St. Luke’s

at Rector
Location Ypsilanti
Date Posted March 6, 2023
Category Michigan (Ellen Ekevag)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Urban
Compensation 61, 246
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Average Sunday Attendance 40
Child Population in Church School 8
Teacher Population in Church School 5
Budget ~$185,000


Liturgical style and practice

The worship at St. Luke's is traditional yet flexible. We follow the 1979vBook of Common Prayer, sampling from Rite I and Rite II services, and employing a variety of prayers. At
times, we supplement this with other prayers and hymns to fully embrace the diversity of our
congregation. Worship at St. Luke's is joyous and participatory. We seek to involve as many people as possible as lectors, acolytes, and singers. We typically use the 1982 Hymnal, and less frequently: Worship and Rejoice; Wonder, Love, and Praise; and Lift Every Voice and Sing II.


St. Luke’s is a place that fosters community. Through our neighborhood outreach activities, coffee hour, and committee meetings, members have many opportunities to forge bonds with diverse congregants united in their love for Jesus Christ. The vestry and priest enjoy a positive working relationship with mutual respect. The congregation has a high level of trust in its vestry. We consider it a priority to connect withthe community in meaningful ways. The localcommunity is filled with long-time residents who lovethe city that feels more like a town, but with a povertyrate of 29%, it also has significant needs.


We have managed to balance the budget (total operating budget is approx. $185K) over the past several years, but looking ahead, we do need to increase revenue. Our budget is bolstered by income from those who rent our space; approx. 14% of our income comes from the building tenants. We have been approved for a curacy grant,which would pay a portion of the salary of a recentseminary graduate (within the past three years).

There is a strong desire to find additional ways toreach our members who are homebound, includingoffering church services via zoom, and establishing avisiting ministry.In addition, we are making progress in our effort to strengthen our connections to the students ofEastern Michigan University (EMU), which is situatedin the city of Ypsilanti, by re-establishing a campus ministry. We have one St. Luke’s member who is alsoan EMU student who is actively working towards thatgoal in collaboration with our Interim Rector.


St. Luke's has received a grant help fund the position of Rector for a priest who is newly ordained (within the last 3 years).

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Contact Information

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Clergy interested in being considered for a particular position should send the following documents:

  1. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee
  2. Resume
  3. Current OTM as a .pdf

to the Rev. Canon Ellen Ekevag, Canon for Congregational Development and Transitions for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan by email: or mail to 4800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201.

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