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Transition Ministry

This page is designed to assist congregations and clergy seeking new ministry.

To contact the Transitions Office, please call or email the Rev. Canon Roy Hoffman, 757-213-3390, or at canontotheordinary@diosova.org.

Transition Ministry

The Transitions Office provides resources to congregations and clergy who are in search or in the early years of new ministry. We can also assist you with the following resources: 

Congregations in Search

Open positions are listed on the Office for Transition Ministry (OTM) website at  www.otmportfolio.org  and then through “Search Community Ministry Portfolios” 
 
The point of contact for all churches is the Rev. Canon Roy Hoffman, 757-213-3390, rhoffman@diosova.org. Please send Canon Hoffman an email detailing the church in which you are interested. Only those with a completed OTM Ministry Portfolio, including the narrative portion, will be considered. 
 
Once your name is forwarded to the Search Committee Chair, any request for additional information needed will come from that person. 

Parish & Clergy Transitions

New Clergy Called to the Diocese

Fall 2023

The Rev. Canon Mollie roberts

Began serving as Priest-in-Charge of Church of the Redeemer, Midlothian, on October 1, 2023.

Rev. Tim Fulop

Was called by the Vestry of St Paul’s, Norfolk to serve as Priest-in-Charge beginning December 1, 2023.

Rev. David Perkins

The Vestry of St. Anne’s, Appomattox, called the Rev. David Perkins to serve as Priest-in-Charge beginning January 1, 2024.

Rev. Gavin McAdam

The Vestry of St. John’s, Halifax, called the Rev. Gavin McAdam of the Diocese of Dallas to serve as Priest-in-Charge.

Summer 2023

Rev. JeaN Vinson

The Vestry of Emmanuel, Franklin, voted on August 20, 2023, to call the Rev. Jean Vinson to serve as Rector of the parish, where she has been serving as Priest-in-Charge since August 1, 2022.

Rev. Ashley Urquidi

The Vestry of All Saints, Virginia Beach, announced that the Rev. Ashley Urquidi, Priest-in-Charge of the parish since July 1, 2022, has been called to serve as Rector of the parish effective September 1, 2023.

Rev. Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet

The Vestry of St. Thomas’s, Chesapeake, announced that the Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet, Priest-in-Charge of the parish since August 1, 2022, has been called to serve as Rector of the parish effective August 1, 2023.

Rev. Nanette Woodworth

The Rev. Nanette Woodworth of the Diocese of Western North Carolina began serving as Associate Rector of Grace Church, Yorktown, on August 1, 2023.

Rev. Katie Beth Miksa

The Rev. Katie Beth Miksa began serving in a dual capacity as Associate Rector at Christ & St. Luke’s, Norfolk, effective July 15, 2023, and as Campus Chaplain at Canterbury Center at Old Dominion University effective August 1, 2023.

Rev. Jared Grant

The Rev. Jared Grant of the Diocese of Western North Carolina began serving as Associate Rector of Christ & St. Luke’s, Norfolk, on July 1, 2023.

Rev. Charles Cowan

The Rev. Charles Cowen of the Diocese of Delaware began serving as Priest-in-Charge of St. Andrew’s, Norfolk, on July 1, 2023.

Rev. Shawn Malarkey

The Rev. Shawn Malarkey of the Diocese of Pittsburg began serving as Priest-in-Charge of Eastern Shore Chapel on June 1, 2023.

Clergy Leaving the Diocese

Fall 2023

  • The Rev. Samantha Vincent-Alexander, Rector of St. John’s, Hampton, and Chair of the Standing Committee of the Diocese, announced that she accepted a call to become the next Rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, and concluded her tenure as Rector of St. John’s on September 10, 2023.
  • The Rev. Conor Alexander, Rector of St. Francis, Virginia Beach, concluded his tenure at St. Francis on September 10, 2023.
  • The Rev. Phillip Shearin, Priest-in-Charge of the Peninsula Ministry Partnership comprised of St. Augustine’s and St. George’s, both of Newport News, stepped down as Priest-in-Charge on October 1, 2023.
  • The Rev. Tim Fulop concluded his tenure as Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church, Danville, on October 31, 2023.
  • The Rev. Les Ferguson concluded his tenure as Rector of St. John’s, Suffolk, on November 5, 2023.
  • The Rev. Janet Wheelock announced that she will retire as Rector of Hungars Parish, Bridgetown, and Christ Church, Eastville, on December 31, 2023.
  • The Rev. Harold Cobb of Grace Church, Norfolk, announced that he will retire as Rector effective January 31, 2024.

