Rector search

Rector Search Process at The Falls Church Episcopal

Welcome!  Please check in here to see updates as we go through our Rector Search process.  If you have any questions, please email Mark Hadley, chair of the Search Committee, at 

Our Prayer

Almighty God, thank you for the blessings you have bestowed upon this church, and for the guidance you continue to provide. In this time of transition, allow us to hear the Holy Spirit through the congregation.   We pray for the gifts of listening, wisdom, patience, trust, and strength so that we may discern your will in choosing a rector who will help our parish fulfill its vision and mission. 


April 22, 2020

Members of The Falls Church Episcopal,


We hope that you are well, staying safe, and taking care of yourselves these days. When the Search Committee was first commissioned to begin the process of identifying a candidate for Rector, we certainly did not anticipate the current circumstances or the challenges we would face in gathering feedback from the congregation. We were hoping to hold a variety of in-person listening sessions where you all could discuss the aspects of the Church and Rectorship that are important to you. Obviously, those will have to wait, but there is something you can do now to help us advance the process.


We have crafted a survey, which we hope you and your family members will complete. It should take about 20 minutes (unless you know you like to spend more time), and each family member can submit their own responses.


In these uncertain times, we hope that thinking about the Church and sharing your thoughts might bring us all closer together. We look forward to reading your confidential (and anonymous, if you choose) submissions, and we thank you for your help in this important process.


Please stay well, and stay connected. The link to the survey is:




The Search Committee

March 2, 2020

Please check out the following pdf from the Search Committee for information on their overall approach, and work plan.  

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January 19, 2020

On Sunday, January 19, 2020, The Falls Church Episcopal commissioned the search committee:  Walt Cooper, Mark Hadley (Chair), Walker Hardy, Stephanie Pegues, Lara Ramsey, Carla Wilson, and Maury Wray.

Rev. Dr. Mary Brennan Thorpe, the Canon to the Ordinary, presided and offered her blessings. During adult forum and in a meeting with the Vestry and the search committee in the afternoon, Rev. Thorpe described the search process.  The committee will study the parish, listen to the congregation, pray, and craft a statement that describes where the parish has been, where it is now, and where it is going.  Priests from around the country will also be thinking and praying about whether their gifts and talents are being called to The Fall Church Episcopal.  She emphasized that this is a process of mutual discernment where every step is soaked in prayer.  Rev. Thorpe explained that at many parishes the discernment process takes 12-14 months, but in each case the discernment process is governed by kairos (God’s appointed time) rather than chronos (sequential time). 


As the committee proceeds through the study period, it will reach out to the congregation in various ways.  But in the meantime, additional resources can be found on the Diocese’s website.  If you have ideas about what you would like to see in a new Rector or questions about the process, please feel free to email Mark Hadley at

Adult Forum - January 19, 2020
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Stephanie Pegues, Walker Hardy, Mark Hadley (Chair), Maury Wray,

Carla Wilson, Lara Ramsey, & Walt Cooper (not pictured) 

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