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Vision Statement

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church as the people of God who are loving and forgiving, as Jesus taught us.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, we are growing in unity and welcoming all God's children. We are serving God through our ministries.

Vision Charge For St. Francis of Assisi Search for a Rector 2022

You are charged with the sacred duty of calling the next Victor/Rector to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church Chapin. We pray for God’s will, His discernment, and your open-mindedness in this process. The Mission committee of this church has with confidence and our full support chosen the members of this Search Committee to be a good representation of St. Francis, following the skills learned in our Lombard workshops, vision for the future as written in our Strategic Visioning and our Mission and Vision statements.

Thank you for your willingness to serve in this important role. We are blessed that we have the financial commitment of this congregation to be able to call a Victor/ Rector at this time.

The Mission Committee charges you to:

  • Keep the mission of the church in the forefront of your work
  • Be respectful of each other throughout the search process, in committee discussions, and interactions
  • Be present on this committee as a good and faithful representative of our congregation
  • Be present during the meetings and engaged with one another in sharing and listening
  • Be respectful of the need to maintain confidentiality in all search committee matters
  • Be committed to attending all meetings and completing all assignments
  • Be excited about the opportunities for St. Francis and the talents a new spiritual leader will bring
  • Be open to diverse talents, gender, and ideas
  • Be willing to be led by the Holy Spirit and pray for guidance and understanding.
  • Submit the minutes of the Search Committee meetings to the Mission Committee on a regular basic.

The Mission Committee’s charge for a Priest include:

  • An energetic worship leader, enthusiastic about possibilities at St Francis for growth
  • Ability to deliver thought-provoking inspirational sermons
  • A priest that shows he/she loves God, loves what he/she does and demonstrates his/her love and caring in his/her actions.
  • Knowledgeable, thoughtful, and caring spiritual leader and teacher
  • Believes in and practices servant leadership, a welcoming Christian to all he/she encounters, and a good communicator
  • Interest in and commitment to serving a small parish and in being part of our church family
  • Interest & commitment to our ministries: Spiritual Growth & Development,Music Program,Christian Education,Youth/Children’s Ministries,Pastoral Care, Fellowship,Outreach,Healing & Communications.
  • Commitment to fulfilling our vision: St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church as the people of God who are loving and forgiving, as Jesus taught us. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we are growing in unity and welcoming all God’s children. We are serving God through our ministries.
  • Family oriented (possibly have kids of his/her own)
  • Youth/ Children’s ministries experience desired
  • Have participated or willing to participate in Lombard Family Systems training and promote healthy dialogue and conflict resolution
  • Willing to participate in church events other than Sunday

Thank you for your willingness to accept this charge and for taking this responsibility with integrity and pride.

This Search Committee will select two or three names and profiles of serious final candidates to be forwarded to the Mission Committee for consideration and a final decision.

St. Francis Mission Committee

Rector Search Committee

Carol Baker

Carol Baker

I have been an active communicant of St. Francis of Assisi since the early 1980’s. I have been married to Dennis Baker since 1971 and we have two grown children, DJ and Angie. We also have two granddaughters. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1981, Dennis and I and family settled in Irmo, South Carolina. After many visits to different churches in the area we chose St. Francis as our church home. I have been on the Vestry as liaison for Stewardship and also Outreach. I served as Management Board Chair of St. Francis Community Thrift Shop and for many years have been a volunteer. For four years I organized GET READY, a week-long program to strengthen both social and academic skills of rising Kindergarten students from Chapin Elementary School. I also lead the team of Counters, bake Communion Bread and have helped with several annual auctions. I am a Reader and recently l joined the Newcomers Team. For many years I served as an usher. In 2018 I attended Cursillo. I was again elected to the Vestry in 2021 but because of becoming a Mission I wasn’t able to serve.

Alice Brooker

Alice Brooker

As a cradle Episcopalian, the church has always been an important part of my life. Growing up, I was active in Sunday School, EYC, choir and Jr. Altar Guild. As an adult, I have remained an active member. St. Francis of Assisi has been my church home since 2016, after over 50 years at my original church. Here I serve on Altar Guild, the Outreach Committee, Buildings and Grounds, and the Thrift Shop Management Board. Previously, I served 2 terms on vestry, 1 year as senior warden, was a member of the cemetery committee and participated in Cursillo. In the Chapin community I am an active volunteer at The St. Francis Community Thrift Shop and at We Care, the food pantry.

Michael Copeland

Michael Copeland

I am originally from Orangeburg, South Carolina where I was reared as a Southern Baptist. I graduated from The Citadel where I served as the Head Usher for the Protestant Chapel for 2 ½ years. I worked as the Cadet Wedding Coordinator for the Summerall Chapel for three years. I was also elected to serve as the Senior Class Representative to the Religious Council. I served in the US Army after graduating and stayed in the Columbia area. Before becoming engaged to my Roman Catholic wife, we looked for a middle-ground church to join. After many visits to different denominations and churches, we agreed on the Episcopal Church and St. Francis of Assisi. We joined St. Francis, became engaged, and were married 30 years ago at St. Francis. I have been an active member of the Boy Scouts since second grade and am also an Eagle Scout. I started the Scouting program at St. Francis 29 years ago and continue to be actively involved with it. I have served in many different positions is Scouting. I recently finished serving as the State President of the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association. I referee all levels of youth soccer up to age 20. I am a member of the Chapin Camp of Gideons International. I have worked as a financial advisor for 35 years. We have four adult children.

Janice Fergusson

Janice Fergusson

I am a native of Shelby, North Carolina and I grew up in the Methodist Church. I joined the Episcopal Church in 1987 when I moved to Columbia. My late husband and I were active members at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Irmo prior to moving to Chapin in 1998. Upon encouragement from friends and neighbors, we decided to visit St. Francis of Assisi. We loved the people at St. Francis and the rest is history. I am a CPA and taught accounting at the university level for many years. I have held numerous positions in the Church, including being very active in Church finances and chairing the 2022 stewardship campaign. I enjoy reading, gardening, and I am a huge University of South Carolina Gamecock fan!

Ann Gorman

Ann Gorman

Born and raised Roman Catholic in Ohio, my husband and I relocated to South Carolina in 1994, and to Chapin in 2019. We quickly found the joy that is in the Episcopalian Church. I am a retired OB/GYN, married, and we have 3 grown girls and 6 grandchildren. We love calling Chapin our home, enjoying all that Lake Murray has to offer! I am active in the Flower Guild, Daughters of the King, and many other services here at St Francis.

Lisa Maylath

Lisa Maylath

I am a cradle Episcopalian from the Midwest. My husband and I were married in the Episcopal Church in Massachusetts. We were involved in our Church in Pennsylvania prior to moving to South Carolina. We had our daughters, Madeleine and Paige, baptized in St Francis. I have served on vestry, outreach and the thrift store. I have served with Vacation Bible School and the outreach summer camp. I have also served as the Girl Scout leader for 15 years.

Phil Steude

Phil Steude

I am a semi-retired psychiatrist who joined St. Francis 46 years ago. I have served in many positions over that time. Currently I am a lay reader/chalice bearer, and on the building and grounds committee. I take the prayer of St. Francis as my job description. I was on vestry recently and attend a small group. Pam, my wife of 51 years, and I have 2 adult children. I am a master naturalist and master gardener with an interest in Native American Spirituality. I enjoy deer hunting, woodworking, and living in the woods, all of which connect me with the Mystery of God.

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