Welcome Steve and Angie Schlossberg!
Thanks be to God, we are pleased to announce that the Vestry has called The Rev. Stephen Schlossberg as our new Rector. Steve is a graduate of Nashotah House Theological Seminary and a former member of Truro |Episcopal Church. Solidly orthodox, he loves the Bible and roots his sermons in the scriptures. He is also devoted to relating the worship of the church to its mission.
Steve comes to us from St. John's Episcopal Church in Troy, N.Y., where over the last seven years he has worked to rekindle the spiritual life of a very diverse parish, grown its membership in size and giving, introduced an adult education program, enlarged a neighborhood hospitality ministry and fostered a basketball ministry for nearby youth, revitalized a relationship with a sister parish in Haiti and helped guide a successful three-year Capital Campaign.
Relating to different people, no matter where they are in life or what challenges they face, is one of Steve’s gifts. He says that one of his great satisfactions in ministry is seeing people grow in faith, by discovering their gifts, and being given the freedom to exercise those gifts in service to God. He also enjoys reading, following sports, playing with his kids, dating his wife and watching Marx Brothers movies. He and his wife Angie have five children ranging in ages from 13-30. Lydia (13-year-old daughter) and Joe (16-year-old son) will be moving to the Rectory the week of August 19. Their adult children are Jacob (married to Jillian, with daughter Juliana), Isaac and Abraham. His first weekend in the pulpit will be September 2.
The Vestry wishes to thank the Search Committee for its hard work in locating the Lord’s candidate to start the next chapter in the life of our parish. Please congratulate January Britt, Paul Creasy, Tim Lough, Ramona Neifeld, Bethany Piersol, Vernon Plack (chairman), Clint Ray, John Rickman and Harriet Vincent. We also wish to thank the Rev. Dr. Mary Brennan Thorpe of the Diocese of Virginia for her assistance and guidance.
The Vestry of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church