Open Clergy Positions

The Diocese of Central New York seeks clergy leaders who can help our faith communities live into our vision “to be the passionate presence of Christ for one another and the world we are called to serve.”

If you are discerning a call to new ministry, we invite you to review our parish openings listed below and prayerfully consider if your gifts and abilities match what this faith community seeks.

Questions? In this interim time as we wait to call our next Canon for Transition and Church Development, you can contact the Rev. Canon Megan Castellan with your questions by e-mail or phone: (315) 474-6596 x129(office).

Current Openings

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Adams

Position: Half-Time Priest
Contact: Canon Megan Castellan

Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Adams is a small parish located in rural Jefferson County, New York, about 60 miles north of Syracuse. Our church was founded in 1849 and has served God in our local community continuously for 174 years. One of our founders, Henry B. Whipple, became the first Episcopal bishop of Minnesota and was noted for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of Native Americans in the Midwest. He is the subject of a book titled “Lincoln’s Bishop: A President, a Priest and the Fate of 300 Dakota
Sioux Warriors” by Gustav Niebuhr. Adams Emmanuel has begun a search for a priest to serve our congregation on a half-time basis. We are an active congregation of committed Christians looking to serve God, each other and our community. Our motto is “Loving God, Serving People; Serving God, Loving People.”

We have been blessed by the good work of many priests over the years, most recently by the ministry and friendship of our parish priest, the Rev. Jon F. Lavelle, for the past two years. His spiritual leadership renewed an already active parish, encouraged our lay ministries and strengthened congregants’ relationship with Jesus Christ.

Lay people are active participants in our services, leading Morning Prayer and serving as lay Eucharistic ministers, lectors and acolytes. For many years we have hosted an ecumenical men’s fellowship group and a women’s Bible study group. Emmanuel has faithful and excellent teachers of our children’s Sunday School, and lay people have led adult classes as well. Our lay Eucharistic visitors take communion to those who cannot attend church.

Members of Emmanuel coordinate many outreach ministries, including community dinners, Operation Christmas Child and Live More Ministries, an ecumenical women’s fellowship organization. Emmanuel provides numerous Christmas stockings to underprivileged children.

Our services are filmed on Zoom for parishioners who cannot attend in person.

What are we looking for in a priest?

We are seeking a passionate spiritual leader who is interested in getting to know us, learning our stories and joining our faith community. We look for skills that include biblical preaching and teaching and the ability to help people apply scriptural truths to their lives. We seek a priest who has a heart for pastoral care. We hope that our next pastor enjoys leading Bible studies and working with our lay leaders.

We look for a spiritual leader who has deep faith, enjoys being a priest, and is a people person. We seek someone who can organize services and Bible studies,
work with children as well as adults, provide pastoral care and encourage lay participation in services. We see ourselves as a warm, welcoming community of people excited about growing spiritually and adding new people to our congregation. We encourage you to contact us if you are interested in learning more about this position.

Click here to read the full Parish Profile. 

Click here to read the Ministry Portfolio.

Christ Episcopal Church, Binghamton

Position: Rector
Contact: Canon Megan Castellan

Christ Episcopal Church welcomes all to our compassionate, diverse congregation as we strive to know God more deeply though worship, service, and fellowship. The first church in Binghamton, our outreach is a beacon of light in our downtown, urban setting.

Thank you for exploring the possibility of coming to Christ Episcopal Church as our Rector. As the first church in Binghamton, we have a long and rich history. Now we are seeking a new Rector to guide us into the future.

Our congregation is diverse. We come from both Binghamton neighborhoods and the surrounding suburbs. We believe you will find us to be a loving, hospitable group of faithful Christians that strive to love God and our neighbors with all our hearts, souls and minds. Our downtown Binghamton, New York location ideally positions us to serve God through our multiple outreach ministries; our proximity to Binghamton University creates the potential to minister to college students.

Having confidence in the steadfast love of God, we know in our hearts and minds that God is already preparing our next spiritual leader. More information is contained on our website and in our parish profile.

Click here to read the full Parish Profile. 

St. Matthew's, Horseheads

St. Matthew’s, Horseheads New York, seeks a 1/4 time rector for a parish with an ASA of 30. View the parish profile here.

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Liverpool

Position: Full-Time Priest
Contact: Canon Megan Castellan

St. Mathew’s is part of the Diocese of Central New York and is located within walking distance of the heart of the Village of Liverpool. Our village boasts a lovely park on Onondaga Lake with trails for running, biking, and picnicking. Restaurants, cafés, and shopping abound and we are a short drive from the nearby City of Syracuse.

