Welcome to our Rector Search and Transition Page.

We are excited to join in a new partnership with a new rector, and invite you to share with us in transforming our challenges into blessings – moving into the future with hope and joy. Just as you are discerning this call, we also are discerning the best ways to be faithful stewards of all that God has given to us.

We warmly welcome you into this discernment process. We know that God has given you special gifts and experiences that are unique to you, and look forward to exploring what you might bring to this ministry that will strengthen and stretch us. We are praying for you, and ask that you pray for us, as we discern together our call at St. Martin’s and in the larger church. May the Holy Spirit guide us on our journey.

Transition and search documents

The application period for this position has closed. Please direct your questions to the Canon Andrea MacMillan at andrea@norcalepiscopal.org.

To apply, please send …

  • an OTM profile
  • resume of not more than 2 pages
  • two sermons as PDF and, if possible, audio/video link to your sermons,
  • and a one page essay describing  what is drawing you to this call at this time.

Send all materials to Jacqi McKinney, Administrative Assistant to Canon Andrea McMillin at jacqi@norcalepiscopal.org . In the email subject line include your name + St. Martin’s Rector Search.

Deadline:  April 18, 2017 (new improved deadline that’s not in the middle of Holy Week)

To inquire about this position or about the diocese, please contact Canon Andrea McMillin at andrea@norcalepiscopal.org or by phone, 916-442-6918 ext. 214

The link to the Diocesan Open clergy positions page is: http://www.norcalepiscopal.org/open-clergy-positions

Thoughts about the transition:

Parishioner Tom Smith, a retired Presbyterian pastor trained in intentional transition ministry, offers comments on the function of transition ministry.

Committee membership

Applicant Review Committee

Lisa Leigh (chair), Gabe Avila, Diane Bamforth, Carolyn Chamberlain, Abby Gratzer-Owens (Vestry representative), Elise Keddie, Michael Lewis, Susan Lugo, Jeff Staniels (Vestry representative), Carla Harris (Chaplain).

Back row: Jeff, Diane, Elise, Lisa, Carla, Michael; middle row: Gabe, Carolyn, Susan; front row: Shadow. Camera shy: Abby (but look on the Vestry page).

Profile Committee

Lynn Zender (chair), Carla Harris (chaplain), Carol Chandler, Carole Hom, Robert Lynch, Judith Stanley, Scott Stockburger, Shipley Walters.

(decommissioned on 12 March 2017)

News and Updates

Transition update, 21 May 2017

The Applicant Review Committee (ARC) completed video interviews with several strong candidates for rector of St. Martin's.  Their next step will be to visit up to 5 candidates in early June. The committee is excited about the candidates' gifts, and expects to recommend 3 of them to the vestry.

Information about candidates is kept in strictest confidence. ARC members cannot discuss the candidates, because the Episcopal Church is a small community and our candidates' privacy is important to us and to them.

Transition update, April 26th, 2017

The Applicant Review Committee (ARC) is studying applications from candidates for rector of St. Martin's. The committee is pleased with the number and quality of applicants, and expects to recommend three to the vestry. The ARC will interview up to 10 candidates and visit up to 5.

All information about candidates must be held in strictest confidence. Applicant Review Committee members will not discuss any of the candidates, not even their number, with anyone! The Episcopal Church is a small community, and the ARC will protect our candidates' privacy by keeping their applications absolutely confidential.

Prayer for the transition

Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding,

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best.

Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory.

Guide us as we work together to call a new rector,

granting us both the courage to pursue your will and the grace to accomplish it.

Help us in all things to work together with mutual forbearance and respect.

Draw our hearts to thee, guide our minds, fill our imaginations,

And control our wills, that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee;

And then use us always to thy glory and the welfare of thy people.


-- Author unknown

Hey, look at us on ENS!

For those of you who don't get the periodic blurbs sent out by the Episcopal News Service: we're at the top of the list of "Featured Jobs and Calls" on the right side of the bulletin.

Holy moly!!!!!

Clicking the link takes you to this, as posted by Matthew Davies (thank you, Mr. Davies).


You can subscribe to the ENS by going to this website and adding the information requested.

Profile is posted!

Our profile is posted!

But if you reached the transition and rector search web page, you already knew that.