Parish Profile for Rector Search
St. John is a community of believers that welcomes ALL people to celebrate God’s presence in the world.
What’s important to know about St. John
History and Location
Founded in 1755, St. John is one of the oldest churches in the diocese of Central Pennsylvania. It
has a rich and vibrant history of sharing the Good News in the city of York and is the home of
one of the original Liberty Bells rung at the time of the American Revolution.
St. John is located downtown within the city’s beautifully restored historic district neighborhood
and blessed with ample parking. The area is currently experiencing tremendous growth and
York County is home to approximately 435,000 residents, with a population that grows annually.
It retains its farming and manufacturing heritage while embracing new entrepreneurial
ventures. The county offers plenty to do both indoors and out – from performing arts centers to
state & county parks to a professional independent baseball team. In addition, the county is
situated within an easy drive of major East Coast cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, and
We Are . . .
- a warm, friendly, moderately progressive parish that appreciates traditional and reverent
forms of worship, with both Rite I and Rite II offered at separate Sunday morning services.
Other services include a weekly Healing Service and twice-yearly Evensongs.
- proud to be recognized by the Episcopal Church as a Jubilee Center, one of just 600 in the nation.
St. John is a highly regarded parish in the diocese and often serves as a resource for
training new clergy, as well as supporting new church plants or other forms of mission within
the larger church.
- resilient and remain committed to the Episcopal Church even during times of political and societal
change. A recent survey shows that 70% of our parishioners live outside a 5-mile radius and are
deeply committed to St. John.
- blessed with an excellent professional administrative staff.
As a parish, we . . .
- provide Christian Formation for our younger members which includes Godly Play, Living the Good
News, and Journey to Adulthood as well as Vacation Bible School in the summer.
- actively engage in a wide variety of parish lay ministry opportunities. There are always willing,
talented, dedicated volunteers when help is needed.
- are self-reliant and when we see a need, we respond. Some of our most successful ministries,
such as the Easter Luncheon and Freezer Sale, are parishioner-driven.
- are pleased to be able to welcome local nonprofit organizations and 12-step groups to our
facility so they can provide additional ministries for our community.
- have an exceptional music program including a highly skilled organist, a growing choir of
balanced voices, handbell, and children’s choirs and a popular and successful free community
- have recently completed a three-million-dollar renovation to make our parish campus more
welcoming, accessible, and secure which required two separate and successful capital
campaigns. We are thrilled with our new facilities but are still faced with financial challenges
resulting from unforeseen costs related to this project.
- completed a thorough and careful study of our parish, including focus groups and a
professionally administered survey, to best discern the qualities we seek in a new rector
We seek a rector with the capacity to . . .
- interpret scripture with thought-provoking sermons that speak to everyday life.
- guide our parish through significant and necessary periods of change.
- inspire congregational spirituality, involvement, and excitement
- engage people empathetically and who can serve as a buffer in times of conflict.
- manage administrative tasks well and work respectfully with the professional staff.
- help us revitalize programs and make appropriate changes needed to attract families with
children and youth to St. John.
- guide us in working toward financial stability including increased stewardship response as well
as best usage of church-owned assets
- encourage us to explore opportunities for mission and outreach both within the local
community and beyond.