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A Greeting From Our New Dean (video)


Cathedral names Rev. Barkley Thompson as next dean
An interview with Rev. Barkley Thompson


Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am the Reverend Barkley Thompson and I am both humbled and overjoyed to accept the call to be the next dean of Christ Church Cathedral. Over the course of the search process, I have heard much of the legacies of deans Reynolds, Taylor and McGehee, and I am honored to follow in their footsteps.

Among the several guiding principles discussed in the Cathedral profile is tradition, which speaks to the storied role the Cathedral has played in the history of downtown Houston and in the history of the diocese. My own family is part of that tradition, as my paternal grandfather was born and raised here in the early part of the 20th century. I myself earned my divinity degree at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. My wife, Jill, children Griffin and Eliza, and I look forward to returning to the diocese, joining this Cathedral family and sharing in the ministry of the Gospel alongside you.

In my own life and ministry, I have placed a premium on what I have called “gracious community,” the forging of the church as that people of God among whom joys are doubled and sorrows halved. St. Paul speaks to this gracious community when he says in his letter to the Colossians, “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony, and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts and be thankful.”

It is my prayer that the Cathedral will continue, as you have already done, to forge this gracious community among all those who walk through your doors. It is my further hope that we will together find ways, increasingly, to reach out to those who may have no such community and may be seeking a place to ensure them of God’s love. To quote St. Paul again, “God working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.”

I look forward to discovering what God has in store for us together. Grace and peace to you.

Cathedral names the Rev. Barkley Thompson as next dean

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

It is with abundant joy and gratitude that we announce the call of the Reverend Barkley Thompson to be the Rector and Dean of Christ Church Cathedral.

Since 2007, Barkley has served as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Virginia. St. John’s is the largest parish in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia and serves as the de facto cathedral in a diocese that has no formal cathedral.

Barkley will begin his ministry at our Cathedral on February 7, 2013, and will be joined by his wife, Jill, and their two children, Griffin (age 12) and Eliza (age 8), when the school year is completed in June.

In our parish survey and town hall meetings, you overwhelmingly indicated that the most important role of our new Dean is that of a compelling preacher and teacher of the Gospel. The Search Committee, by the grace of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, has been led to a priest who, we are confident, has a true vocational calling to be and to do just that. He was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee and his call was issued on the unanimous vote of the Vestry.

The Rev. Barkley Thompson

The Rev. Barkley Thompson

In addition to his commitment to the Gospel, Barkley has a background and interests that also reflect the Cathedral’s Guiding Principles as set forth in the Parish Profile. With regard to “Tradition,” it is intriguing to know that, although he grew up in Arkansas, Barkley has deep Texas and Christ Church roots. His family traces to at least three of Stephen F. Austin’s “Old Three Hundred” and he is a direct descendant of Col. John H. Moore, who commanded the Texians at Gonzales on October 2, 1835. In the early 20th century, his family’s spiritual home was Christ Church in Houston, Texas (and he has the 1914 May Fete photo to prove it!).

Barkley graduated from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees. Since graduation he has served parishes in both Memphis (Collierville) and Roanoke. Attendance and stewardship have flourished during his ministry in both places.

Barkley has a deep and abiding appreciation for traditional Episcopalian liturgy and music which should make him feel right at home at the Cathedral. He also shares with us a love of and commitment to urban ministry. And like the Cathedral, his current parish is a large and diverse community with a shared identity as a single church family. He and Jill and their children find joy in participating fully in the community life of the parish.

Finally, Barkley is active in and attuned to the Episcopal Church at large. He participates in a number of Episcopal organizations in his current diocese and beyond. Bishop Doyle has expressed his great enthusiasm for this call. He believes that Barkley will be a tremendous asset to the Diocese of Texas. The Bishop and the new Dean look forward to working with each other in the coming years.

