Chaplain to University of Mississippi and Vicar

Oxford, MS
Type: Clergy
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Job Title
Chaplain to University of Mississippi and Vicar to the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Water Valley
Name of church or organization
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Job Location
Oxford, MS
Job Description
Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi, or “Ole Miss”, is the state’s oldest public university. It is also the largest, with an Oxford campus enrollment of about 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Approximately 1,000 of these students identify themselves as Episcopalian. Many have been active in their local churches and at the diocesan level.

St. Peter’s has a healthy and vibrant membership with a gifted and dedicated clergy team and lay staff. Our congregation is busy and growing, with a multi-generational richness, and we are one of the most active parishes in the Diocese. Many in our parish family are affiliated with the University of Mississippi, so our ministry to the Ole Miss community is an essential and historically important aspect of our missional identity. We also serve as a resource to the Northern Convocation of Episcopal churches.

Oxford, Mississippi is an attractive and thriving city, and the population of our city and county continues to increase at the fastest pace in the state and one of the fastest in the country. The town of Water Valley, in neighboring Yalobusha County, has also experienced growth and revitalization in recent years. The Church of the Nativity was organized in 1869, and their current church structure was built in 1985 after a tornado destroyed their original building. In 2017, after a 13-year period of dormancy, Nativity reorganized as a Mission in the Diocese of Mississippi and they are working now towards long-term viability.

The Chaplain will be responsible for revitalizing and strengthening our connection to the University of Mississippi and integrating these ministry efforts into the larger life of our parish family. This will include having an active presence and offering spiritual leadership both on campus and at the church, and coordinating regular opportunities for worship, fellowship, formation, and outreach.

The Vicar will preach and preside at the Mission both at weekly services and special services hosted by the Mission. Other responsibilities will include: providing pastoral care for the members, being present and involved in various community activities; presiding over Mission Committee meetings and working with the lay leaders to help shape their vision for ministry.

The responsibilities of the Chaplain should constitute roughly 80% of this work portfolio, and the responsibilities of the Vicar should constitute roughly 20%. The successful candidate will be a priest of the Episcopal Church with an energetic, creative, and collaborative spirit. This position is full time with a competitive salary, a parsonage and an equity allowance, medical insurance coverage, Church Pension Group retirement benefits, and generous professional allowances.

Type of commitment
  • Full time
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Application Process
Nominations, applications, and questions should be directed to the Rev. Jody Burnett by Monday, March 18, 2019. A complete application packet should include a cover letter, resume, and the Office of Transition Ministry portfolio.

The Rev. Jody Burnett, Rector
113 South 9th Street Oxford, Mississippi

Application Deadline