St. Peter’s Church

at Priest-in-Charge
Location New Kent
Date Posted June 28, 2022
Category Virginia (Shirley Smith-Graham & Ed Keithly)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation $85,000 (negotiable based on experience)
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 258
Average Sunday Attendance 47
Budget $240,491


Liturgical style and practice



An eclectic, friendly, and caring congregation that includes a balance of all ages with diverse backgrounds and experiences; a core group of long term members that maintain continuity; and, a growing group of newer members with time and talents to contribute to the continued growth of the church.

A rich history of over 300 years of presence in the county that provides a sense of stability and permanence which attracts visitors and new members; in a current environment of high growth in the County that offers opportunities for a growing community outreach and new ministries.

A beautiful, wooded rural campus of over 15 acres, that includes the restored church building, originally built in 1703; a separate Parish House that hosts educational facilities, church offices, a nursery and a large all-purpose room; and an outdoor, enclosed playground.

An emphasis on Youth education and programs

Excellent financial position with a large endowment and no mortgages or other liabilities.


Congregation recovering from pandemic-related effects. Wants to improve communications (technology, reporting, between individuals collaborating). St. Peter's is transitioning from a pastoral sized church to a small program-sized with related growth areas. History of mixed quality of relationships with clergy. Looks forward to coaching church members in having confidence in the decision-making and operational structures inherent in an Episcopal Church (local and diocese). Goal of inviting people into giving money as a joy-filled ministry and not as a sign of pleasure/displeasure. Repositioning to use rich history as a platform for future growth. Interested in inviting younger age cohorts into leadership positions in all activities of the church.


Seeking a clergyperson with:

Strong interpersonal skills: being approachable, willing to accept unique attitudes and characteristics of our congregation and the ability to guide us through necessary changes.

Strong leader with compassion, high energy level, a love of history, and an ability to communicate with all ages to create a long-term vision for St. Peter’s; and, a willingness to demonstrate that vision through frequent, active engagement in the community at large.

Emotionally intelligent, with a strong commitment to personal spirituality and ability to help others in their spiritual growth and commitment to the church.

Experience in office administration and personnel management.

Contact Information

The Rev. Shirley Smith Graham,, 804-622-3180