|Date Posted||March 25, 2021|
East Carolina (Mollie Roberts)
|Compensation||Negotiable, based on the Diocesan Compensation Guideliens and number of years' experience|
|Health Benefits||Clergy Only|
|Average Sunday Attendance||131|
|Child Population in Church School||27|
St. Paul’s is a healthy, historic, transitional-sized church located in the picturesque coastal town of Beaufort. While it has been years since the parish has had an Associate, it seeks to continue sharing ministry as the parish grows under the leadership of a rector of two years. Saint Paul’s is full of creative, gifted parishioners, many of whom are retired. The potential for new ministries and drawing people into renewed relationship with Jesus Christ is tremendous.
St. Paul’s Parish was organized on Sept. 1, 1855, under the guidance of the Rev. David D. Van Antwerp, a U.S. Army chaplain stationed at Fort Macon. Construction of the present building began in early 1857 on a lot that was purchased by the Vestry from Abigail Hill in the amount of ten dollars. The building was consecrated by Bishop Atkinson on May 21, 1861.
That is a significant date, given the events of the previous month. On April 12, South Carolina militia forces bombarded Fort Sumter. On April 17, Virginia seceded from the nation. On April 19, President Lincoln ordered naval blockades of all southern ports. On that Sunday in May, Bishop Atkinson was assisted in consecrating the new St. Paul’s Church by two men: the Rector, the Rev. Van Antwerp, and the Rev. Alfred Augustin Watson, Rector of Christ Church, New Bern.
Van Antwerp was a Union officer and Watson was an officer of the Confederate Second North Carolina Regiment. That kind of cordial cooperation within the church made for a strong foundation which has continued to this day as we navigate difficult decisions in a polarized political landscape.
The Person We Seek
We seek an energetic, gifted, outgoing, engaging and creative priest who will share our ministry with passion and devotion. We seek a person who will bring particular gifts and leadership in faith formation for all ages but especially with children, youth and families. We seek someone who will share in the liturgical, pastoral and administrative ministry with the rector and sees themselves as a self starter. We seek someone who takes ministry but not himself or herself too seriously. In other words, a sense of humor is essential.
Skills, Gifts and Passions for Ministry
- Passion for the spiritual development of children, youth and young adults;
- A heart and the energy for pastoral care;
- Ability to work collaboratively and creatively with others;
- An understanding of his or her particular gifts and the desire to support others in discovering and using their unique gifts for ministry;
- Willingness and ability to take initiative and lead while collaborating with rector, staff and lay leadership;
- Desire to include people of all ages in ministry: children, youth, adults and older adults;
- Comfort with the ability to communicate using various technologies and social media
- Ability to plan ahead and be flexible at the same time
- Recognition of the importance of building and maintaining relationships in ministry, as well as building and maintaining programs.
To Apply: Send Cover letter addressed to the Rector, OTM profile, and resume to:
The Rev Canon Mollie Roberts, P.O. Box 1336, Kinston, NC 28503 or email same to: