Rector Search

St. Paul’s Has Our Next Rector!

Thanks be to God!  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has called our next rector!  Please see the YouTube link below to hear this exciting news:

Be the light!
Teresa B. Singer
Senior Warden

Rector Search Committee

Bill Baker
Don Brainard
Jenny Callison, Chair

Joyce Connelly
Cecelia Peers
Teresa Singer
Rhonda Stroud
David Tousignant
Tom Trivett

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.

Search Timeline


  • Search committee notifies parish that first round of interviews is completed and candidates will visit Wilmington. (April 15)
  • Following the visits, the committee will recommend a candidate to the Vestry.
  • The Vestry will then call our new rector.
  • On May 21, Senior Warden Teresa Singer announced that the Rev. Canon Caleb Lee of Grace Cathedral in Charleston, S.C., would be our next rector, beginning on Aug. 1.


  • Search committee provides parish update (Jan. 5)
  • Search committee notifies parish that application period has closed (Feb. 24)


  • Vestry calls Interim Rector the Rev. Ray Hanna
  • Search Committee forms
  • Questionnaires to congregation distributed and data collected
  • Focus groups with all interested parishioners held and data collected
  • Search committee provides parish update (Oct. 27)
  • Search committee compiles a parish profile and  a summary of parish survey 

    The Rev. Dena Whalen resigns and congregation bids her farewell.