St. Michael’s of the Valley

at Rector
Location Ligonier (Rector)
Date Posted January 9, 2023
Category Pittsburgh (Kimberly Karashin)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Rural
Compensation According to diocesan guidelines and commensurate with experience
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Negotiable
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 210 (pre-pandemic figure)
Average Sunday Attendance 45
Child Population in Church School Children's Sunday school not yet relaunched following pandemic.
Adult Population in Church School 15 (includes young adults)
Budget $445,000


Liturgical style and practice

St. Michael’s is a traditional "low church," where worship is held in a simply adorned, colonial style sanctuary. Since the church’s inception, the custom has been that clergy, lay readers, and choir members wear cassocks and surplices as vestments. Worship comes directly from the Book of Common Prayer; only the Sanctus, Agnus Dei, and Doxology are sung. Holy Eucharist is celebrated at both Sunday morning services, with Rite I at the early service and Rite II at the later service. Organ and/or piano music is present at both services. Christian education for both children and adults has traditionally been held between services from September through May.


  • A discerning parish, wanting to be led by God in their lives and ministry.
  • Strongly motivated to deepen their understanding of Scripture.
  • Broad-thinking, connected, educated, theologically conservative but socially and politically diverse.
  • Possess a strong financial foundation.
  • Committed to stewardship and generous with time, talents, and resources.


As a result of several significant events in recent years, which included the split in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the COVID pandemic, and a rector approaching retirement, St. Michael’s has lacked the atmosphere of excitement and zeal for doing God’s work that it formerly possessed. The congregation looks forward to pastoral leadership that will invigorate the parish with new energy, enthusiasm, and ideas and help them to activate lay leadership and employ strengths in ways that will move the parish forward.


St. Michael's is seeking a priest who ...

  • is eloquent and energetic, empathetic and a good listener;
  • places a high priority on pastoral care;
  • honors the traditions of the Episcopal Church, and embraces St. Michael's liturgical style;
  • will deliver sound and inspiring sermons and teaching, helping the congregation to strengthen its faith;
  • will embrace and encourage the congregation's outreach efforts;
  • will support the children's Sunday school program; and
  • will become an integral part of the St. Michael's community, fostering fellowship at parish gatherings, supporting activities within the parish, and participating in community events, helping St. Michael's to be more visible within the region.

Contact Information

Please visit St. Michael's website to review its Parish Profile and to learn more about this opportunity. A Community Ministry Portfolio is also available on the OTM website.  If you discern a call to apply, email to request an application packet.