We are in the process of discerning who our permanent Episcopal Co-Pastor will be. The eight Discernment Committee members (Tony Asalone, Mike Cherwa(Co-Chair), Joan Flowers, John Franklin(Co-Chair), George Hodermarsky, Kelly Hormuth, Jacke Lucas, and Gene Zamer) are a cross section of our community and will help identify and interview candidates.
For further information about the position or the Diocese contact the Rev. Canon Charles Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org; Subject line: Holy Apostles.
Discernment Committee Prayer
Almighty and merciful God, send the Holy Spirit to guide us. Grant that the Discernment Committee, the Vestry Council and all the members of Holy Apostles community receive a full measure of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we will select an Episcopal co-pastor whose beliefs are consistent with your will. We ask that he be committed to the ecumenical vision of Holy Apostles, and will act as pastor to the entire Holy Apostles community, as we choose lover over division, unity over separation, and Christ above all things. We ask this through Jesus Christ your son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Meet the Committee
Mike Cherwa, Co-Chair
I appreciate this opportunity to serve Holy Apostles. The Episcopal priest is extremely important to this community because on a daily basis he represents our pastoral leadership to the whole community. I bring a voice of history and respect for denominational traditions that will be beneficial as a reflection in our decision making.
John Franklin, Co-Chair
I have attended Holy Apostles for 6 years. From the beginning I was at first intrigued and now devoted to our ministry of ecumenism and oneness. I am honored to have the opportunity to assist in securing an Episcopal priest for our community. I served as an ordained Navy Chaplain for 26 years and have ministered for 32 years as an ordained pastor. I look forward to the process as we all work together to discern God's will for Holy Apostles.
My husband, Brian, and I came to Holy Apostles in October, 1996, when I was pregnant with our first child. We were looking for a church where we could worship together and have our children baptized. Our family has been very involved in the church – Children’s Chapel, Fellowship MANNA, Acolytes, Vestry Council, and Liturgy. My hope for our new Episcopal Co-pastor is that he supports and shares our vision, choosing love over separation, unity over division, and Christ above all things.
I am a retired pharmacy technician, delighted to be able to serve on the Discernment Committee. I currently serve as co-chair of the Administrative and Maintenance Committee, and am a Bible study teacher, in addition to being a lay Eucharistic minister, a lay reader, and a chalice bearer. I feel it is a great honor to have this responsibility to help select a Co-pastor, and to shape the future of our parish.
I have been a member of this ecumenical church for 39 years, held many leadership positions, and now am blessed to be a part of this discernment process. Where else could a Roman Catholic have a voice in selecting an Episcopal Co- pastor? By the grace of God, I have made a commitment to help bring about the unity Jesus wants of us.
I believe that the Church of the Holy Apostles is at a critical juncture where the long-term survival of this noble experiment is at risk. It is difficult to overstate the importance of the new Episcopal Co-Pastor to the future of the congregation. As a member of the Discernment Committee, I hope to use my experience in personnel evaluation to contribute to the process to select the best possible candidate for this important position.
I have been a member of the Church of the Holy Apostles for nearly 25 years. During that time, I have witnessed the impact of the priests on the vision and mission of this church. What I have learned through personal experience is how much the life of the church community is influenced by its leaders. I had the privilege of serving on the Search Committee when we selected Fr. Michael Ferguson as our Episcopal priest. It is my hope that that experience and my insight and commitment will allow me to effectively serve this community as a member of this Discernment Committee.
The Church of the Holy apostles is a unique community with a special mission. Hiring the right person as our part-time pastor is very important as it relates to our uniqueness and special mission. In view of its importance to our community, I want to be an integral part of the discernment and selection process. I was involved in Fr. Mike’s selection and bring that experience to this search. I am currently a Eucharistic Minister, Reader, Preacher, Bible leader, Christian Formation presenter and involved in Manna.