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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 

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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