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Seasoned Priest and Rector in the Episcopal Church
Accomplished w Servant Leader w Youth Sensitive w Mentor w Innovative w Highly Effective
Driven by a fervent desire to awaken the awareness of each and every person regardless of age, background or spiritual maturity to a greater level of spirituality in their daily lives.
Extensive experience in successfully interacting with individuals from diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds, meeting them where they are and building strong relationships.
Continually identify and assess existing and emergent needs to develop plans to grow a committed church family and loyal community while meeting parishioners and community needs.
Accurately anticipate unique requirements or potential roadblocks in all situations, informing development of contingency plans or need for other approaches to communication on individual or group levels.
Place immense significance on lay leadership. Mentor emerging leaders and utilize individuals unique talents and gifts. Highly value and remain open to lay leaders perspectives.
Excellent communicator with demonstrated ability to collaborate with staff, management, lay leaders, parishioners, community members and others at all organizational levels.
Possess an outstanding blend of organization, prioritization, administration, leadership and interpersonal skills.
Strong background in education as both educator and administrator that facilitates Biblical and doctrinal instruction, special church-based programs and identifying individual needs.
Consistent success and growth is rooted within prayerful application of a combination of the concept of quality, continuous improvement and effective process enhancements.
Mission Outreach and Evangelism
Cultural Sensitivity and Effectiveness
Strategic Planning and Development
Collaboration with Lay Leadership
Encouragement in Spiritual Growth
Analytical Problem Solving
Team and Committee Leadership
St. Paul s Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Chicago, Kankakee, IL, 2009 present
Full Time Priest and Rector
Prepare and deliver Biblical, doctrinal and meaningful Christian education and encouragement across all ages and diverse cultures within the local area.
o Deliver fully prepared and dynamic sermons in weekly 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. worship services. Regularly incorporate special topics such as the Lenten Five series.
o Implemented Spanish worship in 2015 for a neighboring Hispanic community utilizing the active assistance of a Bishop-appointed Spanish-speaking deacon.
o Created and implemented three vibrant annual special programs specifically for the youth of the church and the immediate community.
o Successfully teach on stewardship as a means of benefit for all. The Lenten Five series inspired many parishioners to support the yearly operational budget. Recently, a single parishioner donated nearly $360,000 to support one of the church s projects.
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Ministerial Experience, continued
Provide sound and effective administrative direction for the church. Ensure staffing at adequate levels and frequently meet with all paid and unpaid staff.
o Meet regularly with the Organist, Choir director and all lay leaders to enhance unity and for exchange of ideas. Truly listen to, focus on and remain open and flexible with lay leaders viewpoints.
o Reduced duration of vestry meetings through effective meeting leadership, minimizing demands on attendees time and resulting in improved lay leadership participation.
Continually practice effective pastoral care for parishioners. Accompanied by my wife, make weekly pastoral visits to sick and shut-in, homebound, hospitalized and needy people.
Supply meaningful community outreach on a variety of fronts designed to care for practical needs, reach the unchurched and collaborate with leaders of other Christian denominations.
o Founded the River Valley Clergy Alliance, an organization that meets monthly and within which 20 Christian denominations are represented and working together. Provide the leading role in the Alliance s annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service.
o Introduced plans for and led the Clergy Alliance to implement a weekend food program for 200 school children whose families incomes fall below the State-defined levels that allow them to qualify.
o Actively promote child, youth and family benefit through special programs including Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School/Youth Retreat, Halloween Fun, Sunday School and a Community Christmas Celebration.
Value, support and preserve the knowledge St. Paul s rich history of more than 150 years. Published two books for the benefit of the church, St. Paul s 150 Years of Mission and Ministry: Celebrating the Past and Creating the Future and To the Glory of God: St. Paul s Stained Glass Windows.
Represented Joliet Deanery as Diocesan Council member in the Diocese of Chicago.
