I am delighted beyond words to accept the call as your next rector. Everything about this church: your profile, your search committee, your hospitality–proclaim that you have such a bright future ahead serving God and God’s people, and I am excited to share in it.
A bit about this new priest you’re getting: I have been a priest for nearly ten years now. In that time, I have served in Virginia Beach, Flagstaff, and Kansas City. My ministry has taken different forms, but a few constants have been advocating for social justice, teaching our faith–especially to youth and young adults, and always, opening the church doors for the outcasts. When I saw these foundations of my ministry reflected in what you were seeking in a new rector, I knew I had to meet you!
We will get to know each other more in the weeks and months ahead–but for now, know that I am so grateful that God has called me here, and I cannot wait to get started on our work together.
Mtr. Megan Castellan
Mother Megan’s first Sunday with us will be March 25, 2018. She will be coming to us after having served as the Assistant Rector of St. Paul’s, Kansas City, Missouri, and the Diocesan Network Coordinator for Youth in the Diocese of West Missouri. Prior to that, she also served in Flagstaff, Arizona and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Her writing is now widely read and enjoyed, which continues to mystify her. Her word constructions have appeared in such publications as Episcopal Cafe, Fidelia’s Sisters, The (late, lamented) Toast, McSweeney’s, and her own blog: Red Shoes, Funny Shirt. She has appeared in print alongside the presiding bishop in his book Following the Way of Jesus and in the liturgical reference Planning for Rites and Rituals. Most notably, she blogs for Lent Madness, so should you have strong opinions on the elimination of your favorite saint, please let her know.
On a personal note, she enjoys singing, knitting, and throwing things at politicians on television when they make her angry. She is very happy to be joining St. John’s and the Diocese of Central New York.