Barkley’s first day to preach and celebrate at Christ Church Cathedral will be Sunday, February 24. A reception for him will take place in Reynolds Hall at the 10 a.m. hour. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to demonstrate a grand Texas welcome and to meet our remarkable new dean!

Your prayers and your friendship have supported us during the months of searching for the one who will lead the Cathedral into the next phase of our life together. We are sure that your prayers and your friendship will support Barkley, Jill, Griffin and Eliza as they now become part of the family that is Christ Church Cathedral.

Grace and Peace,

Andy Vickery
Senior Warden

Kay Pieringer
Chair, Search Committee

Mike Bullington
John Cater
Linnet Deily
Patrick Hayes
Frances Kittrell
Flo Ray
Jim Murdaugh
Charlie Prioleau
Risher Randall, Jr.
Wick Rowland
Bess Wareing

Search Committee


A greeting from our new dean (video)
An interview with Rev. Barkley Thompson

An interview with the Rev. Barkley Thompson

Jill and Barkley Thompson

Jill and Barkley Thompson

You were raised in the Methodist Church. How did you come into the Episcopal faith?

As a child and youth, I was at the church every time the door was open. My family attended First United Methodist Church in Paragould, Arkansas, every Sunday, and additionally I was there for youth group, potluck suppers, etc. Throughout high school I also attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church with a friend most Saturday evenings. In addition to the Methodist theology of hospitality and grace, I fell in love with Catholic sacramental and liturgical worship. I yearned even as a teenager for a church tradition that would combine the best of what I experienced in the Methodist and Catholic Churches. My freshman year of college I shared this yearning with my adviser in the philosophy and religion department, and he wisely encouraged me to attend the local Episcopal church: St. Peter’s in Conway, Arkansas. The moment I crossed the threshold from narthex to nave, I had a deep sense that I had come home. I’ve been in the Episcopal Church ever since, and four years later I married a cradle Episcopalian from Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock.

Beyond that, my paternal grandfather’s family were Episcopalian (he was born and raised at Christ Church, as a matter of fact), and my father attended the Episcopal Church until my grandfather died when my dad was fourteen. At that point, my grandmother returned with my dad to the Methodist Church.

What drew you to the priesthood and to the Seminary of the Southwest?

I have felt a sense of God’s calling since adolescence. I recall a moment when I was twelve or thirteen, standing in the darkened and empty sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Paragould, when I uttered to God aloud that I was his. Obviously, I didn’t know at the time exactly what that meant or how it would play out, but I was earnest, and my sentiment was true. The first person with whom I spoke about a calling to the priesthood was the Rev. Sam Portaro, who was then the Episcopal chaplain at the University of Chicago where I was in graduate school. Sam was a great encourager, and I will be forever grateful to him.

Seminary of the Southwest was a natural choice for me, because of family connections to Texas. Even so, it was also a providential choice. I had an experience during my campus visit to the seminary that palpably displayed God’s will. It’s too much to share in this interview, but I’ll gladly share it with folks when I arrive in Houston!

Tell us about your family and how they play a role in your ministry.

Our menagerie consists of Jill and me, our children Griffin (12) and Eliza (8), Wrigley the 14-year-old beagle, a puppy named Maggie (short for Mary Magdalene), and Sally the cat.

Everywhere I’ve served, Jill, the kids and I have found our network of social relationships in and through the church. This was true of Jill and me even before I was ordained. Friendships first based upon a shared faith in Christ are true and abiding.

Jill has engaged in the ministry of the church in her own areas of passion and interest. In recent years, she has helped with children’s ministry, and last year she co-led St. John’s “Club 45,” which is St. John’s pre-youth group for fourth- and fifth-graders. In her professional life, Jill is a physical therapist. That and motherhood are her vocations.

What attracted you to the Cathedral and to Houston?

