The Search for Trinity’s New Dean Begins

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

These last two months have been incredibly full since we learned that Dean Lind would retire at the end of January. The time to say good-bye arrived last Sunday. We came together as a community to worship and have blessed time with her one last time. It was joyful and poignant as we wished Tracey, “Godspeed!” in her retirement.

And now we move on. We are in transition — a meantime of opportunity and discovery while moving toward change. Today — February 1 — is the first day of Trinity’s search for its new dean.

At the January 8 Dean’s Forum three weeks ago, Bishop Hollingsworth described a three-phase leadership transition process. We are in phase one – putting together a staff transition team and search committee. Phase two focus will focus on finding and retaining an interim dean while the search is underway for a permanent dean. The final phase will consist of identifying, recruiting, selecting and installing a new dean, Trinity’s 12th.

We are pleased to announce that a strong staff transition team is now in place. The Reverend Canon Kay Rackley will oversee worship and liturgy, faith formation, congregational life, pastoral care and the ministry programs. Chief Operating Officer Diane Swander will provide financial and operations oversight. New to the mix is Holly Tomasch, who has stepped up to the new position of director of development & communications after serving as our development consultant for almost three years. This experienced and knowledgeable team will ensure that Trinity’s robust mix of worship, ministry, programs and operations continue during the search.

Trinity is a very special faith community. We know that because we attracted a remarkable dean 17 years ago in Tracey Lind. Like then, we will search and find our next dean to lead our community and take it forward. Bishop Hollingsworth urged us to use this transition period to “ramp up” and explore opportunities to ready our community to receive its new dean. In his words, “Conclude your transition stronger than when you entered.”

We take the Bishop’s words to heart as we begin our search. We will be communicating our progress regularly. There will be opportunities for your input. We invite you to participate and enrich this process. Together, we will emerge stronger and wiser, and with our new dean, begin a new era in Trinity’s 200-year-plus ministry.

We are well-equipped — strong in faith and community. We will move thoughtfully, prayerfully and purposefully. We are blessed and grateful for your energy, caring, input and prayers as we step forth.

Yours in faith,

Amy Ryder Wentz
Senior Warden
Jeff Baddeley
Junior Warden
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 God’s justice, love and mercy for all creation.
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A Message from Trinity’s Wardens: The Search for Trinity’s New Dean