Rector Search

Welcome

It was with a sense of deep anticipation and joy that the Saint Thomas community received the official news from our Senior Warden on Sunday, August 16, 2015, that our rector search process had successfully concluded. The Vestry has called the Rev. Salying Wong to our parish. Read the full announcement and get an introduction to Pastor Salying in our Latest News section.

Rector Search Committee Archive

Below you will find the record of the Rector Search process Saint Thomas undertook between February 2014 and August 2015 when we called our new Rector. It is available for anyone with an interest to review, and contains news of milestones along the way, an aerial video of our campus, as well as our parish profile, available through the following link:

Click Here for PARISH PROFILE

Enjoy a bird’s eye view tour of Saint Thomas and our neighborhood!

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For Interested Applicants

NOTE: The Rector position has been filled. We are no longer accepting any applications at this time. The original cutoff date for submitting applications was March 22, 2015.

PRIOR TO THE APPLICATION CUTOFF DATE: The first step in applying is to Contact the Rev. Canon Brian P. Nordwick who will guide your next steps. We look forward to receiving your cover letter, resume and a current Office for Transition Ministry “OTM” Portfolio. Thank you for your interest in Saint Thomas!

Why a Rector Search?

After 17 years of devoted ministry to Saint Thomas, our third Rector Wendy Smith retired in August 2013. In the interim, the Rev. Robert “Rob” L. Keim has faithfully been serving our parish until a permanent rector can be discerned.

A Change in Spiritual Leadership

As is customary in the Episcopal Church with a change in spiritual leadership, a rector search committee, chairperson and non-voting vestry member serving as liaison are appointed by the vestry to conduct a search process for a new rector.

The Rector Search Committee consists of the 12 members listed below:

The Rector Search Committee

Chairperson

Jim Cobb

Vestry Liaison

Jane Houck

Members

Nancy Allgeier, Cal Cornwell, C.J. Gomez, Joe Gutierrez, Lindsay Jacobson, Chris Kenward,  Bob Kunz, Lou Poulain, Ann Stevenson and Keri Williams

For more information or questions, please Contact Rector Search Committee

Latest News

Vestry Calls New Rector

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Rector Search Update: July 15, 2015

Search Process Transitioned to the Vestry The Rector Search Committee met with the Vestry on July 11 and provided the members with informational binders about the finalists. The next steps are for the Vestry to meet with and interview the candidates and make a decision about who to call. Any Read more…

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Rector Search Update: July 2, 2015

Candidate Site Visits Completed The committee has completed site visits of the candidates and is preparing information packets for the Vestry. Next steps will be to meet with the Vestry and present the information to them. Any details about the applicants must be kept strictly confidential by the committee. We Read more…

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Rector Search Update: June 25, 2015

Next Steps After Site Visits The committee has prepared candidate interviews and scheduled site visits of the candidates. This will involve visiting the candidates and their families in their churches, listening to sermons and interviewing staff and church leaders. Next steps will be to review and discuss the site visits Read more…

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Rector Search Update: June 18, 2015

Candidate Site Visits Scheduled The committee has prepared candidate interviews and scheduled site visits of the candidates. This will involve visiting the candidates and their families in their churches, listening to sermons and interviewing staff and church leaders. Assisting Priest, The Rev. Canon Sheldon Hutchinson & Deacon, The Rev. Michael Read more…

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Rector Search Update: June 5, 2015

Upcoming Site Visits The committee has completed the phone interviews and is preparing for, and scheduling site visits. This will involve visiting the candidates and their families in their churches, listening to sermons and interviewing staff and church leaders. Joanna Shreve from the Diocese met with the group on June Read more…

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Rector Search Update: May 27, 2015

Phone Interviews The committee has reviewed the applications and is beginning phone interviews. The number of phone interviews and any details about the applicants must be kept strictly confidential by the committee. We appreciate your understanding of this requirement. Rector Search Page In addition to individual posts like this one, Read more…

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Rector Search Update: March 27, 2015

Applications Now Under Review The Rector Search Committee has completed developing criteria and questions to be used in screening and interviewing candidates. We are now reviewing the written applications. The cut off date for applications to be submitted was 22 March 2015. Confidentiality Requirement The number of applications and any Read more…

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Candidate Interviewing Process

Interview Preparation The Rector Search Committee met with the Rev. Canon Brian Nordwick from the Diocese of El Camino Real and Joanna Shreve, Diocesan Liaison, to discuss the interviewing process now that the Parish Profile has been posted nationally and on the St. Thomas website. The posting will be kept Read more…

