After involvement by members throughout the church and a huge amount of time and effort by the Search Committee, St. Luke’s has a new rector — Father Stephen Hood, who arrived in Bartlesville on Oct. 2. Here’s a message from Fr. Steve.
Kathy Zervas, senior warden, offers this thanks to all who participated in the search process…
I have to extend a huge thank you to the Search Committee for their dedication, commitment, prayerful consideration and perseverance in this discernment process that has been their job for the last year and a half. They have made this whole process very smooth and have made this transition from both of our much beloved priests as easy as it could be.
I also want to thank and commend the Vestry for their trust in this process and in this group of people that they chose for selecting the right priest for our parish. And for also agreeing to stay on as members of this governing body for this additional year to ease the transition for Fr. Steve. And I want to especially thank you, the parish of St. Luke’s for living into the prayer that we have said each week and for your faith in God that He would lead our Search Committee to the right person for our parish.
How the selection was made…
Finding a new rector is a formal process, prescribed by the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, and involved four basic steps:
- INFORMATION GATHERING – This first step, which took several months, gathered information, perspectives and opinions to accurately describe St. Luke’s – our strengths, areas for improvement, ministries, vision and future needs. This process became the basis for the Church Profile.
- PARISH PROFILE / CANDIDATE RECRUITMENT – The Profile was used to advertise the position and recruit interested candidates for St. Luke’s.
- CANDIDATE SCREENING – The third category of work for the Search Committee was screening eligible candidates, including site visits to the churches of top candidates.
- VESTRY INTERVIEWS/RECTOR SELECTION – Once the top candidates were identified, the Vestry meet with and decided upon the top recommendation. That was Fr. Hood, who’ll we will welcome with his family on Oct. 2.