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Parish & Clergy Transitions
Churches and clergy currently in transition in Southern Virginia.

Transitions – May 2023

In recent weeks, several parishes in the Diocese have announced calls to clergy:

  • Christ & St. Luke’s, Norfolk, called the Rev. Noah Van Niel, Priest-in-Charge since April 1, 2022, to become Rector effective April 1, 2023.
  • Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach, called the Rev. Shawn Malarkey of the Diocese of Pittsburg to serve as Priest-in-Charge beginning June 1, 2023.
  • St. Andrew’s, Norfolk, called the Rev. Charles Cowan of the Diocese of Delaware to serve as Priest-in-Charge beginning July 1, 2023.
  • Christ & St. Luke’s, Norfolk, called the Rev. Jared Grant of the Diocese of Western North Carolina to serve as Associate Rector beginning July 1, 2023.

Meanwhile, Search Committees seeking a new Rector are active at Christ Church, Smithfield, and St. Anne’s, Appomattox, and the Vestry of Redeemer, Midlothian, has commissioned a Discernment Team that is actively receiving names of candidates for Priest-in-Charge.

Other parishes currently open to receiving names include All Saints, South Hill (part-time Priest-in-Charge); Church of the Advent, Norfolk (part-time Priest-in-Charge); St. Paul & St. Andrew, Kenbridge (part-time Priest-in-Charge); St. Bride’s, Chesapeake (part-time Priest-in-Charge); St. Cyprian’s, Hampton (Interim Rector or Priest-in-Charge); St. John’s, Petersburg (part-time Priest-in-Charge); St. Paul’s, Norfolk (Interim Rector); St. Stephen’s, Norfolk (part-time Priest-in-Charge); and St. Stephen’s, Petersburg (Priest-in-Charge).


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: Canons Hoffman, Harlan, and Foster.

Last Published: May 15, 2023 3:58 PM