Covenant Community, a life transformation residence and halfway house for homeless men recovering from substance abuse.

Geoffrey will be with us for the next 4 to 6 months until we call a permanent rector. His ministry at Epiphany will begin on September 1st. Despite this time of change, many constants will continue. Our interim associate rector Catriona Laing will continue to serve in her various capacities. We’ll rely on supply clergy during the month of August, many of whom will be familiar faces. Please do call or email the office if you are in need of pastoral care at any time. Thank you for your continued patience.

Elizabeth will be with us through the end of this week. We encourage you to take this time to say goodbye if you haven’t yet.

If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to contact either of us. Rasheen can be reached at 240-274-2921, and Bea can be reached at 703-795-8687.

Rasheen Carbin, Senior Warden
Bea Trapasso Dermer, Junior Warden


July 20, 2016

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

I don’t know about you but God seems to call at the most unexpected times. It is exactly when I think I’ve got everything just the way it should be, I find myself saying, “Here I am.” It should be no surprise, then, that God’s sense of humor and timing are at work once again.

I am excited to share that Bishop Mariann called me to join her team as the Interim Young Adult Missioner for the diocese. As you may know, Jason Evans, the current missioner, is leaving in August to work for Bishop Andy Doyle in the Diocese of Texas. I am honored to be the person to continue Jason’s great work with university chaplains and young adult ministries. This is an amazing opportunity for me both in my ministry and professionally. Being blessed to be at Epiphany and now to go to Church House?! It is a dream come true.

There is so much I will miss about Epiphany: The 12-Step Programs’ unconditional love and warmth; the sweet YSOP kids dragging in at the end of the day after ministering to Washington’s most vulnerable populations; the myriad of Street Sense vendors and staff who visit with me; Sol, Teon, Nathan, and William who are here each and every day making Epiphany a place where God is not just found but shared; the majestic music that soars through the building on Tuesdays and beyond in concerts and services; all the Street Church volunteers who wrap the gospel in a sandwich and wrap a sandwich in the gospel; the ADAMS prayer team who make us better Christians; our growing downtown congregation whose dedicated and unwavering attendance throughout the week made me feel welcomed immediately; and the entire Sunday congregation from the volunteers here before 6:30 to those who leave at 2:00 and everyone in between.

I shall be forever grateful for the vestry, old and new, who supported the challenging and important work we did together. I am thankful for those who shared Epiphany’s mission and ministry with me during the week – Trin, Catherine, Marybeth, Whitney, Carol, Fabiola, and Jeremy. Their deep commitment ensures God’s love is open and available to all. In fact, I can’t really imagine life without the everyday ministry at Epiphany. I will always be thankful for the chance to serve in a gritty, honest, life-changing parish where God’s love comes first and everything else follows. It has been an honor to be a part of such a dedicated and talented parish.

My prayer is that the hard work we’ve begun together continues. I am proud of what we’ve done together to prepare this parish for a new rector. The church is clean. The finances are transparent. The ministries are diverse. The red doors are open. The art is hung. It is my hope Epiphany will continue to welcome new people into the many missions and ministries here, and I am excited to continue working together as a member of the bishop’s staff to further our common goal of loving God and our many, diverse, exciting neighbors.

Thank you. Thank you for forming, loving, and shaping me. Truly, I am a better priest because of all of you and my time at Epiphany.

Faithfully,

Elizabeth


May 26, 2016
Thank you to everyone who hosted and participated in our parish fellowship groups! We held eight fellowship groups over the past few weeks and we learned a great deal about our parish, both reinforcing some themes, and teasing out new information. Some highlights from what draws people to Epiphany:
  • Loving community – everyone treated the same
  • Epiphany is serious, but not stuffy. “Quirky” and rooted from the outside.
  • I see the Gospel here
This week we established our profile outline and fleshed out the bullet points for two of the sections, and we will continue with the rest of the outline next week. You are always welcome to reach the Rector Search Committee at epiphanysearch2015@gmail.com, or please ask for us in church!

April 27, 2016
The Calling Committee announces their Fellowship Group schedule below! Please join them in creating our Parish Profile, which is an integral step in calling our new Rector.

Please call or email Sandi Ingram as soon as possible to let her know your preferred group, and any alternate choices. Call 202-394-5464 or email singram810@aol.com.

