St John’s vestry is pleased to announce that we have called our new rector, The Reverend Susan Barnes, to join the St. John’s community. Susan’s first day will be Sunday, September 9, 2012.
We are thrilled to welcome Susan to St. John’s and are so grateful to the many, many members who have been involved in this thorough and thoughtful search process. We look forward to starting our journey with Susan this fall.
Susan was Senior Associate Rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Austin, TX, where she served for eleven years. She comes to us after serving for a brief interim at her home parish of Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. She received her Master of Divinity at Seminary of the Southwest in 2001, after a long career in the arts. She received her PhD and M.A. in Art History at New York University and her B.A. at Rice University.
When asked why she was interested in St. John’s, Susan said, “Exciting to me is the prospect of serving in a parish with a long and distinguished history of social justice; that is committed to growth in care for one another and service to the wider world (as well as numbers); and that holds up love as the highest value.”
Susan speaks French and Italian, enjoys walking, rowing and making wheel-thrown ceramics. She is “respectful of Episcopal and local congregational traditions, open to innovation…and comfortable with a variety of rites (I, II, and III) and musical styles (contemplative, classical, renewal, U2charist!).”
Click here to read more about our new rector.
Highlights of Search Process
Jun 2011 St. John’s rector Mariann Edgar Budde elected Bishop of Washington DC
Sep 2011 Reverend Michele Morgan called to be St. John’s transitional priest
Oct 2011-Feb 2012
Search-process teams met to develop parish profile, outline process, create plans for welcoming candidates and provide spiritual support
Feb 2012 Official search began
Mar 2012-Jun 2012 Seventeen candidates, ten interviews, three finalists
Jun 2012 Candidate unanimously recommended and approved
Jul 2012 Announcement that new rector, Susan Barnes, has been called to St John’s
Sep 2012 Reverend Susan Barnes joins the St John’s faith community as its new rector
For information about the search process, click here.