St. John’s

at Priest-in-Charge
Location Centreville
Date Posted August 9, 2022
Category Virginia (Shirley Smith-Graham)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation $75,000 - $82,000
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 83
Average Sunday Attendance 26
Budget $433,765


Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

compensation adjusted to level of experience

Liturgical style and practice



  • The congregation is small, responsive and dedicated.
  • The congregation is close-knit, friendly and welcoming.
  • St John’s is long standing active partner in the Centreville community.
  • St John’s offers a traditional worship service.
  • St John’s has a beautiful historic setting while offering modern facilities.
  • St John’s has enough space to host multiple other faith-based organizations and offer them a place to worship.
  • St John’s is currently financially self-sufficient.
  • St John’s enjoys the support of a vocational Deacon.
  • St John’s has an active outreach program.
  • St John’s has adult Christian education programs.


  • Our congregation is small and aging. We have found it challenging to attract new and younger families.
  • St John’s carries a substantial mortgage, high maintenance costs, and significant a repair list.
  • The many tasks involved in the workings of a church are shared by too few people due to our small numbers.
  • St John’s is not as culturally or racially diverse as we would like.
  • St John’s has an historic chapel surrounded by an historic cemetery in Centreville’s Historic District limiting what we are allowed to do with our facility.
  • The COVID pandemic reduced participation in services, fellowship opportunity and revenue.


  • St John’s has a diverse group of community partners with whom we could better interface.
  • Centreville is an area with many outreach opportunities
  • St John’s is looking for leadership to guide us in serving the wider community.
  • St John’s has a facility that is suited to host events.
  • St John’s is surrounded by underserved populations that might find our church appealing.
  • St John’s has an opportunity for further cyber outreach.
  • St John’s is open to expanding our liturgical offerings.
  • St John’s is open to expanding our Christian education program.


Four characteristics or skills of a clergyperson considered essential at this juncture:

  • Skills and ideas to help us grow and diversify (in age, socio-economic, culture)
  • Gifted in preaching and teaching, in order to make scripture relevant to people’s lives through succinct sermons
  • Leadership skill and ideas to widen outreach and participation in our community
  • Skilled in providing pastoral care

Contact Information

The Rev. Shirley Smith Graham, Interim Transition Minister, Diocese of Virginia, 804-622-3180