Calvary Episcopal Church

Rector, Time Certain

Date Posted June 23, 2019
Diocese North Carolina (Catherine Massey)
Location Tarboro
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Town
Compensation $50,000
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Supplied Housing
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 298
Average Sunday Attendance 100
Child Population in Church School 25
Adult Population in Church School 10
Teacher Population in Church School 5
Budget $342,847
Prayer Book yes
Rite I yes
Rite II yes


Our congregation is a unique tapestry of friendly and faithful Episcopalians who come from a variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We welcome diversity, and we gain strength, knowledge, faith and joy from one another. Whether you are just visiting Tarboro, curious about Christianity, looking for a church home, or searching for a community that will embrace you as you are, we welcome you warmly and unconditionally. There is room at Calvary for you. Come share your faith journey with us.


Calvary is located approx 70 miles from the state capital.


The establishment of Calvary Parish dates to 1742, when construction of a small wooden building was envisioned near what is now called Chapel Springs, about eight miles northwest of present day Tarboro.  Calvary Parish was admitted promptly into union with the Diocese of North Carolina on May 29, 1833, which is considered the date of its founding.  Andrew Jackson was in the White House and William IV was on the British throne.

Soon thereafter, the congregation began to grow; adjoining lots conveyed as gifts formed the present grounds, bound by Church, Panola, East Saint James, and Saint David Streets.  Two church buildings have stood on these grounds, which comprise roughly a city block or two acres.    The present Gothic Revival church building, designed by Englishman William Percival and built by Thomas Coats, also an Englishman, was begun in 1858, completed in 1867, and consecrated in 1868.  Only 33 communicants comprised the Parish at that time, yet the far-reaching vision of Calvary’s third rector, the Rev. Dr. Joseph Blount Cheshire insisted on a church building that would accommodate 500.  The total cost was approximately $25,000.  Victoria was the reigning British monarch, and Andrew Johnson, upon the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865, had become President of the United States.

The original furnishings in the chancel remain:  the Altar, the Bishop’s Chair, the Deacon’s Chair, and the Acolyte Stalls.  All are believed to have been fashioned from oak left from building the Confederate Ram Albemarle.  The original lectern and pulpit within the chancel are now in use within All Saints’ Chapel.  The oil burning standing lamps within the nave, modified slightly and electrified around 1900, are original.  The pews also are original.  Memorials of all kinds, including the lectern, pulpit, and windows fill the church building.  Large memorials include the Joseph Blount Cheshire Memorial Parish House, All Saints’ Chapel, the Cloister, and the gated wall around the Churchyard.

The Churchyard is, in itself, a memorial to generations upon generations of both Calvary parishioners and friends.  Its many gravesites and markers, including those of statesmen, armed services men and women, clergy, and other folk, draw people from around the nation who are searching for connections and ties.  Names that ring like bells in North Carolina history can be found on gravesite markers.  The Churchyard remains an active burial ground.  The grounds, containing exotic and native trees, as well as shrubs and ivy, are regarded by many as a grand arboretum.  It was planned and planted initially by the Rev. Dr. Cheshire.  Both the building and grounds are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and the building itself is a designated Historic Living Church.

Contact Information

Rector, Time Certain is similar in its structure to the Priest in Charge model; this call will be initially for 3 years.

Candidates would be asked to consider if they would want to enter into possible part time discernement with St. Luke's, Tarboro   

Interested applicants should submit the following materials to Canon Catherine Massey

  • A cover letter (letter of interest) addressed to the Search Committee
  • Current resume
  • Deployment questionnaire for clergy positions (Download and save the form to your computer before filling it out.)

Please do not send deployment materials directly to congregations, except where indicated.