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Full-time interim rector Rev. Richard Burnett to serve Trinity Episcopal in Solebury


Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury, announced the arrival of the Rev. Richard Burnett as full-time, interim rector.

After serving as rector for 24 years at Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus, Ohio, “Dick” Burnett and his wife, Katharine, recently retired to Lenox, Mass. However, when he was invited to guest preach at Trinity Solebury last summer, the idea occurred to him that he could be a bridge for Trinity during its rector search process. The church is committed to growth and has already seen a large increase in attendance and activity over the past eight months—Burnett wanted to help Trinity strengthen and refine that outreach.

“The best way to understand the mission and ministry of a congregation is to live among the people who make the place tick, to see the integrity of core values shown day-by-day, and to sense the rhythms of the life found in the community. Trinity Episcopal Church honors me by inviting me into their common life at this important moment, and I hope I might offer some benefit long the way, as well.”

Julie Loftus, senior warden, said, “It was a delight to find someone with so much recent church leadership expertise and pastoral wisdom. This appointment certainly positions Trinity to grow as a haven of hope and a voice of confident spiritual nurture bringing many voices into conversation for the common good.”

Burnett is a graduate of Dickinson College and Yale Divinity School. He served Episcopal churches in St. James and White Plains, N.Y., for 11 years prior to his extended ministry at Columbus, Ohio. With advanced clinical/pastoral education and extensive service in the Episcopal church’s various committees, commissions and councils, he arrives at Trinity Solebury with a wide variety of experiences that will assist the parish in discerning its mission as it builds on recent growth, in very fast-changing times.