On September 10 the Vestry voted to approve the search committee’s recommendation to call Rev. Ryan Mails to be our next Rector. In a joint meeting with the Vestry, the search committee co-chairs, Robert Palmer and Janie Sweeney, reviewed the search process, enumerated the candidates who had applied, and described Rev. Mails’ background, faith, values, leadership style, and skills. The enthusiasm for Ryan’s appointment was unanimous and infectious from the eight member search committee. Their enthusiasm was echoed by our new Bishop, Thomas J. Brown, who gave his blessing to the selection and expressed his eagerness to welcome Rev. Mails to the Diocese.
Reverend Ryan Mails is 40 years old and is married to Marina Mails. They have two children, Henry, who is eight, and Eliza, who is four. Ryan was born and raised in Southern California. He received his BA in History from Wake Forest University, a Masters in Public History from University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a Masters of Divinity from the University of the South at Sewanee. He currently serves as the Missioner to East Texas in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and as Priest in Charge of St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church in Longview, Texas.
Members of the search committee spoke of Ryan’s deep and authentic spirituality, his inspiring and thought-provoking sermons, and his ability to listen and to make space for everyone in conversations. He expressed his eagerness to work with St. George’s on its mission and service. Bishop Brown summed up the search process and result as, “Evidence of the Holy Spirit at work.”
Rev. Mails and his family will move to York and occupy the rectory in late November. His first service with us will be December 1, the first Sunday in Advent.
Please join us in expressing our gratitude for the extraordinary work of the search committee: Robert Palmer and Janie Sweeney, Co-Chairs, David Burke, Nancy Daigle, Nancy Davison, Barbara Early, Bobbie Gray, and Kathryn Yingst. Their efforts have ensured that we will have an exciting new chapter at St. George’s.