Recently, Fr. Steve Teague provided the parish with the letter below. Although we hate to see Karen and Steve leave, we look forward to our remaining months together and wish them the best in their next endeavors. Stay tuned for more information about celebrating our time with Karen and Steve, and our journey to select a new rector.
April 14, 2016
Nearly nine years ago I accepted the Vestry’s invitation to become the 21st Rector of St. Paul’s Church, beginning Sunday, October 7, 2007. As I celebrate birthday 66 and enter year 67, I have given my resignation to the Vestry, who have accepted it with regret and thanksgiving for our ministry together. I shall conclude my ministry with you on Sunday, August 14, 2016.
The decision to resign has been a difficult and rewarding spiritual journey of discernment. When I love people as Karen and I love you, thinking about leaving is both difficult and painful. When I look back over nearly 43 years of ordained ministry, I feel very blessed. Being your rector is an honor, privilege and joy that bring my years of full-time ministry service to a high point and fitting close. I never anticipated the emotions I would feel at this time. We have accomplished much as God has led us: the nave revisions and new organ; increasing membership and financial growth; hospitality people notice; opening again our worship space for musicians to perform, and the community to enjoy the beauty of St. Paul’s; expansion of Outreach and funding to support ministries outside our walls; strategic planning processes; and I could go on. You are an extraordinary people.
Regretfully, I have come to realize I have neither the energy to be the Rector I expect of myself nor for the Rector I believe you need at this time. As I come into these final months, I am reminded of a quote from Tennyson a friend recently shared as we talked in reflecting on the privilege of sharing life together, “I am part of all that I have met.” I shall work to help us have a closure of thanksgiving and celebration for our years together, giving the Vestry time to put a plan for moving forward together before I leave. I have great confidence in your love for God and others, giving me confidence for St. Paul’s future.
Karen and I are in a process to move us to the Raleigh area of North Carolina to be closer to family there. Karen will move her mother in early June to set up our house there. After I move, I hope to find part-time ministry work in a parish in the Diocese of North Carolina. While with the increasing years my energy is no longer youthful, my calling to serve God in the community of Christ’s Body is affirmed and stronger by being on this journey with you. Karen and I are forever grateful for this time together, and for our continuing bonds of love and prayers for one other.
I appreciate my tenure in serving as your Rector with our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Steven Miller, with fellow presbyters and in the councils of the Church. I shall miss the closeness of many relationships, our church support staff, and our ministry leaders Tim and Sheila, our choir, vestry, teachers, and such capable leaders and loving members. With heartfelt gratitude for the honor and privilege of serving God with you, I hold you,
In Christ’s love,
C. Steven Teague, Rector