A Note from Rector Jim Richardson

Dear friends,

I am excited to bring you this news: With the concurrence of our Vestry, I have issued a call to the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas to be our next associate rector, and she has accepted. Elaine comes to us from the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, where she is currently serving as the Curate at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Lancaster while the rector is on sabbatical.

Elaine’s first Sunday with us will be All Saints Sunday, Nov. 2, although you likely will see her visiting sooner. Elaine’s husband, Tim, is a management consultant, and he expects to get involved at St. Paul’s as well. She has a grown daughter in San Diego where her son-in-law is in the Navy; her son died in 2009.

Elaine, who is a native of North Carolina, has a Masters of Divinity degree from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. During her time in divinity school, she served as a consultant at Coventry Cathedral in England, completed an internship at Trinity Wall Street, and she has worked on a remarkable reconciliation project in South Africa where she became acquainted with Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Her duties at St. Paul’s will be broad, with particular focus on our University students, pastoral care to all ages, small groups, newcomers, and outreach. She has a very strong background in church music and liturgy and will certainly help us to enrich our worship especially at our 5:30 pm Sunday service.

On a personal note, I am thrilled about the prospect of working with Elaine. She brings tremendous energy, creativity, smarts and wit to her ministry. She has a pastor's heart and a deep concern for people, especially those who are hurting and on the margins. She is a powerful preacher. She is excited to be coming to us -- as is Tim.

I am very grateful to our Vestry and to a task force of parish leaders who worked for many hours on this search. We commenced the broadest search possible, and received many qualified applicants from all over the United States and Great Britain, and several were interviewed before it was clear that Elaine was truly the best fit for St. Paul’s. She and Tim recently visited us for several days and met with a number of parish leaders and also with students.

Please keep Elaine and Tim both in your prayers in this time of transition for them. We will talk soon about how we can help them get settled and get to know us.


Teen Youth Group News

We are very pleased to announce several major developments that will significantly strengthen our program for middle and senior-high school  students, led by our new youth group leaders, Joe Lenow and Grace Aheron.

For the first time in several years, we will be offering an education hour for 6th through 12th graders at 9 a.m. on Sundays, with youth encouraged to accompany Joe into the 10 a.m. service, beginning Sunday August  31. On Sunday evenings, beginning September 7, Grace will be on hand at the 5:30 p.m. worship (and teens are encouraged to join in), and then both Joe and Grace will lead the youth group gathering from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (including partaking of the Sunday evening dinner). We will also continue to offer a youth group meeting at Wednesday Community Night at 7 p.m., beginning September 10.

For those who don't know our new youth group leaders: Joe is a PhD student in religious studies at the University of Virginia and postulant for the priesthood from the Diocese of North Carolina, and has been active at St. Paul's for several years. Grace is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia and was active in our Canterbury student program; she is completing a year of service with the Episcopal Service Corps in California (ask her about that!). We are delighted to have the leadership of both Joe and Grace this coming academic year.


Note from the Rector: Religious Education at St. Paul's

Our religious life is shaped by prayer, worship and community formation -- yet many of us sometimes bypass the richness of religious education available to us at St. Paul's. This fall we are offering Sunday School for all ages at 9 a.m. every Sunday. We have a dedicated core of Godly Play teachers for our young children; we will be offering "Feasting on the Word" for our 4th and 5th graders; and for the first time in many years, we are offering classes for middle and senior high school students, led by Joe Lenow. The Adult Bible study will be led by the Rev. Dr. Heather Warren, also at 9 a.m. We will have an open house on Aug. 24 where you can learn more. Please join us at 9 a.m. that Sunday and consider how your life can be enhanced by delving more deeply into our faith tradition. The first Sunday with classes will be Aug. 31.


Coming to UVA This Fall?

Canterbury Grads


Whether you are a new or a returning student, there are several ways you can find out more about Canterbury, the student fellowship based at St. Paul's: we have a brief overview on this website (link to page), as well as our own website dedicated just to our student ministry. We also have a facebook page and you can find us on Twitter (@CanterburyUVA).


If you prefer email, our fellowship coordinator, Gillian would love to hear from you! ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). We can't wait to meet you!


Building Task Force Interim Report

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Vestry News

We now publish a monthly Vestry News article on our website. Typically included are a summary article, minutes and financial reports. See the link on the menu to the left or click here.


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