Our New Rector - Rev. Will Mebane will start September 1
On behalf of the Search Committee, I want to thank you for the trust you placed in us, for the privilege of serving St. Barnabas, for being the vessels through which God could move to bring us our next rector.
It was a long haul. Sometimes we weren’t sure if it would ever end. Or what kind of outcome we would arrive at.
We met wonderful clergy and had fascinating conversations with them and one another. And then a few of us traveled to Buffalo and met Rev. Mebane. And the process moved to a whole new level, revealing a whole new sense of possibility. The initial excitement and sense of what the Holy Spirit could create that we’d felt in the early days of the search came flooding back.
Throughout the search, we carried your needs and desires in our hearts and minds. In the discernment process, you reported that great preaching and strong leadership were most important to you. Rev. Will is deeply gifted in each of these areas. Yale Divinity School awarded him the highest prize for preaching. Before he was ordained he built a successful business consulting company which he ran for 10 years. He also has a passion for pastoral care. I think you will find, as we did, that his presence is calming, wise and confident. And he has a sense of humor on top of all that!
Will’s wife Ronnie is a vital part of his ministry. A nurse educator and amateur pastry chef, she will be an incredible asset to the life of our parish – and not just for her baked goods! She brings the same warmth and intelligence and caring as her husband.
We are still traveling through threshold time. As a blessing on our continued pilgrimage through change, and to begin our welcoming of Will and Ronnie, I offer this poem by Steve Garnaas-Holmes:
Dance Partner - retrieved from:https://www.unfoldinglight.net/reflections/3ze9hag8h53a94ealfdep8665z4885
In this season many pastors and churches
are changing partners.
You are dancing; you are not married.
Receive your partner with love.
Welcome them warmly.
Remember they're a person.
Open your heart.
Listen for the music.
Let the Spirit lead.
Remember who you are.
Honor who they are.
Listen for their song.
Forgive them already.
Walk with them.
Come to serve, not to be served.
Focus on serving the world.
Check your assumptions.
Make it work.
Be willing to change.
Begin with Yes.
Follow God with them.
Dance while the music lasts.
Let them go when it is time.
Search Committee Members
Rachel Rhude, Susan Schmidt, Ambrose Jearld, Heidi Stahl, Randy Hensley, Fredrica Harris, & Elinor Horner, our Search Consultant (left to right) not pictured: Brian Bint, Paul Gentile