Good Morning Family and Friends of St. Paul's,
Diane and I are thrilled to provide you with an update on a dream our parish has had and been praying for for many years, the hiring of a part time Director of Christian Education, as the position is most commonly known.
Through conversations with our parish family, a focus group made of up parents who are also educators, discussions with the diocese, and with other former DCEs, and most importantly with one person who has been a very successful youth and family minister prior to her ordination to the priesthood, Diane had a ‘God moment’ when speaking with the Rev. Dr. Nina Salmon. Diane and I discussed the possibility that Nina might consider this position, and then we spoke with Nina.
You may know that Nina is a full time English professor at the University of Lynchburg. In her bi-vocational role, Nina has been working with the diocese serving as needed, and many of you have seen Nina as she has supplied for us here at St. Paul's. Nina is currently wrapping up a part-time position as an assisting chaplain at Westminster Canterbury here in Lynchburg.
By joining St. Paul's in an ongoing, part-time ministry, she will have a parish home, maintain active clergy status with the Church Pension Group, and do what she has always loved to do—engage with youth and families.
Bishop Bourlakas has given permission for St. Paul's and Nina to enter into an employment agreement. Nina will be the Associate Rector for Youth and Families, both in teaching and creating programs for multigenerational engagement to build up our parish family ministries. Nina will also be able to serve liturgically during worship services on a regular basis.
Nina’s first official day of service will be July 15, and her first Sunday with us will be July 25, 2021. When you have a chance, please welcome Nina to her position and to our parish family.
Thanks be to God!
Diane+ and Todd+