Christ Church Detroit


Date Posted April 19, 2018
Diocese Michigan (Jim Gettel)
Location Detroit
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Urban
Compensation According to diocesan guidelines and commensurate with experience
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing None
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 230
Average Sunday Attendance 107
Child Population in Church School 22
Adult Population in Church School 12
Teacher Population in Church School 11
Budget 544500
Broad Church yes
Prayer Book yes
Rite II yes


Founded in 1845, Christ Church Detroit is a vibrant, diverse, inclusive community in the heart of Detroit which, through its lively worship of Jesus Christ and witness in His name, serves the Christ in all persons. Many have been first attracted to Christ Church by the beauty of the service, the excellence of the music, and the warm welcome. We have stayed not only because we found that the commitment to meaningful worship and hospitality was sincere, but also that the community is dedicated to serving others through outreach programs and supporting spiritual growth. We come from different ethnic and social backgrounds, and we draw membership from every geographical zone within the Detroit metropolitan area. Of the 120 families that contribute regularly, 30% live in the city of Detroit and 70% come from the suburbs. Many of these members choose Christ Church for its integration and diversity. African-Americans and other Blacks comprise almost 25% of our community. Third, fourth, and fifth generation Syrian-Americans make up another 30%.


Because Detroit is re-surging in a way most of us did not expect to see in our lifetime, we at Christ Church want to take hold of this opportunity. Our neighborhood is expanding as two large residential developments near us reach completion. With support and funding from the city for green space, infrastructure, and improved traffic flow in the immediate area, our location near the Detroit Riverfront is quickly becoming a major plus. We want to share what we have with our neighbors, and, while it may be true that many people don’t want to go to church these days (being more “spiritual” than “religious”), we believe that everyone desires a community that cares. We are responding to these opportunities and continuing our mission to be a “Beacon of Hope in the Heart of Detroit.”


If our celebration of Christ through worship and outreach, as well as our challenge to grow, excite you as they do us, we invite you to explore our website and learn more about us through our profile (

In our next rector, we are looking for:

  • a compassionate priest who is theologically alive and grounded in prayer;
  • an energizing worship leader whose preaching connects with our lives and challenges us;
  • an insightful and available pastor who appreciates the gifts and needs of our elder members, while also growing our younger membership base;
  • a creative, community-minded leader to help us increase our presence within the neighborhood and city;
  • an empowering leader, who can assist us in working together in ministry, with special attention to ministries that welcome and engage new members; and
  • an approachable, good-humored teacher, who walks with us on our faith journey.

Contact Information

If you are interested and might feel called to be our next rector, please send your cover letter, resume, OTM Portfolio, and sample sermons to Canon Jim Gettel at or Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, 4800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201.