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Parish Profile & OTM Document Approved

Good News! Both the Parish Profile and the Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) document have been approved by the Vestry and the Diocese. The Parish Profile is now available for viewing on the Rector Search Page of this website. Acknowledgments A huge thanks to Keri Williams, Chris Kenward and Lindsay Read more…

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Ongoing Diocesan Review of Parish Profile

Responding to Diocesan Feedback Based on the feedback from the Diocese, two sections of the Parish Profile have been updated and sent to the Diocese for review. The Diocese has approved the Office of Transitional Ministry narratives (OTM), which provided St. Thomas’ answers to the interview questions that candidates will Read more…

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October News from the Rector Search Committee

Vestry Approves Draft Parish Profile The Vestry has approved the draft of the Parish Profile, submitted by the Rector Search Committee. The next step is to complete the Office of Transitional Ministry Portfolio Document and present it for review along with the draft of the Parish Profile to the Office Read more…

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Fine-Tuning Core Values; Survey Results in the Narthex

Ongoing Review of Parish Profile The Rector Search Committee continues the process of reviewing and editing the Parish Profile. Specifically, we have been working on fine-tuning St. Thomas’ Core Values which will become part of the Parish Profile and which stems from our recent meetings with Joanna Shreve, Diocesan Search Read more…

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Defining Saint Thomas’ Core Values

Parish Profile Work Continues The Rector Search Committee continues the process of reviewing and editing the Parish Profile. Specifically, we have been working on defining and writing St. Thomas’ Core Values which will become part of the Parish Profile and which stems from our recent meeting with Joanna Shreve, Diocesan Read more…

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Parish Profile Status & Next Steps

Reviewing, Editing, Receiving Feedback The Rector Search Committee continues the process of reviewing and editing the Parish Profile and has received feedback from the Saint Thomas clergy, the Senior Warden and from Joanna Shreve, a representative from the Diocese of El Camino Real. Jim Cobb, Joe Gutierrez, Jane Houck and Read more…

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Parish Profile Being Refined

Describing Our Parish & Community The Rector Search Committee continues to review and refine the thorough and excellently written draft by the Parish Profile Team based in part on the responses in the written surveys and Parish Forums. The focus is to provide a comprehensive description of the St. Thomas Read more…

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Work Continues on the Parish Profile

Review of Parish Profile Drafts Thanks to the congregation for all of your input about our parish future. The Rector Search Committee continues to meet regularly with the focus on reviewing the excellently and thoughtfully written drafts by the Parish Profile Team, which has been very comprehensive in its approach. Read more…

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Rector Search

Parish Profile in the Works Thanks to the congregation for all of your input. The Search Committee is actively engaged in reviewing and editing the excellently written drafts by the Parish Profile team and is especially focused on ensuring that potential rector candidates have a comprehensive view of all aspects Read more…

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Search Committee News – Summer’s Two-Fold Focus

We are concentrating on two aspects for the near term. Hearing Young Adult Voices First there were some groups we hadn’t heard from yet, most significantly the young adults. This means we are in the process of collecting input from those who are roughly in the 20 – 30 age Read more…

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Two Additional Forums Planned

Children and Youth Forum The Rector Search Committee will be getting additional input from the children and youth of Saint Thomas at a special 30-minute forum on Sunday, June 15 at 10:30 am in conjunction with Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director. Parish Forum and Potluck Supper This additional forum is Read more…

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Surveys Are In & Next Steps

Your Feedback is Important Thanks for submitting the surveys and for the participation of 60 people in the May Parish Forum. We are tabulating and analyzing the results of the 90+ surveys we’ve received as well as discussing the notes from the Forum. Children and Youth Forum We will be Read more…

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Parish Surveys & Forums Update

A Message to the Parish Thanks for submitting the surveys and for your participation in the Parish Forums. We have received 86 surveys and last week we had 60 people attend the Parish Forums. We are beginning the process of reviewing and tabulating the surveys. Not Yet Submitted a Survey? Read more…

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Rector Search Committee Update

The Search Committee is meeting every two weeks and has divided into the following sub-groups: Parish Engagement, which will be asking the congregation for input regarding important qualities in looking for the next rector Parish Profile, which will be writing the profile that will be posted for candidates to view Read more…

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Vestry Gives “Charge” to Rector Search Committee

First published in the March 2014 Beyond a Doubt newsletter: The first meeting of the Search Committee took place Monday, February 24, 2014. The Vestry’s charge to the committee, their task, is as follows: The Vestry hereby charges the Search Committee to conduct a search for a new rector subject Read more…

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