It is our privilege to announce that Father Steven Chadwick Vaughn (Father Chad) has been unanimously called by the Vestry to be the new rector at St Francis Episcopal Church, effective October 15, 2009.
He and his wife Amanda are native Georgians, who grew up in the greater Atlanta area. Father Chad attended Oglethorpe University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Art History.
After graduation, he worked for several years at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta as the Curator and Educational Programs Coordinator before becoming the Director of Museum Operations. Eventually, he left the Museum of Art to serve as the Associate Director of Development at Oglethorpe University.
He left Oglethorpe University in December 2000 to become the Executive Assistant to the Dean at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. He served in that position until June 2003 when he left for the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. After completing his Seminarian Internship at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas, in May 2006 he graduated with a Masters of Divinity.
For the last 3 years, he has served as the Associate Priest for Liturgy, Communications, and Outreach at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. In addition to sharing in presiding, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care with the clergy team at St. David’s, Father Chad serves as the “Parish Liturgical Officer,” planning and coordinating the many and varied worship services (including their 6 Sunday services) as well as managing their liturgical ministries (Altar Guild, EM’s, Acolytes, Ushers, etc.). He also oversees the communication ministries and is the Executive Editor for all parish publications. Additionally, he leads St. David’s outreach ministries in the greater Austin community and the world, including supervising the Grants Committee for Community Outreach.
Chad's interests lie in liturgy, art and religion, film, photography and travel. Father Chad and Amanda love visiting the northwest and the tall trees -- Victoria, BC is one of their favorite places in the world. Moving with them to Macon will be their precocious cat, Millie. Father Chad is very approachable, humorous, a lover of souls and is ready to lead St Francis as we take the next steps on our journey.
The Vestry is incredibly grateful to the Search Committee for the time and effort they were willing to put forth in order to find such a wonderful fit for St. Francis. We cannot imagine a better rector to lead us into the future.
The 2009 St. Francis Vestry
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Congrarulations, Chad and Amanda!
Our friends Chad and Amanda will be moving to Macon, Georgia. We welcome them to Georgia. Chad will be the Rector at St.Francis Episcopal Church. Here's his introduction from their website: