Senior Warden Announces New Rector
It is with joy and blessings that I can announce that the Vestry has unanimously elected The Reverend Jason Cox to be called as our next Rector.
We have been on a long, important journey together during our time of transition and are thrilled with the results of our efforts! We all owe a debt of gratitude to the Search Committee who worked so diligently and tirelessly for so many months through its process of helping us define who St. Luke’s is, as we created our updated Parish Profile; interviewing and meeting several candidates from around the country; and ultimately providing the Vestry with three impressive and diverse finalists to consider. We also are fortunate to have such a dedicated Vestry who spent a great amount of its time this Summer to host extended visits by the finalists and their partners, and to complete its thorough process of discernment.
Jason comes to St. Luke’s from St. Columba’s Church in Washington, D.C., where he was most recently the Senior Associate Rector. During Jason’s eight years at St. Columba’s, his work has included strengthening and expanding ministries with children, youth and families; overseeing projects of outreach; and designing liturgies for five different services each Sunday morning. St. Columba's is a “resource size” parish that sits on the urban-suburban divide in upper northwest Washington. With an average attendance of 600 on Sundays across its services, St. Columba's serves members of all ages with vibrant programs for children, youth, music, and outreach.
Prior to his time at St. Columba’s, Jason directed the Episcopal Urban Intern Program (EUIP), an undertaking of the Episcopal Service Corps for young adults, in the Diocese of Los Angeles. The Episcopal Urban Intern Program (now Jubilee Year LA/JYLA), founded in 1991, is the oldest service-learning program for young adults in the Episcopal Church. During Jason’s tenure with EUIP/JYLA, it expanded to multiple sites across the diocese and became a founding member of Episcopal Service Corps. Before ordination, Jason served as an intern with EUIP, working with the homeless in a transitional housing facility on Los Angeles’s skid row.
Jason is known for his preaching, and has written for The Episcopal Church’s “Sermons That Work” since 2014.
Jason describes his mission as being focused on building strong, connected communities of faith that are equipped to make a difference in the world. He believes that Jesus calls us to expand God’s reign of justice and peace for all people – and that the worship, community-building and faith-formation we do at church should send us out to work for God’s vision of a world transformed by love.
Jason has moved to San Francisco with his husband, Jimmy Obomsawin, who is moving his personal tech-support business to the West Coast.
We were blessed to welcome Jason to St. Luke’s on December 1st - the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the new liturgical calendar. What a wonderful way to start Advent and our new year!
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