Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It has been a privilege and a joy to serve as Rector of St. Augustine's since July of 2006. Looking back, I don't know what I expected would happen in the ensuing years, but I am certain that you have given me more than I could ask or imagine. I am grateful for it all. It is this deep and abiding affection and appreciation that makes this letter difficult to write.
I have accepted a call to serve as Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton, Virginia. My ministry there will begin on January 1, 2021. My last Sunday at St. Augustine's will be December 6, 2020.
I am comforted by the knowledge that Canon Shannon Manning, in her role as Canon to the Ordinary, will shepherd you through this period of transition. In fact, in the perfection of God's timing, Canon Manning was already scheduled to be here on Sunday, December 13th . You are in good, loving, and experienced hands. And, as always, we are all in God's hands.
A friend recently reminded me that the same God that called me to St. Augustine's will also call someone else to St. Augustine's. God is faithful and trustworthy. God is always making things new and moving things towards his purposes.
So brothers and sisters, have no fear for tomorrow. The same God who has cared for us and blessed our shared ministry for all these years, will continue to care for us tomorrow. And my fondness and appreciation for all you have done for me, my family, and my priesthood will last forever.