The Reverend William Patrick Edwards.

The Reverend William Patrick Edwards.

St. John’s is excited announce a new chapter in the life of our church: we are delighted to welcome the Reverend William Patrick Edwards as the seventh rector of our church!

After many months of thoughtful consideration and prescribed discernment – including the identification of candidates by the Search Committee and the final selection by the Vestry – we have called a new minister!

Patrick comes to us from Baton Rouge where he has been the priest in charge of St. Margaret’s church. He graduated from Nashotah Seminary in Wisconsin and is pursuing a doctorate from Sewanee. He is a passionate teacher and an enlightened preacher who enjoys history, politics and the outdoors, but puts his family and his calling above all things. Patrick is a true gentleman and scholar and will serve the diverse communicants of our congregation with humility, compassion and wit. He will be joined by his wife Deborah and their children — and once again, our rectory will be filled with a family committed to making Southampton, and St. John’s, their home.

We will welcome Patrick on April 3rd for his first Sunday services at St. John’s. On May 22nd, Bishop Larry Provenzano will conduct a Celebration of New Ministry service at 3:00pm. Please come worship with us as we celebrate this milestone in the history of St. John’s.

We pray for the Edwards family as they make this important change in their lives and we continue to pray for our church as we adapt to and embrace the changes that a new minister will bring to our parish. Click here to read more about Patrick’s background.

During the transition, we were happy to have been led by the Reverend Stephen McWhorter who served as Interim for 14 months.  We give thanks for his ministry and wish him well on his move back home to Alabama.

Our Search Committee, lead by Bill McCoy and Carroll Moulton, were guided by the church’s Parish Profile which was written by the Vestry based on a church-wide meeting and follow-up questionnaire. A brief overview of the parish and the position was also prepared: click here for St. John’s at a Glance.

Our Parish Profile speaks of a congregation who has been attracted to a warm and welcoming community of people, the continuity of the Anglican liturgy, the beautiful and serene environment in which we live and a commitment to making a difference in the world, both locally and globally. The 180 active families and individuals in our congregation share the values of family, friendship and faith and care deeply for their community traditions. Friendliness, humility and a sense of humor figure prominently in the traits that we most admire in a minister and we seek an intelligent, sincere pastoral leader and teacher with strong spiritual integrity. We look to our next rector with hope for a future of growth among our younger generation and for a stable bridge between the varied members of our community: multigenerational, thriving, diverse and rich in resources, compassion and faith.

The entire St. John’s community owes a big thank you to the Search Committee for their diligence and hard work: Scott Edmonds, Jim Ferrer, Sheila Fuchs, Bill McCoy, Chairman, Carroll Moulton, Vice Chairman, France Posener and John Pyne.  We are fortunate to have had such dedicated church members working on our behalf.