February 17, 2017
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
It is my pleasure to announce to you that The Reverend William Burt of Eatontown, New Jersey, has accepted the Vestry’s call to join our parish family as our new rector. Father Burt, along with his beloved dog Katy, will be taking up residency in the Young House—the new rectory—and begin his life at St. John’s effective April 1.
After many years in the private sector, Father Burt answered the call to a vocation, returned to school and was ordained to the priesthood in 2007. He has five years of experience as a rector and an additional five years in teaching, chaplaincy, and pastoral work. Among his other interests, Father Burt is an avid cook, experienced baker, expert knitter, and plays the bagpipes.
In his Ministry Profile, Father Burt, among other things, expresses the importance of teaching our youth by example, of pastoral care, and of reaching out to members absent from church for along period of time. He says that all members have a part to play in the ministry according to
their own unique talents and abilities.
Father Burt’s many positive attributes, among them his proven administrative skills, convinced the Recruitment Team and the Vestry that Father Burt would be a good fit for St. John’s.
The success of this more than a year and a half long search is thanks to the hard work of many, many of our members who were willing to sacrifice a great deal of their time and energy to see this process through to its completion. We owe a great deal of gratitude to all who served on the
Prayer, Hospitality, Discernment, and Recruitment Committees, and also to your Vestry. A very special thanks to The Rev. Dr. Lynda Tyson, our Transition Consultant, for her guidance and encouragement. And last, but by no means least, we thank our amazing Interim Rector, Mother
Louise, for her strong leadership through this time of transition.
I know we all look forward to welcoming and getting acquainted with Father Burt. Please continue to pray for this new chapter in our spiritual journey at St. John’s.