120 N. Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Holy Eucharist Sundays 10 a.m. info@stlukesypsi.org 734.483.4253

Our Search for a New Rector

Parish Profile

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is searching for a new, permanent, full-time Rector. Our former Rector, The Rev. Dr. JoAnn Kennedy Slater, retired in June 2022 after 21 years at St. Luke’s, and we thank her for her many years of devoted service.

We have been prayerfully preparing for our next Rector, and are excited to begin a new journey with them.

Here is our Parish Profile, which provides a snapshot of who we are and who we think we are looking for, giving room for the Spirit to do what we cannot do.

Here is the Office of Transitional Ministry Portfolio, which is mainly relevant for those interested in applying to St. Luke’s.

We are:

  • A faithful community committed to following the path of Jesus Christ in service to others.
  • Excited for new leadership, and the changes that will come with it.
  • Eager to help lead in established and new ways.
  • People with a deep and abiding love for the congregation.
  • Passionate about social justice and equity.
  • Yearning to be good neighbors to the Ypsilanti community as we live out our faith in service to others.
  • A broad church with individuals from all walks of life who are strengthened and inspired by the compelling worship service at St. Luke’s.

We are looking for:

  • A joyful leader who will continue our tradition of meaningful and inclusive worship which strengthens us to do good in the world.
  • A caring individual who will support our efforts in social justice and equity.
  • Someone to join in our heartfelt rallying cry: All Are Welcome!
  • A compassionate person ready to provide pastoral care, while empowering the congregation to do the same.
  • An individual who wants to collaborate with members of the congregation as well as the community.
  • A creative individual with innovative ideas.
  • Someone who combines a Biblical, historical perspective with human-focused storytelling in sermons.


How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming our next Rector, please send the following documents:

  1. A letter addressed to the Search Committee in which the candidate (a) offers a self-introduction, and (b) describes why they feel drawn into discernment around this particular position. The specific form, length, and content of the letter is at the candidate’s discretion;
  2. A current resume; and
  3. A .pdf of the candidate’s current Office of Transition Ministries Portfolio, including answers to all of the narrative questions.


The Rev. Canon Ellen Ekevag, Canon for Congregational Development and Transitions for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
     by email: eekevag@edomi.org
     or by mail: 4800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201.

It is very helpful (though not required) if all three documents can be sent as attachments to a single email.

Additional information about the search process can be found on the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan website.


Search Committee Members:

Nadine Clark, Les Dubin, Catharine June (Chair), John McCurdy (Vestry Liaison), Janis Sargent, Bradley Smith. Contact the Search Committee: (cathjune@gmail.com)