The St. Philip’s Search Committee

Note: The window for accepting applications for the Rectorship of St. Philip’s is now closed.


Immediately after the retirement of Frank Geer in June 2018, the Wardens began the process of a search for his successor.  Following the diocesan guidelines which are designed to maintain the spirit, vitality and character of a congregation in transition, they asked for applications from members of the congregation who would be willing to serve on a search committee to identify candidates for consideration to become the Rector of St Philip’s. 

In keeping with the diocesan model of a seven to nine person committee (no more than a third of whom would be Vestry members) the Wardens - with the advice and consent of the Vestry and the Nominating Committee of former wardens - named a nine person committee: Terri Akbas, Robin Shelby Arditi, Sarah Bayne, James Cornwell, Will Felder, Peg Moran, Blake Newton (Chair), Gabe Salas and Chris Sandlund. 

Its task (which is expected to take about eighteen months) is:


(a) to lead a period of self-study - conducting research and a parish survey on the basis of which it prepares a parish profile describing St Philip’s, its congregation, plant and community;

(b) to articulate the expressed mission of St Philip’s, its vision for the future and the qualities it seeks in a new Rector;

(c) to work with the diocese and others to identify available candidates to succeed Frank Geer as Rector;

(d) to recruit, visit, interview and check references of potential applicants; and

(e) to clear with the diocese and recommend to the Vestry three candidates from whom, the Vestry will elect a new Rector and issue a call.

Where we are in the process:

The committee recently released the parish profile (b), which draws from the data obtained from the parish survey. Candidates that feel called to apply for the Rectorship at St. Philip’s will be submitting their applications to the Search Committee and The Rev. Canon Nora Smith, our liaison with the Diocese of New York (c). Applications are being accepted through April 13, 2019. The window for accepting applications for the Rectorship of St. Philip’s is now closed. Beginning after Easter, the Search Committee will begin considering the applications that were received in consultation with the diocese (d).

The Search Committee is committed to encouraging the participation of the entire parish family and to keep the community apprised of its progress while maintaining the confidentiality of its processes and the raw information that it learns along the way.

All members of the St Philip’s family are urged to reach out to the search committee at large ( at any time during the search process to express their interests and concerns as well as to communicate names of candidates for its consideration or sources for locating candidates.  Your communications will be held in the strictest confidence.