St. Paul's Calls Co-Rectors
"The mission of St. Paul's is to nurture, love, teach, and grow a loving community in Jesus Christ and to make Him known to others."
The Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church made a joyous announcement at all services on Easter Sunday of the Calling of Co-Rectors and their acceptance of our call. This was the culmination of a search process that began last May with the establishment of a Search Committee and included parish wide assessments and small group discussions to assess the concerns and needs of our congregation. The committee spent countless hours developing a parish profile that was disseminated nationwide for candidates. The committee reviewed written applications and documentation, sent further essay questions, and conducted extensive telephone interviews with all the applicants. References were checked and diocesan officials conducted background checks. Several candidates were invited to Peoria for on-site visits and interviews. The Search Committee then recommended to the Vestry the calling of a married couple as Co-Rectors, the Reverends Jenny Replogle and Jonathan Thomas. The Vestry voted to accept the recommendation and extended the call.
Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Paul’s,
We are incredibly excited, honored, and blessed to have accepted the call to be Co-Rectors of St. Paul’s. Throughout our time of discernment with the Search Committee, we have been drawn to the story and hopes of this wonderful parish and the people we have encountered, so we look forward with great joy to partnering in ministry with you all.
We are both adult converts to The Episcopal Church. We each grew up in very conservative churches but were drawn to the Anglican tradition because of its central belief that we are bound together in God as we pray and gather around God’s table together. We love this Church in which we believe that our differences and diversity make us stronger and better, and that, in Christ, God is restoring and reconciling us to that perfect communion for which we are made. We are inspired by a vision of the Church where all are truly welcome, and we look forward to joining in ministry with you as we celebrate the Kingdom of God growing among us.
Though we will get to know each other better in the weeks to come, we wanted to offer a bit of our backgrounds. Jenny’s family moved all around the eastern U.S. while she was growing up, but calls Louisiana, where her family still lives, home. Jonathan grew up in Virginia, and much of his family is still there. We both received Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2010, where we met as we were graduating. We then completed a year of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary before being ordained in 2011.
Over the last four years, Jonathan has served as Associate Rector for Children, Youth, and Families at Saint Luke’s Parish in Darien, CT. Jenny served as Associate Rector at Trinity Church in Princeton, NJ from ordination until June of 2014, when we were married. She joined Jonathan in Darien.
We look forward to arriving in Peoria in May and sharing the journey of ministry with you at St. Paul’s and discovering together all that God has for us in our future together.
Peace and blessings,
The Revs. Jenny Replogle and Jonathan Thomas
Loaves and Fish
St. Paul’s has pledged to provide from 5 to 10 parishioners on the fourth Saturday of each month to assist with the serving at the Loaves and Fish program at First United Methodist Church in downtown Peoria. More volunteers are needed to serve during the Loaves and Fishes outreach program on the last Saturday of the month. Sign up on the sheet at the North end of the Nave.
3601 N. North St.
Peoria, IL 61604
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