St. James’ Watkins Glen/St. John’s Catharine

at Intentional Interim
Location Watkins Glen and Catharine
Date Posted September 13, 2021
Category Rochester (Virginia Tyler Smith)
Job Type Intentional Interim
Setting Town
Compensation 57,000 plus benefits
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 100
Average Sunday Attendance 50
Child Population in Church School 10
Adult Population in Church School 10
Teacher Population in Church School 3
Budget 120,000
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer yes
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II yes



The parishes of St. James Watkins Glen and St. John's Catharine enjoy a long and robust partnership.  Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes of upstate New York, Watkins Glen is a robust tourist community nestled at the foot of Seneca Lake.  Catharine, located about 8 miles away, is a small village among the rolling farmlands and wineries of the region.  The parishes share a priest, who is 60% at St. James, and 40% at Catharine.  They parishes share an administrative assistant, and collaborate on a variety of ministries.  Most recently they held a summer bible program which was well attended by parish children and friends from the neighborhood.  During the pandemic, St. John's initiated a sharing shed for anyone in need.  More information at



After a multi-decade rectorate, the parishes had a priest-in-charge from 2018-2021.  The match was difficult, and they now need an interim to help refocus the leadership, strengthen administration, and prepare them for their permanent priest.


These two parishes have long-standing lay leadership who provide a variety of gifts and skills to the parishes.

Contact Information

Please send OTM letter, resume and cover letter to:

The Very Rev. Virginia Tyler Smith

Dean of Transitions, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester