Rector Search


Thank you for visiting the Rector Search portion of St. Mary’s website.

Located just a few blocks from the shores of Monterey Bay in the City of Pacific Grove, California, St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church is home to a spiritually engaged and welcoming intergenerational community devoted to living out the two great commandments:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Our current rector, Jeff Lewis, will be leaving in June of this year. His tenure has been marked by significant changes and accomplishments that have put St. Mary’s in a healthier and more sustainable position to grow into the future. We remain committed to being “The Little Red Church that Cares.” We are seeking a loving, inclusive, spiritually nurturing, and collaborative leader, full of the creative energy of the Holy Spirit.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter, resume and OTM Portfolio to Canon Brian Nordwick at: If you wish further information, please contact Canon Brian via email or call him at our diocesan office: 831-394-4465 and/or explore The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real’s website.

Peace be with you,

Elizabeth McCorkle
Senior Warden

Brita Bruemmer and Don Fennell
Search Committee Co-Chairs

Search Committee News

Updated March 25, 2019: The Nominating Period has begun for our rector search. The Search Committee for our new Rector has been progressing forward in its work, meeting periodically. The Committee is following diocesan guidelines for the search process and have been in working together with Canon Brian Nordwick on receiving applications. The Nominating Period is open through May 6th.

Group photo of Rector search committee 2019 in Pacific Grove, CA

Search Committee (left to right): Rebecca Bruemmer, Brita Bruemmer, Robert Daunt, Don Fennell, Mickey Welsh, Sarah Schramm, Lindsay Synsteby


Select Search Committee Members

Edit Parish Profile

Post Rector Position on National Church OTM website

Nominating Period (March 25th-May 6th)

Initial Screenings

Video Interviews

Search Committee Nominates Finalists

Campus Visits

Vestry Discernment

Announcement of New Rector