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Rejoice! We have called a new Dean!

October 14, 2022

Dear Friends,

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On behalf of the Vestry, the Dean Search Committee, and the Diocese of Bethlehem, I am pleased to announce The Rev. Jonathan R. Stratton has accepted our call to serve as Dean and Rector of The Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. Father Jon accepted our call following a unanimous vote from the Vestry. Fr. Jon’s official start date is January 1, 2023.

Originally from Southern Illinois, Fr. Jon is currently the Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Louis Missouri, a thriving parish where he has served for the past eight years. Fr. Jon is a passionate preacher and priest, whose many skills include teaching theology, strategic planning, growing youth ministries and community outreach and partnership building.

Fr Jon received a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Sewanee School of Theology, Tennessee, and a Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary, St Louis, Missouri. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in History from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. The success of these many months of searching and discernment is due to the dedicated work of the members of the Dean Search Committee, and the patience and prayers of the entire congregation.

We are delighted to begin the next chapter in our life at Nativity with Jon Stratton as our Dean and Rector.

In gratitude,

Siobhán McC. Ardizzone
Senior Warden

Picture above: Fr. Jon with his wife Susie and their three children, Alice, 8, Frank, 6, and Harry, 2.

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