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Rock Point Commons Welcomes First-ever Executive Director

By Maurice L. Harris | Diocesan Communications Minister

BURLINGTON, VT – The board of directors of Rock Point is pleased to announce that the Rev. Paul Habersang has accepted the position of executive director, Rock Point Commons. Paul will be the first person to serve in this newly created role, which will take effect on October 1, 2019.

The Rev. Habersang brings to the executive director role a wide range of experiences in for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. His background includes sales and marketing positions at General Electric, Schneider Electric, and Morris Controls, as well as ministerial positions at Hartford Hospital, parishes within the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, and in his current role as priest in partnership at Christ Church, Montpelier.

In a letter to the people of Christ Church, the Rev. Habersang wrote, “I am humbled, honored, and pleased to have been called to this position whose primary responsibilities will include the ongoing development of Rock Point Commons into a self-sustaining ministry of the Episcopal Church in Vermont.”

Rock Point Board member David McKay, who helped lead the executive director search process, commented, “Paul’s appointment marks an important milestone in the history of Rock Point Commons. On behalf of the Rock Point Board I can say that we are confident that Paul has the unique gifts—skills, experience, and ingenuity—to lead Rock Point Commons into the future.”

The Rev. Habersang’s final Sunday with Christ Church will be October 27. From that date, the Montpelier congregation will continue celebrating weekly Eucharist with supply clergy until a new interim clergy person is selected.

Regarding the transition process, the Rev. Habersang said, “I am confident that Christ Church has a very bright future. God’s Spirit has set each of our hearts on fire, and that is a flame that cannot be quenched.”

The Williamstown, Vermont resident holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Quinnipiac University and a Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary. He is also an alumnus of the Clergy Leadership Project at Trinity Wall Street in New York City and serves as board secretary for Brookhaven Treatment & Learning Center.

The Rev. Paul Habersang, Executive Director, Rock Point Commons.

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