Many, many things! To name a few:

Christ Church is distinctive even among cathedrals in the Episcopal Church in the combination of its size, vibrancy, and location in the very center of a major U.S. city. The possibilities at Christ Church for sharing the Gospel from the pulpit, via outreach and mission, and by hosting speakers and events is profound and inspired my discernment from the first moment I became aware I’d been nominated to the search committee. Christ Church is able to serve as the agent of Christ’s love to an incredible range of people encompassing all walks of life.

The Cathedral’s pursuit of justice, service, and hospitality kindles my heart. When Jill and I toured The Beacon, we were blown away by the tangible impact for good the Cathedral is making in the daily lives of Beacon clients.

The search committee was also clear that the Cathedral sought in its next dean a compelling preacher and teacher. I experience my priesthood primarily as a call to preach and teach. The proclamation of the Gospel, I believe, should make explicit the points of contact between God’s vision for the world and our daily living. No other role is more important for a priest.

I was also impressed also by the long-standing tradition of lay leadership at the Cathedral. As a rector — and now a dean — empowering lay ministry is a priority and passion.

Finally, our family connections both to Houston and to Christ Church served as a powerful lure to be in discernment with the Cathedral. And, Jill and I fell in love with Texas during our time at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin.

What have your previous parishes taught you spiritually and practically?

Spiritually, my experience serving parishes has reminded me again and again that it’s crucial for the priest to pray. This may seem self-evident, but in the crush of activity at a large parish, it’s all too easy for prayer to be the thing that’s nudged off of the priest’s daily agenda. It can’t be allowed to happen. Only by regularly centering oneself in God can the priest — rector or dean — shepherd the congregation toward that same center.

Practically, I am reminded again and again in my vocation that we never know the inner struggles of those we meet. The parishioner whose life seems the most together is often the one barely hanging on to faith. Approaching fellow Christians with a discerning ear and an open heart can, quite literally, be the difference between life and death. The smallest occasion of grace can be life-changing to one in need.

What do you see as the greatest challenges and opportunities in urban ministry?

In Roanoke, St. John’s (where I presently serve) sits equidistant between the Wells Fargo Tower and Roanoke Memorial Hospital (a level-one trauma center), which means that the parish exists in the very heart of the commercial, banking, governmental and healthcare center of southwestern Virginia. When the bells of St. John’s ring each hour, they serve as a reminder that God resides not only in Sunday worship, but also in the midst of each of these parts of our collective lives. God has something to say about how we do business, how we treat our citizens, and how we care for those who are hurting. God lays claim to all of us, and because the incarnate God abides among us, all of life is holy. Urban, downtown parishes bear the responsibility for reminding the city of this truth, and that responsibility is a challenge, an opportunity and a privilege.

Nurturing cohesive community can be a challenge for urban, downtown parishes. Especially in a large city in which most parishioners don’t live near the church, providing consistent opportunities for community and inspiring a sense of primary identity with the church are vitally important and not always easy. And yet, when such an identity is instilled, the Gospel is carried from the church out into the city in concentric circles, which can lead to growth in impact, numbers and spirit. I look forward not only to becoming part of the Cathedral community but also nurturing the sense of community among our people.

What has been your most memorable moment as a priest? As a person?

My most memorable moment as a priest was the day Bishop Don E. Johnson consecrated the new Church of the Holy Apostles in Collierville, Tennessee. Holy Apostles was the first parish I served. In 2003 it was a “re-start” congregation of forty parishioners. Over the course of four years we grew the church to over four hundred communicants, bought land at the edge of suburban growth, and built the first new church in the diocese in over a decade. The entire process was an act of faith, and the day it culminated in Bishop Johnson consecrating the new campus was unforgettable. It was marked by utter joy.

As a person, my most memorable moment happened on a stretch of bleak highway in Greene County, Arkansas when I was 16 years old. Our more Protestant brothers and sisters would call it a “conversion experience.” I hesitate to do so, because I had already known the love of God in my life up until that moment. Even so, that night I experienced the presence of the Risen Christ in an entirely life-changing way. It is not exaggeration to say that the life I live today still emanates from that day.

