St. Dunstan’s Church

at Priest-in-Charge (with intent to convert to rector)
Location McLean
Date Posted April 26, 2024
Category Virginia (Shirley Smith-Graham)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation $105,000 - $115,000 based on experience
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing None
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 280
Average Sunday Attendance 53
Budget $501,305


Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

The base health plan adopted by the vestry is Anthem BCBS BlueCard PPO 80. The parish will pay a minimum by tier of:
· 90% of the cost of single coverage;
· 80% of the cost of the increment to couple coverage;
· 80% of the cost of the increment to parent coverage;
· 60% of the cost of the increment to family coverage.

Liturgical style and practice

On Sundays at 10:15 a.m., St. Dunstan’s hosts a single, traditional Eucharist that keeps closely to the Book of Common Prayer; we almost always use Rite 2. These Sunday services are in-person and also streamed online by parish volunteers. We offer healing prayers during worship monthly. Our three-manual pipe organ enhances our worship services musically. We have experimented with modest innovations, mostly in musical forms and instrumentation.


  • Dunstan’s is blessed with a core community of staff and parishioners who are prayerful and engaged and who affirm that service to all God’s children is our calling. Lay leaders and congregants support and serve one another spiritually and socially. While our parish is smaller than it once was, those who remain are bound together as disciples to spread the good word and do all the good works that God has commanded of us. Several families have made St. Dunstan’s their spiritual home over multiple generations, some attending since the founding of the parish more than 60 years ago.
  • We enjoy close relationships with community partners with whom we try to carry out Jesus’s teachings, supporting local charities that serve the poor and homeless, at-risk youth, and lower-income families.
  • We also benefit from a certain measure of fiscal stability. Two years ago, we completed a $600,000 capital campaign to renovate our 1950s-era parish hall and improve the spacious mid-1960s sanctuary and undercroft space. Our five-acre campus includes a rustic outdoor chapel and a memorial burial garden.
  • A Montessori preschool leases church facilities during the week, contributing a little more than a third of the church’s annual income and supporting upgrades to our physical plant. We also offer space to scout troops and Narcotics Anonymous.
  • As a result of a strategic planning process completed in 2023, St. Dunstan’s adopted goals of enhancing our worship, enlarging our membership, engaging our community, and rebuilding our youth program.


  • Dunstan’s now relies on a smaller and older core of parishioners than in its past. Our average Sunday service attendance has declined for decades, and our youth program—apart from a small group of teens who just recently were confirmed—all but disappeared during the pandemic.
  • Declining membership numbers have strained parishioners who are active in various lay ministries, and burnout is a concern.


  • We seek a true servant of Christ who can inspire with hope and help us focus on our goals.
  • The right candidate would be a hands-on shepherd who is:
    • Able to connect with both new and longtime members, as well as those older and younger;
    • Willing to approach the surrounding community and re-engage members who have been less connected to the parish since the start of the pandemic;
    • Welcoming of strangers, spiritual inquirers, and groups who historically have been neglected by the church;
    • Sensitive to a congregation of diverse viewpoints;
    • Comfortable providing pastoral care;
    • A reflective, thoughtful preacher;
    • A uniter, a motivator, and an effective communicator who can help us improve our fellowship, worship, and spiritual education;
    • A manager comfortable with navigating budgetary concerns, recruiting and supervising staff, and guiding the relationship with our tenant school; and
    • A knowledgeable steward ready to collaborate with the vestry on the upkeep of the physical plant.

Contact Information

To apply, please email cover letter, OTM, and resume (if desired), to the Rev. Shirley Smith Graham,