St. John's Church, West Hartford


Date Posted November 29, 2018
Diocese Connecticut (Rev. Lee Ann Tolzmann)
Location West Hartford
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation Will meet diocesan guidelines.
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance Negotiable

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 253
Average Sunday Attendance 181
Child Population in Church School 85
Adult Population in Church School 35
Teacher Population in Church School 6
Budget $804,203
Broad Church yes
Prayer Book yes
Rite II yes


  • A welcoming and family-friendly parish that fosters connections with God and one another.
  • Beautiful, historically significant buildings, stained glass, and grounds.
  • Strong music programs including a quality intergenerational choir program and a popular concert series featuring a variety of musical styles and traditions.
  • Active community partnerships with schools that serve at-risk youth, ESOL programs, refugee resettlement programs, housing and feeding programs.
  • Special events and programs throughout the year that welcome all from the community, such as a fall block party, a Christmas Festival, the Music at the Red Door concert series, and a planned youth choir camp for the community starting in 2019.
  • Modest increases over the past two years in membership and pledges after several years of decline.



  • Uphold beloved traditions while remaining flexible and open.
  • Provide robust programs for children and youth that accommodate foster strong connections to God and the Christian faith that will nurture people throughout their lives, accommodate the realities of life for young families, and are welcoming to people of various backgrounds, with and without church experience.
  • Build on a successful adult Faith Forum program to provide more variety and depth in adult education and Christian formation programs.
  • Continue to develop and improve newcomer programs, Christian formation, pastoral support, lay leadership, and stewardship programs to continue the upward trend in membership and pledges.
  • Since mid-2016, the rector has been the only full-time clergy. While she has had the invaluable support of two priest associates, one full-time clergy person is not enough to meet all of the pastoral, sacramental and program leadership needs in a parish this size.


St. John’s seeks a full-time curate who will have primary responsibility for Christian formation programs for children, youth and families, while assisting the rector with preaching and celebrating, pastoral care, parish leadership, and sacramental rites.


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Contact Information

The Reverend Susan Pinkerton


St. John’s Episcopal Church

679 Farmington Avenue

West Hartford, CT 06119