St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Mountain Lakes, NJ


Date Posted April 5, 2019
Diocese Newark (Gregory Jacobs)
Location Mountain Lakes
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation 85000
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Supplied Housing
Equity Allowance Yes

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 262
Average Sunday Attendance 67
Child Population in Church School 34
Adult Population in Church School 15
Teacher Population in Church School 11
Budget 242391
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 yes


We have a steadfast core of long-term members who volunteer and are deeply committed to their faith, our church and to community-based activities. When we have called on parishioners to offer time and talent for fundraising or programs or people in need, they have risen to the challenge.


Music is an important part of St. Peter’s, with our highly experienced Music Director, a choir of dedicated members (some professional musicians) and visiting musicians. Our Estey three-manual and pedal organ (installed 1927 and rebuilt in 1970) and a baby grand piano in our sanctuary are treasured by the congregation.


We have made major investments in our facilities to maintain and update our older church and rectory (i.e. thermal windows, structural issues, painting, automated heating controls, integrated fire system) as well. We have a very dedicated property committee (consisting of professional contractors as well) who work diligently to optimize our resources.


We have financial controls with a Treasurer, Audit Committee, Finance Committee (which meets monthly), and Endowment Trustees that oversee investments and adheres to endowment guidelines.


Our last two rectors were each in place for 9 years and our members are open and accepting as we transition to our next rector.




What are the challenges that this congregation faces?

We need to balance support of long-standing parishioners with the ability to welcome and engage newcomers fully into the life of the parish with more clearly defined offerings and opportunities for participation and inclusion.


Like many churches, we have seen recent declines in pledging, regular attendance and volunteerism which can be challenging.


Families with school-age children are struggling to balance academics, sports, extra-curricular activities and at the moment we have a smaller high school population than we have had for a number of years.


We are transitioning from our last rectors of 9 years who were co-rectors (married couple), each working ¾ time. As we move forward, the new rector will need to reinvigorate engagement of all the parishioners in the life of the parish.


See parish's profile; Clergy Position Description Worksheet; and OTM Portfolio on diocesan website at:



Contact Information

Please materials directly to:

Ms. E.V. Janopaul  at