Leeds Church (foothills of Shenandoah Mtns)

at Priest-in-Charge
Location Markham
Date Posted August 9, 2022
Category Virginia (Shirley Smith-Graham)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Rural
Compensation $70,000
Diocesan Compensation Info https://www.thediocese.net/Customer-Content/www/CMS/files/Finance_and_Management/6_2021_Compensation_Guidelines.pdf
Health Benefits Clergy Only
Housing Supplied Housing
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? 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 135
Average Sunday Attendance 50
Budget 322,756


Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

The rectory is situated across the street from the church, overlooking the valley. Utilities are included.

Liturgical style and practice

Traditional and broad


We are a caring congregation, caring for members of the church as well as those in the surrounding community. We see outreach as an essential part of who we are, including food ministry and our preschool. We are diverse economically and politically, not so much racially. We are generous both with our time and treasure.


Our challenges include being an aging population overall. Leeds Church is in the gorgeous Shenandoah foothills, but it is an isolated mountain village rich in history. Warren County schools are nearby, and our church members live both in the area of the church and areas further out.

Our opportunities include the invitation and welcome of younger families in the area, creating a sense of togetherness across demographics, community engagement with other local churches (both Episcopal and Baptist, especially continuing to grow in our relationship with a neighboring historically black Baptist Church), and growing our outreach programs.  We are already a strong presence in local community.


We seek a clergyperson who enjoys pastoral care ministry, enjoys preaching an inspiring sermon that reaches all ages, a competent small church administrator, and would be willing to live in the local community, whether in the rectory or not.

Contact Information

The Rev. Shirley Smith Graham, Interim Transition Minister, Diocese of Virginia

ssmithgraham@thediocese.net. 804-622-3180