Which sports teams does your family root for, and can we change your mind?

In our house, we are zealous Arkansas Razorback fans, but we also cheer for both Texas A&M (my father’s alma mater) and the Longhorns. (Living three years in Austin, as we did in seminary, will make a Texas fan of anyone.)

What else would you like us to know about you?

I love traditional Southern barber shops. In Southern culture, the barber is akin to the priest. He lays on hands; he hears confession; he dispenses pastoral counsel and advice. As soon as I move to Houston, I’ll begin my quest for just the right barber shop.

Finally, what I want you most to know is how excited I am to be joining you in shared ministry. God is good, and God has good things in store for us together!


Cathedral names Rev. Barkley Thompson as next dean
A greeting from our new dean (video)

Cathedral lay participation an important factor in search process

As reported in our last update, the Search Committee will be visiting with and interviewing candidates for dean of our Cathedral. In our preparation for this task, we have reflected on our own strengths as a Cathedral and as a parish. One aspect of Christ Church Cathedral that stands out among its many strengths is the incredible participation of the laity. It is impossible to assign a value to all that is accomplished by hundreds of active parishioners. We will be looking for a dean who values lay contribution, a dean whose experience includes an active laity and who shares our philosophy of lay involvement. At the same time we are studying candidates and discerning who is to be our dean, each candidate is evaluating and discerning whether or not he or she is called to the Cathedral. The active lay people of Christ Church Cathedral make our position of dean attractive and sought after. The Search Committee appreciates your contribution to our task.

— Frances Kittrell

Search Committee begins conversations with candidates

In the last update from our committee on the search process, we indicated that the preliminary aspects of the search process (the survey, the town meeting, the parish profile, and the website) had been completed and that the committee was now prepared to begin visiting churches and interviewing prospects — and indeed that process has begun. We also indicated that we would be accepting nominations or applications throughout the search without any predetermined time frame for conclusion. This openness has proven to be beneficial as we have received several applications from priests throughout the country who have now either seen our parish profile online or read the posting of the dean’s opening on various Episcopalian websites used for this purpose.

We have already received almost 60 nominations or applications and we have gone through an extensive preliminary vetting of these prospects, aided considerably by the ample amount of information available via the Internet. We have begun conversations with several candidates on our list and have scheduled formal visits to their churches in the coming months to explore their background and interest as well as introduce our Cathedral in more detail. When we make a formal visit to the church, we will spend several hours in conversation with the prospect and we will attend services at their church when we know they will be scheduled to preach. (We will be discreet in our interactions at the church, knowing that this process needs to be conducted in a confidential manner.)

We are highly encouraged by the experiences and talents of these active prospects and look forward to getting to know them better. We also recognize that we are still in early stages of selecting the next dean. We do not want to belabor the process, but we know we need to proceed with the discernment process thoughtfully to ensure that we listen well and respond to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

As always we ask for your continued prayers, both for our own efforts as well as for the priests who have responded so positively to our needs.

— Linnet Deily

Update on the Search for a New Dean

Dear friends,

After a busy, exciting and emotional spring, the Search Committee thought this would be a good time to give you an update on our activities and a brief explanation of the process involved in selecting the new dean of the Cathedral.

Dean Reynolds attended a Search Committee meeting in February to familiarize us with various processes typically used by churches for the selection of a new dean or rector.

The method used by most churches involves the review of a large number of candidates in a finite period of time. Applications and nominations are accepted until a set deadline. After a thorough review and extensive interviews, the list is narrowed down to a final one to three prospects who are identified and presented to the Vestry. While this method is very commonly used, it seemed to lack the flexibility we desired in the selection process. We felt that it could even culminate in the identification of “finalists” who are not exactly right for the Cathedral. It would be so unfortunate to close the nomination process before “Rev. Right” was made known to us!

Instead, the Cathedral Search Committee decided to use an open-ended process without predetermined deadlines. We will accept applications and nominations until the new dean has been selected by the Search Committee and presented to the Vestry. We will be actively examining several candidates simultaneously.

