Holy Comforter, Vienna

Date Posted June 1, 2017
Diocese Virginia (Mary Thorpe & Ed Keithly)
Location Vienna
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation $145k
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Negotiable
Equity Allowance Negotiable

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 2113
Average Sunday Attendance 385
Child Population in Church School 120
Adult Population in Church School 22
Teacher Population in Church School 43
Budget $1,223,470
Anglo-Catholic yes
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes


Large, healthy children's and youth ministry: 120 in total. Both youth and adults who took the parish survey named this as their number one priority.

Well-resourced, considering challenges all church budgets face. At $145k, they are fairly compensating their next rector.

Strong music program and lay involvement/training in liturgy.


  • Submitted financial report with OTM portfolio detailing challenges/opportunities.
  • Honest and open about past conflict.

Great school district with some of the best public schools in the country.


Note: I've taken "challenge" literally, which is to say these really are challenges, not problems. 

Stewardship: Despite dropping from 350 to 304 pledge units, their campaigns have led to a 30% increase in average pledge amount, so operating revenue has stayed fairly steady.

Large Staff: Their next rector should be adroit at hiring, managing, mentoring and mediating.

Long-Tenured Previous Rector: Their previous rector served for 22 years. They have had a 2-year interim period with a very capable interim.


Their next rector should be an experienced priest who is a capable big-system administrator, support children/youth ministry.

Holy Comforter's priorities for its next rector...

  • Relational – relates well to all ages
  • Leader – builds sustainable ministries
  • Dynamic – compelling
  • Inspirational - spiritually and intellectually mature

Liturgy, "Virginia High": We'd refer to Holy Comforter as "Virginia High Church", which is what most dioceses would consider Broad Church with High Church elements.

Contact Information

Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and OTM Portfolio to Andrew Eastman, discernment/search committee chair (aeastman@holycomforter.com).

OTM Portfolio posted.