Alleluia! Thanks be to God!
Kristin's call is the culmination of a Rector search process that took more than a year, and was accomplished during the pandemic. We are so thankful to our amazing Rector Search Committee - Susan Fink and BJ Jones, co-chairs, and Linda Bowers, John Cecilia, Deborah DeManno, Steve Haight, Kim Hall, Mary Hazen, Ann Marr and Cecelia Secor. Please take a moment, when you see them, to thank the members of the Rector Search Committee for their outstanding service to the people of St. Lawrence.
As stated in the St. Lawrence Parish Profile created for the Rector search, St. Lawrence sought a new Rector who:
Guided by the Holy Spirit, and after reflective and prayerful discernment, our Rector Search Committee unanimously agreed to recommend that St. Lawrence call Kristin as our next Rector, and the Vestry unanimously agreed.
Kristin currently serves as the Director of Formation at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, where she focuses her energy on social justice, adult faith formation, and innovative liturgical design. Prior to that, she served for three years as Priest Associate at St. Peter’s in Port Chester, New York, a primarily Latinx parish in the suburbs of New York City. She is a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary.
A Midwesterner by birth and at heart, Kristin grew up in Milwaukee and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After living on both the East and West coasts for the past 12 years, she is thrilled to return to her Midwestern roots and serve the people of St. Lawrence as their next Rector.
Joining her on this next chapter of life’s adventure are her husband, Kyle (also an Episcopal priest and proud Midwesterner!), and their almost one year-old daughter, Fiona (soon to be proud Midwesterner). Kyle is finishing a doctoral dissertation in educational media. In Kristin’s not so abundant free time, she is an avid triathlete and looks forward to finding new places to swim, bike and run around Libertyville.
Kristin will join us September 1, and we very much look forward to the arrival of Kristin, Kyle and Fiona! Together with our new Rector, the people of St. Lawrence will build on our strengths, face our challenges and reach for new ways of being St. Lawrence, together.
2006 - present
As the Director of Music for St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, Mr. Whaley oversees all aspects of the liturgical music, directs the choir, leads the congregational singing, performs on the keyboard(s), and advises on liturgical matters. He holds a Masters of Theological Studies in Music and Liturgy from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Music in choral and general music education from Western Michigan University. Before attending Seabury-Western, Mr. Whaley served for eight years as Director of Choirs at Benzie Central Middle and High School in Benzonia, Michigan. As a church musician, cantor, and soloist, Mr. Whaley has served churches in Michigan and Illinois.
In his time at St. Lawrence, Mr. Whaley has increased the musical development of the choir and the congregational song and broadened the breadth and depth of anthems, hymns, and spiritual songs used in the liturgy. St. Lawrence's music expands from traditional hymns and classic motets/anthems to include in its repertoire spirituals, gospels songs, and music from various regions, from the Americas, Europe, Africa to the Solomon Islands. While diverse, the music is still directed toward guiding the congregation through the worship service's scriptural themes and supporting the liturgical actions.
Mr. Whaley also has a Certificate in non-profit Fundraising Operations from Rice University. When not directing the music of St. Lawrence, he is the Fund Development Data Analyst for The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in Evanston, Illinois.
2003 - present
St. Lawrence is a beacon of light and faith in our community. I am continually impressed by the unconditional welcoming and openness. It is a community that embraces everyone and takes care of each other. From our littlest to the Young Episcopal Seniors, we are all included in God’s family. I look forward to the time that we can all see each other in person and celebrate the eucharist together.
I have two children, Claire (25) and Ben (23) and to round out the family Buck (3 years old Black Lab). One of my favorite places is in the field with my bees. I have been a beekeeper for five years. I enjoy hiking and kayaking with Buck, gardening, sewing, and spending time on the beach. And there is nothing better than sharing a meal with friends and family.
Kate Todd, Senior Warden
Mary Hazen, Junior Warden
Jeanne Lasheff, Treasurer
Bobbie Ellington, Secretary