at Priest in Charge
Location Chestertown
Date Posted September 13, 2021
Category Easton (Patrick Collins)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation 91,800
Diocesan Compensation Info Convention Resolution from 2016 sets minimum full-time salary @ $50,000
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Supplied Housing
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Required
Equity Allowance No
Anglo-Catholic no
Average Sunday Attendance 121
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer yes
Budget 394,897
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes


Liturgical style and practice

Our usual services use Rite I and Rite II for Sunday Eucharist, Rite II with anointing for healing on Wednesday at noon, all using liturgies from the Book of Common Prayer and Enriching Our Worship. In non-principal services, we have used liturgies from The New Zealand Prayer Book, and prayers from the Iona Community. Music is an important component of our 10:30 Sunday services as well as our services of Evensong. We include the children as often as possible, encouraging them to process carrying the Book, the cross, or torches, or serving on the altar. We appreciate a good, well thought-out and delivered sermon, and a relaxed but respectful atmosphere in the sanctuary.


Emmanuel is a very special church. It is a beautiful and wellmaintained building located in a quaint, historical, (but thriving) college town, in the “land of Pleasant Living.” It has an active parishioner base which feels empowered to be involved in all aspects of parish life, including at the Diocesan and National church levels. During the last two years of the pandemic, we have added 10 new families, some of whom decided to retire here, others, with young children, came to enjoy the relative safety of our small town. Our Annual Christmas Bazaar brings over 100 parishioners to participate together, to raise thousands of dollars which is then disbursed to community non-profit efforts. We love being in the center of town,
offering our hospitality to community groups, and enjoying each others’ company in the kitchen, in Bible Study, or knitting together in Dwyer Hall, in the choir room, and most especially, in our worship together.


The challenges ahead for Emmanuel are not so different from that of most mainstream Protestant churches. The pandemic, and its halt to in-person worship, has broken a lifetime habit for many people. The anxiety associated with returning to indoor gatherings is real for many people, especially our aging population, which is the majority of our parishioners. On the other hand, we seem to have an influx of several new, and younger parishioners, who clearly find in Emmanuel a spiritual home. Our tasks will be to reach out and make sure that we will be looking to the future to move ahead with outreach and social justice and to find ways to be the church of 2022 with a new rector, in a new world, that still speaks to those of us who have been around Emmanuel for decades, but will be open to new and different ways of moving into ‘what might be next’ for us.


Located in the “Land of Pleasant Living” on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Emmanuel is a parish rich in committed and involved parishioners. Our parishioners  are active in our community of Chestertown, and are very involved in the Diocese of Easton. We have a strong tradition of community service and outreach and are proud of our place in the center of our lovely, historic town, keeping our doors open to welcome all who come to us.

Contact Information

The Rev. Canon Patrick A. Collins