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

Transitions – October 31, 2022

As the liturgical year approaches the Feast of Christ the King, a substantial number of parishes are in seasons of transition.  In support, our Diocesan Transitions Team remains active, guiding both parishes and clergy through their respective seasons of discernment. 

In recent weeks, three more parishes in the Diocese called new clergy: 

  • Good Samaritan, Virginia Beach, called the Rev. Ann Truitt, formerly of the Diocese of Virginia, to serve as Priest-in-Charge beginning October 16, 2022.
  • St. Paul’s, Petersburg, called the Rev. Sam Sheridan of the Diocese of Virginia to serve as Priest-in-Charge beginning in December 2022.
  • St. Barnabas’, North Chesterfield, called the Rev. Deborah Rankin of the Diocese of West Virginia to serve as Priest-in-Charge, also beginning in December 2022.

Having previously called the Rev. Diane Hill of the Diocese of the Rio Grande to serve as their new Priest-in-Charge, St. James’, Portsmouth, and St. Mark’s, Suffolk, welcomed her arrival on October 1, 2022, and on Sunday, October 30, 2022, the Vestry of St. Martin’s, Williamsburg, announced to the parish that the Rev. Lisa Green will become Priest-in-Charge.

Currently Search Committees are active in several parishes, each of which is open to receiving names: 

  • Christ Church, Smithfield 
  • St. Anne’s, Appomattox 
  • St. John’s, Chester
  • St. Stephen’s, Petersburg 

Meanwhile, Vestry Discernment Committees are being formed or are in place at several other parishes, among them: 

  • Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach
  • St. Andrew’s, Norfolk 
  • St. George’s, Pungoteague 
  • St. James’, Accomac 

Parishes currently seeking part-time clergy include:

  • All Saints, South Hill 
  • Church of the Advent, Norfolk 
  • St. Bride’s, Chesapeake 
  • St. John’s, Petersburg 

Clergy interested in discerning a call to serve any of these parishes are encouraged to contact a member of the Diocesan Transitions Team: Canons Hoffman, Foster, or Harlan.

Last Published: November 8, 2022 11:33 AM