We are very fortunate that in this technological age we are able to acquire much important information about prospects via the Internet. We are able to learn about their ministries and types of experience in their current churches, as well as study text, audio, and, sometimes, video sermons.

Now that the preliminary aspects of the search are completed — the survey, the town meeting, the parish profile and the website — the committee’s primary focus will be on interviewing the strongest prospects for the position of dean of the Cathedral.

From our background research, the Search Committee will select for interviews only those candidates who have the highest likelihood of meeting the needs and expectations of our parish. Interviews will include specific questions designed by the Search Committee to determine how each priest’s priorities align with our guiding principles and the extent to which each prospect meets the qualifications we seek in a new dean.

As we get to know these individuals better, we will determine —much like spouses before their engagement — whether the Cathedral and the prospect are a good match. And if either party gets “cold feet” before reaching the altar, we can always start fresh, confident that both the Cathedral and the candidate are responding to God’s guidance.

As you already know, confidentiality is of utmost importance during this search process and we ask your continued patience and respect when we can’t offer answers to the questions you most want to ask. It is crucial that our search not undermine or damage the relationship that any priest has with his or her current parish. This is the foremost reason why information cannot be shared.

We are very encouraged by the strong qualities of many of the priests who have come to our attention and are assured that with God’s help we will find an outstanding dean to lead this Cathedral that we love.

We ask for your continued prayers for the Search Committee, specifically that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our work and grant us the wisdom and discernment we need to successfully accomplish the task we are honored to perform.

Please pray also for the priests we are assessing for this important role. You don’t know them by name, but God does.

We thank you for your steadfast support.

— Risher Randall Jr.

Letter from the Search Committee

Welcome to Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas. We are glad you are visiting our website and hope you will check out our Parish Profile. We are prayerfully seeking the right person to serve as our next Dean, so if you find the portrayal in this website interesting, we are interested in hearing from you.

Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest church in the city of Houston, but we are far from old fashioned. Our worship is traditional, but our outlook is modern. We believe the primary message of the Gospel is love and that justice is love in action. We try to live that belief in reaching out to each other and to our homeless neighbors. We are looking for a visionary leader who will inspire, support, and encourage us in our efforts.

We are the Cathedral church of the Diocese of Texas, but we are also Christ Church Parish and the Dean of the Cathedral serves as Rector of the Parish. In the pages of our profile you will find pictures and details that we think will give you a glimpse of who we are and what we do. There is also a detailed description of the attributes we believe are important in our next Dean.

If what we are seeking resonates with your understanding of ministry, and if your experience has developed your skills to work with a diverse and very involved congregation, we invite and encourage you to consider Christ Church Cathedral. Please send a letter describing your interest and experience, your resume, and Ministry Portfolio to:

Kay Pieringer
Search Committee Chair
1712 Heights Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77008

We also welcome submissions, sample sermons, nominations, comments, and feedback at this secure email address for the committee chair:

We wish you God’s peace in your spiritual journey, wherever it takes you.

KayKay Pieringer
Chair, Search Committee
Christ Church Cathedral, Houston

Michael Bullington John Cater Linnet Deily Patrick Hayes Frances Kittrell Jim Murdaugh Charlie Prioleau Risher Randall, Jr. Flo Ray Wick Rowland Bess Wareing Andy Vickery, Senior Warden, ex officio

Parish Profile Released

We hope that you will take a few minutes to look at the new Cathedral Profile. Creating the profile was a cheerfully undertaken labor of love and a very rewarding study of our church. We began by looking at profiles from other churches and at the 1998 profile from the search that brought Dean Reynolds to the Cathedral. The results of the Parish Survey combined with work from the Vestry Retreat brought us to the six Guiding Principles around which the profile is structured. Your responses from the Town Meetings supplied ideas that were crucial to our descriptions of the history and character of the Cathedral. From the beginning we knew we wanted to include lots of photographs to show not only the beauty of our church but also the vibrancy of our community, and thanks to many talented photographers in our church, we had a lot from which to choose.

