Cathedral Church of St. Paul Announces Incoming Theologian in Residence and Interim Rector
Church Welcomes the Rev. Nancy Gossling and the Rev. Laura Bryant to Interim Posts
BURLINGTON, VT – The Cathedral Church of St. Paul is preparing for two dynamic spiritual leaders as part of the Cathedral community’s transitional ministry process in coming months. As announced recently in the Cathedral’s newsletter, The Rev. Nancy Gordon and the Rev. Laura Bryant will be joining the Cathedral community in November and January, respectively.
The Rev. Nancy Gossling
On Sunday, November 4, the Cathedral will welcome the Rev. Gossling as Theologian in Residence for the month of November. Conceived as a creative way to bridge the Cathedral community’s move into transitional ministry following the recent retirement of the Very Rev. Jeanne Finan, rector, Theologians in Residence are responsible for preaching, providing pastoral ministry, and leading Adult Forum sessions.
The Rev. Gossling recently served as Interim Dean at the Cathedral in Boston, and has spent time at the Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to her tenure with the Diocese of Massachusetts, she served from 2002 to 2012 as rector of St. James’s Church in Glastonbury, CT. While in the Diocese of Connecticut, she was a member of the Standing Committee, the Title III Task Force and the Commission on Ministry.
The Rev. Gossling holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master of Divinity degree from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. She served while a seminarian at St. John’s Church in Waterbury, Conn.; was ordained to the priesthood in 2001; and was the curate at St. Paul’s Church in Riverside, Conn., from 2000 to 2002. She replaces the Rt. Rev. Barry Morgan who served as Theologian in Residence in October.
The Rev. Laura Bryant
In January 2019, the Cathedral will welcome the Rev. Laura Bryant as interim rector. Most recently, she was interim rector of St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, GA. Prior to that, she served as founding director of The Road Episcopal Service Corps in Atlanta, GA, an intentional spiritual community and fellowship year for young adults who want to put their faith into action and explore the connection between faith and social change. The Rev. Bryant has also served as priest at Church of the Common Ground, a church community for those who live on the streets in downtown Atlanta, and as Associate Rector at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church and Church of the Epiphany in Atlanta. She is a member of the Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism in the Diocese of Atlanta.
Throughout her ministry, the Rev. Bryant has focused on programs of formation for all generations and providing contexts for people to explore new dimensions of their faith. She has led several pilgrimages and mission trips for both youth and adults. She earned her M.Div from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. The Rev. Bryant and her husband John have two grown sons.
In the featured photo: Pictured from top, the Rev. Nancy Gossling and the Rev. Laura Bryant.