Priest in Charge / Interim Rector

Cape Elizabeth, ME
Type: Clergy
Posted May 15, 2020
Job Title
Priest in Charge / Interim Rector
Name of church or organization
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
Job Location
Cape Elizabeth, ME
Job Description
St. Alban’s is looking for a priest to join the parish following the retirement of their rector this summer, and until they discern and call a new rector. This will be a challenging, exciting, fulfilling ministry opportunity, packed conveniently into a twelve to eighteen-month time frame. The current rector is supported by an extremely capable assistant who has been invited to remain in place following the rector’s departure.

St. Alban’s is a large (for Maine) parish located just minutes south of Portland, in Cape Elizabeth. The town is one of the more affluent communities in the state, and St. Alban’s is a well-resourced parish. The congregation also consists of residents of many surrounding towns including South Portland, Portland, Scarborough and Falmouth. While there is significant economic and social diversity among parishioners, many are highly educated professionals who both support and value excellence in worship and programming. Part of the job of the interim will be to maintain and continue this tradition of accomplishment. There are three services each Sunday, including an early morning spoken Eucharist, a mid-morning Eucharist with music and choir, and an innovative evening Celtic Eucharist (at which a reflection is often offered by a member of the congregation in place of a sermon by the rector). The average Sunday attendance is about 225, and the budget is just over $500,000. In addition to Sunday worship, the parish sponsors substantial programs for adult and youth formation, and there is active engagement in outreach ministries which include a robust partnership with a parish in Haiti, a Green Team seeking sustainable solutions to our climate crisis, and a strong commitment to serving Maine’s new Americans and homeless populations (St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry, Family Promise, Preble Street Soup Kitchen). Also, the parish is just completing a capital campaign that will begin to bear fruit under the guidance of the interim rector. The four “chords” of the campaign include a new organ and other musical resources, an enhancement of the worship space, a reaffirmation of outreach ministry, and a master financial plan to weather future storms.

The interim will have the opportunity to help the parish define itself for the next chapter of its life and ministry. The retiring rector has been a large presence in the life and spirit of the congregation, and while he will be deeply missed, his departure may open new possibilities for lay leadership. Likewise, the retiring rector’s vision for the parish has been a compelling and effective one, but now there may be new things to be seen.

This position represents a chance to do some first-rate ministry and offers commensurate support. There is an immaculately maintained, historic, 7-bedroom rectory on the grounds, which will be available to the interim. Cash compensation will be generous for Maine, and full-family health insurance is provided (with a 10% contribution by the cleric). The vestry is strong and can be relied on to support the ministry of the interim as well as the work of the discernment committee as it seeks the next rector. Cape Elizabeth has wide-open beaches, the most photographed lighthouse in the country, and easy access to all the cultural, culinary, recreational, and other amenities of Portland.

Type of commitment
Full Time
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Application Process
Contact the Rev. Canon Michael Ambler, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Maine, at, or at 207-772-1953 ext 123; or see the “Transition Ministry” link at (look for the Quick Link at the bottom of the home page) for full application instructions.
Application Deadline
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