Rector Search Process

Is God calling you to be the 20th Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Astoria Oregon? Listen carefully to God and to your heart…perhaps it might just be you.

June 2020: With great joy and gratitude, we present to you The 2020 Parish Profile of Grace Episcopal Church here. If you or someone you know might be the person God is calling to serve as the 20th Rector of Grace Church, please contact The Rev. Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley, Canon to the Ordianry of the Diocese of Oregon at All applications are to go through Canon Neysa. Thank you for your interest in Grace Church and for helping us discover the next rector for Grace. Please check back for updates.

March 2020: The Vestry, working with Search Committee Chair Frank Lertora, draws up the qualifications and gifts required for serving on the Search Committee. The congregation is asked to submit nominees for people to be considered to serve.

March 2020: Chair of the Search Committee is selected. Read more about the process of forming our Search Committee here.

January 2020: Grace Episcopal Church has begun the search for our next Rector. This is a process steeped in prayer, thoughtfulness, hope and imagination. We will update our process as we go along. We ask for your prayers. If you feel so called to enter the process, please contact The Reverend Canon Neysa Ellgren Shepley, the Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Oregon. All applications are to go through Canon Neysa at

January 2020: Our Profile Committee is busily working on the final edition of our Profile. Once it has been approved by the Vestry and our Bishop, we will publish it here. Please check back.

We are conducting this process in prayer and contemplation. Though the timing may appear slow, we believe it is in cooperation with the Holy Spirit. Please keep us in your prayers. Thank you.

Prayers of Transition

During this time of transition, Grace Church is blessed with the gifts and faith of parishioner, Karin Temple. Karin is a published poet. Using her gift of poetry for Grace, she writes a prayer of transition for each season which we pray together every week. Enjoy these prayers…and pray daily for Grace Church and our next rector.

Our Summer Prayer of Transition
Alleluia! Thanks be to God for the completion of the Parish Profile and the selection of the Search Committee. We are reminded that you have a plan for us, Lord, during our journey toward our next rector, even while the world is in tumult around us. Help us, O Lord, to navigate this search for new spiritual leadership in a caring, prayerful, and patient fashion, always listening to your call. Also mercifully assist us in re-opening our beloved church for service. In your name we pray. Amen.
(written by Karin Temple, June 2020)

Our Pentecost Transition Prayer
Merciful Creator, all times are your seasons, yet we give special thanks for the glory of this spring unfolding around us amidst so many sorrows, not least among them our long Eucharistic fast.
Send us your Holy Spirit, Lord, the Advocate to lead us in the work you have given us to do, in truth and beauty and for the common good.  In time, may we know your affirmation “This is the way; walk in it”. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Karin Temple
May 2020

Our Easter Prayer of Transition:
Lord of love and hope, we thank you for showing us the way through this Lenten season where we, like the women of Jerusalem, wept for you, and for ourselves and our children.  As your Easter people once again, we pray you, gracious God, to guide us in the continued search for our next rector and toward the Sunday when we will kneel again in your Sanctuary – all aglow and abloom, aloud with organ and alive with Alleluias!  Amen.
(written by Karin Temple)