About Our New Rector

The Discernment - It Is Finished!

For the better part of this year, the Discernment Committee helped identify the needs and desires at Holy Trinity; organized the information gleaned into our Parish Profile; and ultimately conducted an intensive review process with a number of clergy who applied to be our new Rector.

On Monday, October 24th, the entire discernment process came to its expectant conclusion when the Discernment Committee presented to the Vestry a slate of three very qualified, but equally dissimilar, candidates for the Rector’s position at Holy Trinity. After presenting a synopsis of each candidate, which included their perceived strengths and weaknesses and how each addressed the needs outlined in our profile, the candidates were identified in the order the committee felt they should be approached.

The Vestry voted to honor that ranking.  The Wardens then began the process to discern the top candidate’s interest in becoming our new Rector. Once it was determined he was very much interested in continuing the process, a proposed compensation package and a Letter of Agreement were drawn up and presented to the candidate. After some questions were answered and minor tweaks made, the candidate accepted our offer and signed the agreement. The Wardens then signed the letter as the representatives for Holy Trinity and the entire package was sent to the diocese for review. On Friday, November 4, 2016, Bishop Stokes added his signature to the Letter of Agreement making it official.

The Wardens, Vestry and Discernment Committee would like to introduce you to our new Rector,

The Reverend Benjamin B. Maddison (yes, with 2 d’s)

Father Ben, (he actually prefers to be addressed as Ben), currently serves as Curate at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Waco Texas. He began his ministry there in June of 2015 after earning his Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary.

The Discernment Committee is impressed with Fr. Ben’s passion for proclaiming the Gospel, his contagious enthusiasm for youth, mission and ministry, and a practical grasp of church realities in today’s world.  He is knowledgeable about the National and Diocesan Episcopal church direction and even gave us insight into local mission opportunities.

Moreover, he is outgoing, dynamic and fun to be with.  His sermons are most importantly Christ-centered.  They are also enjoyable, substantive and relevant to daily life.  While extroverted, he is skillful in drawing individuals out and listening well to their concerns.

Among his accomplishments at St Alban’s were starting three ministries (college, young families, and small groups), coordinating fellowship events and revising church branding materials to attract newcomers.  He is currently helping to run their Stewardship Campaign.  The Rev. Aaron Zimmerman, Rector at St. Alban's, wrote a glowing reference, confirming what the Discernment Committee concluded, that Ben could be outstanding fit for us. 

The committee and Vestry feel blessed to find such a quality candidate called to be our rector.

Fr. Ben is scheduled to begin his journey with us on Monday, January 16, 2017 and will celebrate his first services with us on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

Greetings From Our New Rector

Dear People of Holy Trinity Wenonah,

Grace and peace to you in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Through the work of your search committee and vestry, and with support from the bishop, I have been called as your new rector. I am excited to be there with all of you and to start our mutual work of proclaiming the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

I look forward to getting to know all of you, and you may be curious to know more about me. I am a South Jersey native—I was born in Philadelphia and grew up in West Deptford and Voorhees. I graduated from Rutgers University in Camden with a Bachelor of Arts in History, with an emphasis in early-American history. During my time at Rutgers, I worked at UPS, at an art school (where I taught outdoor drawing), at a coffee shop as a barista, and at Citizens Bank as a retail banker in Cherry Hill.

I am married to Ashley Maddison, a cradle Episcopalian, and South Jersey native. She graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and has worked for the last five years in social services including direct care and case management. She is currently enrolled in her first semester at Rutgers Law School in Camden. We have two Great Danes—Roxy and Rufio—who we love probably a bit too much.

Having grown up in many Christian traditions, finding the Episcopal Church was an important turning point in my life. Ashley introduced me to her church, Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield, and I fell in love with our worship, traditions, and liturgy. In 2007, the Rt. Rev. George Councell confirmed me into the Episcopal Church. After a period of discernment, I attended Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. After graduation in 2015 and ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests by the Rt. Rev. Chip Stokes, I accepted a call as the curate to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas. Although Waco has become a home-away-from-home, I long to be back in New Jersey. I was overjoyed that you voted to call me as your rector. I look forward to starting my ministry at Holy Trinity in Wenonah in January of 2017.

Before I can be physically present with you, I am keeping Holy Trinity—its leaders, vestry, members, and community—in my prayers. I believe that God is moving in South Jersey. I am eager to get to work and see where God is calling Holy Trinity, and all of us, to participate in his work.

If you would like to introduce yourself to me before I get there, I’d love to hear from you at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

And until we see each other face-to-face:

 The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift his countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

 In Christ,

 The Rev. Benjamin “Ben” B. Maddison