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.