Date: March 31, 2021
Last Sunday, the Rector of Immanuel Church on the Hill, Rev. Randy Alexander and I sat in the Wilderness while a thank you and farewell was live streamed to the parish of the Church of the Resurrection. The parish was marking an extraordinary achievement. Our alum, the Rev. Jo J. Belser was called to the Church of the Resurrection. Working closely with the vestry, an idea emerged: work with a developer to create 113 units for working families and have the developer build us a new parish church. Naturally, while their campus was being transformed, the congregation needed a home. Working with the Seminary and Immanuel Church on the Hill, a way was found for Resurrection to be part of our campus for over two years.
This Sunday, Resurrection is moving back into their renovated and transformed home. The rector and congregation were grateful to VTS. However, I am deeply grateful to this parish. This is innovative church; this is imaginative leadership; this is a community taking a risk; this is making a difference to 113 families; and this is all grounded in a deep commitment to the transformative power of the Gospel.
The Church of the Resurrection is a good news story, in which VTS played a minor role. It was our privilege to play this role. And we join with the rest of the diocese in acknowledging the extraordinary achievement of this remarkable congregation.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President