St. Edmund s Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL, 2006 2009
Provided perceptive administrative benefit for the church and its parishioners through restructuring, renewing, reorganizing and refocusing several ministerial committees. Realignment resulted in new ministerial working strategies and renewed active service to the church.
Coordinated and conducted Vacation Bible School (VBS) at St. Edmund s after a lapse of nearly three decades.
o Worked in partnership with my wife to reach out to nearly 500 homes in the outside community with the gospel message. We received 75 registrations and 67 attendees from ages 5 to 15 during the first effort in 2007.
o Expanded efforts and children s ages in 2008. We visited 725 houses, received 110 registrations and 75 attendees from ages 4 to 17.
o Directly supervised 2008 VBS youth participants; recruited 26 to 30 parishioner volunteers to ensure great VBS success in its initial two years and build momentum for the future.
Received Ora Higgins s Youth Foundation Leadership Award in 2008 for church and community work.
Earlier Pastoral Experience
Associate Pastor & Missioner, Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Maywood, IL, 2005
Interim Pastor, Chatham Fields Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL, 2001 2004
Rector, United Basel Mission-Bethel Church, (former Anglican), Mumbai, India, 1983 1999
Associate Rector, United Basel Mission-Sushanthi Church, (former Anglican), Mumbai, India, 1982 1983
Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL, 2006 2007
Served Rev. Dr. Jose Rodriguez, Graduate Studies Director (Mission & World Christianity) for mission program of LSTC & Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).
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Educator Experience, continued
Assisted Dr. Ogbu Kalu, Chair/Director of Center for Chicago Global Ministries (CCGM) and Professor of World Christianity & Mission (McCormick Theological Seminary). Coordinated conferences, special lectures and seminars acting as liaison to ACTS; coordinated World Mission Institute (WMI), Chicago, IL.
Bethel Church High School, Mumbai, India, 1984 1999
Founder, President and Principal
Founded this English school in 1984 with one kindergarten class, one teacher and 11 lower/middle class local students. Successfully grew the school to extend through high school with a student population of 1,800 with 37 teachers and staff.
Purchased vacant land, built necessary expansion buildings and served as chief administrator for 15 years.
Earlier Education Experience
Assistant Manager, United Basel Mission Sushanthi Primary School, Bombay, India, 1982 1983
Students President, Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore, India, 1981 1982
Students General Secretary, Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore, India, 1980 1982
President, Students Christian Movement of India, 1981 1982
Local Secretary, Students Christian Movement of India, 1979 1980
Doctor of Ministry, Parish Mission & Leadership. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2008
Dissertation: Evangelism in Context: Motivation, Method, Effective Growth, and Development in Local Parish
Master of Theology (Th.M.). Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2003
Concentration in American Studies of World Mission
Included two missions courses at the University of Chicago, 2003
Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M), Religion, Interfaith and Ecumenical Studies. Union Theological Seminary, Manhattan, NY, 2001
Included joint studies at Union Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary, 2001
Bachelor of Divinity in Theology (B.D.). Serampore University, Calcutta, West India, 1983
Degree equivalent to US Master of Divinity
College Completion Degree. Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore, India, 1982
Subjects included European History; Social Science of Karl Marx, Max Weber, and mile Durkheim; Theology; All Major Religions; Christian Mission; Parish Administration; and General Studies
Professional Development and Shared Academic Studies
Diploma, Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.) Extended Unit. Hospice Care in VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, Chicago, IL, 2009
Episcopal Studies, Seabury Western Theological Seminary (Episcopal), Evanston, IL, 2006 and 2007
o MLIT 505: The Use of Voice in the Conduct of Public Worship with Prof. Milner Seifert
o MLIT 601: Practicum in Liturgical Celebration with Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers
Seven mission courses taken in association with Master s and Doctoral studies, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL, 2000 2006
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Overseas Ministries Study Center & Yale University, week-long mission conference, 2006
Joy of Community Church, Phoenix, AZ, Church Reborn, a Church Leadership Renewal Conference, 2005
Mission Leadership & Church Planting Conference, class focused on Mission & Evangelism, Minneapolis, MN, 2002
Diocese of Vancouver, Evangelism, Church Renewal, and Administration Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 2002
Chicago Immersion, study field trip to Tucson, AZ and Mexico, 2000. Studied U.S./Mexico border issues, border immigration policies, and Mexican labor issues. Organized by BorderLinks, Arizona
Native American Religion & Spirituality, South Dakota, 2000. Over a period of one month, studied on Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations and shared Bible lessons with Native American youth.
