Rector Search

Church of the Good Shepherd Rector Search

Prospective Candidates:
The Good Shepherd Hemet 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 linked under Essential Documents below. Please be sure to view the parish history video and the results of our Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) survey, both of which are found on this page.

To apply for our rector position, please submit your application packet to

Rector Search Update

January 27 2019 Update

At the annual meeting on January 27, 2019 search committee chair Ed Moore gave an update on the rector search process. Ed reported that the committee has two very qualified candidates that it has forwarded to the vestry for their consideration. He stated that either candidate would be an excellent fit for Good Shepherd, although each candidate has her own style. He told the congregation that both candidates are women and that one is from here in Southern California while the other is from Florida.

Ed stated that “we still have a ways to go.” Any candidate that the vestry wishes to pursue must be interviewed by the assisting bishop and be approved by the Standing Committee. A background check is also required, which takes four to six weeks. In addition, after the vestry calls a candidate and the candidate accepts the call, they must then enter into negotiations for an overall compensation package.

Nonetheless, Ed expressed optimism that Good Shepherd could have a new rector in the next several months.

November 11 2018 Update

On Sunday November 11 Senior Warden Linda Rush announced that the search committee has a strong candidate whom they are interviewing and with whom they are conducting additional follow up. In addition resumes have been received from two other qualified candidates, currently giving the committee three viable candidates.

July 8 2018 Update

On Sunday July 8, 2018 Senior Warden Linda Rush told the congregation that the priest the vestry had called to be the next rector of Good Shepherd had rescinded his acceptance of that call.

Linda read a letter from Fr. Tom stating that he had concluded that the cost of providing health insurance for him and his family plus the cost of relocation from the Midwest would place an excessive financial burden on the parish. He wished us the best in finding a rector whose requirements are more closely tailored to our current financial situation.

Ed Moore, chair of the search committee, stated, “This, in effect, puts us back at square one with regard to our search process.”

Next steps

After services on Sunday July 8, 2018, the vestry and search committee held a combined meeting to decide our next steps. Here are the key decisions:

  1. Every voting member of the search committee volunteered to continue to serve, and the vestry approved with robust thanks.
  2. The vestry reaffirmed Edward Moore, Jr. as chair of the committee.
  3. The vestry’s charge to the search committee (approved last June) was modified to reduce the minimum number of candidates recommended by the search committee from “two” to “at least one.”
  4. We will once again advertise in the national church’s monthly magazine and on the Office of Transition Ministry web site. This was very effective this past year in getting the word out among clergy and in receiving applications nationwide.
  5. In recognition of current financial realities, the advertisement will be modified to indicate that the vestry will consider a 75% position as well as a full-time rector position. The goal is to begin advertising immediately, but no later than the first of August.
  6. We will also continue to solicit candidates from six or seven of our best known and prestigious seminaries.
  7. We will press our diocesan clergy and administrative staff to be more responsive to our needs, particularly in assisting us with identifying viable candidates.


“There is no doubt we all are disappointed, however the vestry and search committee reaffirmed with each other that we trust in God’s plan for us as a faith community, and that His plan for us has yet to be revealed.” Moore commented.

“We ask the congregation’s prayers that our efforts will continue to be blessed by His grace, guidance, and love as we move on in our search for Good Shepherd’s next rector,” he concluded.

Previous Steps in the Rector Search

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 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 is under Essential Documents below.

Essential Documents

A Video History of Good Shepherd

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 document was approved by the vestry and the diocese and is available in PDF format: 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.

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

Profile Committee Members

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

Search Committee

The search committee receives and reviews applications from prospective candidates.  In addition, the search committee will conduct interviews and site visits.  The committee has been working with the office of the Bishop to vet candidates and submit the recommended candidate(s) to the vestry for approval.  The vestry announced the search committee members at the Annual Meeting on January 29, 2017.  They were commissioned for their service on February 12, 2017.  Please continue to pray for them.

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

Search Committee Members

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

Prayers for Our Rector Search

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 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.

This page was last updated on January 30, 2019