The Rev. Will Stanley Accepts New Position
- The Rev. Bob Dannals
- May 24, 2017
- Category: Staff Announcements
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It is with mixed emotions -- joy and loss, that I announce that the Rev. Will Stanley has accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector of Saint Cross Episcopal Church, Hermosa Beach (Los Angeles).
Our joy, of course, is that we have reaped the benefits of Will's talents during the two years of his curacy at Holy Innocents'. He came as a bright and vigorous young priest, with extraordinary musical talents, and through his seasons with us, he has become a gifted teacher, preacher and pastor. Our joy is also for the people of Saint Cross Church in Los Angeles. Once again the people of Holy Innocents' have sent forward a gifted priest for the larger church.
Our loss is that we will no longer share ministry with Will. He has a special way with people, particularly our youth, and he will be missed week by week by many.
Will's last Sunday with us will be June 11. He will fulfill a long-ago promise of leading the teens on a early-summer pilgrimage to Sewanee between June 4-7. His last day in the office will be June 8. On Sunday, the 11th, I have asked Will to be the preacher at the morning services (8 and 10am) and we will have a reception for him following the 10am service in Bishop Commons. If you would like to contribute to a purse in thanksgiving for Will's ministry, please send your check to the church marked for that purpose.
During the past two months, we have been in a diligent search for a full-time senior staff person as Director of Children, Youth and Families. That new person will be the primary leader in this area of our parish's life. Following the calling of a new rector, it will be decided about an extra staff person dedicated to the youth.
This comes with my prayers for Will and his new ministry, and for the dedicated lay volunteers who participate in both our children's and youth programming.
My New Call
Dear Holy Innocents Family:
It is with mixed emotions that I announce I have accepted a call to serve as Associate to the Rector of St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach, California, in the Diocese of Los Angeles. My work there will focus on community bridge building and pastoral care, offering me the opportunity to expand upon the sure foundation laid during the past two years amongst you.
I’m excited about this new adventure and the challenge of seeking new ways to proclaim the good news of Jesus in quite a different context. The Church in California has already wrestled with many questions about what it means to be Church in a secular culture, and those questions energize me. In many ways, “adventure” is the most appropriate word for this transition: in this particular season of my life, I am open to new opportunities to grow as person and priest, even if a move to the side of the country is just a tad daunting!
I will be quite sad to leave Holy Innocents and the Diocese of Atlanta that sent me to seminary and where I was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood. Atlanta has been my adopted home and I will always see it in these terms. I am most grateful for the families, friends, and mentors who have supported me in this place. In just two short years, we have shared much and for that I am most grateful to God. Thank you for walking this path alongside me.
I am also conscious that my departure comes amid a transitory season of our common life. Aware that I might be making a transition this year, I worked in partnership with our wardens, clergy, staff, and lay leaders to help lead a search for a full-time Director of Formation for Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. I did so with a keen eye towards continuity and growth for many of the ministry areas that I helped lead at Holy Innocents since my arrival in June 2015. A stellar lay professional has formally accepted our invitation and the announcement will be made soon. Holy Innocents is poised for great years ahead!
In the days and weeks to come I look forward to sharing time with many of you as we begin to say our farewells. From June 4-7 I will have the privilege of leading ten young people on pilgrimage to one of my favorite places on the planet: Sewanee, Tennessee. The following Sunday, June 11th, will be my last at Holy Innocents. Soon thereafter I’ll start the 2,000-mile drive out west. My first Sunday at St. Cross will be June 25th.
The first years of priesthood are precious and what a privilege it has been for me to come among you for them. You have formed me, and your gifts of love, patience, and grace will become ever more evident as I grow in the years to come. I could not be more grateful for all this community has given me!
Your friend in Christ,