Search for Our Next Rector
With Fr. Ray and Fr. Adam as our priests and with the Holy Spirit guiding us, St. Paul’s is undertaking the search for our next rector. Diocesan staff, instrumental in making the initial connection between Fr. Ray and St. Paul’s, will continue to provide support during the next phase of our faith journey.
Collect for Our Next Rector
Heavenly Father, source of all knowledge, you know the needs of your church in every place. Look graciously upon the people of St. Paul’s and grant our search committee and Vestry the wisdom and discernment to call, with open hearts and minds, a faithful pastor who will feed us, your flock, and equip us for our ministries.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
The Rev. Raymond John Hanna
The Rev. Raymond John Hanna has accepted our call to be St. Paul’s interim rector. Fr. Hanna, or Ray as he prefers to be called, was rector of St. Stephen’s in Goldsboro and previously served as rector for 12 years at Trinity Church in Mt. Airy. He brings with him nearly 30 years of experience as a priest. When St. Paul’s Vestry met with him, it was clear to all that he would be a tremendous asset to St. Paul’s at this stage in our transition.
This is a time for thanksgiving as we extend to Ray a warm welcome.
The Rev. Adam Pierce
Adam and Laurie were married while still in college. A year after they graduated they joined the Peace Corps where they served in China for two years teaching English as a foreign language to university students. Laurie, who is a gifted teacher, connected with her students deeply in the classroom. Adam says he connected more with my students playing basketball and teaching them how to cook Western food. While Adam and Laurie did not attend church while there, Adam felt that the time was deeply formational for him. “I realized that we are created for relationships and in relationships we learn more about ourselves and the gifts we have. My students taught me and I helped them to see strengths and gifts they didn’t know they had; I believe this to be a staple of the Christian life and fundamental to what it is to being a priest,” he says.
After the Peace Corps Adam pursued his call to ordained ministry through Church of the Servant in Wilmington, as well as his time working as a Campus Minister at UNCW working for the diocese. He used many of the lessons he learned in China in his ministry there. He continued to learn and be formed while at Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained on Dec. 22, 2018 at St. Paul’s.
Laurie and Adam now have two beautiful daughters, Aleea and Hazel, and son Lucas.
The Rev. Richard Banks
Fr. Richard studied at Virginia Commonwealth University and the National Institute for Lay Training, and holds degrees from the University of the West Indies and the United Theological College of the West Indies. He spent two summers in the Doctor of Ministry program at The Virginia Seminary.
His son Colin lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Jill. Daughter Alison lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with husband Adam and their two small children. Both of his parents and three siblings live in Richmond, Virginia, with their families.
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