Dear Friends, I cannot tell you how excited my family and I are to be with all of you this July! We are literally counting down the days. Ketchum is a magical place that touched my heart over twenty years ago. One summer, after my sophomore year of college, I threw some fishing rods in the back of the car, strapped on my mountain bike, and headed west from New York with a group of friends. We lived in the old Alpenrose Hotel and I worked at Globus Noodle (is it still there?). I fished. I hiked. I explored. And I even discovered the love and grace of St. Thomas Church. During that summer, I attended services on a regular basis to both give thanks to God for the great time I was having, and to find comfort and guidance in the midst of the questions and challenges I found myself having as I matured into adulthood. Since then, I graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in history, received my Masters in Divinity from the General Theological Seminary in New York City, was ordained in New York on September 15, 2001 (just four days after September 11th), and have served three parishes. I was a Curate at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City and Rector of All Saints’ in Harrison, New York. For the past 10 years, I have served as Rector of St. Philip’s, Durham, North Carolina. I also married Caty Connelly from Charlotte, North Carolina and we are blessed with two daughters, Scout (10) and Beau (5). This sabbatical is my second from St. Philip’s and I look forward to taking a break from my busy life as the Rector of a large and growing downtown parish, and to being renewed by God as I reconnect with nature, share with my family the wonders Ketchum has to offer, and assisting at St. Thomas. All of my ministry has taken place in and around major metropolitan areas and I can’t wait to experience ordained ministry in a new context that will broaden my perspective and awaken new insights. I love to preach, offer pastoral care, and spend time discovering God in and through relationships with others. I eagerly await being with you all on Sunday, July 1st. As I pray for Fr. Ken as he prepares to lead your diocese’s deputation at General Convention, I ask that you pray for safe travels for the Kendalls as we journey west to be with you. Caty and Beau will be flying out and Scout and I are taking to the road.
God Bless and see you soon, Jonah+