To Friends & Members of All Souls Parish: After eight years of learning and laughing, grieving and celebrating, serving and building with you, I have accepted the call to serve as rector of The Church of the Holy Trinity in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. My last Sunday at All Souls will be November 15, 2015.
Erwin and I have always hoped to return to New York City one day, though I had not imagined it might happen so soon. Instead, the Church of the Holy Trinity has awakened a deep and real sense of calling in me. I will greatly miss the people, the worship, and the fellowship of All Souls, but I am convinced that God is doing a new thing in me, and in you. Father John David Van Dooren helped to build the congregation. I’ve worked with you to build and renew our space. In the near future, God will send you a fine, fun, and holy priest who will help you expand programs, ministries, and relationships in new and perhaps as yet unimagined ways.
Many of you have heard the story of my first visit to All Souls. I had an overwhelming feeling that this would be a place where I could truly pray and draw closer to God. That has certainly been the case, as you have deepened me, enriched me, and shown me Christ’s presence in countless ways. Our beloved saints who have died continue to guide me as I sense one giving me courage, another reminding me to be a gentleman, and those like Harriet Curry, who remind me that without humor and fun, what’s the point of it all? Just as those saints continue to guide me, even more, will all of you will continue to be a part of my heart and a part of my prayers.
My time at All Souls has been filled with blessing upon blessing. There is no way I can say an appropriate “thank you,” other than to try to be as faithful a priest as you have encouraged and shaped me to be. I will continue to pray for you and will watch with great eagerness as God continues to build and grow All Souls.