Rector Search

Open letter

to potential applicants for rector

We welcome your interest in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and invite you to learn
about us: who we are now and what we envision ourselves to become with the
leadership of our new rector.

If you ask parishioners what qualities define our church community, they are likely
to mention its friendliness and welcoming spirit, its encouragement of personal and
spiritual growth, its support of members during difficult times, its commitment to
community ministries, and its rich worship experience that includes thought-
provoking preaching, inspiring music and beautiful liturgy.

We are a historical church in a diverse neighborhood on the outskirts of
Wilmington’s downtown business district. In its first several decades of existence,
St. Paul’s was home to both Black and White parishioners. We still strive to be an
inclusive congregation.

At present, we are in the initial stages of canvassing our parishioners to learn more
about what they love about St. Paul’s and what keeps them involved here. We also
want to learn what concerns or worries they have about the parish. Above all, we
want to hear their hopes and dreams for St. Paul’s in the coming years, and how they
envision themselves promoting that vision.

As we gather that information, we’ll be developing a parish profile that presents a
holistic picture of who we are and what we value, and – ultimately – that identifies
the qualities of a rector who will lead us, joyful in the Spirit and unafraid, into the

The St. Paul’s Rector Search Committee
August, 2020

P.S. Our website is a source of comprehensive information about our parish. This page will be updated with the latest progress on our rector search. We encourage both interested applicants and our own parishioners to check back often for new information.

Rector Search Committee

Jenny Callison, Chair


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 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.

Search Timeline

Sept. 2019
The Rev. Dena Whalen resigns

  • Search Committee forms.
  • Questionnaires to congregation distributed and data collected.
  • Focus groups with all interested parishioners held and data collected.
  • Oct. 27 parish update