St. Margaret's announces new rector - and new name!
St. Margaret's announces new rector - and a new name!By Margaret Mann
A New Rector: The Rev. Clint Kerley
The Rev. Clint Kerley, Senior Associate to the Rector at Christ Church, Plano, Texas, has accepted our call and will be starting to lead services at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, Woodbridge, VA, this summer. Clint Kerley is a great choice for our parish. In addition to inspiring spiritual leadership, he brings outstanding capabilities and characteristics – faith, compassion, pastoral care, honesty, trust, teaching, collaborative style, family, and more.
Clint grew up in the area around Dallas, TX. He attended Oklahoma Baptist University and was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian History. He received a Masters Degree in Christian History from Wheaton College and his Master in Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry in 2004 (Ambridge, PA), and was ordained to the priesthood in 2005. Clint has been on staff at Christ Church since 2006. Prior to becoming Associate Rector at Christ Church, he held the position of Assistant Rector at Church of the Resurrection in Dallas.
Clint is married to Kim Spriggs Kerley and they have three children, Jackson (age 8), Harrison (3) and Edison (19 months). Kim has a new position with Capital One in the Tysons Corner area. They are currently living in temporary housing and looking for a home in the Woodbridge/Lake Ridge area.
As we prepare to welcome the Kerleys to our parish, we also gratefully acknowledge Bishop Dave Bena's leadership of St. Margaret’s Church over these past two years. He has been a constant, graceful leader, providing our parish not only spiritual guidance, but also much needed stability and healing as we moved out from our former church home.
Thank you, Bishop Dave and Mary Ellen, for all you have done to sustain us, teach us, and show us Christ’s loving presence in our lives.
We anticipate an Installation date for the new Rector in early autumn.
A New Name: Immanuel Anglican Church
The Lord has spoken. He has delivered a new name for our congregation! “Immanuel” (meaning God with us)* gives glory to God, affirms our story of standing firm in the Word, and emphasizes relationship with God, the very life of our fellowship. St. Margaret's will become “Immanuel Anglican Church.” Please continue lifting our parish in prayer as God breathes life into our new name.
How did this happen?
Parish-wide prayer speaks loudest to this discernment and is at the core of the final revelation. Over 70 names were submitted from the congregation. As the Vestry prayed through names, a final two emerged. Just at that moment in our deliberation we were made to realize that these two were the ones that had welled up from the heart of our fellowship. These two names were tied for the most support by parishioners! We prayed one last time, asking yet again for the Holy Spirit to enter our hearts on this issue. We wanted only the one name that God had chosen for us. We were led to unanimous discernment – our name is to be “Immanuel Anglican Church.”
What is it that speaks so boldly in support of this name?
The name “Immanuel Anglican Church” proclaims the following:
- Gives Glory to God: places God first in our declaration of who we are;
- Supports Our Story: helps each of us to call to mind our local history, our witness to that story of victory against all the enemy has thrown at us, and God’s continuing presence as our story unfolds into our future; and
- Reflects Our Identity: fully embraces our relatively traditional heritage, encompassing our Anglican, Christian and Jewish roots back to the very Creation. God has always been with His precious people; He continues to walk with us into the promise of eternal life as He brings all of heaven and earth together in a final restoration of His beloved Creation.