Multi-Cultural Conferences, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA):
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2000 and Los Angeles, CA, 1999
Canonically accepted priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
Ordained in the Order of Episcopacy as Priest in the Church of South India (Anglican Communion)
Ordained in the Order of Episcopacy as Deacon in the Church of South India (Anglican Communion)
Some Details of Earlier Service in India
Hold position of Permanent Rector for the 2 congregations established in India in 1982 and 1983 (United Basel Mission-Bethel Church and United Basel Mission-Sushanthi Church). Served as full time Senior Rector 1982 1999; named Permanent Rector for each in 1990 and 1992, respectively.
President (Honorary) of Bombay Christian Association, Mumbai, India 1987 1999. Oversaw coordination of 40 Christian church denominations, working alongside the Indian Government and renovated Christian cemeteries. Was instrumental in instituting peace and unity among the Christian, Hindu and Muslim communities in Bombay.
Named by the Bombay Police Peace Committee of Mumbai as a Representative of the Christian Community during the Hindu-Muslim Communal Riot of Mumbai in 1992.
Served as Sunday School Superintendent and Youth Director at Shanthi Cathedral in the Church of South India 1977 1979 while engaged in theology study in Seminary.
Served in the non-denominational evangelism organization India Every Home Crusade as an evangelist 1975 1977. Visited villages and houses in non-Christian areas to promote the Christian message and its hope.
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The Rev. Andrea Mysen
Associate for Ministries in the Diocese of Chicago
St. James Commons
65 Huron Street
Chicago IL 60611
Dear Rev. Andrea,
Re: Sub: Search Committee, St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 North 5th Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60015
I have noted with interest St. Charles profile information, obvious commitment to the community it serves and need for a Rector. I am submitting my CV for your review. In advance, thank you for your time and consideration.
I have broad-based experience and share St. Charles focus on inclusivity and openness. meet every parishioner personally, identify their gifts and talents and encourage them to share those gifts and talents with their local Body of believers.
As you will see in the enclosed CV, I have extensive experience in successfully interacting with individuals from diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds, meeting them where they are and building strong relationships. As Rector, I continually assess and identify existing and emergent needs to develop plans to grow a committed church family and loyal community while meeting parishioners and community needs. I also place high value on lay leadership. I mentor emerging leaders and utilize individuals unique talents and gifts to the benefit of the church, its people and the local community.
As demonstrated in the accompanying CV, my professional qualifications include a long history as Rector and Associate Rector as well as extensive educational preparation including a Doctoral degree and several Master s degrees. Further, I am an accomplished educator as well. My strong background in education as both educator and administrator facilitates Biblical and doctrinal instruction, special church-based programs and identifying individual needs.
I have effectively applied my skills and knowledge toward prayerful application of a combination of the concept of quality, continuous improvement and effective process enhancements to provide benefit for the local church, parishioners and the local community. To complement this background, I offer excellent communication skills with demonstrated ability to collaborate with staff, management, lay leaders, parishioners, community members, leaders within other Christian denominations and others at all organizational levels. I also possess an outstanding blend of organization, prioritization, administration, leadership and interpersonal skills.
Though normally seen within a business perspective, I believe that much of my consistent success and growth is rooted within prayerful application of a combination of the concept of quality, continuous improvement and effective process enhancements. I am confident that I can be a valuable asset to St. Charles, its parishioners and surrounding community. I look forward to interviewing with you in the near future. Thank you and God Bless.
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