at Rector
Location Bristol
Date Posted April 27, 2023
Category Southwestern Virginia (Jonathan Harris)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation 80,000
Diocesan Compensation Info www.dioswva.org
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing None
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Average Sunday Attendance 65
Child Population in Church School 10
Adult Population in Church School 12
Teacher Population in Church School 3
Budget 400,811


Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

Make Transition Minister aware of health insurance needs.

Liturgical style and practice

Worship is at the center of all that we do. We value liturgy rooted in Episcopal tradition and preaching that brings God’s Word alive with clarity and conviction. Music is integral to our community’s experience of God, and deepens our connection with God. Worship at Emmanuel is generally formal and traditional following the liturgy of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. Rite I is used as a said service at 8:00 am Sunday services. The 10:30 am Sunday service typically follows the Rite II liturgy. Emmanuel has a longstanding reputation for its strong music program. A new Colby pipe organ was installed in 2021. Hymns, service music, anthems and voluntary music are carefully planned to coordinate with the liturgy and lectionary. Our liturgies include: mid-week healing service Wednesdays at 12:15pm in Bledsoe Chapel, Saturday evening Eucharist at 5pm in Bledsoe Chapel, Holy Week liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, an Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, as well as Easter Day. Lay led Evening Prayer services are offered frequently. Rally Day, an outdoors, less formal Eucharist, and parish picnic at the beginning of the church school year.


Emmanuel Episcopal Church is steady, open-minded, and welcoming. Our community adheres closely to the core teachings of Holy Scripture and Episcopal tradition, while striving to meet others wherever they are on their spiritual journeys. We are an inclusive church, embracing all of God’s people. As a prominent downtown church in Bristol VA, we work to balance the fostering of the parish community with meeting the needs of our surrounding neighbors. Navigating our place in the Bristol community has centered on relationships. Across the parish, congregants value the relationships made within the church that reach outside the walls of Emmanuel.


Connecting the Gospel message with 21st century America.

Contact Information

The Rev. Cn. Jonathan F. Harris

Transition Minister

Diocese of Southwestern Virginia


540 588 4586 (mobile)

Application deadline - December 4, 2023