Recent Calls to Parish and Diocesan Leadership

July 23, 2018
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Emmanuel called next rector: Jenny Hulen
With great pleasure the vestry of Emmanuel Church has unanimously voted to call the Rev. Jennifer L. (Jenny) Hulen as the nineteenth rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Webster Groves.

"Jenny's ministry statement is a wonderful match for Emmanuel's current needs and goals: I seek to serve in a full-time ministry where I can utilize my gifts of making disciples, spiritual formation, evangelism, preaching, and strategic leadership," wrote the wardens and discernment committee.

She became a Baptist minister after graduating from college and served as a missionary to China. Discovering that the Baptist faith no longer reflected her experience of Jesus, she worked in the corporate sector for eight years, gaining great experience in budgeting, HR, and management. But she still experienced a call to ministry, attended seminary, received a diploma in Anglican Studies, and was ordained in the Episcopal Church. She served first as a Curate at St. Paul's (Indianapolis) and, since 2013, as Associate Rector at St. Christopher's (Carmel, Indiana).

Her first Sunday at Emmanuel was on June 10.
--Dick Clark, Senior Warden; Clark Hotaling, Junior Warden;
Ann Marie Ruhlin, Bob Shillito, Discernment Co-Leads, Emmanuel Church

Grace Church in Jefferson City calls Ian Lasch as rector
Grace Church's vestry announced that the Rev. Ian Lasch accepted the call to become the next rector of the church. He is currently Associate Rector for Formation and Fellowship at St. Peter's Church in Ladue. Grace's vestry wrote, "During our discussions with Ian, his passion for Christian formation for all ages and his recognition of the importance of fellowship became increasingly clear... That these passions are something that Grace shares with him is very evident from our most recent self-study. We firmly believe that he will lead us as pastor, priest, and teacher in the years ahead."

Ian's first Sunday at Grace was June 24, 2018.

Fr. Ian wrote in his letter to St. Peter's, "I will never forget my time at St. Peter's, or how special it has been to be a part of this community. I can never thank you enough for your loving support and encouragement."

St. Martin's calls Priest-in-charge: Leslie Scoopmire
The Vestry of St. Martin's Church in Ellisville as called the Rev. Leslie Barnes Scoopmire as their priest-in-charge. She'll start on Aug. 1: her first service will be the 5o5 on Saturday, August 4, and her first Sunday will be the following day.

In his announcement, senior warden Tom Allen gave credit and thanks to the vestry for accomplishing in "six months what has in the past taken more than 2 years."

Her call represents many firsts for St. Martin's, including as the first female lead cleric. Mother Leslie wrote, "I am excited and humbled by this new chapter in our common life together, and am so thrilled by the opportunity to walk alongside the wonderful people of St. Martin's as their priest."

St. Martin's interim pastor the Rev. Alfred Jewson will preach his last Sunday service at the parish on July 29.

Loren Lasch appointed diocesan Canon for Christian Formation
Bishop Wayne Smith has appointed diocesan Youth Missioner the Rev. Loren Lasch to newly created position of Canon for Christian Formation. In addition to her ongoing work with youth, her portfolio now includes Children and Family Ministry, coordinating the discernment process to Holy Orders, as well as all Safeguarding and Safe Church training.

Canon Loren said, "I am thrilled to be serving as the Canon for Christian Formation in the Diocese of Missouri! As followers of Jesus, it is vital to be formed by Scripture, worship, prayer, and community at all stages of our lives. I am excited for the opportunity to join parishes in exploring the rich variety of ways in which the children, youth, and families of our diocese can grow as disciples!"

Recently moved with her family to Jefferson City where husband Ian was just called as rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Loren is in the St. Louis office each week and maintains her travel around the diocese as per usual. Contact her via email:



The Rev. Emily Hillquist Davis has stepped down from being an associate priest at St. Martin's Church where she led the 505 contemplative service on Saturday evenings. That service continues and the Rev. Emily continues as the Vicar of St. Thomas Deaf Church.

On June 3, the Rev. Sally Weaver retired as Vicar of St. Francis' Episcopal Church in Eureka.

The Rev. Kevin Selle was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on April 19 at St. Francis' Episcopal Church in Eureka. His ordination to the priesthood is planned for later in the year.

The Rev. Richard Wiskus will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on August 8, 6 PM, at Christ Church Cathedral. All are invited to this service, and clergy participating invited to wear white stoles.

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