After bidding goodbye to our 15th Rector, the Rev. Robert Marshall, in October 2017, St. John’s has begun a period of transition and search for a new leader. The Rev. William Locke is currently serving as our Interim Rector.
Such interim periods are important phases in a congregation’s life: They can be an opportunity to reflect on the existing gifts and challenges of the parish as well as to discern how the parish should evolve in its spiritual journey and as an important member of the larger Barrington community.
The congregation has responded well to Vestry’s call for volunteers to serve on various search committees, and the process has proceeded smoothly outside of holiday interruptions.
This page offers candidates an inside look at St. John’s Barrington. It includes PDFs of the Narrative Questions for the OTM Community Portfolio, the 2018 Parish Budget, the 2017 Annual Report, and brief backgrounds on the town of Barrington and the state of Rhode Island.
Updates on the progress of the search process will be posted to this page as well.
The mission of St. John’s Church is to be a community of Christians committed to the care, nourishment and spiritual growth of all.
Click here for Narrative Questions
2017 Annual Report:
Click here for 2018 Annual Report (Including 2018 Budget)
ABOUT THE TOWN OF BARRINGTON
Barrington has built a reputation as a bucolic suburb of Providence, known for its top-rated schools and a mix of high-end and middle-class homes. Last year the business district’s lamp posts carried banners marking the tri-centennial of the town’s incorporation in 1717.
Located seven miles from Providence on the eastern shore of Narraganset Bay, the town boasts a number of parks and a public beach that fills with families in the summer. Barrington is about mid-way on the East Bay Bike Path that runs 15 miles from Bristol to Providence. The town’s large library also serves as home of a senior center and a food bank.
The town offers 10 houses of worship, including St. John’s and the smaller Episcopal parish of Saints Matthew & Mark.
Based on the 2010 census, the town’s vital statistics include the following:
- Population of 16,300, predominantly Caucasian, in 6,011 households.
- Average household size: 2.73; average family size, 3.14.
- Median age: 40. Age distribution:2% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% 65 or older.
- The median income for a household: $94,591; the median income for a family: $124,657.
Barrington was a sparsely developed, agricultural community until the arrival of brickmaking companies in the 1850s, which employed large numbers of French-Canadians and Italians. The construction of a railroad to Providence in 1855 (the foundation for the current bike path) further contributed to the town’s development and attracted additional manufacturing industries, including fabric mills and laceworks. The town today is principally residential.
Barrington schools are ranked consistently among the best in the state and region. The town itself has also been ranked among the best places to live in the U.S.
ABOUT THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the U.S. (you can reach any point from any other point within than an hour’s drive), but it is oversized with history and charm valued by residents and visitors alike.
Known as the “Ocean State” for its 400 miles of coastline, about 14% of the state’s total area is water, including scenic Narraganset Bay, various lakes and rivers. As a result, Rhode Island remains one of the sailing capitals of the world. Fresh and saltwater fishing, swimming at more than 100 beaches, camping, music and arts festivals, surfing and plentiful seafood create a summer paradise. The state is only 60 miles from Boston and 180 miles from New York City.
Historically, the Colony of Rhode Island became the first of the original 13 to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown in 1776. Economically, the state ranked among the wealthiest as a leader of the industrial revolution in the 19th Century. Following the Civil War, the state became the center of the nation’s Gilded Age with many of the country’s most prominent industrialists building opulent mansions in Newport and other towns. Thousands of immigrants flocked to the state to fill jobs in proliferating mills. Major industries included textiles, toolmaking, costume jewelry and silverware.
In more recent times, however, as manufacturing migrated abroad, the state has struggled with unemployment, high taxes and a checkered political reputation. Today, the state is clearly on an upswing—buoyed by new industries, a robust arts and dining scene, and all the other amenities associated with being home to no less than a dozen colleges and universities. Many of the former industrial mills have been renovated and converted into loft-style housing, museums and offices.
Population: The number of “Rhodies” has remained fairly constant at 1.06 million. Even with 60% of its land mass still forested, RI ranks as the second most densely populated state in the nation. Citizens are predominantly White and native to the state—although with a rich immigrant blend, including the nation’s highest percentage of Americans of Portuguese and Liberian ancestry.
Politics: The state is divided into five counties but has no county governments; the 39 cities and towns handle all local governmental affairs. On a state level, the bicameral General Assembly has been dominated by the Democratic Party for years.
Economy: Today, the state depends heavily on such industries as healthcare and education, along with a growing manufacturing base. The state’s nautical history continues in the 21st century in the form of nuclear submarine construction and well as many pleasure boats. Rhode Island is home to a number of major corporations, including CVS Caremark, Textron, Citizens Financial Group, and Hasbro.