Grace and Holy Spirit

at Rector / Pastor
Location Cortland
Date Posted July 6, 2023
Category Central New York (Megan Castellan)
Job Type 3/4 Time
Setting Town
Compensation 35,000-48,000
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance Negotiable
Communicants in Good Standing 200
Average Sunday Attendance 50-60
Budget 195,000


Liturgical style and practice

As a joint ELCA-Episcopal Church congregation, Grace and Holy Spirit celebrates and honors both traditions. Worship is usually from either the Book of Common Prayer or Evangelical Lutheran Worship.


Centrally located, downtown church with a number of outreach ministries to the community.  A well maintained physical plant, little to no deferred maintenance.  Opportunities for outreach to local SUNY-Cortland, a university with 9,000 students.  Committed and dedicated lay leaders.  As a joint congregation, strong connections with both the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York and Upstate Synod of the ELCA.


Parish has experienced declines in membership and giving, and seeks to find new ways to reach out to the community and deepen engagement and growth.


Cortland is routinely ranked as one of the best mid-range towns to live in, has the feel of a college town but also located in close proximity to place like Syracuse and Ithaca.

Contact Information

For questions, or for more information:  The Rev. Canon Tom Ferguson, Interim Transition Officer



To apply: send materials to the Search Committee, Grace & Holy Spirit, by email to