Father Charles C. Warwick to serve in Whitehall

The Rt. Rev. Paul Marshall, Bishop of Bethlehem, has appointed the Rev. Charles C. Warwick to be the Vicar of St. Stephen’s, Whitehall, effective Monday, April 8, 2013.

In a letter to the Vestry, dated Thursday, March 14, Bishop Paul wrote:

As you know well, it has been our sole mission since last June to assist the parish in remaining in place and growing in its service to Christ and his Kingdom. As the transitional vestry, you have done a great deal of work, and the parish and I are deeply in your debt both for what you have done and the spirit in which you have done it. Firm, gentle, and creative, you have restored credibility and transparency to the parish's operations, and have raised in all of us the awareness that St. Stephen's has everything it needs to succeed. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

My duty now is to appoint a new vicar to lead and serve the parish in partnership with the transitional vestry, Canon Gerns, and your school and parish staff. After consultation with you of the vestry and with awareness of the needs the parish has expressed, I have on March 14 concluded an agreement with Canon Gerns, Mr. David Billings, and Father Charles Warwick for Father Warwick to serve the parish as vicar.

In the Episcopal Church, the Vicar serves at the pleasure and direction of the Bishop as his representative.

Father Warwick, of Swoyersville, Pennsylvania, was ordained a Deacon on November 1, 2011 and a priest on May 18, 2012 by Bishop Marshall. He is a 1982 graduate of Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and the Baltimore City Police Academy. He has served as a police officer in the cities of Baltimore, Maryland, and Wilkes-Barre. His specialty was in the area of Police K-9. He has a lifetime appointment as a K-9 Judge for the PA Police K-9 Association and has trained and certified K-9 Teams along the East Coast.  He is a licensed US Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain Master Class, and for 10 years worked in the Wildwood, Cape May New Jersey area.  He recently retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  Warwick is a 32nd degree Mason, a Knights Templar, Shriner, Elk, Rotarian, an Assistant Fire Chief and serves as a Chaplain to several Fire Depts. 

(Warwick was invited to open a session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Harrisburg with prayer on Tuesday, April 9.)

He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, served St. Clement and St. Peter’s Church in Wilkes-Barre as a deacon and as a part-time priest at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Milford, PA until his appointment to St. Stephen’s, Whitehall. He is an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross. 

Father Charlie is married to Patty, who serves as the organist and choir director at Grace Church in Kingston, and together they have one daughter, Katy, who is in college.

Bishop Paul notes that Father Charlie was selected to this full-time position because of his deep commitment to Christ and particularly because of his enthusiastic love for people. “You get what you see with him, and he is a man of deep personal integrity. He believes the Christian faith and knows Jesus as his Lord. He will be among you in your parish on a daily basis and knows how deeply I am counting on him to be present in the community as St. Stephen's grows. He knows the importance of visiting parishioners, tending the sick, and being your public face in Whitehall and the surrounding area.”


St. Stephen's, Whitehall to host bus trip to see Jonah at Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster

[From Libby DeVore of St. Stephen's, Whitehall]

JONAH

Set sail on an extraordinary journey with one of the Bibles most colorful prophets.

Experience the mighty storm at sea that breaks apart an enormous ship right before your eyes.  Be immersed in an underwater world, and witness the giant fish that swallows GOD’S misguided prophet.  JONAH will have your entire family laughing, crying and identifying with a man who discovers the unfathomable mercy of GOD.

Join us on Saturday, APRIL 14, 2012 for an afternoon performance at

SIGHT AND SOUND THEATRE IN LANCASTER

Tickets: ADULT - $105.00  TEEN -$72.50(13-17)  Child - $55.00(3-12)
    Checks payable to: St. Stephens – memo line:  Bus trip
    Mail to :  3900 Mechanicsville Rd.  Whitehall, PA. 18052
             Attention: Paula Evans

Seats are assigned as checks are received.

Departure:  10:30 A.M. from St. Stephens Parking lot.

Lunch:  Hershey Farm Restaurant at 1:30 p.m.   Family – style.

Show:  Jonah at Sight and Sound Theatre at 4:15 p.m.

Bus will leave promptly at 10:30 a.m.  Please be on time.