St. Mark’s Penn Yan

at Priest in Charge
Location Penn Yan
Date Posted January 5, 2022
Category Rochester (Virginia Tyler Smith)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation $60,650
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Clergy Only
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 70
Average Sunday Attendance 50
Child Population in Church School 2
Adult Population in Church School 10
Teacher Population in Church School 1
Budget $143,160


Liturgical style and practice

St, Mark's is broad church, firmly rooted in the Book of Common Prayer. Prior to COVID, the parish had two Sunday services; they are now holding a single Sunday service.


We have 37 pledging units, a firm footing in the rites of the Book of Common Prayer, and very strong lay involvement.  Among our many ministries are our weekly Women’s Book Group, and our sharing shed, which provides various sundries for anyone passing by the church.  In the community, we participate in programs at the local schools to feed students before and after school; Habitat for Humanity; the local ecumenical support organization Living Well; and a local adopt-a-highway program.  St. Mark’s Terrace is an outgrowth of our parish: founded in 1972, St. Mark’s Terrace provides safe and affordable housing for low-income seniors.  The Rector and other members of the parish serve on the St. Mark’s Terrace board.  We are also involved in a summer chapel called Garrett Chapel.  Financially our giving is consistent over time, with total giving at a higher rate compared with similarly sized parishes in the Diocese.


Pastoral Care is very important to us.  Our Purls Knitting Ministry meets monthly to knit prayer shawls for those who are sick, homebound, or in crisis. Our Bereavement Support Group meets on the first Thursday of every month, and our Pastoral Care Ministry provides support to our friends who are not able to leave their homes.  We have two AA meetings per week. We are an Integrity/Believe Out Loud congregation.


  • A slow decline in  attendance
  • Lack of younger parishioners & families
  • Lack of children and young adult programming
  • Limited use of building resources
  • Need for additional progressive programming
  • Need to bridge demographics and lifestyle differences
  • No choir
  • Not enough volunteer hands
  • Marketing/Social media



We are seeking a full-time rector. Recently St. Mark’s reviewed a long list of attributes for a parish priest.  We identified the following as the most important characteristics.  We seek a priest who:

  • is warm and friendly, a good listener.
  • does crisis care (including hospital crises).
  • seeks to build the parish into a loving pastoral community.
  • is aware of and teaches a wide range of spiritual disciplines.
  • provides spiritual and moral direction for the congregation.
  • challenges the congregation to address the needs of the world.
  • preaches Biblical sermons that apply the Word to our lives.
  • is active in community affairs.
  • challenges people to examine their faith.
  • encourages a focus on contemporary issues.
  • uses a team approach in worship planning.
  • ensures that work is accomplished, and persons are valued.
  • fosters decision-making through wide consultation and consensus.
  • fosters lay leadership and ministries by nourishing relationships.

Contact Information

Full parish profile available by contacting Rev. Tyler Smith, below.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and OTM profile to

The Very Rev. Virginia Tyler Smith

Dean of Transitions, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester