St. John the Evangelist

at Priest in Charge
Location Newport
Date Posted February 22, 2021
Category Rhode Island (Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Urban
Compensation $71,038 Negotiable based on experience in accordance with diocesan guidelines
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 6
Equity Allowance No
Average Sunday Attendance 101
Child Population in Church School 19 children, 5 teens
Adult Population in Church School 20
Teacher Population in Church School 1 adult each for Church School, Youth Group, Adult Formation
Budget $462,814 for 2019
Anglo-Catholic yes
Broad Church no
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer yes
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book no
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II no



St. John the Evangelist is on the Point in Newport, Rhode Island, which is both a highly desirable location for many, and one that comes with a clear sense of community.  St. John's is unique in offering Anglo-Catholic worship in the Newport area and in interacting with the neighborhood, hosting events, and offering space for community organizations to meet. The congregation has forged relationships with The Newport Children’s Theatre, MLK Center, the Island Moving Company, and newportFILM, among others. St. John’s also has a special relationship with the U.S. Naval War College, and often serves as a place of worship and community for visiting service personnel and their families while in Newport.

In 2014 St. John's founded The Choir School of Newport County to enhance St. John’s music program and to provide a high-quality musical education to children in the community, including under-served youth. The choir school established a piano and voice program for children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches in the public schools.


In 2018 St. John's began a phased capital campaign to address deferred maintenance.
Phase 1 was completed in December, garnering $1.65M, which included the design and
installation of a brand-new custom-built organ console, the complete restoration of the church's historic terra cotta tile roof, and the complete restoration and re-pointing of the church's historic masonry. St. John's is now in the $1M Phase 2 of the campaign, the fundraising for which began last year. The top 2 priorities the Vestry has identified for Phase 2 are the rectory and the organ.

The music program and Choir School are highly valued at St. John's and their priority needs to be balanced with other ministries.


St. John the Evangelist follows a unique liturgical format in keeping with the terms of The Foundation for the Preservation of the Faith and Worship of the Episcopal Church as Established Prior to the 1976 General Convention, aka "The Foundation for the Preservation of the Faith".  The FPF provides a significant grant each year. St. John's current liturgical practice is to draw primarily from the Anglican Service Book. 

The Rector announced a new call in September 2020 and will remain in place through the transition until June 2021.


Contact Information

Please contact the Rev. Canon Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew, Canon to the Ordinary at or call 401-274-4500 x232