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Pastoral Search

In February 2019, we said a heartfelt goodbye to the Williams family as Drew left to respond to God’s calling to become Bishop of the New England Diocese of the Anglican Church.

A Discernment Team was formed to prayerfully discern God’s way forward for Trinity, and in particular who is the man or woman God has chosen to join our pastoral staff: Jill Marchak and Jennifer Meredith (Co-Leaders and Council members), Andrew Barnett (Council), Joy Beckwith, Dave Edwards (Staff Representative), Margaret Simon, Andrzej Skiba, Peter Snedeker. 

Ex officio: Rod Bourgeois (Council Chair), Andy Hayball and Ben Valentine (Co-Lead Pastors).


Prayer is the engine and rudder of Trinity Church, the power and direction behind all that we do. We believe it is of the highest importance in this entire process as we seek to understand God’s plan. When we fix our gaze on Jesus, surrender ourselves, and pray in His name, we use the authority of the King of kings. 

Prayer is partnership with God.” - John Eldredge

  • We invite you to join us in prayer daily for Trinity Church. A prayer of discernment is posted every Tuesday in the Trinity Weekly email. Sign up HERE to receive that.


We want to maintain an open-handed posture, being mindful of Proverbs 3:5:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

Prayerful discernment begins from a place of trust, releasing our decision-making to the Holy Spirit and in turn letting go of our human efforts, expertise, and agendas. This is hard. It involves coming into a place of indifference to everything but the will of God. As Ruth Haley Barton describes it, “This means I am indifferent to matters of ego, prestige, organizational politics, personal advantage, personal comfort or favor… often a death to self is required before we can see God’s will taking shape.” The process takes time, and requires some deep personal reflection and honesty for our church, as individuals and as a church body. We feel confident the Lord will meet us in the exercise and, through it, make us stronger and more unified in Christ.

There are many gods and many lords, yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. “ 1 Corinthians 8:5-6


We expect our search process will take 4 stages, described below. As we enter each new stage, more detail will be added.

We are in a period of understanding and articulating who God is calling us to be as a church. Our hope is that the discernment process is a journey of discipleship for our whole congregation, not simply a task for a committee. There have been opportunities for everyone to engage in this, exploring our beginnings, where we are now, and God’s plan for our future. In conjunction with prayer, the team will reflect on data produced by the congregational assessment, leadership / staff interviews and focus groups. From this we are seeking to understand both our existing gifts, strengths and capacities as well as those that are needed. This entire process is one of seeking to understand through prayerful discernment what God is leading us to next.  

How you can engage:

  • Read and pray through this article by Ruth Haley Barton on discernment
  • Pray for the Discernment Team and join them in reflecting on Isaiah 43:5-6,19: "Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
  • Remain vigilant in observing how God may be guiding us, and attentive to abandoning personal agendas and preferences. 

The Discernment Team will use Trinity’s professional connections and network to attract and draw in potential candidates and conduct preliminary screening calls and interviews. We will bring together what we have learned in Stage One to produce a deep understanding of the pastor we are looking for.

This will involve a refinement of our candidate pool and the proposal of one or more candidates to the Council, who will make the final decision.

This will be the welcome and integration of our pastor. His or her first 12 months in the new role will be critical and will require support and grace from the whole Trinity family. Join us in praying now for God’s preparation of this future season.