The New Pastoral Team
Back at the annual meeting (what seems like a life time ago), our leadership announced we had a growing sense that, rather than calling another “Vicar” as a one-to-one replacement for Christine Lee, our future pastoral leadership would instead be shaped in order to help move us toward greater missional activity. Specifically, we decided to raise up multiple pastoral leaders to fill discrete roles both in ministry and in worship for our church. As we said then, we believed that a diverse leadership structure would allow us to be more agile, flexible, and adaptable as we embark on to the frontier of new missional work.
Back then, we had no idea how timely and providential that structure would be. As this pandemic is forcing us to reimagine church from the ground up, this model is proving to be truly God ordained.
The past few months have changed our timetable for rolling out our new leadership structure. All the same, we’ve been able to slowly bring on some of these individuals, one by one, as the needs presented themselves. Here’s a quick recap on our previous announcements.
- The Rev. Dr. Courtney Bryant, Scholar-in-Residence
- The Rev. James Lawrence, Pastor for Discipleship & Formational Programs
- Ariana Bellanton, Pastoral Resident
- Jordan Wesley, Pastoral Resident
- The Rev. John Wagner, House Church Pastor
- Abigail Hartley, House Church Coordinator
We’re grateful to God that, while these calls include multiple new hires, they also include leaders we’ve raised up from within our own congregation—allowing us to substantially increase the reach of our pastoral ministry, all while adhering to the resources God has provided for us in our budget.
Today, we are thrilled to announce the final two additions to our pastoral leadership. The first is our new full-time priest, the Rev. John Schmidt, who will serve All Angels as Associate Rector. The second is Yunjeong Seol, who will serve All Angels as our Sacristan/Verger, in addition to helping out with administrative and operational tasks in our offices.
A video greeting from John can be found below. You can access Yunjeong’s greeting to the congregation during worship on Sunday by clicking here. You can also find out more about them by checking out their bios below.
Let’s welcome John and Yunjeong to All Angels!
The Rev. John Schmidt
John graduated from Furman University in 2011 with a B.A. in Studio Art. He spent the next four years in Washington, D.C., serving with the high school non-profit youth ministry, FOCUS. It was there he experienced and realized the foundational role of relationships in ministry. He graduated with an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School in 2018, where he was involved with the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies and promptly was ordained through the Diocese of Dallas. He spent the following two years serving in North Dallas suburban and rural contexts. John is passionate about community: forming, developing, and being a part of one. He believes the church should offer a robust welcome. He is excited to continue exploring the intersection of theology and the arts. And he hopes that all might come to know that they are fully loved and fully known by God.
Yunjeong Seol is Korean by birth, and came to the United States to pursue a (second) graduate degree at Boston University. Since then, she graduated with a third master’s degree (ands second seminary degree) from the Episcopal Divinity Seminary in Boston. She has worked for the national Episcopal Church’s Asian-American ministry program, served as a Sacristan for Trinity Wall Street, and assisted in starting a number of new outreach initiatives under the guidance of Bishop Allen Shin.
Yunjeong lives in Queens with her spouse, Paul, and their two rescue cats, Mazy and Romeo. Though not a native New Yorker, she has come to love this city for all that it represents: diversity, inclusiveness, compassion and determination. She loves to watch movies and comedy specials. She is currently training to qualify for the New York City Marathon in 2021.