Christ Church

at Rector
Location Pittsford
Date Posted March 11, 2024
Category Rochester (Virginia Tyler Smith)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation $120,000
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 4
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Optional
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? No
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 1185
Average Sunday Attendance 150
Child Population in Church School 40
Adult Population in Church School 30
Teacher Population in Church School 7
Budget $565,000


Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

The parish has a rectory directly behind the church. It is currently rented, but could be made available to a new rector.

Liturgical style and practice

Christ Church is broad church with an outstanding music program, a choir of 20 singers (including paid section leaders), and an award winning music director. The parish uses a spoken Rite I liturgy for its early service and Choral Eucharist Rite II for the later service. Youth participate in the service as acolytes, crucifers and occasional readers. Preaching is especially strong.
The parish provides seasonal evensongs and special liturgies, often inviting guest preachers.


Christ Church is one of our cardinal parishes, known for its superb preaching, very strong children- and youth- programs, and excellent adult education.  The church is in the middle of Rochester's crown jewel suburb, and is walking distance to the historic Erie Canal and a wealth of boutiques and restaurants. The parish has one of the top school districts in the state and boasts a mixture of historic homes, new residential communities and small farms.

This parish has a history of highly-functioning, well regarded clergy.  The church is known for careful attention to all aspects of parish life, from liturgy planning to pastoral care.


Christ Church is one of our largest, well resourced parishes. What benefits the parish can also be it's stumbling block: because they have a large, highly functioning staff, and because they sit in a prestigious suburb, they have not had to confront the declines, shortages, and charism questions that other parishes face.

At times they seem like a holdover from an earlier time; they need a rector who can help them bridge into the future, speak to the realities of the secular world, acknowledge the changing demographics of our community, and still inspire love in the abiding Christ.

The parish system has a level of anxiety that stems from their perfectionism and the long tenures of superb rectors. Their most recent rector retired due to a health matter, and the parish is still mourning their loss. They have an excellent interim working with them now.

They also have a desire to be more community engaged, and will hope to move in that direction with their next rector.


This is a great parish for someone who has executive experience, a strong sense of leadership in complex systems and the ability to nudge people into the church of the future.

Contact Information

The Rev. Virginia Tyler Smith