St. Michael's, Arlington

Date Posted May 30, 2017
Diocese Virginia (Mary Thorpe & Ed Keithly)
Location Arlington (inner-beltway DC suburb)
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation $75k+
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 5
Equity Allowance Negotiable

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 227
Average Sunday Attendance 101
Child Population in Church School 8
Adult Population in Church School 6
Budget $313,582
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite II yes


I've encountered few churches as healthy as St. Michael's: 

  • St. Michael's parishioners have a sense of humor, are intelligent/life-long learners, self-aware, open to constructive criticism, and have a heart for mission.
  • Financial Generosity: Willing to give to when asked. They have a large operating budget for their size ($310k+), and managed a $500k capital campaign a few years ago.
  • Location: In a beautiful neighborhood of Arlington--feels like a village within the beltway. Great schools, nearby shops and restaurants.
  • Rectory: High cost of living (esp. housing), but St. Michael's offers a 4-bedroom rectory valued at $843k, which was renovated in 2015 and is located two blocks from the church, minimizing "drop-ins". Housing equity negotiable.
    • Renting out the rectory and paying a housing stipend to their next rector is a possibility, but their hope is s/he will live in the rectory--and for good reason.


As with many churches of their size (ASA 101), there is a potential for lay ministry burnout, but they are aware of this and are working on it by partnering with nearby Episcopal churches.

Ready to grow: In a rapidly-growing area with smart, welcoming parishioners, St. Michael's has everything it needs to grow, and their next rector should be a catalyst for that.

They had been somewhat rector-centric, their next rector should focus on growth, teaching and sustainable structures. Do-it-alls need not apply.


Next rector should...

  • Focus on growth, teaching, and creating sustainable lay ministry structures.
  • Be a strong preacher--intelligent but not overly heady, with relatable insight on "how then shall we live?"
  • Have 3+ years of experience as a priest and be a loving, driven rock star.

First-time rectors are a possibility if experience suggests s/he would thrive.

Absolutely LGBT friendly. Previous rector is a married lesbian who came out 10 years in to her rectorship and subsequently had her union blessed by Bp. Johnston with most of the parish in attendance. St. Michael's discusses in more detail in their OTM portfolio.


Contact Information

Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and OTM portfolio to (Mick Sutter, chair; Cindy Matlak, correspondence contact).

-Ed Keithly
Deputy Director, Transition Ministry
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
804-643-8451, x1015