Parish meetings will be held between services on April 3 and April 10 to get input from the congregation on the qualities of our next rector.
WELCOME, ROY TRIPP AND LIZ DEVOIR
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Port Royal has called the Rev. Roy Tripp to be its first full-time rector. The Rev. Tripp will join St. Mark’s on March 5.
Tripp has over 20 years experience in parish ministry--all within the Episcopal Church. He is a native of Maine, and after a career in marketing, sales and public relations, entered seminary and was ordained in 1996. He has served parishes in Washington State, Delaware and Massachusetts.
“For me, parish ministry is where faith and life intersect,” Tripp said. “I find great joy in walking with people as they discover God’s presence in their lives.”
Tripp’s name was one of many submitted to St. Mark’s Search Committee after a nation-wide call for candidates. “I’m excited to be at St. Mark’s, the first new parish in The Episcopal Church in SC,” he said.
The Episcopal Church in SC is the continuing diocese of the national Episcopal Church (TEC), which in turn is a member of the world-wide Anglican Communion. It consists of the 46 parishes, missions and worship groups in eastern SC that remained with TEC after a number of parishes broke away in 2012. Its Provisional Bishop is the Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. “Skip” Adams III.
About his vision for St. Mark’s, Tripp said, “It will not be so much my vision, but our vision as we discover where God’s Spirit will lead us. And we invite all to join with us as we continue to discover and share God’s love in our lives and in our world.”
“I want to spend time getting to meet many people in the Port Royal and Beaufort area, continuing and deepening the ties between St. Mark’s and the community,” he said.
“St. Mark’s has developed a reputation for being a welcoming parish that is deeply committed to mission and outreach. They have many programs and projects that make a difference in the lives of so many people--locally, regionally and even internationally. It is exciting to be called to such a vibrant group of people joyfully living their faith,” he said.
Tripp is married to Liz Devoir and they have a grown son. They are currently house shopping in the Port Royal-Beaufort area.
Begun as a house church in 2003, St. Mark’s began worshipping in historic Union Church in Port Royal in 2009. The congregation attained mission status with the Episcopal Church in SC in 2013 and was made a parish in 2015. The church holds services in Union Church on Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m. and a Wednesday service in St. Mark’s Center, 1110 Paris Ave., Port Royal, at 11 a.m.
The minutes of the 2017 Annual Parish Meeting can be found here.