Searching for the 8th Rector of St. George's

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UPDATED: St. George’s is in the midst of a period of discernment that will lead to the calling of our 8th rector. Our long time rector, The Rev. Bernie Poppe, left last year to serve as priest-in-charge at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he will be closer to his family.

A rector search typically takes 12-18 month. In the meantime, the church will be led by two interim co-rectors, the Rev. Gary Commins and the Rev. Lauren Ackland.

Over the past several months a Profile Committee of church members has met with parishioners to assess our strengths and opportunities as a spiritual community, and to consider what qualities are most important in choosing the next rector. The Profile Committee captured this information in a Parish Profile which has now been reviewed and approved by the Diocese of Newark. The profile and the request for applications was made available to the broader Episcopal Church on March 15, with a May 28 deadline for submissions.  The link to the Diocesan posting is Any questions in relation to the application process can be sent to

The Search Committee has been meeting since January to discuss and plan a Spirit-guided search process.  The Committee will update the parish periodically on the selection process though information about any applicants is necessarily confidential.  The members of the Search Committee are:

Barbara Bickart
Tilly-Jo Emerson
Ron Garner
David Gorman
Mark Graham
Marymae Henley 
Jane Jubilee
Valyrie Laedlein (Chair)
Lindsay McHugh
Terin Miller
Dan Mitchell 
Rich Tornambe