The Wardens and Vestry are pleased to announce that The Rev. Dr. Warren Leibovitch has accepted the call to become Rector of St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church. Fr. Warren – born in Montreal and ordained to the priesthood in 1992 – has served as Rector of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada, for the last eleven years and, before that, St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Barrie, Ontario, for fifteen years. Fr. Warren and his wife Annette, a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) working in speech and language therapy, have three sons: Jamieson, a software engineer, Daniel, a landscaper and musician (plays the bassoon), and Cameron, a senior in High School. And, lest we forget, the family includes a Jack Russell named Piper. In July, 2019, Fr. Warren completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership specializing in Faith Formation and Congregational Development at Virginia Theological Seminary. His many interests include cooking, reading, astronomy, almost anything having to do with nature, and daily walks with his wife.
L to R: David Dunn, Orji Isiogu, Roger Williams, BrandE Faupell (chair), Mary Beth Bates, Kim DeMarco, Bernie Ravenelle, Connie Wilt. (Not pictured: Jan Hall, Wayne North (ex officio))
Day of Discovery, March 16, 2019
St. Francis Rector Search Prayer Almighty and everliving God, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, send forth your Holy Spirit to guide the Search Committee, Vestry and parish family of St. Francis in the Valley, to be of one heart and mind in our search for a rector who will be your faithful servant and who will minister to your flock.
By your light O Lord, draw us to those with vision and passion for St. Francis' future. Guide them as they discern your call. Raise up for us a faithful pastor, a dynamic preacher of your Gospel, to shepherd us as your flock, strengthen our ministries, and work with us in building up your kingdom.
May we strive to be your heart and hands in our parish and be a light of love to all. Amen.