Rector Search


Greetings from the Grace Church Brooklyn Heights Rector Search Committee! We are pleased and honored that you have sought us out.

As you’ll learn when you read our Parish Profile and peruse our website, Grace is a congregation with a 170-year history, a vibrant life today and a genuine desire to grow, and grow stronger, as we move into the future serving God and our neighbors.

We are now seeking the 15th Rector for Grace Church. And although transition is a challenging time for any parish, at Grace we’ve learned that it also affords many opportunities for new ideas, greater understanding, deepened fellowship and enhanced spirituality. Moving through this period of transition, we continue to pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit as we prepare to extend the call to a new Rector for our busy urban congregation.

To learn more about Grace Church, please familiarize yourself with our Parish Profile, and learn more about the position of Rector in our Position Description. Be sure to read the “New Rector” section of the Parish Profile on pages 18–19.

Regular updates on the Rector Search process can be found in our weekly “Grace Notes” newsletter

Our application process was as follows:

First, please provide us with:

  1. A letter of interest explaining why you believe you would be a good match for Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
  2. Your updated OTM portfolio
  3. Your current resume

We have created a confidential e-mail address,, at which our Search Co-chairs, Vivian Harrison and Barbara Becker, can securely receive your information. Please copy the Reverend Canon Thomas Orso, Interim Transition Minister at the Diocese of Long Island, at, when you apply, including all your application materials.

Second, please understand that we will be receiving applications until June 15, 2017. Therefore, kindly provide us and Canon Orso with your materials on or before June 15, 2017. We believe that this is a firm but fair deadline.

We invite all qualified Episcopal priests to apply for the position of our 15th Rector. We are committed to conducting our search without regard to race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

If you have any questions about applying or about our process, please contact the co-chairs directly at

We hope to learn more about you soon!

Kind regards,

Grace Church Brooklyn Heights Search Committee

Barbara Becker, Co-Chair
Vivian Harrison, Co-Chair
Thomas Baldwin
Sarah Davies
Marilyn Grant
Chris Larson
Brianna McCarty
Michael Rycheck
Anne Silver
Craig Whitney


Front row, left to right: Sarah Davies, Marilyn Grant, Vivian Harrison, Barbara Becker, Anne Silver, Brianna McCarty. Back row, left to right: Thomas Baldwin, Craig Whitney, Michael Rycheck, Chris Larson.