Rector Search

Church of the Good Shepherd Rector Search

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Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (BCP, p.255)

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, have mercy upon us. Through the coming weeks and perhaps months, bless our Search team, and our Vestry, with growth in wisdom and commitment, by the infilling of Your Holy Spirit. So inspire them, we pray, with energy and enthusiasm for the work of this time of discerning your Will. Grant them (and us all) patience with ourselves, one another and the last portions of this search process. Thy will be done. Amen.

Good Shepherd’s Vestry commenced the transition process to begin our Rector Search in September 2016.  On October 14, The Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas, Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, met with Good Shepherd’s Profile Committee to provide direction and give the committee an overview of the process of creating a parish profile.  This will be used to allow prospective rector candidates to learn more about Good Shepherd, its people, ministries, and life.  Our Interim Rector, the Rev. Rob Eaton, began his service to the parish in November 2016.  The parish completed the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) between November 3 through 23, 2016.

The Vestry approved the Parish Profile at their meeting on April 19, 2017 and the compensation portion of an already mostly completed Parish Portfolio document.  These were sent to Bishop Jim Mathes and Canon to the Ordinary Allisyn Thomas and have been approved.

On October 29, 2017 Fr. Rob Eaton completed his interim rector contract and we are now being served by supply priests on Sundays.  Assisting Bishop to the Diocese of San Diego, Katharine Jefferts Schori, met with the Vestry and Search Committee on November 19, 2017 as part of her pastoral visit to the parish.

The Parish Portfolio is available through the Office for Transition Ministry database and is listed under our full name, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.  The PDF of our Parish Profile is available for download right here, and we are now officially receiving names.  The Search Committee now takes up the mantle.  To apply for our rector position, please submit your application packet to

The Vestry has set clear expectations for the Search Committee and has charged them with carrying out the work of the Rector Search on behalf of the entire parish.  The Rector Search Committee Expectations PDF document can be downloaded here.

To learn a little about our parish and its history, please watch the welcome video below produced by parishioner and church historian, C.A. Conn:

Congregational Assessment Tool

On February 18, 2017, the Vestry, Profile and Search Committees received the data analysis from Holy Cow Consulting of the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) survey which the parish completed between November 3 through 23, 2016.  This tool is an effort to help Good Shepherd’s parishioners discern the way forward with future ministry and parish life.  You can find these results linked below:

Profile Committee

The primary function of the profile committee was to compose the parish profile and submit it to the Canon to the Ordinary for approval.  This has now been approved and is available as a PDF: Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Parish Profile.

The profile provides an history, mission, ministry, and future goals of the church to prospective candidates.  It also includes a job description outlining the qualifications, skills, and characteristics sought in the next rector.  This profile document was approved by the Vestry at their April 19, 2017 meeting and the document was sent on to Bishop Mathes and Canon to the Ordinary Allisyn Thomas for their review and approval.

As a parish, we used this prayer to support the work of the Profile Committee.

Profile Committee Members

Vicki Steele, Chairwoman
Mike Christie
Warren Ficke
C.A. Conn
Linda Brown
Susan Rathke

Search Committee

The search committee will receive and review applications from prospective candidates.  In addition, the search committee will conduct interviews and site visits.  The committee will work with the office of the Bishop to vet candidates and submit the recommended candidate to the Vestry for approval.  The Vestry announced the Search Committee members at the Annual Meeting on January 29.  They were commissioned for their service on February 12, 2017.  Please pray for them as they begin their work.

As a parish, we use this prayer to support the work of the Search Committee.

Search Committee Members

Ed Moore, Chairman
Empy Alagona
Carolyn Castner
Art Conn, chaplain
Judi Greer
Hope Huffman
Fran McClelland, chaplain
Chase Pendleton
Joan Reed

This page was last updated on November 22, 2017