Father Robert Announces New Call
To the Beloved Church Family of St. Andrew’s,
For the last seven and a half years, Jill and I have been so blessed to walk alongside you as part of this loving, hospitable community of faith. For the first half of that time, I had the deep pleasure of serving alongside Mother Jo as Associate Rector. And for the past three and a half years, it has been my greatest joy and honor to serve as your Rector, with Jill serving as Associate Rector and School Chaplain.
Together, as a parish family, we have grown in love and continued our mission of being Christ’s Body in the World. St. Andrew’s is a vibrant, healthy, and wonderful congregation. It’s a place where Worship, Teach, Serve, Pray, Loving, Beauty, Hospitality, and Inclusivity are more than just words… they are a way of being. It’s who we are. I am so proud of how we live out this identity in all we do.
So, it is with truly mixed emotions that I write to you that as a result of long, prayerful discernment, I have accepted a call to be the Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas. There are many things that go into a decision like this, but ultimately, I believe God is calling me to the spiritual leadership of this new parish.
Jill and I will always cherish our relationships with each of you. Our last Sunday at St. Andrew’s will be December 15. I hope you will be there to bless us and send us forth. More details will follow about that day.
I know that times of transition in any parish can cause anxiety. But I also know that this is a parish well versed in walking the “Way of Love.” Because of that, St. Andrew’s is in a position of great strength and is capable of much more. Bishop Scott Mayer, the Wardens, the Vestry, the Deacons, and the Staff have all the skills, intelligence, and faithfulness of heart to face this transition and make an excellent new call. You will take this opportunity to enter into a time of discernment and growth. And I firmly believe St. Andrew’s best days are ahead.
I love you all and will keep you close to my heart.
May God’s blessing always be with you,
The Rev. Dr. Robert F. Pace