We are looking for a priest who will inspire us and connect us to the word of God, helping us to focus on the part of our mission that opens our hearts to Jesus. Strategic leadership was identified as a key capability that was needed. We want a good administrator to ensure the proper functioning of our parish. We hope for someone who will guide us into the future and who will be “with us” to provide pastoral care. Based on a parish survey, we need a rector who can help us develop a clarification of purpose and direction. We value honesty, good preaching and fellowship. We want to adopt a new vision for St Mary’s and we ask you to create this with us.
Lakewood is an economically and racially diverse community of 60,000 located in beautiful South Puget Sound and Joint Base Lewis-McChord is in our backyard. Drive west for a few hours and you’ll be at the edge of the Pacific Ocean or drive in less than an hour southeast to Mount Rainier. The Pacific NW is known for its beautiful summers and mild winters, perfect for hiking or biking, but you can access ski areas with a short drive into the mountains. There are several colleges in the area, as well as varied entertainment options, with many more within easy driving distance of Seattle. In addition to our local minor league baseball team, there are several professional sports, men’s and women’s, in Seattle including football, soccer, baseball, basketball and hockey. We think you’ll love living here, we do!