St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Welcomes New Rector


Toledo, Ohio.  Mary Keener, Senior Warden of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, announces the arrival of the Rev. Jeremiah D. Williamson as the sixth Rector of the parish.  “During more than a year in the search process, it became clear that Fr. Jeremiah is the clergy leader we need to help us grow our Christian ministry, especially our outreach programs.  We are so blessed to have him and his wife, Pastor Jen, among us,” Keener said.

Fr. Williamson comes to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church from St. John’s Episcopal Church, Youngstown, where he served as their Curate for nearly three years.  During that time, he was active in Episcopal Diocese of Ohio committees, college ministry at Youngstown State University and on the Boards for both Mahoning Valley Association of Churches and the Volunteer Services Agency.  He previously served at two parishes in New Jersey:  Grace Episcopal Church, Madison, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chatham. 

In 2002, he graduated at the top of his class from Greenville College (Illinois) with a bachelor’s degree in music and a religion/philosophy minor.  He graduated in 2005 with a master of divinity degree from Drew Theological School (New Jersey), where he was the Theological Student Association President.  He also earned a diploma in Anglican Studies from The General Theological Seminary (New York) in 2005.

“St. Andrew’s called me and I chose St. Andrew’s because we believe we are better, stronger, more able to live into our baptismal calling together.  Our paths have come together.  For all of the diversity of our many roads, all of our roads have led to the same place of worship:  St. Andrew’s.  As we share with each other our stories, we will become a stronger church,” Williamson said.

Fr. Williamson’s first Sunday at St. Andrew’s is Palm Sunday, April 5.  The formal Celebration of New Ministry will take place on Thursday, May 21.


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