Father Johnson to be instituted as rector of All Saints Anglican Church
This Sunday, January 12, at the 11 a.m. worship service, Father Jeff Johnson will be instituted as the rector for All Saints Anglican Church in Saluda by Bishop Donald F. Lerow, Bishop Ordinary for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States of the Anglican Catholic Church (ACC). Fr. Johnson has been serving for two years at All Saints, first as a deacon for six months, then as “priest-in-charge” for the last year and a half.
A priest-in-charge is appointed by the bishop as a temporary measure while the parish grows and becomes established. The bishop can move priests-in-charge from place to place as needs arise. Since All Saints moved from being a mission to being a full-fledged, self-supporting parish last June, the congregation has been authorized to call a rector. The rector is the permanent priest who becomes responsible for the long-term spiritual growth and well-being of the parish.
Fr. Johnson remarked, “This is a big day for All Saints and for me! It is another step of strengthening our parish with a greater sense of permanence and direction. Up to now I’ve served at All Saints at the pleasure of our bishop. Now, All Saints will have a permanent priest and I will have a permanent parish home.”
Bishop Lerow and his wife Karolie will be visiting from Jacksonville, N.C. The bishop served for 30 years in the U.S. Navy, first as a Methodist chaplain and later as an Anglican Catholic chaplain. The ceremony, called An Office of Institution in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, dates from 1804. It has symbolic gestures of presenting the new rector with the keys to the church as well as prayers asking for the Lord’s blessing on the ministry of the instituted rector. The institution will be followed by Holy Communion.
Visitors are most welcome to the institution and to see the newly-refurbished interior of the former Centenary Church located in front of the new Middlesex County Courthouse.