The people of St. Mathew’s have forged strong bonds of love nurtured by the power of prayer and worship. We have an active and lively church school for children of all ages, and the strong leadership of our lay ministers, vestry, teachers, and volunteers. We maintain a visible presence in our community through our many outreach activities and by the warm and welcoming acceptance of people from all walks of life.

The first church service for St. Mathew’s was held on September 21, 1941. St. Mathew’s is a Level III congregation exhibiting a high degree of flexibility. We are an all-inclusive
church welcoming anyone seeking Christian community in the ways of Jesus Christ. At St. Mathew’s “All are welcome” is how we live. It is a healthy, thriving spiritual community with room to grow, filled with people who want it to be a special place for growth and faith. St. Matthew’s is rich in ministries and outreach, serving many diverse needs in our area.

What Kind of Priest Are We Looking For?

1. Theologically sound with the ability to translate scripture into relatable sermons that
address life experiences.
2. Skills and a passion for working with children of all ages.
3. Build worship both traditionally and non-traditionally that will inspire youth and adults
into the full life and ministry of St. Mathews and the Episcopal Church.
4. Manage and delegate responsibilities to develop leadership in St. Mathew’s.
5. Provide compassionate care to those who are sick and in nursing homes, and make
pastoral visits to those who need and ask for them.
6. Empower individuals to feel safe and free to identify and develop their needs and gifts.
7. Technologically proficient.

Click here to read the full Parish Profile.

Three Churches: Afton, Greene, Oxford

Position: Priest
Contact: Canon Megan Castellan

Our three parishes have shared a priest successfully for about twelve years from 2011 to 2023. The percentage of time spent by clergy at each parish was Zion-40%, St. Paul’s-35%, and St. Ann’s-25%. As we search for a priest to serve our three parishes, we hope to find someone who can provide the same commitment. At our first meeting in July of 2023 to discuss the transition process, it was clear from those present that the relationship between our parishes is strong. And, we continue to have a positive influence in our communities through outreach and other programs. As we begin the search process and pray for guidance, it is our hope that we can find a priest who feels called to be a part of this journey with us.

Narrative for the Three Parishes

Zion Greene Parish Profile

St. Paul’s Oxford Parish Profile

St. Ann’s Afton Parish Profile

Church of the Epiphany, Sherburne
Church of the Epiphany
5 Classic Street
PO Box 538
Sherburne, NY 13460 Type: Supply Priest
Church Type: Rural
Average Weekly Attendance: 10-15Contact information: Ron or Phyllis Britton at
About Church of the Epiphany
Small, warm and inviting Central New York parish interested in a regular supply priest 1-2 times a month. Sunday Service time is 9:30. What is important to our parish: Our church community, our thrift shop, our commitment to continued worship at our church, and to any outreach we can possibly help with such as our local food bank and working with our local churches through the Sherburne Council of churches.
St. James', Skaneateles

Position: Full-Time Priest
Contact: Canon Megan Castellan

The people of St. James’ wish to continue the momentum that has been building as we have grown into an active program church with varied spiritual and educational opportunities and numerous ministries and outreach. We seek a Rector who believes in our mission and who will join us and guide us on our journey.

We seek a Rector who is welcoming, accessible, and caring; who enjoys working collaboratively with others, both within the Church and the broader community; who is excited by and will value our various forms of worship and the possibilities for growth and outreach; who has a sense of humor; and who enjoys spending time with parishioners of all ages.

In developing this Parish Profile, the Search Committee sought input from the parish by holding several listening sessions and conducting a parish-wide survey, the results of which informed this summary of the essential skills that we are seeking:

  • Excellent Preacher: The ability to regularly deliver thought provoking, relevant and engaging sermons that challenge us to grow in our faith and service to God and God’s people.
  • Collaborative Manager: A servant leader who will work collaboratively as a team with staff, Vestry and lay ministry leaders, listening with an open heart and mind, learning from experience, and offering new and fresh ideas with a collective vision.
  • Gifted Liturgist: The ability, interest, and desire to plan and conduct Episcopal based liturgical services in a variety of different styles (traditional and contemporary) at multiple weekly services and special services throughout the liturgical year.
  • Pastoral Caregiver and Counselor: The ability and desire to provide compassionate care for our parishioners and attend to their personal, emotional and spiritual needs, especially during challenging times in their lives, and a willingness to visit parishioners at home or in the hospital as needed. The desire to support existing lay pastoral care leaders and to raise up new ones.
  • Shepherds Church Growth and Development: A shepherd who will guide us on our journey of faith and help us to maintain and build a strong church community by: inspiring members to be actively engaged and helping them to discover their own gifts for ministry and service; exploring new ways to attract new members, particularly young families, children and teens; and fostering stewardship as a faith practice.

