“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church…” Matthew 16:18
August 15, 2018
Dear People of St. Peter’s,
Greetings on the feast of St. Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. I write following the announcement that I have been elected Priest-in-Charge by the Vestry of St. Peter’s. With the consent and collaboration of our bishop, the Right Reverend Samuel Rodman, our vestry has chosen a transition path which includes the entire parish. I am excited for St. Peter’s, what this season will mean for me as your priest, and what it will mean for our mission and ministry together.
I am honored to have the trust of this community which I so dearly love. I am grateful to Bishop Rodman, Bert Miano, Maria Long, and the entire vestry for their steadfast leadership and discernment. Our vestry has spent many hours over the past ten weeks discerning the right path for St. Peter’s. We owe them our heartfelt thanks and gratitude.
As a priest and a pastor, I deeply value discernment, and this transition will require the discernment of our entire parish rather than a committee of a few. Through this process we will create a new parish profile, we will discern our values as a community, and we will engage in conversation about our mission and ministry. Most importantly, we will do this together. After a season of 18 months, the vestry and I will further discern if I am called to be Rector of St. Peter’s. This unique transition process is outlined in the “Frequently Asked Questions” document.
In the readings from this past Sunday, we heard from St. Paul that all of us are “members of one another.” This season of transition will hold up our unity, asking each of us to discern the future of St. Peter’s as one body, sharing in one bread and one cup.
We are blessed with an amazing community, committed lay leadership, and a talented staff. In the months to come, I ask your prayers for me as Priest-in-Charge, for our vestry, and for our parish. We are the beneficiaries of many generations who have come before us, and on this solid foundation, on this rock, St. Peter’s will continue to be a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte for years to come.
The Reverend Jacob E. Pierce, Priest-in-Charge