From the Interim Clergy
I rejoice with you in the exciting news that The Reverend Justin McIntosh has accepted the Vestry’s call to become the next Rector of St. Paul’s, Ivy. He is a fine priest with wonderful gifts and experience that will serve you well in the years ahead. Thanks be to God!
Over the past year I have witnessed the quiet work of love carried out week by week in so many ways by so many of you at St. Paul’s. You have been blessed with an exemplary Search Committee, a thoughtful, engaged Vestry and the intelligent leadership of excellent Wardens, Paul Yesawich and Paul Halliday. And as Interim Rector I am especially appreciative of the professionalism and support, collegiality and dedication of the Parish Staff.
To share priestly ministry with my friend and colleague, Fr. Rick Lord, has been one of the great gifts of my life in the Church. His kind and gracious ministry throughout this time of transition has been an inspiration to all of us. I commend to you his accompanying letter to the Parish.
In short, I have loved serving as your Interim Rector. You have been a blessing in my life and Donna’s. I am grateful for the warmth of your welcome, the generosity of your spirit, and the friendship and trust you have granted unreservedly.
My last Sunday with you as Interim Rector will be September 23rd. At both morning services, there will be a brief Liturgy of Farewell in which we will have the opportunity to bid one another Godspeed and to thank God for the journey we have shared in this time and place.
The Very Reverend Zachary Fleetwood
September 7, 2018
Dear Friends in Christ,
The call of our new Rector, The Reverend Justin McIntosh and his family to St. Paul’s is an exciting and promising moment for us all.
I first met Justin in 2009 when he became the Assistant Rector at St. Thomas in McLean, Virginia, very close to Holy Comforter in Vienna where I served as Rector. Justin went on to serve with distinction as Rector of Leeds Episcopal Church in Markham for the last seven years. What a joy it is to hear how the Holy Spirit guided the hearts and minds of the Search Committee and Vestry in the calling of this faithful and committed priest as our next Rector.
One of my early prayers for this community was that we would regain our confidence by doing the important work of reflection on the past, staying faithful in the present, and preparing collaboratively for the future. That prayer for stepping forward “with trust” has been answered in no small part by the ways each of us, over the course of the last year, continued to offer our ongoing commitment to the journey of faith that is unique to this wonderful parish.
For me personally, I cannot express in words the fond admiration I feel for the friendship and leadership of our Interim Rector, Zack Fleetwood. His wisdom, courage, and gracious welcome of every person at St. Paul’s have been an inspiration I will not soon forget. We are all the richer for having Zack and Donna Fleetwood in our lives.
As for my future, I will continue to serve as interim Associate for as long as Justin requires my assistance. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve along side him as he takes up his new ministry with us in October.
With love in Christ,
Fr. Rick Lord+