Click here to read the full Parish Profile.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Slaterville Springs
St. Thomas Episcopal Church

2720 Slaterville Road
Slaterville Springs, NY 14881

Position Type: Rector, quarter-time
Church Type: Rural
Average Weekly Attendance: 15

Currently receiving names.
Candidates, please send resume, completed OTM profile and letter of interest to the Rev. Megan Castellan

About St. Thomas

St. Thomas’ is a small rural victorian-era church located in Slaterville Springs, NY.  Our parishioners form a vibrant and caring community, unified in its determination to worship and thrive with the help of a dedicated part-time rector.  We are a diverse, yet cohesive group, inquiring and inclusive.  We value traditional services with music as an integral component.  We are also open to more modern and progressive approaches to liturgy and theology.  St. Thomas’ taps the talent in the room to host centering prayer, evening prayer, and theological discussions.  Many congregants have strong personal passions which vary from prayer to peace, food security and social justice.  Despite our small numbers, the parish has consistently found ways to engage with the larger world, for example, by partnering with the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, sponsoring a refugee family from Laos, Episcopal Relief and Development, United Thank Offering, and volunteering at a local food pantry.  We have also nurtured several parishioners (including our last rector) who sought to deepen their commitment to the faith by formal study leading to some form of ministry.

We are seeking a part-time rector who will encourage the spiritual development of the congregation; maintain a fine musical tradition; seek to make Jesus’ commandment to love one another relevant to daily life; is willing to preach in a manner which relates to the spiritual life of the community, contemporary issues, and social justice.

Other Open Positions

Current Openings

Director of Children’s Education (Part-Time) - Christ Church, Manlius

Christ Church in Manlius, New York seeks a nurturing, loving, and dependable director for our children’s education program. Responsibilities including care for all children up to the age of eighteen in the following ways:

Choose and develop curriculum for school-aged children ages five to fourteen
Organize and recruit teachers for each group of children
Develop and nurture a loving, Christ-centered environment that welcomes children, teachers, and parents
Work with the rector and the nursery attendant to organize children’s education at Christ Church
Help make children feel loved, safe, and open to God’s loving presence
Follow and be compliant with all Christ Church policies regarding health and safety
Undergo diocesan training requirements to keep children safe

The Children Education Director will work six hours per week, and these hours are mostly flexible. The Director will need to be present during Sunday worship hours from 9:30 to 11:30 during the autumn, winter, and summer; 8:30 to 11:30 during the summer. Additional hours will be needed during special events or high holy days like Christmas and Easter. Pay is $5959.86 yearly.

Candidates must be experienced in caring for children and infants; be able to adapt to and interact with a variety of children’s personalities and needs; and be able to lift 30 pounds. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, complete CPR training for children, pass a background check, provide a record of immunization and TB test results, and provide two references.

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and three references. Candidates are asked to send this material to Deirdre Popp, our administrative assistant, at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Part-Time Administrator - St. John's, Ithaca

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ithaca seeks a Part-Time Parish Administrator. The Parish Administrator provides administrative support for the Rector and carries out the general business of the parish. The work includes data and records management as well as publications and mailings.

We seek a candidate with a strong working knowledge of standard software, including G-Suite, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, as well as a willingness to learn specialized church membership and accounting software. The candidate must work independently and track short, medium, and long-term tasks. The Parish Administrator will be a resource person for both members and non-members, and a welcoming and responsive presence in our church’s office.

This is a part-time position requiring 20 hours per week, with occasional increased hours, and a preferred schedule of Monday to Thursday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Email to request a full job description. To apply, email a resume and cover letter. St. John’s is a Living Wage employer.


Access the full job posting here.

Organist - Zion, Rome

Zion is actively seeking a new director of Music.  We have a wonderful 74 year old Noack Opus #79 organ, and a Baldwin concert grand piano.  Our Sunday service is at 9:00 am every Sunday, in addition to various holidays.  We have  a small, but interested congregation, and would like to have a lead musician, because we don’t all read music.  The position is for one person to do all the music: pick hymns, lead choir, play organ and/or piano at all services, and  meet with clergy.  We no longer have a choir, but would love to restart if we find the right music leader.   We expect the musician to play every service- or find a suitable substitute, pick all hymns for services, work with the clergy on choices, prepare both a Prelude and a Postlude for each Sunday service, be present at monthly Vestry meetings as needed, be very familiar with the Episcopal services and make use of the Hymnal and Book of Common Prayer.  We would give 2 Sundays off for first calendar year- musician must find substitute.  If interested, please contact the Parish Office – Annette, at Zion Episcopal Church, 140 W. Liberty St, Rome NY 13440 between the hours of 9-2 Monday-Friday, to schedule some practice time and an interview.  Please submit an application indicating your experience as a lead musician, organist, pianist and choir director.  We thank you I advance for your interest, and look forward to working with you.

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