I am very excited to share the news that the Rev. Dr. Doug Richnow has graciously accepted my invitation to “rejoin” our staff in a newly created part-time role as Priest Associate effective this week.

As you know so well, Doug has been a spiritual anchor of gospel faithfulness, hopefulness, and love for the congregation over many years. One cannot imagine a couple more broadly beloved and respected within the St. John the Divine family than Nikki and Doug Richnow. I thank Doug for spending roughly 12 hours per week with us in formal ministry while also thanking Nikki by enabling Doug to continue to enjoy his well-earned retirement.

Doug will help in leading worship on some Sundays, assisting with pastoral care, teaching, engaging members new and old, and being a wise and trusted friend to me as well as our staff. Again, I am very grateful and excited to share in ministry with Doug and know you join me in giving thanks to God for this opportunity.

— The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill, rector


Join us this Sunday, September 5, as we welcome Doug back to St. John the Divine. He will be the celebrant at the 9 am and 11:15 am services in the Church.

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