As we worked to describe our church, we were ever more grateful for the gifts and ministries of all our members and we tried to communicate that appreciation on every page. Whether you look over the pages casually or read the text carefully, we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. It is our prayer that, like us, you will find your ties to the Cathedral strengthened and your appreciation for our community enhanced.

— Flo Ray

Download the Parish Profile (PDF, 5.38MB)

Summary of Town Meeting Responses

On Sunday, March 25, 2012, parishioners were invited by the Search Committee and Vestry to participate in small group discussions to share ideas regarding the search for a new Dean. Twelve groups assembled in various places throughout the church, each led by a member of the Search Committee and assisted by a Vestry member. The same four questions were presented to each group and recorded on paper. Results were then gathered and compiled by question.

This was not a particularly scientific process or analysis. Rather it was an informal way to invite and consider feedback and input from the community at large. Approximately 170 people participated in randomly assigned groups which ranged in number from twelve to sixteen.

We are a diverse community on many levels and answers to the questions reflected a variety of views and perspectives. It would be impossible to represent every thoughtful response here as there were so many, however a number of themes rose clearly to the fore. The following summaries attempt to capture ideas that garnered the greatest consensus:

  1. What can we tell a prospective new Dean about who we are at the Cathedral that will make the person want to accept our call?

We want the new Dean to know that we are an inclusive and accepting community and that we are diverse in terms of geography, lifestyle and intellectual leanings. We want the Dean to know we are proud of our history, we honor our traditions and we value being an urban church in a large and vibrant city. We also want the new Dean to know that we are eager to participate and are open to new ideas. It is especially important that the new Dean appreciates and supports the central role music plays in the life of the Cathedral. We believe two compelling reasons for the new Dean to come to Christ Church Cathedral are the strength of the Cathedral family and an opportunity to take his or her place in our long history of outstanding preaching.

  1. Is there something new or some things we have not gotten around to doing yet that we want the new Dean to address?

Interestingly this question had the fewest responses and the least overlap across groups. However, a couple of points came through. We see a general need to grow the membership of the Cathedral with particular attention to young adults and young families of all kinds. There is a desire to see greater support and integration of single people as well. In smaller numbers there were suggestions to work more effectively with older congregants and there was some interest expressed in offering an alternative service of some kind.

  1. What brought you to the Cathedral and what keeps you here?

This question inspired many touching and personal responses. Answers again covered a wide range, and each story is moving and informative in its own right. That said, many of us zeroed in on five important factors that drew us here and compel us to stay: a feeling of being welcomed and accepted regardless of differences, outstanding preaching, glorious music in a beautiful setting, and the quality of our liturgical worship.

  1. Are there Cathedral stories we should tell prospects that define us and validate who we want to continue to be?

This final question led to much laughter, reminiscence and a good deal of head-scratching while trying to remember specific story details. Space limitations prohibit including them all here but be assured they’ve been recorded and will be employed with care and good humor!

Lastly, each and every group endorsed the Town Meeting format as a useful model and time well spent. Many suggested we consider using it in the future for other topics. All group leaders reported lively and thoughtful exchange, even when there were disparate opinions, further evidence of our community’s common values of diversity and acceptance.

Thanks to all who participated and to those of you now taking the time to review these results.

Prayerfully submitted,
Bess Wareing

Results of Cathedral Survey released

There were 420 respondents to the online survey — a remarkable number! Most surveys of this kind would have been considered successful with significantly lower participation, but the Cathedral family stepped up once again to demonstrate we can deliver when asked. The Search Committee is enormously grateful for your taking the time to respond. As you will see from the survey results, over 80 percent of us have been members more than five years, and we attend church services regularly. We are in overwhelming agreement that the Cathedral provides a meaningful worship experience and that inspiring sermons are important to us. Also, we see the new Dean’s most important role to be that of a preacher and teacher.

