New Rector Announced

Posted on September 28, 2015

A Message from the Senior Warden

Meghan Holland

The Reverend Meghan Holland

It is with great pleasure that I announce the call of The Reverend Meghan Carey Holland to be the next Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church.  Meghan has accepted with undeniable enthusiasm.  The vote of the Vestry was unanimous as was the recommendation from the Search Committee.  Bishop Bauerschmidt approved the call without hesitation.

But before I continue . . . To The Rev. Dorothy Hartzog . . . what a blessing you have been to Trinity . . .  you have prepared us well for this moment and for this transition.  We so appreciate your energy, leadership and perseverance not only through this interim period but also for the past 12 years.  You are loved and will be deeply missed.

There was a long, discerning search process by the Search Committee.  I want to recognize these dedicated individuals:
Co-Chairs Mike Dale and Anne Finley,
Mark Hunter,
Heather Fleming,
James Moore,
John Holt,
Richard Gildrie,
Jesse Owen,
Martha Hendricks,
Chris Smith,
Lawson Mabry and
Jan Hodgson.

The Search Committee included four Vestry members . . . Mike Dale, Mark Hunter, James Moore and Heather Fleming.  Other Vestry members are:

Phil Blake,
Bill Kimbrough,
Elaine Longhurst,
Karen Morrow,
Ric Williams,
Greg Poole and
Paige King

The Vestry spent two days visiting, worshipping and celebrating the Holy Eucharist with Meghan. Our take away was that we believe Meghan is deeply filled with the Holy Spirit and well grounded in Episcopal faith and traditions.  Her beliefs and strengths pair well with Trinity and the vision we have for the future of this Parish.  We believe we were guided by the hand of God in this search process.


The Rev. Meghan Holland with her husband Tyler and daughter Kenna.

So now, let me introduce you to The Reverend Meghan Holland.

She comes to us from Grace Episcopal Church in Paducah KY where she currently serves as interim rector with a focus on developing new energy and life in the congregation through preaching, teaching and pastoral care.  Prior to this interim position at Grace she served as Grace’s Assistant Rector as well as youth minister.  She was also responsible for training and coordinating Godly Play as part of the initiative to expand and develop ministries for families with young children.  Prior to her time at Grace, she was Priest-in-Charge at St Peter’s of the Lakes in Gilbertsville KY and served as Chaplain for the Seamen’s Church Ministry on the River.  Her work there included developing fundraisers and increasing the community profile.  She has also worked as Program Director for All Saints Camp & Conference Center in Leitchfield KY and Seminarian for St Nicholas Episcopal Church in Darnestown Maryland.  At St Nicholas she established the Godly Play program as well as an adult Lenten forum that focused on death and dying.

Meaghan is a native of Paducah. She graduated with honors from Murray State University with a major in Theatre Arts and minor in Organizational Communication.  She received her Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained to the Priesthood in 2011.

Meghan is married to Tyler Holland who, for now, is a “stay at home Dad” to their 2 year old daughter, Kenna.  Her colleagues describe her as “wise beyond her years”. She believes her strengths are in preaching, early childhood development and her extrovert personality.  And she describes herself as “broad church”.

To quote one of our search members:  “Meghan Holland is mature, strong, confident, friendly, calm, reasonable, intelligent, organized, wise beyond her years, has integrity, not a pushover, not afraid to be herself or do her duty.  In short, a great fit for Trinity.”

Dorothy’s last Sunday will be November 8th.  We are planning a Celebration of Dorothy’s ministry here at Trinity so stay tuned for details.  Following Dorothy’s last Sunday, there will be a two Sunday break before Meghan steps into Trinity’s pulpit on Sunday November 29th, the beginning of Advent.

As a representative of the 21 people who helped in making this decision, I am proud to say that we are extremely excited to have The Rev. Meghan Holland as Trinity’s next Rector and we can’t wait for you to meet her.


Sheila Foust
Senior Warden

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