Our Priest in Charge
The Rev. Canon Jeffrey Bullock will serve Christ the King as Priest in Charge for a period of one year, effective December 1, 2013. In order to ensure a smooth transition, his arrival was timed to overlap the tenures of Fr. Fred and Rev. Nina.
Fr. Jeff has served the Episcopal Church for 33 years, primarily as a rector in Western and Midwestern parishes. Although he is passionate about outreach and lively, meaningful worship, he has also pursued academic interests as a fellow at the Seminary of the Southwest, a Lilly Fellow, and a Pastor-Theologian at The Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton. More recently he has served as Canon Theologian for the Diocese of Arizona, working with laity and clergy to develop adult formation programs, teaching, and providing theological reflection to various program groups within the Diocese on an as-needed basis.
Fr. Jeff’s family includes his daughter, Meghan, a nurse at the University of Arizona Medical Center here in Tucson, his son, Nick, a counselor at Discovery Place, a residential rehabilitation and recovery program near Nashville, Tennessee, and a new Boston Terrier puppy named Jack. In his spare time, Fr. Jeff enjoys photography and cycling.
On September 1, Bob Underwood, Senior Warden of Christ the King’s Vestry, made the following announcement to the congregation at each of the morning worship services:
Earlier this year the Bridge the Gap campaign left us with the promise of enough money to hire a rector. It did not, however, leave us with the time to conduct a proper search before Fr Fred and Rev. Nina re-retire in December.
On June 18th Bishop Smith met with the Vestry and recommended a candidate for Priest in Charge, The Rev. Canon Jeffrey Bullock. The Vestry met with Fr Jeff in July and found him experienced, personable and inspiring. Many members who listened to his sermons on the Trinity Cathedral website were impressed by his delivery and by his knowledge and understanding of Gospels..
At the July Vestry meeting an excited Vestry voted to ask Bishop Smith to appoint Fr Jeff as Priest in Charge at CTK.
The Letter of Agreement was signed this past week. It names Fr Jeff as Priest in Charge Under Special Circumstances, which means it is possible that he could become Rector if both parties agree to that in a year.
Will he become Rector? God knows, we do not, and neither does Fr Jeff.
Fr Jeff will join us on December 1st. He will be here to help us strengthen CTK and to prepare for whomever the new Rector will be. It is important to remember that we will be here to help him. It is a task for all of us. Working together, with God’s help, 2014 promises to be a wonderful year at CTK!