New Priest, the Rev. Colin Ambrose
I am very excited to announce that the Rev. Colin Ambrose has accepted my invitation to join our staff in a newly defined position of Vice-Rector. For the past ten years, Colin has served at St. Paul’s, Murfreesboro, including the past two years as Interim-Rector. I have loved having Colin as a friend and colleague in the Diocese of Tennessee over the years and am thrilled that he will be joining our parish family. He will begin his new ministry among us September 16. There is fun irony that Colin is leaving St. Paul’s to join us while Kristine Blaess has just left us to join that parish family as Rector!
Colin is a native of Knoxville, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received his Master of Divinity, cum laude, from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in 2009. Colin’s work experience prior to seminary includes time in New York City with Lehman Brothers as a financial analyst followed by five years as Managing Partner and CFO of a company in the construction and remodeling industry that he co-founded in Chapel Hill. Colin is married to Trisha, and the Ambroses have three school-age children, Clara, Henry, and Adel.
Those of us who had the privilege of interviewing Colin believe he is ideally suited to fill this expanded role of Vice-Rector. For a couple of years, I have been sensing a need for St. George’s to consider fresh possibilities for a more expansive role in the senior level associate clergy position. I have learned much from a few peer Episcopal Churches that have gone this route with a position of Vice-Rector. Given our current size and complexity, St. George’s needs a larger staff management structure to meet present demands and to get ahead of expectations for continued growth. Frankly, I need help in the overall management of staff, as well as the planning and execution of parish vision. Colin brings a host of complimentary gifts and skills to this role. I am so grateful to God that the decision to pursue this expanded staff position coincided with Colin’s sense of call to join us.
With this announcement, we have now filled the three open clergy positions arising in late spring and summer. As I have shared with many, we are deeply blessed to attract the most outstanding clergy candidates to St. George’s. I am extremely excited by the new make-up of our clergy team and ask that you join me in welcoming the Ambroses into our parish family!