Announcement of St. Philip's New Rector!

Dear Friends,

On behalf of all of us who have been involved in this search process, I am delighted to announce to you that the vestry has called the Reverend Amanda Brayton Eiman to be the next rector of St. Philip’s and that she has accepted the call.  Below is a letter from Rev. Eiman to St. Philip’s.   

Amanda currently serves as an associate rector of a church in Pennsylvania where she has been for 5 years.  She was educated at Drew University and the Virginia Theological Seminary and was brought up not far from here in New Jersey, where her grandfather still lives. She served at churches in Alexandria, Virginia and Wichita, Kansas before moving to the diocese of Pennsylvania to be nearer her future husband and has served in two different parishes there.  She is married to the Reverend Christopher Bishop and they are the parents of two-year-old Emma.  

She is described as calm, organized and personable; she is a fine preacher and has a strong fondness for engaging in and leading others to participate in pastoral work. She is plain spoken and direct, small of stature but powerful of intellect (“small but mighty”, says her current rector) and has a clear - but not flashy - sense of humor.  She is quietly self-confident but believes in the importance of collaboration and learning about a parish and then leading it where it feels comfortable going.  She is open to the breadth of the Episcopal liturgy but firmly rooted in the Book of Common Prayer.    

Amanda speaks easily of her openness to God’s presence in her life and the way He conveys His directions for her; she assumes that challenges and opportunities come to her when they do for a reason and she takes them seriously.  In 2010, while serving as an associate rector of a church in Virginia, she was contacted by a friend who had learned about an opening in a parish in Wichita that he thought she was right for and she didn’t hesitate to pursue it.  Similarly, in 2019, a colleague of hers urged her to look at St. Philip’s profile and she was immediately intrigued by it. So much so that she and Chris drove up to Philipstown on Memorial Day on a recognizance mission.  We must have passed.

We feel certain that Amanda is the right person to lead St. Philip’s into its next chapter and that she will be embraced by our congregation as well as by the whole Philipstown community. 

Blake Newton

Search Committee Chair

Search Committee Members:  Terri Akbas, Robin Arditi, Sarah Bayne, Will Felder, Peg Moran, Gabe Salas, Chris Sandlund

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A Letter from Our New Rector

Dear St. Philip’s, 

Greetings to you from Pennsylvania! I pray that this letter finds you well and that your summers have been filled with rest and rejuvenation! 

I am delighted and deeply humbled to accept the call as your 31st rector. These past months of discernment with the search committee and vestry have been truly filled with God’s grace, guidance, and blessings. I am grateful that this journey of mutual discernment has led us to each other, and my family and I are excited to join you in the next step of St. Philip’s life. 

As you may know, my husband Chris, who is also an Episcopal priest, our 2-year-old daughter Emma, and I are expecting the birth of twins any day now. So our lives are full of change and excitement. I will take my maternity leave at my current parish, St. David’s Episcopal Church in Radnor, Pennsylvania, where I serve as one of the Associate Rectors, and I will be with you in January. 

I am very excited to begin our journey together and am eager to see where God leads us. I know that St. Philip’s is a church blessed by God and we have a wonderful future ahead! I will keep you in prayer these upcoming months and ask that you may do the same as we adjust to a being a family of five and make our way to you this winter. 

With every blessing, and God’s grace and Peace, 

Amanda 

 
Amanda Brayton Eiman

Amanda Brayton Eiman