Congregations in Transition Update

by the Rev. Canon Michael Ambler, Canon to the Ordinary

Since starting this new position on diocesan staff in early September, the learning curve has been nearly vertical but the work is immensely satisfying. So, before I offer this update on congregations in transition, I would like to say that I love this work, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Diocese of Maine, its Bishop, clergy and congregations in this new role.

  • St. Mark’s Augusta, has called the Rev. Erik Karas, the Lutheran pastor who also serves Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, as their Priest in Charge.
  • Grace, Bath, is developing its profile. The Rev. George Lambert is serving as Interim Priest in Charge. (Since Grace Church is my former parish, Bishop Lane is serving as transition consultant there.)
  • St. Margaret’s, Belfast, is receiving names. The Rev. Mary Ann Taylor is serving as Interim Priest in Charge.
  • St. Patrick’s, Brewer, has called the Rev. Rick Cross as Priest in Charge.
  • St. John the Baptist, Brownsville Junction, and St. Augustine, Dover Foxcroft, are receiving names.
  • St. Anne’s, Calais, is beginning the discernment process.
  • Christ Church, Gardiner, has called the Rev. Amelia Hagan as Interim Priest in Charge.
  • Church of our Father, Hull’s Cove, has called the Rev. Suzanne Cole as Priest in Charge.
  • St. David’s, Kennebunk, is beginning its discernment process as the Rev. Dan Riggall retires at the end of December.
  • St. Peter’s, Rockland, has called the Rev. Lael Sorensen as Priest in Charge.
  • St. Andrew’s, Winthrop, will be open as of December 13 when the Rev. Jim Gill, Priest in Charge, steps down.
  • St. Philip’s Wiscasset has called the Rev. Paul Tunkle as Priest in Charge.

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