New Clergy Announcement

Dear friends:

A few sentences into the letter, I knew I was hearing from someone who might have a lot to offer Trinity Cathedral. I am happy to announce that the conversations that grew out of that letter I received in late May have led to more conversations, emails, meetings, and on-site interviews. Those interviews included lay leaders and staff. All that scrutiny, along with sustained prayer, have led to my calling the Rev’d Dr. Andrew Grosso to be Trinity’s next Canon for Formation and Canon to the Dean.

Andrew first impressed me by his extensive experience. He has served as clergy staff for a Cathedral, as a rector of a parish, a dean for a diocesan school for ministry training, and an associate seminary dean. While he has had ten years of experience in full-time parish ministry, his other involvements have given him further depth in strategic visioning, creating well-planned programs, offering stirring teaching, and supervising staff. I have never read a letter of interest from a candidate that did a better job keying in on how one’s experience might connect with the needs and opportunities of a position.

Andrew’s gifts in formation also impressed me. With an M.Div. from the School of Theology at Sewanee and a Ph.D. from Marquette University, he has strong credentials. “In the congregations I’ve served,” he wrote, “I’ve developed Bible studies, Sunday school programs, and small group studies.” I like his vision for the Cathedral as “a community where people are drawn deeper into the life of faith and their relationship with God,” as they are then readied to be “sent out to proclaim in word and deed the gospel of Christ.”

I also note his great administrative experience, including most recently as associate dean at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. That will be a huge asset to me, assisting me and our other leaders in keen thinking about seizing our opportunities. Andrew will work well with our Canon for Parish Ministry, Dorian Del Priore, envisioning ways to deepen engagement and bringing fresh perspective to our efforts to make disciples of all ages.

Beyond all this, Andrew is a genuinely personable guy. He impressed all who met him here with his warmth and heartfelt personal interest.

I look forward to our welcoming Andrew and his wife, Diana, to our Cathedral community. He begins August 15, in time to join us as we put finishing touches on fall plans. Watch, by the way, for some new accents on engagement, including an emphasis we are calling Worship + One. Other areas for emphasis will include pastoral care and outreach.

Thank you for prayers and the ways you support the profound things happening here.

Warmly in Christ,

 

Timothy Jones, Dean