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Update from the Discernment Committee, July 24, 2017


 As of July 1, 2017, the search process entered a discernment phase where the applications of clergy who submitted their cover letter, resume, and OTM portfolio are currently being evaluated. The Discernment Committee intends to extend an invitation to select candidates before the end of July to participate in virtual interviews during the month of August.


The Church of the Holy Comforter is a large suburban parish located in the Town of Vienna in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. We are a spiritually thriving parish with over 2,000 communicants, supporting 64 ministries, a preschool, and community thrift shop.

Through the process of spiritual discernment and heard in the words of our congregation, we believe our next Rector will have the following essential gifts and skills:

Relational – someone that engages all ages enthusiastically
Leader – someone that builds sustainable ministries collaboratively
Dynamic – someone who is a compelling preacher and communicator
Inspirational – someone that is spiritually and intellectually mature

We seek a Rector that understands the unique nature of a large, complex parish with multiple associate rectors and a staff of eight part- and full-time laypersons. We have a proud liturgical tradition described as more High Church than Low Church, and a robust music program that draws largely from the Anglican choral tradition. Collectively, we represent a broad range of theological and ideologically view points that embrace worship, formation, and outreach. Our next Rector will recognize the opportunity this parish represents and inspire us to enthusiastically meet the challenges of growth and increasing diversity in order to become the church of the future.

As part of our spiritual discernment process and in preparation for completing our Community Ministry Portfolio, we conducted a self-study using focus groups, listening sessions, informal dialog, and online surveys. The results of each survey, as well as a summary report to the parish, which represent the views of the parish, can be found below:

Adult Congregational Survey Results and Summary
Youth Congregational Survey Results and Summary
Discernment Committee Report for Parish Meeting 05-21-2017

More information about Church of the Holy Comforter can be found through these links:

Our Institution – History, Clergy & Staff, Facts & Figures
What We Do – Outreach, Formation, Congregational Care, Ministries
How We Worship – Services, Music

Please join us in prayer as we seek to hear what God is telling us through spiritual discernment about the next Rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter.

The Discernment Committee members are:

  • Lynne Brents
  • John Davison, Alternate
  • Andrew Eastman, Chair
  • Ed Hussey
  • Denis McMullan
  • Lolly Mixter
  • Carl Riedy
  • Frances Sullinger, Vice Chair
  • Don Webster
  • Norma Williamson