Saturday, April 30
5:00pm
Bob and Susan Weinbeck are hosting a gathering in North Arlington, VA

Sunday, May 1
5:30pm
Anne and Tony Schmidt are hosting a potluck in Bethesda, MD (please RSVP with your dish)

7:00pm
Carter Echols and Bill Johnson are hosting dinner in South Arlington, VA

Saturday, May 7
10:30am
Lee Tyner (weekday worshiper/Calling Committee member) will be hosting a brunch in NW DC

2:00pm
Bob Wallin and Bea Dermer will be hosting a wine and cheese gathering in Alexandria, VA

5:00pm
Sandi Ingram will be hosting a gathering in SW DC


April 19, 2016
Easter Greetings!
We have completed the Parish Survey process. The Survey Report can be found here.
The Calling Committee invites you to prayerfully consider the results of the Survey and the information that is presented.
Based on our prayerful discernment of the results, the Calling Committee has found that there are several areas which we think need further exploration.  The Calling Committee is in the process of organizing Epiphany Fellowship Groups to engage in prayerful conversation around these questions.  These groups will be hosted by parishioners in geographically diverse areas where Epiphany parishioners live.  Sandi Ingram (singram810@aol.com or 202-746-4491) is contacting fellowship group conveners to coordinate scheduling.  More information about dates and places will be coming in the week ahead.  If you are interested in coming to a group as a participant, please contact Sandi. We plan on holding the groups between now and Pentecost (May 15th, 2016), and we look forward to our conversations!
Here are the questions we have – we offer them for your reflection before our discussions:
  1. From the survey, these appear to be the most important areas of parish life for Epiphany: outreach to the neighborhood, music, worship, growth. What do you think about these findings?
  2. Church growth emerged as an important theme. What do we mean by growth? What would growth look like? Why should we grow?
  3. It appears that we have a few people doing many things and many ministries that could use more help (things that aren’t getting done). What do you think would get more people involved?
  4. It appears that parishioners are willing to do the work, think that the Rector should also do the work, but think that the Rector should not make all of the decisions. What do you think about this model? What does collaborative ministry look like for you?
  5. We’ve discussed collaborative ministry, growth, and other topics today involving participation in the life of the Church. What are you willing to do?/How would you like to contribute?
  6. How do you get your news about Epiphany – both what is happening on Sunday mornings and in other ministries?
  7. Why should Epiphany continue to exist? What unique gifts do we offer the city, our parishioners, those to whom we minister, the diocese and the world?
If you cannot attend a Fellowship Group, we want to hear your thoughts on these questions and any other questions the Parish Survey raises for you.  There are several ways you can provide feedback:
  • Calling Committee members are available after both the 8am and 11am worship services and would love to talk with you.
  • You can email responses to our joint email at epiphanysearch2015@gmail.com.
  • You are welcome to contact any of us individually by phone or email (we are listed in the directory).
We look forward to engaging with you in a prayerful discussion around these important questions.
Grace to you and peace,
The Calling Committee

January 7, 2016

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

As we continue on the path to finding our new rector, the next step is to gather basic information about Epiphany, our parishioners and friends. We need EACH AND EVERY ONE of you to provide input. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete but you are welcome to take longer and lift your responses up in prayer. Knowing your hopes and dreams will help us tell an accurate story of our past, honor our present as well as articulate our vision for the future.

We invite you take this survey online here

If you would prefer to complete the survey in writing, we will have copies available at Sunday services in January or you can contact us to request a copy. 

We hope to have a very robust response to this survey, in order to provide a strong base for our further exploration. To know whom we may have missed, we are asking for your name – but we assure you that your identity will be separated from your opinions. This is to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to participate.

We ask that everyone complete and return their survey before January 20, 2016. Everyone in your household may complete a survey as we hope to have as many of you as possible participating.  If you have young people in your home who attend Epiphany, we welcome their points of view!Thank you for your help in finding our new rector. We look forward to sharing the results and engaging you in further exploration of who we are and where we are going. If you have questions about the search process or the survey – or other feedback for the Calling Committee – you may:

Leave a message for us at 202-747-5844

We wish you a joyful season of Epiphany and all the blessings of the New Year.

Yours in Christ,
The Rector Calling Committee


August 12, 2015 

Announcing Rector Calling Committee
With humble and grateful hearts, the Vestry of the Church of the Epiphany announces the formation of the Rector Calling Committee. This team will be responsible for developing the Parish Profile, performing a search, and recommending candidates to the Vestry, who will call our next Rector.
We are delighted the following people will lead our church through this time of discernment:
D’Oniece Dillard
Kathy Haines
Caroline Klam
Judy Lokerson
Jim McCarthy
Peate Pegues
Irvin Peterson
Julie Turner
Lee Tyner
The Vestry would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who prayerfully considered serving on the Committee and those who nominated others. We had more than 40 nominations, and we truly felt the movement of God in the calling of this diverse and devoted group of people. We will commission the Committee in September, when they will convene for their first meeting. Please continue to pray for God’s good work through The Church of the Epiphany.
-Rachel Barham, Senior Warden