Trinity Episcopal Church

at Rector or Priest-in-Charge
Location Parkersburg
Date Posted September 12, 2023
Category West Virginia (Chad Slater)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation 91,500
Diocesan Compensation Info compensation exceeds diocesan minimums
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing Allowance
Is there a rectory? No
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 200
Average Sunday Attendance 73
Child Population in Church School 11
Teacher Population in Church School 3
Budget 250000


Additional comments re: compensation, benefits and housing.

Additional benefits include dental and vision insurance. A professional allowance, travel allowance, and continuing education allowance are also part of the package. Compensation is negotiable.

Liturgical style and practice

Broad church, traditional worship on Sunday mornings. Saturday evening worship service is casual and eclectic.



Trinity Episcopal Church offers a variety of meaningful worship services that appeal to differing preferences regarding time or day, formality, musical taste. We love the sounds of children during our worship. Our music program is growing stronger once again and includes a choir on Sunday mornings with organ, piano, and guest musicians, with guitar at our Saturday evening service.


Trinity values fellowship, both after worship and at other parish gatherings, including but not limited to monthly movie night, annual lasagna dinner, weekly Bible study and Sunday school classes, and annual parish picnic, annual Lenten dinners each Friday after Stations of the Cross, annual swim party, weekly life groups, and weekly men’s breakfast (which is not limited to men).


We are resilient. The pandemic presented a new set of challenges, but we offered services via Facebook Live and meetings via Zoom. Our in-person attendance is growing, and we have resumed Sunday School, thanks to the dedication of our Director of Religious Education. A lively bunch of children gather each Sunday, which is music to our ears. In the absence of an interim priest for several months, we adapted to Morning and Evening Prayer led by lay readers and welcomed opportunities to celebrate the Eucharist when a priest was available to us.

Community Outreach:

Our community outreach includes a Monday feeding ministry and an annual book sale to benefit community non-profits as well as our own programming needs. We join with a local Lutheran church to provide Vacation Bible School each summer. We donate to Thrive, a community organization, and Community Resources, a local non-profit that provides help with medicine and utilities. We provide Thanksgiving dinner boxes and Christmas presents to a number of families each year. Our buildings are used by an AA group for its weekly meeting as well as by the Smoot Theater for youth choir rehearsals and performances. Our parking lot is made available to outside groups for evening performances at the Smoot Theater.


Community Outreach:

We would like to expand our outreach to the community. We need to strengthen ties with other downtown churches as well as other churches throughout the greater region to provide support for existing programs and begin new ones; we need to strengthen our ties with the other Episcopal churches in our region to develop a feeling of community with Episcopalians, rather than solely identifying as an individual parish. Additionally, we need to establish our presence at community events.

Pastoral care:

We see pastoral care as a role for both the priest and the laity to fill. Pastoral care is an area we hope to expand, including visitations to shut-ins, to those in the hospital, and to those who are lonely.

Sunday School:

As our Sunday School is growing, we see the need for more Sunday school teachers. This was not an issue pre-pandemic, but we lost several dedicated teachers as a result of moving, health concerns, and a variety of other issues, and we have not been able to replace them.

Leadership Development:

Because most of our ministries are volunteer-based, it can be difficult to address issues as they arise. We have willing volunteers to do the work, and we see the need to develop the willingness to lead.

Church Growth:

Although we have welcomed several new families and have confirmed new members in recent years, we recognize that in order for the church to grow, we need to be visible to the community. We need to be active, engaged, and approachable. We hope to find ways to appeal to new people, particularly young people and families.


The parish profile can be found here:


Contact Information

If you are discerning a call to be our priest, please submit your resume, a copy of your OTM profile, and your letter of interest to the following:
The Rev. Canon Chad Slater
Office of Transitions
Episcopal Diocese of WV
P.O. Box 5400
Charleston, WV 25361