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Monday, July 7, 2014

Clergy changes at historic Plainfield congregations


The bell tower of Grace Episcopal Church,
which houses the Pittis Carillon, was rebuilt several years ago.

Two historic Plainfield congregations -- Grace Episcopal and Crescent Avenue Presbyterian -- are marking clergy changes this summer.

The Wardens and Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church announced that the Ven. Dr. Gideon Arinzechukwu Uzomechina has been appointed priest-in-charge effective October 1.

Father Uzomechina will be taking the place of Rev. Carolyn Eklund, who was called to a parish in Maine last year. He is a native of Nigeria, where he earned a D. Min. degree and served several parishes in the Anglican Church of Nigeria. He currently serves as priest-in-charge of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in New Brunswick.

Father Uzomechina and his wife and three children will relocate to Plainfield in September. A priest-in-charge is appointed by the congregation's leadership body with the consent of the diocesan bishop for a stated period of time. At the end of the term, the bishop and congregation may consider a permanent appointment.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church has also had a recent change, with the installation of the Rev. Lynn Santulli on June 8 as the congregation's permanent pastor.

Lynn had served as interim pastor after the Rev. Rob Martin took a call to a congregation in Ohio. Recent changes in the governance of the United Presbyterian Church made it possible for the Crescent Avenue congregation to call its interim minister as its permanent pastor.

Lynn is an energetic and forward-looking leader for this historic Plainfield congregation, whose magnificent neo-Gothic building is host to so many Plainfield musical and cultural activities.

Lastly, it should be noted that St. Mark's Episcopal Church is also looking for a new rector following the retirement of the Very Rev. Canon Leroy Lyons. That congregation, which is the church home of Mayor Adrian Mapp and his family, is considering candidates to replace the much-loved Father Lyons.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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