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Christ Episcopal Church Welcomes New Priest

Christ Episcopal Church Welcomes New Priest

Christ Episcopal Church of Bethany is excited to announce the arrival of our new Priest-In-Charge, The Rev. Dr. Robert Peter Clements.  He will lead our worship starting on January 15, 2017.  All are welcome!

Dr. Clements is married to The Rev. Jenni Matheson, who is a retired priest.  He has been the rector of Christ Church in Roxbury, CT since 2009 and prior to that held several positions in parishes and schools in the northeast.

Dr. Clements skills are many.  He is a graduate of General Theological Seminary in New York and, among other degrees, holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary.  He has served as an English and Philosophy teacher and as an assistant headmaster in independent schools, as well as an adjunct professor of Christian Education and Spirituality at Hartford Seminary.  He has also served as a chaplain for merchant seamen and for two volunteer fire departments.  He is a surfer, luthier, and bass guitarist.  He is tech-savvy, writing a weblog called The Coracle.  These diverse interests nurture and strengthen both his intellect and spirituality.  We can look to him to be wise, challenging, creative and forward thinking.

Dr. Clements has a wealth of experience as a rector of churches both large and small.  He is particularly drawn to the challenge of a church the size of Christ Church.  He states, eloquently, that being present to the community is the most rewarding aspect of his priesthood, as well as a potent form of evangelism.  To Dr. Clements, the small parish provides a way to really know “a variety of people, ideas and experiences”.  He is a joyful and excellent preacher.  He speaks without notes and his sermons are lectionary-based using stories and personal experiences as illustrations.

We are looking forward to continuing our journey together with Dr. Clements, and we hope that you will welcome him with open arms to our community.  Until you get to know Rob personally, the following web links will take you to some places where you may learn something more:


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