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Parish Profile and Search Committees Named

September 21, 2017

Trinity Church’s search for a new rector has begun in earnest with the Vestry’s announcement of the formation of the Parish Profile Committee and Search Committee. The two committees will kick off their work this weekend at a retreat with the Vestry.


Members of each committee were chosen from a general pool of nearly 70 applicants. While many candidates were highly qualified, the committee members were chosen for the skills and experience needed for their jobs, and to ensure voices from throughout the parish are represented. Selections were made with special attention to include members of different genders, races, ages, ministry and engagement, and length of parish membership from lifelong to relative newcomer.


Interim Rector the Rev. Bill Rich commented, “I was tremendously moved that the call for nominations to the Profile and Search Committees led nearly seventy parishioners to step forward. Such self-offering by so many speaks volumes about the deep care that Trinity parishioners have for this wonderful place that is our spiritual home.”  


Thank you to all who applied and offered their time and talent for the future of Trinity Church. There will be ample opportunity for the entire parish to participate in the profile and transition process over the coming year.  


The members of the Parish Profile Committee are:

Keith Morgan and Kathy Sheehan, Co-Chairs

Marty Cowden

Jay Cushman

Sue Dickinson

Susan Dukess

Listo Fisher

Frank Furnari

Mark King

Madeline McNeely

Jim Morgan

Jesi Dunaway Nishibun

Carol Salter

Margot Thorp

Bill Walch

The charge of the Profile Committee is to:

  • Pray and listen for the guidance of the Holy Spirit
  • Listen to the parish’s reflections about Trinity’s past, present and future
  • Design and provide opportunities for all parishioners to participate in discernment
  • Discern who we are now
  • Produce a brief that provides rector candidates with a clear view of the parish and our expectations and dreams for a rector


The members of the Search Committee are:

Mark Morrow and Jill Norton, Co-Chairs

Kenzie Bok

Tom Claflin

Colin Diver

Vincent James

Peter Howe

Ralph Hughes

Lonsdale Koester

Pam Lassiter

Tim Martin

Chris Parris

Ania Wieckowski

The charge of the Search Committee is to:

  • Pray and listen for the guidance of the Holy Spirit
  • Base their work on the Parish Profile and other sources of information deemed important
  • Research the best suited and highest qualified candidates to be Trinity’s next Rector
  • Recruit the best candidates
  • Visit and vet the best candidates
  • Recommend 1-2 top choice(s) for Rector to the Vestry



The hope is that a Profile will be completed -- with dependence on hard work and the grace of the Spirit -– by the closing days of 2017. Until that time, the Search Committee will be engaged in preparatory work, and then launch its active phase in the early days of 2018. It is hoped that a new Rector could be called by fall of 2018 and arrive by Christmas that year. 


All are invited to the Parish Update on Sunday, October 1 at 10:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. to hear more.


More news related to the rector search and transition will be posted to trinitychurchboston.org/rector-search as it becomes available.