St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

at 140 College Street
Location Oxford
Date Posted November 15, 2023
Category North Carolina (Catherine Massey)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation $77,500
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Housing for 6
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Optional
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? 4 BR, 2 bath
Equity Allowance Negotiable
Communicants in Good Standing 137
Average Sunday Attendance 60
Child Population in Church School 16
Adult Population in Church School yes
Teacher Population in Church School yes
Budget $249,297


Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

The rectory is located at 302 College Street in Oxford. It is 2 blocks NW of the church. The house is on a nice corner lot with a great deck and nice fenced backyard. It is a nice family sized home. Downstairs has a separate living room, dining room, study / library, bedroom with attached dressing area and bathroom, a small 2-piece powder room, breakfast nook, kitchen and laundry room. Upstairs has a nice sized bonus space at the top of the stairs - plenty big enough for an upstairs TV room or play area or other multi-purpose space - on either side are two bedrooms with a connecting bath. There is ample floored space on the third floor for seasonal storage, etc. which is accessed by built-in stairs.
If the cleric opts to live in the rectory, the cash stipend of $77,500 may be negotiated based on other factors; ie: experience, etc.

Liturgical style and practice

We follow the traditional liturgy during services and follow the standard liturgical calendar. Outside of the regularly scheduled Sunday services and Holy Days, we have st times offered noon day Eucharist two Wednesdays per month and/or Morning Prayer on Thursday mornings. . During the season of Lent, we have a weekly pot-luck supper and participatory program designed to prepare us for the Holy Week journey and Easter. We share two joint services during the year at historic St. John’s Williamsborough with the other Episcopal churches that came out of St. John’s (and occasionally an Ascension Day service). One is a traditional Holy Eucharist service and homecoming picnic in the fall, and the other is a beautiful, candlelit service of Lessons and Carols leading up to Christmas Eve. St. Cyprian’s and St. Stephen’s continue to share worship and lunch alternating location as determined by the Vicar and Rector.


St. Stephen's is participating in the Genesis II initiative - with focus on renewal and revisioning. This process has brought energy and excitement to our parish leading to new ideas about how we can 'invite' our community 'in'. We recognize our church as it is now, meeting the needs of many parishioners through traditional liturgy, but we are becoming more and more open to new ways. We want to ensure that we are a community truly inclusive of all. In recent years several new families have joined St. Stephen’s, bringing new perspectives and energy. Continuing to engage new members will only strengthen St. Stephen’s, and with that in mind, we are opening our hearts to others. Our worshipping community has strong connections with each other, and while we maintain those relationships, we are also maintaining our programs such as church school, church life, and outreach, so that we keep our solid foundation from which to grow in partnership with a new rector. We celebrated 200 years in 2023.


We have navigated well this transition with faithful supply clergy and great lay leadership.


Parish website:

OTM portfolio:

Gifts we're praying for in our next Rector:

Ability to deliver homilies that address the spiritual needs of the parish. A sense of humor and a warm smile. Good listener. Encourage exploration and consideration of different ways of being Church. Encourage formation on all levels. Community involvement. Support our youth. Pastoral care to all, including home visits. Ability to resolve conflict in productive, non-divisive ways. Bring Spirit to Sunday worship.

We realize this is not the role of one person, but rather the role of all of us as one corporate body. Our next rector will have the skills and gifts to lead us to a place where we build on the past for an even better tomorrow.

Contact Information

Interested applicants should submit the following materials to Canon Catherine Massey ( in order to be considered:

  • A cover letter (letter of interest) addressed to the Vestry
  • Current resume
  • OTM Portfolio
  • Deployment questionnaire for clergy positions (Download and save the form to your computer before filling it out.)