Washington Memorial Chapel

at Rector
Location Valley Forge
Date Posted May 18, 2020
Category Pennsylvania (Arlette Benoit Joseph)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation $104,623
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 241
Average Sunday Attendance 147
Child Population in Church School 10
Adult Population in Church School 26
Teacher Population in Church School 5
Budget $727,744
Anglo-Catholic yes
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes

Description

Strengths

In the last 10 years, Washington Memorial Chapel has undergone an exciting revitalization, with steady growth of new members during a time when many churches are facing declining membership. Our doors are open nearly every day, inviting over 40,000 visitors annually to experience our beautiful chapel and its picturesque campus; set in the middle of a national park. A dedicated staff oversees our 40+ acre churchyard, cabin shop and bookstore, and carillon series -  which draws over 250 people to our grounds on Wednesday evenings in summertime. Strong lay leaders support our liturgy, outreach, and educational opportunities. Together with a vibrant Heritage society, we foster a tangible link to George Washington and the 1777-78 winter encampment at Valley Forge. To that end, we have embarked on a capital campaign and restoration project, with $1m raised from our congregation to preserve our chapel and its legacy for future generations.

Challenges

Our chapel is over 115 years old, and in addition to routine maintenance of the building and property, we have been working diligently to address deferred maintenance through our capital campaign and restoration project. With the recent fundraising efforts for the capital campaign, it is difficult to ask our congregation for further donations to support our operating budget and stewardship goals.  Although we successfully raised over $1m for the first phase of our restoration, working with our Heritage board, additional funds (in excess of $4.5m) for the next phases still need to be procured.

Our congregation is skewed towards an older demographic, with a small number of children and young adults. As we continue to grow, we hope to broaden the age range of our congregation. Additionally, we hope to continue to facilitate crossover between our parishioner groups who attend one of our three weekly services.

Contact Information

Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume and OTM to The. Rev. Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph at abenoitjoseph@diopa.org.