We are sorry to report that, as our Rector, Fr. Adam Rick, announced during today’s service, he has been called to another parish, and he and Katherine will be ending their ministry at Christ Church; their last Sunday with us will be July 3. (See a letter from Fr. Adam here.)
Adam will be serving as the rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Hillsdale, Michigan, a congregation in our diocese. He will also be taking the chaplaincy of Hillsdale College, and there are significant professional opportunities there for Katherine as well.
We would like to emphasize a few points about this transition, which is painful but clearly within the will of God so far as any of us can discern. We will be losing Adam’s leadership, but not our fellowship and friendships.
- First, Father Adam was not looking for another position and has been happy in his ministry among us. This decision was not made lightly or without pain on his part, but the details of this posting, the timing, and several other points of discernment indicate that this call is of God and Adam and Katherine needed to respond. Their decision does not reflect on our parish in any way, other than that Adam and Bishop Julian both believe that Christ Church is healthy and up to the challenge of a rector search.
- Second, the Vestry at Christ Church Anglican has not asked Adam to leave. As we reported at the parish meeting, his last review was positive. We have seen spiritual and other growth in the parish during his tenure and regret the loss of Adam’s and Katherine’s ministry among us. We are particularly grateful for his work in getting the small groups ministry established.
- Third, God has a call on Christ Church. Bishop Julian has expressed again his full confidence in our parish and in Deacon Arica and Deacon Jim, and his great concern for our welfare and the continuity of our mission. The bishop is working with the Vestry already as we begin a search process to find the new Rector that God is already calling to serve among us.
Please remember that our response to this transition is critical to our future as a parish. We call all our congregants and friends to be first faithful to Christ—and to trust that our Lord is caring for us. Let us find healthy and godly ways to express any pain we feel and not allow anything to poison our relationships or compromise our ministry. God’s call on the parish is not dependent on our pastor but only on his love for us and the neighbors we need to serve.
We will have an opportunity to talk with Adam and Katherine as a parish after the service next week on May 15, when Bishop Dave Bena and Archdeacon Alan Crippen will be with us. Please make plans to join us.
As to next steps, the Vestry will become its own search committee. Many of our vestry members have had prior successful experience with rector search committees, and Peter Edman, our Rector's Warden, has a long and trusted relationship with both Bishop Julian and Bishop Dave.
Each of the members of Vestry (Peter Edman, Laura Adams, Jerry Adams, Isaac Demme, Dave Hanley, and David Virtue) welcome feedback from the parish. We will not be rushing, but we hope that the search will not drag out. If we do not find the right candidate quickly, the bishops will be working with us to ensure continuity of ministry during any interim period.
This message comes with our prayers for each of you, for the parish, and for Adam and Katherine as we all move into a new season of ministry and growth in Christ. Please pray in turn for us and for Bishop Julian and Bishop Dave.
Yours faithfully in Christ,
The Vestry of Christ Church Anglican on the Main Line