Thank you for your overwhelming participation in the process of capturing our views and opinions.

— Mike Bullington

2012 CCC Survey Results (PDF)

Related: Survey of the Cathedral community to assist search process

Survey of the Cathedral community to assist search process

Dear Friends,

The call of a new Dean is a critical event in the life of our Cathedral. It is a time to seriously consider our future and the qualifications we most value in the person who will be next Dean of Christ Church Cathedral.

The process of searching for the new Dean provides an important opportunity for our congregation to share in the task of assessing who we are and our hopes and dreams for the future. To assist in this task, the Search Committee has created an online survey which we invite you to complete. The survey not only asks direct questions about the kind of pastoral leader you would like the new Dean to be, but it also includes broader questions regarding the Cathedral’s current ministry and your own involvement.

Your responses to the survey are completely anonymous. We need your candor and honest views. The survey can be completed in as few as seven minutes, but should take no longer than fifteen minutes.

The deadline for submission of the survey is midnight, Monday, March 26, 2012. A summary of the survey results will be posted on the Cathedral website.

In addition, the Search Committee invites you to participate in “town meeting” conversations with the members of the committee on Sunday, March 25, during the 10 o’clock education hour. We will all meet in the Great Hall and then disperse to small groups.

Please click on the link below to begin the survey. Thank you for your prayers and your support.

God’s peace,


Kay Pieringer

Chair, Search Committee

Survey Link:

Prayer for the Calling of a New Dean

Loving God, as your Son Jesus once called disciples to make them fishers of men, so now we ask you to bless the ministry of our Search Committee as they seek to discern your will for the calling of a new Dean to the Cathedral.

Lord Jesus, send us a priest who, like you, comes to be among us as one who serves; help us to call a faithful pastor, missionary, teacher, and leader who by word and example will inspire and guide your Church.

May the Holy Spirit guide and sustain us in our search. Amen.

The Search Committee for a New Dean

We are pleased to introduce the members of the search committee for a new dean:

  • Mike Bullington
  • John Cater
  • Linnet Deily
  • Patrick Hayes
  • Frances Kittrell
  • Jim Murdaugh
  • Kay Pieringer, chair
  • Charlie Prioleau
  • Risher Randall, Jr.
  • Flo Ray
  • Wick Rowland
  • Bess Wareing
  • Andy Vickery, senior warden, ex officio

We are so grateful to each of you for your thoughtful participation in recommending your fellow parishioners for service on the search committee for a new dean! 

You recommended exactly 130 different individuals for our consideration.

We are indeed blessed to be part of a community which includes an abundance of intelligent, caring and committed people.

The most difficult part of our job (so far) was to narrow down the list of potential members to just twelve.

Thank you for your confidence in God’s guidance reflected in our decisions.  We ask for your continued prayers for each member of the search committee as we strive to ascertain God’s will in the calling of a new dean for the Cathedral that we all love so much.

God’s peace,
Kay and Jim

Kay Pieringer, search committee chair
Jim Murdaugh, former senior warden

Search Committee to be Named and Commissioned

The names of those on the Search Committee will be announced at all services on Sunday, February 12. The Search Committee will be present and commissioned at the 9 o’clock and 11 o’clock services. Please be there to give your support for their efforts and your prayers for their guidance.

Suggestions Welcomed for Search Committee

The vestry has approved the appointment of Kay Pieringer as chair of a search committee to call a new dean for Christ Church Cathedral. The committee, which will likely include 9–12 people, will be formed soon. We heartily solicit your recommendations for committee membership — as well as your thoughts and prayers. Suggestion boxes will be available through January 29 in the Cathedral bell porch, in the Great Hall, and at the reception desk in the Latham Building. Please feel free also to contact Kay Pieringer or Senior Warden Jim Murdaugh directly with any recommendations or suggestions you have.