Staunton, VA
Type: Clergy
Posted Jun 29, 2020
Job Title
Name of church or organization
Trinity Church
Job Location
Staunton, VA
Job Description
Trinity Church (Augusta Parish) in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia is located in Staunton, Virginia in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, 39 miles west of Charlottesville, Virginia, 108 miles west of Richmond, Virginia, and 157 miles (by car) southwest of Washington, D.C. The parish was founded in 1746, one year after Augusta County became an independent entity and one year before the City of Staunton was established. At that time, the parish and county boundaries stretched from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Mississippi River and from the northern border of North Carolina/Tennessee to the Great Lakes. The present church building was constructed in 1855, the outer aisles were added on in 1869–70, and the chancel was expanded in 1887–88. Considerable renovation was done in 1936, 1957, and 2000. The rectory was built in 1872 and the Parish House in 1874, the first in Virginia.

From the time of its founding, the parish and it members have been very much involved in the surrounding community. Staunton is a wonderful place to raise children, and there are good public schools as well as a number of private primary and secondary schools.  Staunton is a relatively small city with a lively arts scene, a renowned Shakespeare Center, and the Heifetz Institute for young musicians from around the world. Trinity is the primary venue for the Staunton Music Festival, which draws acclaimed musicians from all over the world. The proximity to the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains offers a vast array of outdoor activities, from hiking to skiing.  Our restaurant scene enjoys a national reputation and is bouncing back from its pandemic-forced shut down. We are justifiably proud of our town and believe our new rector will learn to love it as much as we do.

We at Trinity offer a loving, open door to all people, regardless of where you are in your faith journey. Our faith centers on God in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and his boundless love for all. We value the dignity of all human beings, whether they are married, divorced, widowed, single, partnered, with children or without; our welcome knows no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, religious affiliation, or economic status.

Our Purpose

-to welcome and encourage all in our journey with Christ

-to provide a loving, active environment for Christian worship, learning and service

-to utilize our Episcopal heritage and our unique gifts, resources and blessings as a witness in the community.

Our Goals

-We seek a rector who demonstrates preaching excellence. We appreciate succinct, intelligent sermons that are understandable and relatable. At the 8:45 service, an interactive gospel reflection generally takes the place of a traditional sermon. At all services, parishioners expect thought-provoking, challenging preaching, and enjoy some humor as well.

-Our rector should prioritize pastoral care, to all different ages. We desire someone who is personable, caring, loving, and interested in knowing parishioners and in their well-being. We seek a rector who can attract young families, as well as someone who visits the aged and infirm.

   -Stewardship is a priority, and the rector should have previous success in fundraising. The ability to lead stewardship efforts is essential to maintaining and growing current programs, hiring additional clergy and staff, and helping Trinity better to meet the needs of others for years to come.

-Music is an important aspect of life at Trinity and music appreciation is expected. The rector should treasure our music programs and support them to the best of his/her ability. Ideally, he/she would be able to chant the Eucharist and participate in choral Evensong services.

Type of commitment
Full Time
Does this job pay?
Application Process
Please submit cover letter, resume and OTM Profile to the Rev. Canon Jonathan Harris, Diocese of Southwestern Virginia (
Application Deadline
Link to the job posting or application >Invitation to Discern