Summer 2023

  • The Rev. Tim Jones concluded his tenure as Rector of St. John’s, Halifax, on August 8, 2023, and was called to be a Visiting Scholar at Princeton Seminary in New Jersey effective September 1, 2023.
  • The Rev. Richard Bridgford retired as Rector of Epiphany, Norfolk, on August 6, 2023, having served the parish faithfully for over 30 years.

  • The Rev. Canon James Harlan concluded his tenure as Canon Evangelist for the Diocese on July 31, 2023, and accepted a call to serve as Dean of the American Cathedral in Paris, where he began on August 1, 2023.

  • The Rev. Jon Anderson concluded his tenure as Rector of Epiphany, Danville, on July 31, 2023, and accepted a call to serve as Canon for Mission and Operations in the Diocese of Colorado, where he began on August 1, 2023.

  • The Rev. Cameron Randle, former Rector of Eastern Shore Chapel, began serving as Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Western Kansas on July 1, 2023.

Seeking New Rector

Search Committees seeking a new Rector are active at:

Christ Church

Smithfield

Christ & Grace

Petersburg

Vestries in Discernment

Clergy interested in submitting their names for discernment at any of these parishes are encouraged to reach out to a member of the Diocesan Transitions Team:

The Rev. Canon Roy Hoffman

Canon to the Ordinary

Liz Martin

Assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary

Interim Ministry & Transition Pastors and Consultants

Interim/Transition Clergy are required to have training through the Interim Ministry Network (imnedu.org), Clergy Leadership Institute (clergyleadership.com), or Center for Congregational Health (healthychurch.org). 

 

If you are serving as an interim pastor, priest-in-charge, or rector time-certain in the Diocese of Southern Virginia you are a part of a network known as the Transition Pastors and Consultants (TPC). This group provides a venue for interim and transition clergy to discuss problems and concerns as well as share joys and progress as a parish engages in a process of redevelopment and search. 

 

A group undergirded by the norm of confidentiality, the Transition Pastors and Consultants provides supervision and counsel to transition clergy facing challenging or problematic transition issues. The TPC enables transition clergy to reflect with colleagues on the often tumultuous dynamics encountered during the interim period. This group also provides a means of keeping in touch with the Bishop and the Transitions Office both on the progress of the search and how we may further support you. 

 

Interim consultants both lay and ordained are trained to guide search committees through the search process, enabling the transition clergy to focus on the care of the congregation. 

 

For more information contact the Rev. Canon Roy Hoffman, 757-213-3390, rhoffman@diosova.org 

Resources for Search Committees & Vestries

  • Office for Transition Ministry
    The following and other resources may be found at this link from the website of the Episcopal Church.
  • Prayer in the Calling Process 
    This period of search for a new rector can be a time of new and creative activity in the liturgical and devotional life of the parish that can enrich the church for long after the search process is over. This guide offers you resources, suggestions, possibilities, for that journey.
  • Caring for Clergy in the Calling Process 
    Guidelines for search/calling committees on the calling process including: appointing a committee; setting a budget; communications; reviewing, visiting, interviewing, choosing and calling candidates. 
  • Caring for Clergy through Housing 
    A useful and insightful look at the complex and important issue of adequate clergy housing. 
  • Interviewing in the Calling Process 
    Guidelines to help the search/calling committee make the interviewing process an effective tool to determine a good match between priest and parish.
  • Caring for Clergy through Compensation 
    Guidelines for examining and advocating a theology of compensation in the calling and care of clergy, including: salary, housing, & utilities; benefits; reimbursement for professional expenses, with tax implications of each. 

Policy on Retiring & Departing Clergy

At any given time, a diocese of the size of the Diocese of Southern Virginia has several congregations undergoing a transition in clergy leadership. Often, leaders ask about policy or best practices when a change of clergy leadership is unfolding, and for good reason. 

 

Effective navigation of the transition when clergy retire or depart from a congregation is essential. The health of the congregation as well as that of the departing clergy is dependent upon the care with which the transition is managed. So is the successful ministry of incoming clergy. 

 

Policy on Retiring & Departing Clergy, effective January 1, 2020 

 

As stated in the policy, the Bishop and the Canon to the Ordinary are available to provide resources, support, and guidance to help both clergy and congregations navigate the journey of transition in ways that will ensure the future health of the parish.  We are ready to assist whenever it would be helpful.