St. John’s & St. Patrick’s

at Priest-in-Charge
Location Arlington and Falls Church (Northern Virginia)
Date Posted June 14, 2022
Category Virginia (Shirley Smith-Graham & Ed Keithly)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation ~$72k TAC, depending on healthcare ($120k full outlay)
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Housing Allowance Preferred
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 101 = 55 (St. John's) & 46 (St. Patrick's) pre-pandemic
Anglo-Catholic no
Average Sunday Attendance 55 = 38 (St. John's) & 17 (St. Patrick's) pre-pandemic
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary yes
Emergent no
Morning Prayer yes
Budget $298 = $186k (St. John's) & $112K (St. Patrick's)
Non-Traditional yes
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I no
Rite II yes


Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

The two parishes have $120k, all told, to employ their priest (compensation, pension, healthcare, etc.). Depending on healthcare needs that is ~$67k TAC on the low end (for receiving 100% coverage of full-family insurance), with the possibility of comp bonus in lieu of full-family healthcare for someone who needs clergy+1, clergy only or no healthcare.

Liturgical style and practice

St. John's: "Prior to the pandemic, St. John’s offered an 8 a.m. worship service that followed the Rite 1 liturgy and a 10 a.m. service that used Rite 2 liturgy and incorporated music. The majority of the congregation attended the 10 a.m. service. Once a month, this later service would also include healing prayer. Starting in March 2020, St. John’s offered one virtual service that followed Rite 2. While in-person services were largely traditional and did not use multi-media presentations, one advantage of the migration to the virtual format was the broadening of the worship experience by incorporating slides, videos, and a mixture of tradtional and contemporary music using on-line videos. Many parishioners and several visitors new to St. John’s have commented that they enjoy this nontraditional content and hopefully one positive aftermath of the pandemic will be to continue this new creativity in worship. In-person worship recently resumed with one 10 a.m. service using Rite 2. Going forward with a shared priest we plan on having two Eucharist services, one at St. John’s at 9:30, and a second at St. Patrick’s, Falls Church at 11:15."

St. Patrick's: "Our interim rector and the members of Saint Patrick’s were quick to embrace the challenge of providing remote worshipping opportunities during the Pandemic. Sunday services are live streamed at and archived for viewing at a later date. See our website,, for more information. In the preparation of inspirational and engaging, remote worship opportunities, current as well as former members recorded lessons which were incorporated into the live streamed services. In addition to our members living locally, former members of Saint Patrick’s from Montana, England, and Germany participated. Sermon Notes prepared by Father Steve are made available each week in English and Vietnamese. Although we have begun to worship in person again, we continue to live stream our services each Sunday. This is accomplished with the knowledge and dedication of volunteers and a minimum of expense. In an attempt to maintain contact with our members during the Pandemic, volunteers delivered Poinsettias to our members at Christmas, and Lenten crosses were mailed to our members during Lent."


St. Patrick's and St. John's have proven themselves resilient and adaptable, working intentionally and faithfully towards sharing a full-time priest together.

They've discerned carefully through sharing resources and making this a workable, happy arrangement for their priest--including moving service times. They look forward to continuing to change and grow with their next priest-in-charge.

Both parishes are small, neighborhood churches within the DC beltway about 15 minutes apart from each other. St. Patrick's is Anglo and Vietnamese, but "Vietnamese members fluent in English translate for those who are not. Speaking Vietnamese is not necessary."


St. John's and St. Patrick's hope for a priest with at 2+ years of ordained parish experience and the energy and skills needed to take on this new partnership.


There's a possibility of a rectory (owned by St. Patrick's, Falls Church) if the priest would prefer that to housing allowance, Northern Virginia housing costs being what they are, though the rectory is currently being rented out.

Contact Information

OTM Portfolios available

  • St. John's, Arlington & St. Patrick's Falls Church: Priest-in-Charge, full-time. Contact: Kathy Oliver (St. Patrick's Co-Chair) and Dave Dunlap (St. John's Co-Chair). Receiving names until Oct. 17, 2021. 
    • St. John's: 55 communicants, 38 ASA, $186,307 operating revenue. Website.
    • St. Patrick's: 46 communicants, 17 ASA, $112,749 total operating revenue. Website.