[Note: The sequence for the appointment of a priest-in-charge is search, selection, and acceptance by the vestry including request that the bishop appoint the person as priest-in-charge, approval of the contract by the archdeacon, notification by the archdeacon to the bishop who appoints the priest-in-charge.]
[From senior warden Charles Buttz and the vestry] September 12, 2011
We are most pleased to announce that The Reverend Robert J. Criste-Troutman has been called to be Priest-in-Charge of Trinity Episcopal Church, Mt. Pocono. Trinity's Search Committee recommended Fr. Bob for this appointment after evaluating some 12 candidates, so you may be certain he has some very special qualities!
For the past 10 years, Father Bob, as he prefers to be called, has been Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Washington, NJ. During his tenure at St. Peter's, parish membership expanded and Church School attendance more than quadrupled. Fr. Bob also receives high praise from his St. Peter's parishioners for his insightful sermons, his ability to communicate with young people, and his gentle pastoral manner.
Fr. Bob is aware that Trinity has some major challenges in its future, and is looking forward to joining forces with us to help us do God's work in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He should arrive at Trinity in mid-October 2011, and a formal reception for him is in the planning stages. I know you will join with the Vestry in warmly welcoming him to Trinity Church and to the Poconos!
For the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church
Charles Buttz, Sr. Warden