St. Matthew's Episcopal Church


Date Posted September 20, 2018
Diocese Rhode Island (Linda Grenz)
Location Jamestown
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Town
Compensation 80000
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Supplied Housing
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 257
Average Sunday Attendance 92
Child Population in Church School 15
Adult Population in Church School 20
Teacher Population in Church School 3
Budget 265,606
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II no


Solid lay leadership with well-organized ministries, decent choir, building in good shape. Beautiful island (although it is only a bridge away from the mainland) perfect for someone who loves water, sailing, etc. Relaxed village life. Population of the island is 5,400 with summer visitors. Generally have a couple of military families who come and go (a plus and a challenge) -- they are used to jumping in quickly but also tend to leave in 2-4 years.


Rising home prices makes it hard for families to live here -- so declining number of children and youth on the island. On the other hand, more older adults and ample opportunity to expand ministry with that demographic -- educated, retired professionals engaged in outreach, formation, etc.


Departing rector was out on family leave during last year so congregation member took on many of the responsibilities normally done by clergy and are ready to have a priest fully present. That said, this has strengthed lay leadership.

Contact Information

Canon Linda L. Grenz

275 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903

401-274-4500 #2