Washington Memorial Chapel

Rector

Date Posted December 4, 2018
Diocese Pennsylvania (Arlette Benoit Joseph)
Location Valley Forge
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation 109,496
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 228
Average Sunday Attendance 153
Child Population in Church School 16
Adult Population in Church School 36
Teacher Population in Church School 5
Budget 856,137
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

Strengths

 Destination parish with a vibrant Heritage Society.  In the last ten

years, was turned around and is growing at the rate of 20 new

members each year.  Devoted lay leaders that pledged $1M for

Phase I of capital campaign/restoration.  Active carillon concert

series brings 200-300 people to our campus every Wednesday

evening in July and August.

Challenges

 There are maintenance expenses that were virtually ignored for decades and now we are

committed to bringing the Chapel up to “code” and maintaining a

healthy building and grounds.  There are occasional unexpected

issues with plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, and fallen trees,

for example.  We have 11 full time and part time staff to run the

various programs, including revenue generating Churchyard and

Chapel Cabin Shop, Weddings & special events, and Carillon.

Non-revenue generating staff includes maintenance, office

manager, accountant, and organist.

Comments

Highly energetic congregation; very welcoming to visitors and

supportive to members. Washington Memorial Chapel is the jewel

of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.

Contact Information

Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph

abenoitjoseph@diopa.org