Dear All Saints Parishioners,
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be your new Rector! I sense that God is about to do some great things at All Saints and in its wider community, and I am thrilled to be part of it. There’s no doubt in my mind that we are going to have a lot of fun growing together.
To give you some background about me, I received my Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School, with training in Anglican Studies from Seabury Western. I have a B.A. in Communication Arts from Warner Pacific College (now University), in Portland, and a post-baccalaureate degree in Philosophy from the University of Oregon. (Go Ducks!)
For the past four and a half years, I have been the Rector of a growing, urban parish in Rockford, IL, part of the diocese of Chicago. My work in Rockford has given me the opportunity to share leadership in several significant outreach ministries, including a drop-in center for people who suffer from chronic mental illness and an arts outreach initiative. It is also a church with strong music and children and family ministry programs, which wonderfully accords with the strengths and goals of All Saints.
My family consists of my husband, Jordan, whom I met at Warner, and our 2-year-old son, Jacoby (Coby for short). My husband recently received his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible, also from the University of Chicago, and our son has the curiosity, energy and opinionatedness that you’d expect from someone his age. At this moment in time, he loves soccer and baseball, buses, trains and airplanes, and monsters. As a family, we enjoy camping, biking, swimming, paddle-boarding, playing music, and hanging out in interesting neighborhoods. We also eat a vegan diet, which should explain our frequent, future visits to the Laughing Planet across the street from the church. If you’re hosting a meal or event with food, please know I’m always happy to bring something vegan or provide ideas.
Another thing Jordan, Coby and I are looking forward to about this move is being closer to family. My parents and brother’s family live in Portland on the Southeast side, and Jordan’s family lives in Chico, CA. The position at All Saints helps us fulfill a long desire to move back to the Pacific Northwest, which we consider to be home. Also catching a few more Timbers games won’t hurt!
I’m really looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you. The time I spent with your Vestry and Search Committee was very meaningful, and I am grateful for their thoughtfulness, prayerfulness and devotion to and throughout this process.
When I arrive, please don’t hesitate to reach out to grab a cup of coffee or share a meal and let me know if there’s anyone you’d like me to reach out to. I will be praying for you in the time leading up to my arrival. November 4th will be here before we know it!
The Rev. Andria Skornik