St. John’s Episcopal Church

at Rector
Location Westwood
Date Posted May 2, 2022
Category Massachusetts (Carol Gallagher, Martha Hubbard, Kelly O'Connell)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation $94,510
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 4
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Live-in Rectory Preferred
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 219
Average Sunday Attendance 27
Child Population in Church School 40
Adult Population in Church School 8
Teacher Population in Church School 11 plus one paid nursery caregive
Budget $219,449


Liturgical style and practice

The liturgical style and practice at St. John’s is: Broad Church, BCP Rite II, Non-Traditional, Taize style, contextual focus, as well as Racial Justice and equality.


Strengths*: St. John’s is a joyful parish, grounded in our love of God and dedicated to living our faith in service to others.  We love to pray and sing, and on Sunday’s we often find new ways to celebrate our faith.  We enjoy a long partnership with our sister parish, Church of the Holy Spirit (CHS), Mattapan, MA.  Together we have run service trips to Honduras, summer programs for urban youth, tutoring for school-age children and social and worship gatherings.

Our children are welcomed into all parts of parish life.  They join in service projects with CHS and support Boston’s homeless community.  St. John’s partners with Ecclesia Ministries to bring Boston to the suburbs for bowling and picnic events.

We believe that everyone is a child of God.  We are actively involved in social and racial justice works.  Parishioners completed the Sacred Ground series and discussed Spellers “The Church Cracked Open.”

Our finances are healthy and we can support a full-time Rector.  We are blessed to have a Deacon and Priest Associate in our parish.  Our churches’ recent solar expansion, the source of our only debt, allows us to reduce energy costs and share the benefits with CHS.

We have a committed and cooperative lay leadership ready to join in partnership with our new Rector.


St. John’s faces many of the same challenges as other churches.  While we have a strong youth program, we struggle to attract young families.  The size of our parish membership is static.  The parish responds well to the annual stewardship appeal, but giving is concentrated among our older members.  Likewise, our Vestry and other lay positions are typically filled by long-time members.


Contact Information

Please submit your application package including a letter of intent, OTM Ministry Portfolio, resume and three sermons (audio/video) to Thomas Viti, Chair Search Committee at


The deadline for applications is June 13, 2022

Please contact the Chair of our Search Committee for more information.